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hey any ideas ?

hey there any ideas on how to speed up my powermac g4 gual 1ghz its real laggy and i want it quicker it has 512mb ram osx leopard and tiger geforce 4mx

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nil0bject's picture
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have you tried a fresh install of mac os x?
clearing caches?
when was the last time the disk was formatted?

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i installed last week when i got this mac

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Add more or larger RAM modules.

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hey? No... I'd be grateful that it still runs...

512mb ram osx leopard...

There lies the cruncher. Want it quicker?

Tip (until you either upgrade the RAM and/or get a quicker, better box); On this Mac, when you finish with an app, Quit the app, don't just have its window closed and running in the background hogging resources and your limited RAM.

Get another 1 GB RAM into it (if possible)...

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hi i am going to try the more ram ill put 1.5gb to start with what about graphics card i heard it may help leopard ?

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What's in the box already?

Whatever graphics card you get, it has to fit into an AGP slot - though if you can find a suitable PCI card, it could also go into a free PCI slot (NOT PCI-E).

FWIW, I got myself an NVidia GeForce4 Titanium, TI4600 128MB, AGP w DVI/VGA (Mac chipset) about 4 years ago for my DP 1 GHz 2002 Quicksilver. I got this card because it fully supported native OS 9 & X at 1920 × 1080. Its been a good reliable card in that respect. Cost me about $80 at the time on eBay.

If you have no intention of running a native Mac OS 9, then you might look at more recent AGP cards.

Avoid PC vid cards that have been flashed for use in a Mac. Get a card manufactured specifically for a Mac G4/G5 with AGP.

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what sorta card is any good and will help leopard core image ect ? all the cards seem old as my pc has gtx 660ti sli i have no idea about macs

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Mac OS 9 has ALWAYS been faster than ANY version of X.

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Only 3 options exist:

1. As MTT says, get more RAM, you can max out at 2GB and with 2 processors you'll need it.
I have one of these too and 2GB RAM helps but it's always going to be limited by the slow 133MHz or 167MHz bus. I use Leopard on mine every so often, but the slowness gets to me. I also use Leopard on my 1.67GHz PBG4 every day, it's so much more pleasant, helped by faster RAM. Leopard on my iMac G4 is also bearable, even with only a single 1GHz CPU, helped again by faster RAM and lots of it.

2. You may find that for the money it's going to cost to get the 4x512MB sticks you need, you can buy a 2nd user PMG5. Dual CPU preferred. It'll probably come with more memory already and it'll breeze through Leopard (I alo have one of these that switches between Leopard and Panther - for Classic use).

3. Downgrade to Panther.

OS 9 faster than any OS X ?? Well maybe not, 10.7 on my Mac Pro blows away any of my old Macs.

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1) Max out your RAM.

2) If you can live with the loss of features, revert to Tiger. Leopard is slower.

I keep OS 9, Tiger, and Leopard on my Quicksilver 2x1Ghz (which maxes out at 1.5GB RAM.) OS 9 is of course the most responsive.

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After RAM, an ATA/133 or SATA 1 card can lift your disk speed enough to notice.

lukem9962's picture
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any ideas of a sata card ? none on ebay say mac compatable

nil0bject's picture
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here's an example of one from a quick google, but i think you should be able to get one cheaper:
macsales

nil0bject's picture
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you can sometimes get an old pci card and flash a mac rom onto it
http://themacelite.wikispaces.com/NVIDIA+Flashing+Guides

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For the video card, if you can get one with about 64MB minimum, 128MB preferred, they should be fast enough for the Quartz engine, used hevily in OSX 10.5.
Again, a PMG5 may end up costing you less than new RAM, video, SATA card for the MDD, and it'll come with all this and be 2x faster.