2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2013 5:51 PM by Texas Mac Man
blokheed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi i have a powerbook G-4 15" runnjng Mac osx 10.4.11 model powerbook 5,6 is it worth upgrading or is it even possible because i recently recieved a I-Phone 4-s  and can't link my phone with my lap top. It has some sentalmental value being my first mac and I would like to give it to my son for his first lap top good sturdy machine but i don't want to end up spending twice as much as i would to just buy him a new machine with this economy money is alot harder to come buy!

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Kernnal Darwin 8.11.0,1.67Ghz 512mb
  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)



    This model of PowerBook (1.67Ghz Al) can be upgraded to Mac OS X 10.5.

    There is some advantages to upgrading  and some disadvantage. One of the disadvantages is the ability to sync iPhones running iOS 6 (Which requires a newer version of iTunes that runs on Intel Macs)


    Now I use a PowerBook G4 1.67 17" running Mac OS X 10.5.8 and does all I require. The only thing it can't do that well is play back flash websites. (Like Youtube) The Java is out of date, but the Camino web brower still handles most website very well indeed. (There are applications like YouView that will play back YouTube Videos very well) As this PowerBook is 9/10 years old, it has some web restrictions, as the web technologies have moved on.


    This big disadvantage is the cost of upgrading. The Retail DVD's for Mac OS X 10.5 is expensive (As they are obsolete) Memory and hard drives are very reasonable and can be cheap to upgrade.


    The thing to think about when making this discussion is, does your son require a machine that can run the latest version of software like iTunes? Does he require flash video play back in a fast web browser?


    If he is happy with using the PowerBook to do basic web browsing, office work and maybe use some older PPC based applications, then it's ideal.


    Hope this helps.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    Here's the requirements for the iPhone 4s.



    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installation system requirements



    Look on eBay or Google the installer part numbers to possibly find at an on-line store. Here's what to look for:


    MB427Z/A  Leopard 10.5.1 install DVD

    MB576Z/A  Leopard 10.5.4 install DVD

    MB021Z/A  Leopard 10.5.6 install DVD (single user)

    MB022Z/A  Leopard 10.5.6 install DVD (5-user family pack)


    Installing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard



    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Installation and Setup Guide



    After you install the base 10.5, download & install the 10.5.8 combo update at http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_5_8_Combo_Update


    The DVD should look like this



    Caution - Leopard does not support classic mode. So, if you currently open OS 9 apps in classic mode, you won't be able to do this if you upgrade to Leopard.


     Cheers, Tom