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    My friend just bought an iMac G4, and we were going to see if we can upgrade it. It has a 1Ghz G4, 512 MBs RAM, and a 32MB Nvidia Geforce. Now it came came pre-loaded with Tiger, would that be the best operating system to be on there, or should we go back in time a little more? Also, i'm sure if the components are soldered into the logic board, but could the processor be upgraded to a faster G4 or even a G5, and could the RAM be upped? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknabster View Post
    My friend just bought an iMac G4, and we were going to see if we can upgrade it. It has a 1Ghz G4, 512 MBs RAM, and a 32MB Nvidia Geforce. Now it came came pre-loaded with Tiger, would that be the best operating system to be on there, or should we go back in time a little more? Also, i'm sure if the components are soldered into the logic board, but could the processor be upgraded to a faster G4 or even a G5, and could the RAM be upped? Thanks
    OS 10.4 is probably the best. No you cannot upgrade the CPU or GPU. Yes you can upgrade the ram.

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    Alright sounds good, we'll stay with Tiger and max it out at 1GB i believe. Thanks
    -Matt

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    Alright sounds good, we'll stay with Tiger and max it out at 1GB i believe. Thanks
    Just an FYI. You could upgrade to OS 10.5...but it might be a tad slow (and expensive). You can "unofficially" upgrade to 2 gig of ram if that interests you (but it's a bit of an involved process depending on your disassembly/assembly skills).

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    Ooo, 2gigs might be worth the effort, are there guides online that show how to do it, like does ifixit have something for this model? Would that processor be able to handle Leopard though? I have discs for 10.4, .5, and .6 so that's not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknabster View Post
    Ooo, 2gigs might be worth the effort, are there guides online that show how to do it, like does ifixit have something for this model? Would that processor be able to handle Leopard though? I have discs for 10.4, .5, and .6 so that's not an issue.
    Here's an G4 iMac take apart guide:

    iMac G4 Take-apart for Drive and Ram upgrades

    There are two different sized ram sticks. The upper one (harder to get to) is "officially" not supposed to be upgradeable...but it is. Each ram stick can be up to 1gig...thus 2 gig max.

    As far as the OS. Your iMac meets the minimum hardware requirements for 10.5...it's up to you if the performance meets your needs.

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    Huh, if only my MBP has this capability with the RAM, that would be awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknabster View Post
    Huh, if only my MBP has this capability with the RAM, that would be awesome
    Sometimes some models can handle more ram than what "officially" Apple says. Some MBP's do fall into this category.

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    Do you have any ideas about which MBPs could do that? I would love to have mine accept 2 4 GB sticks, because mine is honestly slowing down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknabster View Post
    Do you have any ideas about which MBPs could do that? I would love to have mine accept 2 4 GB sticks, because mine is honestly slowing down.
    More ram (in most cases) does not solve speed issues. More ram allows you to run programs that require more ram...or open more programs simultaneously.

    What exact model MBP do you have? There are more than one model 15" MBP with a 2.53ghz cpu.

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    Yea I know, I would just like better performance when i'm creating a large file in Photoshop and it takes forever to render or when i'm using my virtual machine and want to use my Mac at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknabster View Post
    Yea I know, I would just like better performance when i'm creating a large file in Photoshop and it takes forever to render or when i'm using my virtual machine and want to use my Mac at the same time.
    Yeah...trying to render large Photoshop files...AND...trying to run a virtual machine...will really tax the hardware. If this is something you do a lot...you either:

    - need to do just one thing at a time (devoting all resources to one task
    - just have to deal with the performance as it is
    - get a newer & faster computer

    If your MBP is an older 2.53mhz model (2008/2009)...it officially has a 4gig of ram max...but "unofficially" can be upgraded to 6 gig.

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    Even more ooos, I didn't know they made 3GB sticks though. Yea I have it Apple maxxed out at 4GB, it's the '08 2.5 Ghz model. yea i don't have money to buy a new Mac, but I don't do the same together, i meant separately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknabster View Post
    Even more ooos, I didn't know they made 3GB sticks though. Yea I have it Apple maxxed out at 4GB, it's the '08 2.5 Ghz model. yea i don't have money to buy a new Mac, but I don't do the same together, i meant separately.
    Hey...no one said anything about 3 gig sticks! You use a 4 gig & 2 gig sticks.

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    Oh I get it lol. I just read on macrumors that if I would put the 6GBs in, it would only be single instead of dual channel, is that correct?
    -Matt

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