PowerMac G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ChrisHrobak, Sep 24, 2011.

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    Just got a PowerMac G4 from a friend without hard drive which os and how do i install i have a microsoft usb and mouse connected to tower

    Chris
     
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    Leopard would be the best and latest OS it can run. As for how you install... I guess you boot from the Leopard install disk.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    What are the specs of the machine? What does it say on the back? Did your friend indicate that there are any upgrades? A PowerMac G4 tower can range from a single 350MHz to a dual 1.42GHz CPUs (and beyond with upgrades).

    Tell us what model, what CPU (original or upgrade), what video card (original or upgrade), and how much ram.
     
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    Yes, you should be able to install Leopard 10.5.8. You'll need a retail install disk. This is a dual CPU unit (unless it's an aftermarket module, but that's unlikely). This will make a decent Leopard or Tiger machine. It's a pretty nice gift from your friend.

    Edit to clarify: Any retail Leopard install disk for PowerPC (the black ones, not the machine specific gray ones) will work. You can then update to 10.5.8 from Apple's server.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I cant use a torrentd copy? i tried os 9.2 and OS X Lion dmg and neither worked all i get is the flashing folder
     
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    Pirating is not allowed to be discussed on Macrumors.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    You'll likely not get advice about that here.

    OS 9.2.2 should work. You'll never get Lion to run, though. Nothing past Leopard will run on this machine.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    will wait then and purchase a copy of it then at the end of the month
     
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    I don't get how torrenting a discounted OS is pirating. I mean, Apple doesn't sell it anymore, so why would they care if people torrent it?
     
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    It is copyrighted code that is not available to the public for free download, unlike Mac OS 7.5.3. When an end user obtains copyrighted code that is controlled as such, for free, it is called pirating. It is no different that pirating the latest Xbox 360 game or Windows 7 Ultimate.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just wanted to try it out....im not a mac guy....just wanted to see if i liked it better than a windows PC thats all

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    plus probably wont get it to work anyway i dont have a apple keyboard
     
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    An Apple keyboard is not necessary when using Mac OS X.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    Although it's not really the point, Apples does still sell Leopard (at least they did as recently as three months ago, the last time I checked). It's not listed on their website. You have to call and ask for it.

    It's nice that well-known forums like this one for PowerPC enthusiasts still exist. Crossing lines that could cause legal trouble for the host is, to put it mildly, rude.
     
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  16. macrumors 6502

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    My comment was directed more at those who downrated Intell's comment. Sorry, I should have been more clear. I didn't think your question was rude.

    You just joined. You asked the question, but didn't push it when people told you no. No big deal. I doubt that you'll even hear from a moderator about it.

    Let us know when you get your copy of Leopard if you have any more questions. I've been seeing them go on Craig's List for about $40 lately.
     
  17. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok will keep looking but i may have to end up buying a apple keyboard not having too much luck with this MS Keyboard
     
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    apple keyboards are like 70$ so i would see if you like the OS before you buy the KB
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    Any standard USB keyboard should work. Are you sure that this MS keyboard is good? For your purpose, just to get your feet wet with OSX, I wouldn't spend more than $10 on a keyboard.

    If you decide that Mac isn't your cup of tea (doubtful if you're comparing it to your windows experience), you should easily be able to recover what you spend on Leopard. I think you'll like Leopard, though. It's a joy to use and doesn't take very long to get used to.

    Although you should be able to get a good feeling for the way Macs work with this machine, keep in mind that it is dated and new Macs are 10 times more powerful. Even a lot of the people who post in this PowerPC forum also have new Macs--Especially those who need to encode video on a regular basis. That said, there is still a lot that you can do with these old machines.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    If you do decide to get a machine specific keyboard, look for one like this. It'll give you an eject button that works with your computer. You can probably find a better deal than that particular auction, though.
     
  21. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    may consider making the switch but still unsure....btw found a friend who has a retail copy of leopard. Do i need to do anything special to instal it? besides putting in cd drive?
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    Not really. Boot while holding "c". Installation is pretty straightforward following onscreen instructions.

    Once installed and you've booted your new system, you can choose "Software Update" from the Apple menu in the upper left corner to bring it to the most recent 10.5.8.
     

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