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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2007
    Plymouth, MA
    iMac core2duo 17", PowerBook G4 12"
    Leopard on a G4 = Bad idea?
    Hey guys. I have two Macs: an Intel dual core 17" iMac, and then a PowerBook G4. on the iMac Leopard installed and ran great. Everything works perfectly and I'm overall very happy with it. On the G4, however, things are a little choppier; the dock is noticeably laggier, expose lags a bit, typing in iChat sometimes hangs behind my typing (usually when I have a game open too). Another thing is the game I am playing (okay, its WoW, I admit it) has strange graphical anomalies now that I did not have in Tiger and renders it almost unplayable.

    Anyone know anything about upgrading on a G4? Should I just go back to Tiger or are there fixes for these issues?

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    Member Since
    Sep 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, New York
    15" 2014 MacBook Pro, i7 2.5Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; iPad 3, iPhone 6
    Well the Dock lags on a MacBook (intel CD), so I am not surprised it does on a G4.

    What video card does it have? I suspect that some are not dealing with core animation so well, or Quartz GL.
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
    - Joan D. Vinge

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    How much memory does the G4 have? (I'd suggest maxing it out, just as a matter of course these days, for any G4 Mac.)

    And what's it's CPU speed? An original 12" PowerBook (867MHz) is about the slowest system that can run Leopard, so it might just be beyond hope.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2007
    Plymouth, MA
    iMac core2duo 17", PowerBook G4 12"
    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: PowerBook G4 12"
    Model Identifier: PowerBook6,8
    Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.5)
    Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 1.25 GB
    Bus Speed: 167 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.9.0f0
    Serial Number: 4H5240EZRJ5
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled
    Version: 1.0

    GeForce FX Go5200:

    Chipset Model: GeForce FX Go5200
    Type: Display
    Bus: AGP
    VRAM (Total): 64 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0329
    Revision ID: 0x00b1
    ROM Revision: 2122
    Color LCD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 1024 x 768
    Depth: 32-bit Color
    Built-In: Yes
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Display Connector:
    Status: No display connected

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