3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2012 4:28 PM by Klaus1
Cpolinsky Level 1 Level 1

I first want to thank everyone for any help you can give me. My first computer was an apple2e when I was in elementary school. I have gone back and fourth with pc's and apple's however this is my first apple that I have ever owned. I have been thinking about converting from PC to Apple but I wanted to try one out first before I gave in.


Since I am new I was wondering can I upgrade the OS I believe it has 10.5.8 which is all new to me since i've been a pc guy. Any info about the OS or anything I can do to upgrade will help me out?


I upgraded my memory to 2gb and purchased a new battery since it wasn't holding a long charge.


Do I need a virus program? (I've always been told that apple's never get viruses compared to pcs) or one you'd suggest.


Thank you for any help you can give me.

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Michael Wasley Level 5 Level 5

    OS 10.5.8 is as far as a G4 PB can go.


    Anti-virus? Short answer is no, many (most?) people don't or just use something free like ClamXav which is well regarded. Long answer is that there are other things besides viruses that go bump in the night and reading this may help.


    Try TenFourFox as a browser.


    Bear in mind G4's and 10.5 though capable for many uses are now old in computing terms and may not be a good comparison with a modern Mac.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
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    A PowerBook G4 is quite limited at this point. Don't get me wrong, that was a great machine... I still have one that gets regular use. However, you can't upgrade it past 10.5.8 and it can't do many things that a newer machine can do. The system has changed a fair bit between 10.5 and 10.8. And since it has an old PowerPC processor, rather than the Intel processor that Apple's hardware has used for a very long time now, it cannot run a lot of newer software. So, as Michael says, it may not be the ideal machine for learning about modern Mac systems. But it'll give you a taste of the Apple, at least!


    As for anti-virus software, see my Mac Malware Guide. If you do want anti-virus software, since you're stuck at Mac OS X 10.5, your options are limited. I'm not actually sure which AV software still supports PowerPC machines. I think ClamXav does, but it doesn't do the best job of detecting Mac malware. (See Mac anti-virus detection rates.) Fortunately, you may be safer than most, because almost all recent malware has not been capable of running on PowerPC chips, and older malware that can affect a machine with a PowerPC chip is not still circulating. So the age of the machine may be to your benefit there!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    I'm not actually sure which AV software still supports PowerPC machines. I think ClamXav does

    Yes it does!