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    Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?

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    Question Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?
    iBook
    1 GHz 640 RAM
    PowerPC G4
    10.3.9

    Hi,
    I just got hold of an old iBook and was wondering what would be the best OS I can install.
    I would like to wipe it and start from a fresh copy of an OS if possible.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Cheers

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    Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?
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    You could run Leopard on it, and it would be OK, Tiger would work better though, but to be honest, I'd stick with Panther (the current OS), as it will run the best of the 3. It really depends on what you want to do, and your funds.
    Both Tiger and Leopard are not cheap to buy ($/ 70-100 minimum), as you need the full retail disc, and it wouldn't be worth the investment on a laptop that old to be honest.
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    Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?

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    Thanks for the speedy reply.

    I will use it for surfing the web and some writing mainly.
    I tried YouTube but the video quality was terrible.

    The iBook was free so i don't mind spending some cash on an OS.

    Panther is the best you say?

    Well I'll go and have a look for a disc.

    thank you.

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    Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HobgoblinJapan View Post
    Thanks for the speedy reply.

    I will use it for surfing the web and some writing mainly.
    I tried YouTube but the video quality was terrible.

    The iBook was free so i don't mind spending some cash on an OS.

    Panther is the best you say?

    Well I'll go and have a look for a disc.

    thank you.
    Youtube is going to be bad on any Operating system due to the slow processor. Only 240p plays with a somewhat decent framerate on my iBook G4.

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    Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?
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    20" Intel iMac 2.4 Ghz/3G Ram/320HD, Snow Leopard. PBook G4, 1.5Ghz/1.5 Ram/250 HD, Leopard 10.5.6.
    10.3.9 is Panther
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    Recommend an OS for this old iBook ?
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    1Ghz G4? 240p videos should play ok. They do on my 1.33Ghz iBook for sure. Anything HD though will fall apart on a G4 anything.

    I would try Leopard 10.5 but with 640Megs RAM it's might be a blt slow. Tiger 10.4 would run fine on that system though.

    You can upgrade the RAM to 1.25Gigs though. You need a 1GB PC2700 DDR So-dimm. There is 256MB RAM soldered to the Logic board and a 1GB module in the socket under the keyboard would push you up to 1.25GB RAM.

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