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section8joe
2005-10-22, 22:00
I bought my girlfriend and older ibook and I need to put panther on it. It's running 10.1 right now and I need to upgrade. Anyone have an old copy they want to get rid of?

BlueRabbit
2005-10-22, 22:33
eBay is your friend. (http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2 F&fkr=1&from=R8&satitle=mac+os+x+panther&category0=) :)

BTW, it would probably be a better idea to go with Tiger. Newer versions of OS X are generally faster on the same hardware than older ones. Plus, Tiger has cool features that even old Macs can use.

scrouds
2005-10-22, 22:41
eh, well if its a G3 ibook, maybe panther is better. G4 would be tiger for features.

But Panther is still very good, and is a lot cheaper.

Brad
2005-10-22, 22:50
Tiger is more optimized all-around, even if you don't have a G4.

The only catch is that she should avoid using Dashboard if she doesn't have much RAM. Each widget consumes a whole lot of memory. Otherwise, Tiger should be great.

section8joe
2005-10-22, 22:54
I'm running 10.1 on my girlfriend's G3 ibook. I want to upgrade. Should I run Panther or Tiger. I hear from some people that tiger would run too slow on the ibook and that I should run Panther instead. What do you think?

Brad
2005-10-22, 22:58
section8joe, I've merged your threads together here since they both cover the same subject.

PB PM
2005-10-23, 02:27
I was using Tiger on an old G3 500Mhz ibook with only 256MB RAM, Tiger and ran great. That said, the ibook G3 must have a combo drive to install it. If you only have CD-ROM drive Panther is clearly the newest Mac OS you can use.

v.noir
2005-10-23, 04:17
Pretty sure Apple also sell a CD-ROM version of Tiger.

Brad
2005-10-23, 04:33
Pretty sure Apple also sell a CD-ROM version of Tiger.
Nope.

You can only buy the DVD version. However, for an additional $10, you can send Apple your DVD and they will send you back a CD version.

v.noir
2005-10-23, 05:02
Madness! Well, at least it's possible. For $10. Nice of them. :grumble:

PB PM
2005-10-23, 11:40
I think is is a restocking/shipping fee. The worst part is, you lose the DVD version, which you may like to have at a later date.

Ghostnine
2005-10-23, 11:47
I think is is a restocking/shipping fee. The worst part is, you lose the DVD version, which you may like to have at a later date.

not if you somehow make an, ehem... backup DVD copy (for personal use only!!!)
which is in fact, legal

chucker
2005-10-23, 14:29
which is in fact, legal

Not necessarily, since you are sending your license back.

section8joe
2005-10-23, 15:56
So Panther comes in dvd or cd? I don't think my ibook plays dvd's I just put a dvd in the drive and it spit it back out. I check apple system profiler and i can't find anything about a dvd or cd drive. where can i get to make sure? i know with tiger you just click "about this mac" and it will tell you. How can I do it with 10.1?

DMBand0026
2005-10-23, 16:04
With that speed iBook it's possible that it has a DVD drive, but they were optional, so it may not. I'm not even sure how to check if the drive is a CD or DVD. I'd imagine that since it spit the DVD out than it's not going to be a DVD drive.

chucker
2005-10-23, 16:10
I check apple system profiler and i can't find anything about a dvd or cd drive. where can i get to make sure? i know with tiger you just click "about this mac" and it will tell you. How can I do it with 10.1?

System Profiler -> Hardware -> ATA

One is the hard drive, the other is the optical drive.

PB PM
2005-10-23, 16:16
G3 ibooks have a tray loading CD-ROM Drive or Combo Drive. If it spit out your DVD, or the DVD wont show up, you have a CD-ROM Drive only. If that is the case you buy a Tiger disk and send away for the CD's or you go for a used copy of Panther.