: OSX and G3


iLabmAn
Feb 15th, 2007, 09:46 PM
What's better to run on a 400MHZ iMac G3? 10.3.9 or 10.4?

Which will perform better?

Orion
Feb 15th, 2007, 11:12 PM
Can't remeber the iMac's specs off hand, but I ugraded my 500Mhz G3 iBook from 10.3 to 10.4 and it actually runs faster. It's still slow vs. newer machines, but it's faster than it was. If you have a decent hard drive (5400 rpm, 10+ Gigs) and add as much memory as possible (640 Mb max?) it will run acceptably.

If you don't have the memory (at LEAST 256 Megs) then any version of OSX will feel sluggish.

rondini
Feb 15th, 2007, 11:14 PM
Go with Tiger, RAM at least 512, 1 gig better tho'

martman
Feb 15th, 2007, 11:15 PM
Performance wise I think you'd need to run benchmarks to tell the difference. I don't think the difference is enough to notice by yourself.

chuckster
Feb 16th, 2007, 07:30 AM
If you have the ram, definitely Tiger. I noticed a difference in speed on the same system after I upgraded.

irontree
Feb 16th, 2007, 07:57 AM
used 10.4 on a G3/400 with no issues- ran great! (640 mb ram)

Lawrence
Feb 16th, 2007, 08:27 AM
I've had my G3/350 B&W 1024 mb's ram running 10.4 with no problems,
I've since upgraded it to a G4/500 via a new zif chip and it still runs great with 10.4

Dave

VO1NFLD
Feb 16th, 2007, 08:28 AM
Every G3 with firewire i have runes Tiger and runs it really well .
iMac G3 DV 400mhz ( X2 )
Powermac G3 400mhz

eMacMan
Feb 16th, 2007, 01:16 PM
As previously said at least 512MB RAM for Tiger. If you do a lot of data transfer using an external drive or server the uncontrollable spotlight indexing can make these machines painfully slow with Tiger, but for normal use you should be OK.

iLabmAn
Feb 16th, 2007, 02:21 PM
Can't remeber the iMac's specs off hand, but I ugraded my 500Mhz G3 iBook from 10.3 to 10.4 and it actually runs faster. It's still slow vs. newer machines, but it's faster than it was. If you have a decent hard drive (5400 rpm, 10+ Gigs) and add as much memory as possible (640 Mb max?) it will run acceptably.

If you don't have the memory (at LEAST 256 Megs) then any version of OSX will feel sluggish.

Did you run a clean install of Tiger?

Orion
Feb 16th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Yes, a fresh install of Tiger. No migration either; just started from scratch. Had done the same with Panther. I didn't run any benchmarks, but the iBook felt snappier. Then again it's only for email and surfing.