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BruDaniell
Sep 24, 2012, 08:41 AM
How to utilize my old G4 as resource for my Mac Mini?

I have an Intel based iMac and a third generation iPad...they perform excellently. My old G4 has been a back room extra machine, but can't run newer software as it only goes up to 10.4.11.

I have several programs that won't run on it because the software companies only support Apple in the Intel based world. One of the programs monitors blood work for example. I am considering a Mac Mini for the ability to run the newer software, but what to do with the old G4? It has 10.4.11, 1.5 SDRAM, 1.2 Ghz, and has the old Superdrive (remember when 100 Mg was a big deal?), firewire, etc.

Is there a way to just daisy chain the G4 to the Mini? I hate to just scrap it.

Is it easy to hook up, and configure?

Suggestions would be appreciated!



flopticalcube
Sep 24, 2012, 08:45 AM
There is this (http://www.screenrecycler.com/ScreenRecycler.html) $29 program that can make your old G4 (I assume it has a screen) act as a monitor for the mini. You will need a proper monitor to set the mini up. To be honest, the money would be better spent on a proper monitor and sell the G4 on eBay.

orestes1984
Sep 24, 2012, 09:09 AM
Being a G4, your Mac can run OS X 10.5.8 by using Xpostfacto, or Leopard Assist. You could use it as I do with my G5 as a server, put in a SATAII controller and load up some drives and then have it serve all your itunes content to your iDevices/Apple TV provided you don't have an iphone 5.

If you wanted to just use it as a file server you could even run itunes 10.7 on the Mini as your itunes server with the content on your G4s drives. They are surprisingly versatile machines for the purpose, it doesn't need to be able to read the content, it just has to store it.

My torrents are automatically downloaded to my server, it does time machine backups, stores all my data, Virtual Box images and can run a few tasks here in there in the background by using screen sharing built into OS X that allows me to see its desktop on my MacBook.

Davy.Shalom
Sep 24, 2012, 10:36 AM
Being a G4, your Mac can run OS X 10.5.8 by using Xpostfacto, or Leopard Assist. You could use it as I do with my G5 as a server, put in a SATAII controller and load up some drives and then have it serve all your itunes content to your iDevices/Apple TV provided you don't have an iphone 5.

If you wanted to just use it as a file server you could even run itunes 10.7 on the Mini as your itunes server with the content on your G4s drives. They are surprisingly versatile machines for the purpose, it doesn't need to be able to read the content, it just has to store it.

My torrents are automatically downloaded to my server, it does time machine backups, stores all my data, Virtual Box images and can run a few tasks here in there in the background by using screen sharing built into OS X that allows me to see its desktop on my MacBook.


He doesn't need Leopard assist since his G4 is a 1.2 GHz, and the minimum requirement for Leopard is 867 MHz.

orestes1984
Sep 24, 2012, 11:13 AM
Sorry, my bad its 2am here I didnt think it through.

BruDaniell
Sep 24, 2012, 03:55 PM
Being a G4, your Mac can run OS X 10.5.8 by using Xpostfacto, or Leopard Assist. You could use it as I do with my G5 as a server, put in a SATAII controller and load up some drives and then have it serve all your itunes content to your iDevices/Apple TV provided you don't have an iphone 5.

If you wanted to just use it as a file server you could even run itunes 10.7 on the Mini as your itunes server with the content on your G4s drives. They are surprisingly versatile machines for the purpose, it doesn't need to be able to read the content, it just has to store it.

My torrents are automatically downloaded to my server, it does time machine backups, stores all my data, Virtual Box images and can run a few tasks here in there in the background by using screen sharing built into OS X that allows me to see its desktop on my MacBook.


Since I will be using it as a resource for the Mini, is it just one cable (which one) and easy to configure?

crewkid89
Sep 24, 2012, 10:00 PM
I think the two suggestions I have seen so far here only require the mac to be connected to your network. I am not sure what mac you have but if it can do gigabit ethernet I would suggest using that for home file sharing.

orestes1984
Sep 25, 2012, 12:14 AM
Since I will be using it as a resource for the Mini, is it just one cable (which one) and easy to configure?

If you're going to use it for file sharing all you need is a Gigbait ethernet cable and a router (Cable/Fibre/ADSL) then you can set up everything I suggested by turning on the sharing options, and setting your Macs network system preferences to DHCP with a fixed IP address in the IP range of your network so it's always up.

If you want to do torrents its as simple as setting up transmission with the web interface turned on, then you can add torrents to automatically download directly to your server.

If you want more drives and more modern drives then you will need a Mac compatible SATAII controller which can be bought on ebay cheaply enough. You will then have all the data storage you need for your home in one secure location.

alexreich
Sep 26, 2012, 03:06 PM
Host files on your G4. That's what I did with my old Sawtooth until I got a PowerMac G5.

orestes1984
Sep 26, 2012, 06:55 PM
You can even host files for intel macs... that's the thing with a server, it doesn't have to be able to read the content on it.