ideas for a PowerMac g4 400 MHz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by macgeek77, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    I have a 400 MHz Powermac G4 and am not really too sure what I can do with it thats worthwhile. Its RAM is @ 384 MB. Thanks for any ideas.:apple: :apple: :apple: :apple:
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    1. File server
    2. Linux test box
    3. Router
    4. Pop art
  3. macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Max the RAM to 2 Gigs and you'll be surprised at what it can do. It's still very useable.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Ninja Dom

    Feb 12, 2007
    I use my 400MHz G4 Powermac everyday for music, movies, internet and photos.

    I've got 1.25 Gb of RAM, a Radeon 9200, a couple of hard drives in it and a 19 inch monitor and I'm running Tiger 10.4.9.

    Its perfectly smooth and useable for my needs.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    Exactly the same here apart from I do my development work on it also (websites: photoshop cs2, macromedia studio 8, both plenty fast enough for web res production) and it's on Panther 10.3.9.

    Same RAM, graphics card and a couple of hard drives.

    Oh and mines a 17" Apple Studio Display.

    I have my eye on a Mac Pro, won't be pulling the trigger until after WWDC though if at all. (May go top end iMac but already have a screen that's perfect for me and I like to buy for max longevity).
  6. macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    You can do a lot with a G4/400. A secondary machine (if you already have a better machine) placed strategically in your house for email web and music.

    Server of course.

    If you want to do some geeky upgrades, you have a lot of options. Processor upgrades go up to 2ghz, video card can be taken to a Radeon 9800 (so long as you have an AGP and not a PCI model). Hard drive controller for huge hard drive upgrades (they can't take over 120gb or something like that stock).

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