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Member # 2854
 - posted November 14, 2009 11:35
We primarily use my husband's iBook G4 because he has all of his grad school coursework on it. The OS is 10.3.9, which is horribly out of date. It's impossible to install some of the latest software (flash player 10, primarily) and the printing function is broken. So we should upgrade the OS.

What OS can this computer handle? I don't care about cutting edge, just something that works and fixes these issues. It would also be nice if it wouldn't cost us an arm-and-a-leg, but I realize this is Apple we're talking about. [Razz]

Alternately, how do I get my husband to use my Pismo (which is bigger, runs Tiger, and the printing function works)? Or is that something for which we should see a marriage counselor? LOL
Member # 392
 - posted November 14, 2009 12:04
From what I read you should be ok running 10.4 on your iBook but it would probably be wise to turn off dashboard as it will eat up the battery and make the machine run hotter than what it should. Can anybody confirm this?

Edit: It would be helpful if you could give us some specs on your iBook - RAM, CPU speed, HD size - so we can give you a better idea of how well an upgrade would suit you.
Member # 2854
 - posted November 14, 2009 13:55
1.2 GHz PowerPC G4
Machine Model: iBook G4
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.2 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 768 MB
Bus Speed: 133 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.8.5f0
Serial Number: UV4440KPQHV
56 GB HD

IIRC, the newer versions of OSX are built for a different processor. That's part of my hesitation in just buying any newer OS.
Richard Wolf VI
Member # 4993
 - posted November 15, 2009 01:51
Tiger is now unsupported, but it should run on your iBook with still more software support than Panther. In a more "radical" move, you may just try some GNU/Linux distro which supports PowerPC, like Yellow Dog, Fedora (version 12 will be released in three days as of this writing) or Debian.
Member # 2950
 - posted November 15, 2009 04:29
Hello Rhonwyyn

Long time no see!

The G4 iBook is a fine little Mac and is perfectly capable of running 10.4 - my father is running 10.4 on his and his only the 800Mhz version with 512MB RAM... (at one point he was actually running it with just 256MB but that was a bit laggy [Wink] )

However you have a 1.2GHz version and that means you could (and probably should IMHO) use 10.5 Leopard - though you might want to up the RAM even if the official minimum for Leopard is only 512MB)

At work I finally made the jump to 10.5 from 10.4 because 10.4 isn't going to receive security updates any more and the list of useful tools that I can't update because the newest versions require 10.5 was just getting too big. (That and I was really beginning to feel the drag of using 10.4 at work and 10.6 at home... 10.5 is at least mostly feature comparable to 10.6)

So there you have it you can do 10.4 or 10.5... I would go for 10.5 because that should extend the supported by security updates life of the iBook for at least a couple more years.
Member # 2071
 - posted November 15, 2009 16:16
Originally posted by Serenak:
However you could use 10.5 Leopard - though you might want to up the RAM

I would put it stronger than that, if you are going to upgrade to 10.5, unless you really like watching those spinning beach balls, you must max out your RAM. Don't even think about it, unless you have 1GB minimum, (and preferably more), as the Leopard just chews up RAM in big hungry gulps. 10.4 will run on your machine just fine as is. I don't think you are the kind of person who would enjoy Linux.

In normal circumstances I would (like Serenak) recommend Leopard over Tiger, Time Machine alone justifies it, but given the age of your iBook. you must also decide whether your money would be better employed as the beginning of a fund for a new MacBook.

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