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Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8

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Originally Posted by jonny b View Post
So it's a 466mhz, 30gb HD, 384 ram. Are these the same ram modules as on a PC? It certainly looks like it?
I used PC RAM in my G3 350 b/w tower at first and it worked fine BUT, I did use matched pairs of PC100. I upgraded the RAM when I went to dual drives (see my Mac specs).

What is the highest OS I can put on this beast? It now has OS 9.1 which I find quite bad. What are my choices for upgrades that will run fine on this Mac? Can I go to OS X and it will run well with these specs?
Personal experience has taught me that Panther (10.3.9) is about as high as you'd want to go with that processor. Sure, it'll handle Tiger, with plenty of RAM, but slowly.

You might care to consider keeping that small 30 Gb HD inside, upgrade its OS to 9.2.2 (the last Classic); and then install a second and larger HD on which to install OS X.

How do I install the OS if I get some version of OS X? Do I do a clean install? What steps do I do to get this OS on as a clean install?
The best advice I can give you is to get Mactracker (free), from MacUpdate or VersionTracker, and it will tell you everything you need to know about that model of G4 PPC and what you can do to upgrade it to best performance.
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