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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jul 30, 2013
    Upgrade 10.4.11 Powerbook G4
    Hope you can help me.
    My PowerBook G4 (circa 2006) with 10.4.11, with 1 GHz processor, 256 MB DDR SDRAM is old and sluggish.
    Anything I can do to upgrade her? I do love the old girl, and I do hope she's not ready for the retirement home just yet.
    Thanks for your help me.
    Tatty Tiger

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    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    You need to upgrade the ram. If it only has 256meg of ram...this should have been upgraded long ago...since even in the 2003-2004 timeframe (when this computer was released)...256meg of ram wasn't much.

    There are a few different Powerbook G4 1.0ghz hard to say how much ram you can install.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    According to my Mactracker, your Powerbook G4 can take 2 GB of memory. I would say the first thing is to max out the memory in the machine. And then perhaps a larger faster hard drive upgrade. If those upgrades don't speed the old girl up, it's the nursing home for her!

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.5
    Question is wether an older G4 is worth say $60 for memory and about $80 for a 7200rpm HDD? And then if you wish to upgrade to Leopard OS X.5, the final operating system for PowerPC models,about another $100 for full retail install DVD.

    Sadly sometimes it is necessary to move on from those old well loved models.
    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!

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jul 30, 2013
    Thanks for the info. Think it may well be time to start looking at those retirement homes. Maybe one with an ocean view and a piano in the lounge. Yes, the old girl will like that I think! :-D

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