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    Which operating is the original for ?
    Hi ... I found this laptop in the garbage . I like to know what operating system it's original version is? When I click on About This Mac ? I see Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 , kernel version Darwin 8.11.0 .

    This is a >> PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12" 1GHz 512mb ... Model A1010 ....

    Appreciated any help you can provide , Thanks

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    The info I have suggests that the PB G4 12" (model A1010) had an 867mhz processor, not a 1Ghz. Regardless, according to MacTracker, the A1010 shipped with 10.2.3.
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    Stick with Tiger, OS X.4.11 as it is much, much faster than Jaguar, the original install system. Download Onyx for PPC models to run maintenance chores, and it is always handy to have a copy of the Tiger install disc. Look for a black disc and do not buy a silbver/grey models that abound on auction sites.

    These are strictly for use with the model they came with ONLY!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Thanks for your suggestions but I have no clue what 10.2.3. mean ? Can you please give the exact type so I can look it up on google . This is the first time using Apple so its all knew to me .

    Again when I click on "About This Mac" it shows Mac OS X Version 10.4.11

    Processor 1 GHz PowerPC G4
    Memory 512 MB DDR SDRAM
    Startup Disk M

    Thank you

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    I take back my original post - there is a 1Ghz PB G4, model A1010 that shipped with a 1Ghz processor. It initially shipped with OS X 10.2.7 but at some point, they started shipping them with OS X 10.3.
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    It is Jaguar and is so old you should let it rest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    It is Jaguar and is so old you should let it rest!
    If that is the case I will do as you suggest . Which do you think I should install that is compatible with my specs ? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    I take back my original post - there is a 1Ghz PB G4, model A1010 that shipped with a 1Ghz processor. It initially shipped with OS X 10.2.7 but at some point, they started shipping them with OS X 10.3.

    okay than ... I'm guessing the operating system is Mac OS X and the numbers are different versions , yes ?

    Thanks

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