upgrade 10.3.9?

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hello, I own a Imac G5 1.8 Ghz with 256mb ram running panther version 10.3.9 Obviously I would like to increase the memory and run at least TIGER and hopefully LEOPARD. Is this possible? If so, where can I get the software upgrade and what would be the best memory to use, amount and brand? Thank you! Chad

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Yes, you can upgrade to Leopard. (check the tech specs here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/techspecs/)

You’ll need at least a G4 running at 867MHz or better (you’ve got that, of course) and at least 512MB memory (your system will hold two 2 SDRAM (184-pin), PC3200 – DDR400 modules – I suggest you install the maximum the system will hold…)

Memory is available from a variety of different places online or in person: I have found that “The Upgrade Place” (formerly buymemory.com or McDonald and Associates) consistently has the best prices around. The current (spot) price for this memory (iRAM PC3200 1GB DIMM) is $34.00 (USD) each; generic PC3200 memory is priced at $32.00 each. I’d go with the iRAM for $2.00 more….

DISCLAIMER: I am not in any way associated with The Upgrade Place, nor do I receive any compensation for this mention of their site.

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  • Phillychad
    Thanks for the help! I went to the site you recommended. I have just one more question. I want to get the 1gb memory, Is that just one chip? Do i remove the old memory chip and replace that with this new one? When you spoke of capacity, did you mean I should use both slots therfore requireing two 1gb chips? thanks again for your help!
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  • Pressler2904
    The total capacity of your system is 2GB: this would require removing all memory from either/both DIMM slots and replacing with new 1GB (each) sticks. If you add 1 DIMM, you'll either end up with 1.25GB (1ea 1GB + 1ea 256MB) or 1.125 GB (remove 1ea 128MB DIMM, add 1ea 1GB DIMM, total will be 1.125GB). Again, I would suggest maxing out your RAM: believe me, the UNIX underpinnings of MacOS X will appreciate it...
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