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FlatlinerG
Jun 27, 2013, 10:51 AM
Hi all, I recently got an old G5 xserve for basically nothing and figured I could have some fun with it. I have no real use for it and yes I know that something even as cheap as a Mac Mini could outperform it. Either way, I'm looking for ideas of what to use it for.

I was thinking a Minecraft server, which sounds like it could be difficult on the G5..or a local file sharing server. Zero other ideas though. Thoughts?



mwhities
Jun 27, 2013, 11:03 AM
What are the specs on it? CPU? HDD space? Ram? etc?

FlatlinerG
Jun 27, 2013, 11:14 AM
What are the specs on it? CPU? HDD space? Ram? etc?

2.0GHz G5 - single
1GB ram - can easily be upgraded
320GB hard drive
OS X 10.5 server


It's pretty much the baseline early 2005 xserve.

Spock
Jun 27, 2013, 10:01 PM
I would add an SSD for Mac OS X Server and use the other 2 drive bays for a couple 1 or 2tb hard drives and make it a NAS. But I think you need to add jumpers to the drives to get the G5 to see them.

Les Kern
Jun 28, 2013, 11:24 AM
Artificial reef.

FlatlinerG
Jun 28, 2013, 04:59 PM
I would add an SSD for Mac OS X Server and use the other 2 drive bays for a couple 1 or 2tb hard drives and make it a NAS. But I think you need to add jumpers to the drives to get the G5 to see them.


I was thinking something along these lines if I can't run any decent game servers from it. Maybe I'll go that route if I can find some good deals on hard drives.

Artiss
Aug 13, 2013, 06:38 PM
I just picked up a similar server. The guy I got it from was wrong with the specs. I was hoping for the Xeon version instead its a G5. I bought it for $40, in the hopes of setting up a minecraft server for my daughter & friends... Sadly Java no longer updates for PPC for the newer versions of Minecraft.

The real kick in the pants it had no OS and Apple Support said its vintage so I am SOL.


Hi all, I recently got an old G5 xserve for basically nothing and figured I could have some fun with it. I have no real use for it and yes I know that something even as cheap as a Mac Mini could outperform it. Either way, I'm looking for ideas of what to use it for.

I was thinking a Minecraft server, which sounds like it could be difficult on the G5..or a local file sharing server. Zero other ideas though. Thoughts?

mBox
Aug 14, 2013, 08:09 AM
The real kick in the pants it had no OS and Apple Support said its vintage so I am SOL.


makes a great tv tray ;)

alexrmc92
Aug 15, 2013, 05:30 PM
I just picked up a similar server. The guy I got it from was wrong with the specs. I was hoping for the Xeon version instead its a G5. I bought it for $40, in the hopes of setting up a minecraft server for my daughter & friends... Sadly Java no longer updates for PPC for the newer versions of Minecraft.

The real kick in the pants it had no OS and Apple Support said its vintage so I am SOL.

install Debian linux on it and you will have an updated version on java. Whether its good enough for MC i am uncertain.

Artiss
Aug 15, 2013, 10:33 PM
install Debian linux on it and you will have an updated version on java. Whether its good enough for MC i am uncertain.

Interesting idea - thanks :) Will give it a try soon.

ChrisFerri
Aug 30, 2013, 09:36 PM
I thought about buying a cheap G4 or G5 Xserve to do this.

http://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/20091213-img_9488.jpg?w=600

erzeszut
Aug 31, 2013, 09:56 AM
I thought about buying a cheap G4 or G5 Xserve to do this.

Image (http://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/20091213-img_9488.jpg?w=600)

That's cool! Instructions/more info anywhere??

chown33
Aug 31, 2013, 12:05 PM
I thought about buying a cheap G4 or G5 Xserve to do this.

Image (http://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/20091213-img_9488.jpg?w=600)

I don't see any flipper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipper_(pinball)#Flippers) buttons.

phoenixsan
Aug 31, 2013, 11:06 PM
as a good Folding@home machine (have to confirm if they develop a PPC client still). Or a file server....

:):apple:

technothug
Sep 8, 2013, 11:09 AM
I'm running late 2006 Intel it as a small minecraft server fine. Loaded it up with 16 gigs and dedicated most of that RAM to the server. For a small 10 person server, it does the trick