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G3 iMac 500MHz w/ 640mb mem... Tiger or Panther?
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daiSho
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May 29, 2005, 02:24 AM
 
hi all... i recently acquired a nice G3 iMac 'Snow' for my baby sister, her first computer... the machine specifications are 500MHz G3 processor, 640mb of memory installed (128mb & 512mb) along w/ an 80GB Seagate 7200rpm drive, partitioned w/ an 8GB boot partition... lastly it has the stock slot-loading DVD drive.

what i am wondering is whether Tiger would be appropriate for this machine, or if it would be better left running Panther as it is now... i honestly have no clue here.

if anyone could offer an opinion or input it would be greatly appreciated... my sister will not be running any heavy-lifting apps i am sure, mostly web surfing, email, iTunes and occasional cd burning w/ an external Lacie FW drive, so if one OS is going to run faster on this machine i'd really like to know before proceeding...

thx in advance all..!

     
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May 29, 2005, 03:07 AM
 
Tiger should run faster than Panther. You should see a significant improvement with Tiger in Safari and Finder for example.
     
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May 29, 2005, 06:46 PM
 
Tiger.

I switched my 400 MHz G3 iMac DV with 768 MB RAM from Panther to Tiger, and it made quite a difference.
     
   
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