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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Fastest OS For 1GB PowerPC MacMini Reply with quote

I've recently acquired a PowerPC MacMini with 1GB of RAM- I believe it's G3.

I believe it has Tiger on it - but it's very slow

I just want to give it away to a relative to use as a basic machine for reading webpages, email and if at all possible YouTube.

Is there another Operating system out there that will run well on this kind of machine?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually just managed to start the MacMini and check the Specs, actually a G4

Machine Name: Mac mini
Machine Model: PowerMac10,1
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.2)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You only have two choices - 10.4 and 10.5.

10.5 has better more software available.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A version of Linux might prove to be faster than OS X on an old PPC mini. However, you would be restricted to versions of Linux made to run on PPC hardware. Debian would probably be your best choice.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would recommend linux myself especially for that old of a machine
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
You only have two choices - 10.4 and 10.5.

10.5 has better more software available.

SC


SC, didn't that machine come with 10.3 (Panther?) Depending on what it is to be used for, I'd run 10.3.9 or 10.4 - both are fairly light on resources, especially with a 1.25Ghz PPC and 1GB RAM...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd rather use 10.4 than 10.5 on a PPC mini, but you can either use an older version of software in 10.5, or an even older version in 10.4.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Fastest OS For 1GB PowerPC MacMini Reply with quote

DeeLondon wrote:
I've recently acquired a PowerPC MacMini with 1GB of RAM- I believe it's G3.

I believe it has Tiger on it - but it's very slow

I just want to give it away to a relative to use as a basic machine for reading webpages, email and if at all possible YouTube.

Is there another Operating system out there that will run well on this kind of machine?


Hi
I know this is abit old, I've just put Lubuntu (Linux) on to a old laptop with 1GB RAM. I also put in a IDE SSD (32Gb) just for some fun. Works well
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: Fastest OS For 1GB PowerPC MacMini Reply with quote

DeeLondon wrote:
I've recently acquired a PowerPC MacMini with 1GB of RAM- I believe it's G3.

I believe it has Tiger on it - but it's very slow

I just want to give it away to a relative to use as a basic machine for reading webpages, email and if at all possible YouTube.

Is there another Operating system out there that will run well on this kind of machine?


If you got the skills (you can learn from Youtube guides), then I'd recommend replacing the harddrive with an SSD if it's possible. I dont know if that old Mini have SATA interface.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd have to find a PATA SSD, or see if you can shoehorn a PATA to SATA adapter in the case.

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