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Tonka2001
Feb 4, 2011, 09:31 PM
Hello, I just inherited a power mac g4 and it seems like I cannot download much "free ware" (ex. Gimp, Openoffice) any ideas on anything this computer can get thats good?

also

any recommendations on a USB type wireless LAN adaptors?

Thanks all!



63dot
Feb 4, 2011, 09:41 PM
Hello, I just inherited a power mac g4 and it seems like I cannot download much "free ware" (ex. Gimp, Openoffice) any ideas on anything this computer can get thats good?

also

any recommendations on a USB type wireless LAN adaptors?

Thanks all!

I had a very early Power Mac G4 and for older stuff like that, I often refer to www.apple-history.com which will give you RAM limits, OS limits, and other useful information such as original, unaltered release specs.

Amazingly, this machine came with OS 9, but had I kept it long enough, it could have taken all the way up to OS X 10.4.11.

From that point after you know the parameters of your specific Power Mac, you can go to a used Apple enthusiast site (sun remarketing, low end mac, or similar site) and see if you have the latest upgrades possible if you feel you want to modernize your older machine to its full potential.

Tonka2001
Feb 4, 2011, 09:44 PM
I had a very early Power Mac G4 (2000 or 2001) and for older stuff like that, I often refer to www.apple-history.com which will give you RAM limits, OS limits, and other useful information such as original, unaltered release specs.

From that point, you can go to a used Apple enthusiast site and see if you have the latest upgrades possible if you feel you want to modernize your older machine to its full potential.

THANKS!

I will check it out.

skinniezinho
Feb 5, 2011, 09:47 AM
Hello, I just inherited a power mac g4 and it seems like I cannot download much "free ware" (ex. Gimp, Openoffice) any ideas on anything this computer can get thats good?

also

any recommendations on a USB type wireless LAN adaptors?

Thanks all!

why not?www.opensourcemac.org has everything you need ;)
USB Type WIFI adaptors:
branded: SMC: model SMCUSBS-n3 150mbps N card,it has a ralink chip with drivers for macOS X
unbranded: something like this (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360317913827&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_3928wt_1141) ,or you can search for ralink in the description,and then check in ralink webpage if it has drivers for osx.

There are PCI Solutions too,like this one (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250608837235&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_2585wt_907),or this combo:1 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110562755286&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_3735wt_907)+2 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220385813369&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_2685wt_1141) wich will work as a real aiport card,although,you don't get "N" speeds.
Hope it helps :D

Nameci
Feb 5, 2011, 09:59 AM
Hello, I just inherited a power mac g4 and it seems like I cannot download much "free ware" (ex. Gimp, Openoffice) any ideas on anything this computer can get thats good?

also

any recommendations on a USB type wireless LAN adaptors?

Thanks all!

What specific PowerMac G4 do you happen to have?