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OS 8.1 Hype or Fact
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Mar 22, 2000, 06:00 PM
The Mac OS 8.1 Special Report lists several performance improvements, especially a faster virtual memory scheme which speeds application startup and disk caching.

Have these improvements actually been noticed on 68k Macs?

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Mar 22, 2000, 08:31 PM
Special report or not, if your Mac can run Mac OS 8.1, use it. It has many features that you will like it.
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Mar 27, 2000, 05:49 PM
Probably won't see a speed improvement on a 68k machine, but the advantages are well worth the price (can we all shout FREE!).
I use 8.1 on my Quadra 630 because I now have access to HFS+ (although I have an HFS standard partition so I can boot up) which is nice because I use the machine as a file server, and I have a 15GB drive in it. 8.1 also "fixes a billion bugs" (-Steve Jobs), some of which were nasty memory leak problems associated with the first multitasking code.

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Mar 31, 2000, 10:39 AM
LC475 (68040 at 25mhz) and up can handle 8.1
any thing less stick to 7.6.1. But a LC 475 likes the system 7's better.
7.6.1 didn't crash as much as 8.1 but on a PPC 8.1 way faster. But 7.6.1 cant run new software, most are made for 8.1

68k work around, if you have a 68k with a 2 GIG HD or more, patition it into 2 Drives, one 500mb for the HFS and system and the other HFS+. Make sure the first partition is HFS and has the system on it.

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Mar 31, 2000, 08:47 PM
7.6.1 is more stable on the older macs, in my experience. I know that my Quadras CAN run 8.0 and 8.1, and I'd definitely use 8.1 over 8.0, but the performance is so appalling that I topped them out at 7.6.1. Of course, most of my apps are older and won't run under 8 anyway. A lot of 68k apps won't run under 8, so keep THAT in mind too before you upgrade your system.
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Apr 1, 2000, 11:49 AM
I installed OS 8 on my Preforma 6400 and was perty much disgusted with how slow it ran.

Then After upgrading to 8.1 it was acceptable, though not as fast as system 7.
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