PowerMac G4 users out there?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by _bnkr612, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    I need to know. Does anyone else have their PowerMac G4 holding their own in the world of G5s and Mactels? I know about PBs, I curious about the desktops more or less.

    My specs:

    Single 1ghz PowerMac G4, 1.5 GB RAM, 360 GB HD (x2), AirPort Extreme, Super and Combo Drive, X.4.7.

    It has been treating me well. I sold a PowerMac G5 1.6 about 2 months ago, really missed having a PowerMac, and I couldn't pass up the deal on this CPU. Truthfully, I haven't noticed much a difference between this machine and my previous 1.6 G5. Call me crazy... I mean I use CS2 (Photoshop, Illu., InDesign), iTunes, Mail, Stickies, Dashboard, Safari and Adium all day. I have yet to say, "damn, come on already!"

    This PowerMac will hold me over until I can get my hands on a nice B version of the new Mac Pros!

    The only thing I would upgrade would be the video card for my 20" ACD.

    I am just glad I can type it out to a place that cares.

  2. macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    I run a dual processor PMG4 (Gig E), with two 500mhz processors. You're not alone out there.

    It's a rock solid machine, I'm very pleased with it. I upgraded the video card to a flashed Geforce FX 5200, and have been very pleased with the machine overall.
  3. macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    Not at home, but at work the majority of our Macs are Power Mac G4s. They don't quite have the grunt our G5s have, but they're more than capable machines.
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    In a few days I will have gone a step further - I just bought a Blue and White G3! :D (just waiting for it to arrive).

    On the other hand, I do have my Intel iMac to keep me company :p
  5. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    :cool: !

    One of my all time favorite Macs!

    Why? Becasue this tower made that huge leap forward.... FireWire, USB, 100 Mb ethernet, superb case design (I especially love the gr8 big "G3" on the sides)... and it boots all OS-es I love to play with: OS 8.5 - OS 9, Mac OS X Server 1.x (Rhapsody), Mac OS X (Server) 10.0.x - 10.4.7!!!

    I own two of 'em:
    1 x 400 MHz, 768 MB RAM, 60 GB 7200 rpm HD, Voodoo 5500 PCI grfx card (my nostalgic Mac OS 9 Mac)
    1 x 350 MHz, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB 7200 rpm HD, Radeon 9200 PCI grfx (my Mac OS X Server 10.4.7 gateway!)

    Have fun with your El Capitan, Nermal!
  6. macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    dual power mac 500, 15" inch apple lcd monitor

    three scsi 10,000 rpm hard drives

    jaguar and os 9.2 on different hard drives

    i am quite ok with this setup, but it pales in comparison to my dad's 20" inch intel imac, with tiger, with dual 2.0 ghz processors and one giant hard drive

    one day i may get a 17" inch intel imac for my office and run os x and windows vista
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I never even considered that I'd be able to run Rhapsody on it :cool:

    Of course, tracking down a copy of Rhapsody will be the tricky bit :(
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    I've been running a dual 800 G4 for the past 2 years. Just recently upgraded to a dual 2.7 G5 and Im finally gonna part with the G4. I have been editing with FCP 4.5 and using other programs with no hiccups. Im gonna miss it!
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    It isn't even set up right now, but I still have my G4 Cube. It has the stock 450 mHz G4 and 16 MB ATI Rage Pro video card, but it has 576 MB RAM and a 40 GB 2.5" 5400 rpm IBM Travelstar hard drive (the original drive was very loud and slow). Unfortunately, its Firewire ports stopped working a while ago, or I might be using it with a couple external drives as a fileserver right now.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    I have the DP 1.43Ghz G4 in my sig. I suppose you cant get a much faster G4 than that. I love the machine and it does everything I want.

    At the moment I am toying with the idea of replacing my PowerBook with a MacBook or replacing both my PowerBook and PowerMac with a MacBook Pro. How much do people think I would get or the PowerMac and would I notice a speed increase with a 2.16Ghz MBP?
  11. macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I owned several B&W G3's, but was always plauged with various IDE corruption, misidentified RAM, and faulty firewire issues. I decided to upgrade to a dual 533 Mhz PowerMac, and have been amazed by the power of the system. It's been rock solid and I've had no issues at all. Excellent machine.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2006
    I've got a single 867 MHz Quicksilver, 1G of RAM, two 80G HDs, etc, with a 17" 4:3 flat panel display. It works pretty damned well for a five year-old setup. I use mostly Photoshop and Illustrator. I've never had any problems. Ever.

    I'd love to have a fancy shmancy Mac Pro but I need something portable so I'll end up getting the most powerful MBP Apple makes in February-ish. That should blow my G4 away.

    Speaking of blowing away, the fans in this thing are freaking LOUD. It's really quite ridiculous. I wouldn't be suprised if one or two of you could actually hear my computer right now.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Ryan T.

    Jun 13, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    I run my Intel iMac daily, but also have a PowerMac G4 that's getting use. I've upgraded it pretty heavily, but there are a few more things it could probably use. Right now it's running as follows...

    PowerMac G4 GigE Model
    1.4GHz G4 Sonnet Upgrade, 2MB L3
    1.25GB PC133 RAM
    70GB Hard drive space (1 x 40, 1 x 30)
    8 USB ports, 4 of which are USB 2.0
    ATI Radeon 9000 Pro AGP
    ATI Radeon 7000 PCI
    Airport Card
    Pioneer Superdrive
    OS X 10.4 Tiger

    It's really a very capable machine and I enjoy running it. The only real issue is my iMac has spoiled me as far as noise pollution goes, so now the PowerMac seems loud, when really it's not overly noisy at all.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    I don't know what the licensing restrictions would be, but I would gladly make a copy of my (what I think is) Rhapsody install disk. It's branded as Mac OS X Server Release 1.2
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    G4 400 Tower

    I still have my G4 400 Tower running under my deck plug in side by side with the "work" IBM Tower to the same LCD monitor with a built in switch.

    I picked it up when the graphics designer for the marketing department left the company and no one wanted it or even knew how to use it. I offered to give it a good home and pull any files off of it if anyone needed them...

    I've added RAM, an 8X Pioneer SuperDrive and a 120Gig secondary HD.

    The eMac in the sig is the main Mac right now, but I used the Tower this morning to make a disk image from a DVD that I was delivering this morning and didn't make a copy for the archives.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I have a single proc G4 450 that my kids still use quite often. It can do just about everything that the comp in my sig does, just a little slower. (actually, a lot slower). It still is hummin along though.
  17. macrumors member


    Nov 26, 2004
    Dual 867

    I've got a Dual G4 867 w/ a g4 Ti 4600. It's treated me great for about 4 or 5 years. The optical drive only reads DVDs now for some reason. No burning or reading :/:confused: I only wish it had more USB ports and could handle recent videogames. Planning on upgrading to a macbook or macbook pro in a year.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    i have the upgraded "AGP Graphics" G4 in my sig and it fliiiies...
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    I will never part with this one. Aesthetically, I prefer it over the cold PMG5. When a decent MacPro comes this guy will be a bad a$$ iTunes box.

    Cheers ya'll for the responses, I am definitely not alone!

  20. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    And I felt slow with my 2GHz G5. :p Kidding, my Sis got rid of her dual 867, but only because it was having problems. Told her to buy AppleCare. We were able to fix it thanks to some stuff she found on eBay, but she just didn't trust it anymore. Bought a PowerBook and a mini for now, but I'm sure she'll want a Mac Pro when they come out. Had a working Beige G3, last of the Beige models and I was surprised how well it ran 10.2. Would have upgraded it, but it just didn't seem worth it, especially after Tiger came out. Xpostfacto only goes so far.

    I still have a 6400 that's quite usable too, but unlike the still viable G3s and 4s, sloooow as molasses.
  21. macrumors regular

    May 30, 2002
    I have a 2x500 and a 2x1.25 (running 10.4 server)

    However, they don't hold a candle to the g5s I use for video work.
  22. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    The dual 1.4 with 2gb RAM I have at home is still adequate for design work... although InDesign is a little laggy. It certainly held its own in BakedBeans' recent Photoshop speed test and came close to the low-end G5s.

    The things that annoy me about it are: the noise, lack of USB 2 and wireless.

    The things I like? Drive capacity... 4HDs in there at the mo.

    Probably selling it next year and getting a MBP.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    my dual g4 1.2 will take most single g5's lunch money. i love the clean aluminum look of the g5, but like to have the one of a kind thing, so ended up with this. dual 1.2ghz g4 from powerlogix, 2gb ram, 9800 pro 128mb, sata pci, wd raptor 10000rpm boot disk, 300gb sata scratch disk, zip 250, 16x DL dvd+-rw drive, front panel card reader/usb2/firewire, custom everything else :eek: got the solder splatter and empty band-aid box to prove it.

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    and lots of glowey lights and blinky led's. hey, i grew up watching star trek. computers need blinky lights ;) and don't even ask about the zip drive, or i'll have to tell you where to stick your thumb drive. :eek: most proud of the fact that the sleep 'throbber' works. in two colors even. yeah baby! all the custom fan/heatsink work makes it nearly as quiet as my dual g5 on the other side of the office.
  24. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    The G4 was actually a pretty good chip. Just woefully underdeveloped. It's silly to get sentimental over a CPU, but it's still a little sad to see the end of the PPC for the Macs.

    Ah well, bring on the Intels!
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2005
    I've got a single 1.25 GHz Powemac G4 MDD, 3 HDDs in it 768 Mb of RAM and two optical drives Super and combo, and i love it to bits and wont be getting rid of until at least 2 years from now:rolleyes:

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