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Old Jan 24, 2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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'Upgrade' to G5

I currently have a G4 1Ghz with additional 120gb hard drive and 4 x 512MBDDR SD ram cards.

It cant now take 10.5 or 6 and is really slow at watching streamed video on iPlayer etc.

Ive been offered a G5 1.8ghz single processor but its hard drive is small and its memory too is a bit lacking. But Im assuming that this will help my iPlayer viewing better than my g4 as it has a slightly faster processor? but is my memory cards and hard drive on my G4 transferable to the G5 so I can add the memory and the HD that I already have?

Any help would be appreciated, would love to go to latest mac models but budget never allows.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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I currently have a G4 1Ghz with additional 120gb hard drive and 4 x 512MBDDR SD ram cards.

It cant now take 10.5 or 6 and is really slow at watching streamed video on iPlayer etc.

Ive been offered a G5 1.8ghz single processor but its hard drive is small and its memory too is a bit lacking. But Im assuming that this will help my iPlayer viewing better than my g4 as it has a slightly faster processor? but is my memory cards and hard drive on my G4 transferable to the G5 so I can add the memory and the HD that I already have?

Any help would be appreciated, would love to go to latest mac models but budget never allows.
If your G4 is a single 1Ghz, youll see a big boost (50% extra speed from the CPU and probably more from the internal speed boost from faster HDs etc) - The G5 cannot take your G4s HDDs unless they are SATA - if you need to transfer data you can use the Optical Drives connection as far as I know (Not sure tho) - luckily SATA drives are quite cheap. Also, I think the RAM may be different (unless its a Mirror Drive Door in which case I think its transferable).
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If it's free, sure. Otherwise you'd be better off trying to get your hands on a used Intel Mac Mini, depending on price.
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Im in luck it seems as yes its a mirror door and also the HD on my G4 are of the SATA type. transfer of stuff should be okay via my external WD drive,
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 06:42 AM   #5
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This may seem really obvious but how can I tell if my old G4 is dual or single processor.
Im assuming that if I go to "about mac" and its showing cpu:1 then thats a single processor?

Also does anyone know if the G5 single processor 1.8ghz can take OS 10.5.5?

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Anything above 867MHz can run leopard... yes to answer the question, on 1.8GHz it would run.
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