04-24-2011, 02:13 PM #1
Looking to upgrade iMac G4 ram, thoughts?
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- Apr 24, 2011
- Montréal, Québec
I would like some opinions. I have a 17" iMac G4 (1.25 GHz) that I bought in the summer of 2004. The computer is so darn reliable. Other than a small problem that Apple Care took care of back in the day, I haven't had a single problem with my trusty iMac. It's a trooper. 7 years, tens of thousands of pictures, thousands of dollars in iTunes purchases, and several girlfriends later, my little computer is starting to lag a bit. Over the past couple of years, he's been sporting his little turning beach ball (or is it a windmill?) a little too much. It's just not as zippy as it used to be.
I have a Gateway laptop with Windows 7 on it (PS, Gateway and Microsoft can bite me...it/they really does/do suck) that I take to school and such, and then use my mac for emails, pictures, music, a game or two, web browsing, etc. I'm planning on purchasing a new iMac as a Christmas present to myself, but am thinking about doing a little upgrading in the meantime.
As I said, my iMac is 17" and has the 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Mac OS X 10.4.11 installed. It has an 80 GB hard drive (I have an attached external, as well), and is running on 256 MB of ram. 256 is peanuts these days. I mean, I can probably find more than 256 MB's of ram sitting underneath my sofa cushions. I was looking around, and I can upgrade the ram to 2 GB for relatively cheap. I have an iPhone as well, and had to go through the hassle (putting it lightly) of transferring, syncing, and setting it up with my Windows laptop because I can't upgrade iTunes on my Mac anymore because of memory requirements.
So, I was wondering if you all could lend me your professional opinions on this one. Will upgrading to 2 gigs give me a noticeable performance boost? I would probably also then install Leopard (10.5) on the system due to having met the memory requirements.
I'm still obviously going to be getting a new iMac by the end of the year, but still plan on keeping this little guy. He's my little media hub, and I am, quite frankly, emotionally attached
Any thoughts/opinions/advice will be greatly appreciated.
04-24-2011, 03:35 PM #2
Yes...upgrading your ram would definitely help. Like you said...256meg is nothing. Also...if you decide to upgrade your iMac G4 to OS 10.5...if you don't have a 10.5 install disk...gonna cost you $100+ to get one.
04-24-2011, 04:04 PM #3
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- Jan 04, 2005
- Modesto, Ca.
- iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OSX10.11, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OSX10.11 , iPad Air, iPhone 3GS
256 MB Ram is way too small really for even Tiger 10.4.11! 2GB would give you a much snappier machine. With Leopard it will help even more but Leopard might not be as snappy on that machine as Tiger. I have a 1.25Ghz Mini with 1GB RAM and 10.5 and it's quite useable for all the basics. Only issue with the G4 minis is 1GB is the Max I can upgrade.
Check OWC and be sure and get the correct RAM for your Imac G4.
There is a User upgrade slot and an internal factory slot. This shows how to access the insides to upgrade the Internal RAM slot.
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