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meeks
Aug 27, 2008, 08:32 PM
I just got a PowerMac G5 1.8 with 1GB Ram, 80GB Hard Drive and a 15" LCD Monitor for $250 off craigslist tonight. I think thats a very good deal. My original idea was to just eBay it and make a few extra bucks, but now I think I want to keep it and use it for something. But for what? I already have a new iMac. So I'm asking for some suggestions on what I could use this for. Thanks!



r.j.s
Aug 27, 2008, 08:35 PM
iTunes and file server ...

meeks
Aug 27, 2008, 08:37 PM
that was my initial thought but right now i have the airport extreme with a couple hd's connected which serves up my content pretty nicely. would the powermac as a server have more options than the router?

r.j.s
Aug 27, 2008, 08:38 PM
that was my initial thought but right now i have the airport extreme with a couple hd's connected which serves up my content pretty nicely. would the powermac as a server have more options than the router?

I don't think so, hmmm ...

SDLSteve
Aug 27, 2008, 08:40 PM
Nice buy!

meeks
Aug 27, 2008, 08:46 PM
Nice buy!

yes i agree, i practically stole it at that price. the 15" monitor sweetens the deal even more!

also does this mac have gigabit ethernet?

SmurfBoxMasta
Aug 27, 2008, 09:10 PM
also does this mac have gigabit ethernet?



huummm.........don't you remember the "Gigabit Ethernet" version of the G4 tower, released in July '02 :confused:..........

every mac since then has had it built-in as standard equipment ohyeauhhuhhadtohavitforsureohyea :eek:

meeks
Aug 27, 2008, 09:30 PM
huummm.........don't you remember the "Gigabit Ethernet" version of the G4 tower, released in July '02 :confused:..........

every mac since then has had it built-in as standard equipment ohyeauhhuhhadtohavitforsureohyea :eek:

yes i just did a little googling and noticed that. thanks.

grue
Aug 27, 2008, 09:40 PM
Offload it before the processor and/or motherboard fails.

NRose8989
Aug 27, 2008, 09:53 PM
Got a HDTV? I would use it as a media server like people use mac minis...... except on a much larger scale

mojohanna
Aug 27, 2008, 09:55 PM
Offload it before the processor and/or motherboard fails.

If it hasn't failed by now, the chances are low that it will. Set it up for folding or SETI stuff. It will at least go to good use.

MacHappytjg
Aug 27, 2008, 09:56 PM
use it as a secondary computer, do u have others in the house or w.e u live in? let my parents use my eMac aslongg as i can put all my music on it which is on a external hdd

meeks
Aug 27, 2008, 10:37 PM
use it as a secondary computer, do u have others in the house or w.e u live in? let my parents use my eMac aslongg as i can put all my music on it which is on a external hdd

i was thinking about letting a sibling use it but they seem to be more prone to macbooks. and i can't blame them.

disconap
Aug 27, 2008, 11:48 PM
Do you pay for webhosting? You can turn it into a webserver for free and save yourself some money, provided you aren't getting millions of hits a month...

TheReef
Aug 27, 2008, 11:58 PM
That is a very good deal, but for such a good machine it would be a waste to turn it into a server.

You could use it to experiment with and explore Terminal and the inner workings of the Mac OS, or make it a dedicated machine for a certain purpose…Programming, Photography, Mini music studio etc.

almostinsane
Aug 28, 2008, 12:51 AM
You could leave it on and use it as a space heater.

disconap
Aug 28, 2008, 06:42 AM
That is a very good deal, but for such a good machine it would be a waste to turn it into a server.

You could use it to experiment with and explore Terminal and the inner workings of the Mac OS, or make it a dedicated machine for a certain purpose…Programming, Photography, Mini music studio etc.

True, but actually because of how good a machine it is, you could do both if you do the server in OSX. OSX's web sharing can run in the background and won't effect anything but the more high-end apps. :)

disconap
Aug 28, 2008, 06:42 AM
You could leave it on and use it as a space heater.


It's funny because it's true. I have to turn my processors to the low-end setting in the peak of summer to keep from dying of heat exhaustion...

TheReef
Aug 28, 2008, 07:31 AM
True, but actually because of how good a machine it is, you could do both if you do the server in OSX. OSX's web sharing can run in the background and won't effect anything but the more high-end apps. :)

Yeah true, good point. That's actually what I do locally haha, for some reason I was under the impression of you meaning a box hidden under the stairs. #laughs at my stupidity

The OP could host his work to his friends.

belunos
Aug 28, 2008, 09:08 AM
Sounds like you've already been through all the options, sell it before it devalues more

meeks
Aug 28, 2008, 12:08 PM
that seems to be the option im leaning towards

Lord Zedd
Aug 28, 2008, 03:54 PM
x2, sell it.

Firefly2002
Aug 28, 2008, 04:04 PM
You an just use it as another machine. It's perfectly usable.

r.j.s
Aug 28, 2008, 04:13 PM
I'm going to say sell it, since you've got all the other practical options covered.

ThirteenXIII
Aug 28, 2008, 04:20 PM
not to threadjack, but whats a good way to set up a G5 1.8 as a server?
I have one as well that runs leopard pretty good with 2gb of memory and a 250GB harddrive, i have a MP that i have transferred all my apps and do all of my productivity from there and have just been using the G5 as an entertainment solution, but wanted to host a site or two from there, but dont have OSX Server....

any good tips on getting that started? my sites generally get about 800 - 1200 hits a day i think it can work pretty decent.

Hrududu
Aug 28, 2008, 05:02 PM
Nice buy. The G5 I got off craigslist for $200 was only a 1.6GHz 1.25gb with 80 gig HD with NO LCD and a fried motherboard.... :mad:

MacHappytjg
Aug 28, 2008, 05:11 PM
Nice buy. The G5 I got off craigslist for $200 was only a 1.6GHz 1.25gb with 80 gig HD with NO LCD and a fried motherboard.... :mad:

yea i see one in my city with keyboard mouse 1.25gb ram 80 an 120gb hds a 1.8ghz All the software + leopard for $500 cdn