"Building" a Mac system

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"Building" a Mac system

Postby wildweasel » 2008-11-01 @ 19:53

I recently got my hands on a blue-and-white Power Mac G3 tower, for about $30. The thing came pre-loaded with Mac OS X 10.3.9, which I quickly replaced with OS 9.1 to run the older stuff. But for the OS X side of the machine, I'm considering upgrading it to OS X 10.4. Before I do that, though, I need to know if anybody here has had experience running it on an older machine like this one.

Apple's sysreqs page just tells me I need at least a G3 processor and 256 MB of RAM. I've got the RAM and the disk space (extra hard drive), but is it going to be "worth" running 10.4 on a 350 MHz G3? Or would it be too slow to be usable? 10.3.9 ran decently, but struggled with things like Firefox and some Classic applications. Does 10.4 add a lot of stuff that would hog my processor?
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Re: "Building" a Mac system

Postby Moogle! » 2008-11-01 @ 20:26

First Go here.

Then Go here.

And then go here, and work from there. Make sure you get a Generic copy of Tiger.
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Re: "Building" a Mac system

Postby wildweasel » 2008-11-02 @ 07:21

Damn, those G4 upgrade cards at SonnetTech are spendy! But thank you for the links, I'm probably going to want the 9.2.2 updates...
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Re: "Building" a Mac system

Postby Moogle! » 2008-11-02 @ 16:22

Yes. 9.2.2 is supposed to be a teeny bit faster than 9.1
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Re: "Building" a Mac system

Postby Snover » 2008-11-05 @ 02:29

You aren't going to find any software that will run on OS 9 unless you only want to be running ancient stuff. You won't even find a Web browser that works with most sites written in the past two years. Just FYI.
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Re: "Building" a Mac system

Postby wildweasel » 2008-11-06 @ 17:13

Snover wrote:You aren't going to find any software that will run on OS 9 unless you only want to be running ancient stuff. You won't even find a Web browser that works with most sites written in the past two years. Just FYI.

That's fine with me; there's plenty of stuff that won't run on OS X that I want to run (the Mac version of System Shock, most of the old Ambrosia Software games...).
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