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Upgrading Your Processor

If you've scanned the system requirements of most new Mac products, you've seen that many would like some variety of PowerPC G3 processor running under Mac OS 9 or later, thank you very much. If you're still chugging along with System 7.1 and a PowerPC 601 processor, that software has zero chance of running on your Mac. With a processor upgrade, your Mac could welcome that software with open arms.

And don't forget Mac OS X. Apple's new operating system has very strict requirements—some variety of PowerPC G3 processor at the very least. (A G4 is even better.) Without that PowerPC G3 or G4, you can forget all about Mac OS X's throbbing, lickable interface. Processor upgrade cards that carry G3 and G4 processors are not officially supported by Apple for Mac OS X but the cards' manufacturers have created patches that will allow some of these upgrades to work under Apple's new OS. If you seek Mac OS X compatibility, check with the upgrade manufacturer's Web site before purchasing the upgrade.


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