Getting the most out of a Power Mac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by letawookiewin, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Sep 27, 2010
    #1
    Hey guys,

    I recently received a Power Mac G5 running on OS X Tiger 10.4.11. I'm wondering what's the most affordable/best way to get this machine running (upgrading) to its fullest capacity? Thanks! Specs are as follows:

    Machine Name: Power Mac G5
    Machine Model: PowerMac7,2
    CPU Type: PowerPC 970 (2.2)
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 2 GB (8 Memory slots available)
    Bus Speed: 900 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.1.5f0
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    Location:
    Vancouver Island
    #2
    A search of topics on this forum would be a good start, this has been covered before ad nauseam, other then that all the usual stuff, max out the memory (cheap today), upgrade the OS to Leopard 10.5.8, then run Xslimmer - monoligual etc to trim out the unneeded intel binaries.
    I have a dual 1.8 and it runs well after treating it to all of the above.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Jun 26, 2010
    #3
    Run efficient software (mplayer, vlc, MacTubes) and don't use flash in a web browser. It's fun seeing what you can do with the hardware you have.

    I've never seen benchmarks for Xslimmer and Monolingual after they've cleared miniscule amounts of much need hard drive space, but I suspect any speed increase they give you will be offset by the time it takes to install and run them;)
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Location:
    Wollongong, Australia
    #4
    My G5 is pretty close in specs, being a dual 1.8GHz model. Anyways.

    >>Upgrade the memory to at least 4GB, more if you can. Huge improvement over 2GB.
    >>Upgrade to 10.5 Leopard, and use the Secrets preference pane and Onyx to turn off or speed up eye candy and animations. This makes everything feel much snappier.
    >>Stick an SSD in as your boot drive. Another huge speed boost right there.
    >>Uninstall Flash or block Flash by default on websites, it's slow as hell and dangerous to run these days. Use an ad blocker in your browser.

    And. Yeah, that's it for now :)
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    Location:
    Australia
    #5
    Use Camino that has flashblock installed right off the bat.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

    jwjsr

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    Location:
    Fairhope, Alabama
    #6
    Can I install more ram

    I have almost the same Power Pc G5, 3 or 4 years ago I was assured that 2.5 GB was max I would ever get. Is it now possible to get more than 2.5 GB ram into this machine?

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: Power Mac G5
    Model Identifier: PowerMac7,3
    Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (2.2)
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 2.5 GB
    Bus Speed: 1 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.1.8f7
    Serial Number (system): RM428ZHSQPM
    Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000A95D4C0D2


    DIMM0/J11:

    Size: 256 MB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM1/J12:

    Size: 256 MB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM2/J13:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM3/J14:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM4/J41:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    DIMM5/J42:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    DIMM6/J43:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    DIMM7/J44:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty
     
  7. macrumors 6502

    jwjsr

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    Location:
    Fairhope, Alabama
    #7
    Why did I lose .5gb? Memory was 2.5gb as shown below. Then I popped in 2 more 1gb sticks for a total of 4.5 gb and now it shows 4gb instead of 4.5gb. It no longer recognizes the .5gb in J11 and J12.

    Before adding another pair of 1gb sticks--

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: Power Mac G5
    Model Identifier: PowerMac7,3
    Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (2.2)
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 2.5 GB
    Bus Speed: 1 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.1.8f7
    Serial Number (system): RM428ZHSQPM
    Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000A95D4C0D2


    DIMM0/J11:

    Size: 256 MB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM1/J12:

    Size: 256 MB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM2/J13:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM3/J14:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Part Number: Unknown
    Serial Number: Unknown

    DIMM4/J41:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    DIMM5/J42:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    DIMM6/J43:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    DIMM7/J44:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty[/QUOTE]
     

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