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Chinasaur Dec 22, 2002 08:33 PM
OS info for a B&W 350
Greets all,

I have a B&W 350 arriving Tuesday and I'm looking for information on OS's so I can make an informed choice as to which I install. The system will have 384MB RAM initially.

I have researched B&W's and OS's here at MacNN but I am so out of date (Performa 635CD and 7.1.2p) that I can't make an informed choice. I don't know what features came out in OS8, much less OS9, to make a choice as to OS 8.5(6) or OS 9.0(1).

My other computers run BeOS and Linux so speed is very important to me. I am looking for speed and stability over bells and whistles. I don't want to feel any slowdown due to OS. The computer will be used as a DVD player, CD burner, general internet - IRC, email, surfing.

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
 
bgmccollum Dec 22, 2002 09:36 PM
Re: OS info for a B&W 350
Quote
Originally posted by Chinasaur:
Greets all,

I have a B&W 350 arriving Tuesday and I'm looking for information on OS's so I can make an informed choice as to which I install. The system will have 384MB RAM initially.

I have researched B&W's and OS's here at MacNN but I am so out of date (Performa 635CD and 7.1.2p) that I can't make an informed choice. I don't know what features came out in OS8, much less OS9, to make a choice as to OS 8.5(6) or OS 9.0(1).

My other computers run BeOS and Linux so speed is very important to me. I am looking for speed and stability over bells and whistles. I don't want to feel any slowdown due to OS. The computer will be used as a DVD player, CD burner, general internet - IRC, email, surfing.

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
9.2.2

solid, fast, reliable...unlike that other mac operating system with the letter X in it. i better shut up, lemmings might get offended...
 
George Orville Dec 24, 2002 07:23 PM
Re: OS info for a B&W 350
Quote
Originally posted by Chinasaur:
. I am looking for speed and stability

I have been running 8.6 on 6116 and 7300.....very good....
Since then I have moved up to 9.1 on my 7300......It is very, very stable....especially when surfing the WEB

bigbiker
 
Cipher13 Dec 25, 2002 08:45 AM
9.1 full install.

OR

9.0.4 download, if you can't get a 9.1 full install.

Don't use 9.2.

Don't use the 9.1 downloaded update.
 
Chinasaur Dec 25, 2002 03:30 PM
Thanks for the input :) Was kind of you all to help. I'll probably go with the 9.1 install.

I found this OS timeline when looking at upgrade info for my father's 6100. Good info here on what was in some past releases -

http://www.kan.org/6100/os.html
 
tooki Jan 2, 2003 03:46 AM
9.1-9.2.2 are essentially identical. The updates provide hardware support for newer models, and Classic environment support, but not much else.

Steer clear of 9.0.x, there are some dumb bugs in it (like that it never purges the temporary items). You'll also find that 9.1 is the minimum version for a lot of software.

8.6 is good, too, but not quite as net-savvy as 9. But 8.6 uses a bit less RAM.

For playing DVDs, I honestly recommend using OS X (10.1 or greater). The OS X DVD player (DVD Player 3.0, which runs in software on a B&W) is better than DVD Player 1.3, which is the last version that supports the B&W's hardware decoder. (The OS 8/9 software DVD player [DVD Player 2.x] will not launch on a B&W.)

tooki
 
Eriamjh Jan 5, 2003 11:37 AM
Run 9.1 and no less. Go ahead and run 9.2.1 or 9.2.2 if you wish. There is nothing above 9.1 that will harm or slow down your B&W G3.

Take tooki's advice and avoid 9.0.4. 9.1 was a bug fix and it did just that, fixed bugs.

Expect to pay $50 or more for an OS9 CD. They are in hot demand now that OSX is the new "standard" (ironically).
 
bradoesch Jan 9, 2003 05:32 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Cipher13:
9.1 full install.

OR

9.0.4 download, if you can't get a 9.1 full install.

Don't use 9.2.

Don't use the 9.1 downloaded update.
Just curious about the difference between the download update and the Apple CD update.
 
KaptainKaya Jan 10, 2003 12:23 AM
Dont worry, I'll vouch for the one that said to stay away from X. I have Jag on it and it basically kills the computer. Literally. Apps all of a sudden crash and then they wont launch after. Not even logging out and then in again fixes it. Tomorrow on my day off I am wiping it and putting 9.1 on it. 9.2 is too buggy and 8.6 has a few features out that 9.1 has.
 
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