What to do with early 2005 PowerMac G5?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Doward, May 14, 2013.

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    Dual 2.5Ghz model. Coolant system developed a leak, system was given to me. Case and all is in fine condition.

    I've already pulled the LCS, verified the leak. Not bad, just bridged a couple resistors, so I'm repairing it. New viton seals on the way!

    Once I finish the repair, I'm just not certain what to do with the system. Sell it? Keep it? Mod it?

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    use it as a file/NAS server?
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    That's a horrible idea. It only has two drive bays, and is a huge power consumer and heat producer.
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    Lil Chillbil

    Use it as a video editor/security system

    I have a dual 2.0ghz driving my camera system and keeping the video files at my place
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    Theoretically he could throw in 2 3tbs, and have quite a bit of space, I say media server, Hook it up to a TV. Hell, if you're in to editing use it as a render box in addition to your normal PC.
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    Put it in the guest room, File server, Folding box, web server.
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    PowerPCs cannot fold afaik. The client has been deprecated.

    And I tried boinc on mine. The noise and heat was unacceptable.
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    How would I use it as a render farm? I'm running FCPX / Compressor 4 - AFAIK neither runs on PPC.
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    How about a web server?
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    Make it pretty.
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    Lil Chillbil

    I just don't get the whole "light up a professional mac" thing. given my pc glows 8 different colours at night. but I just sorta feel as thou a mac is meant to be a mac
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    In itself, that is not a bad machine by any means, but it is dated, and considering its power consumption, any 24/7 use is basically out.

    Any possibility you could use it for the uses a 2005 G5 was originally intended for (DTP, Audio, Video etc.)

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    I would like to. If i keep it, I'll certainly put Leopard on it.

    What was the latest FCP Studio compatible with the PPC?
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    Lil Chillbil

    Google is your friend on any questions like this but I do belive that final cut express 4 still runs on that g5
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    2 was the last official one, 3 could be hacked on with Pacifist. And it isn't really hacking.
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    Thanks, I'll certainly look into it.

    Viton seals ended up being out of stock (was wondering why I hadn't gotten shipment notice yet) so switched them to silicone o-rings.

    Also have Swiftech coolant on the way from FrozenCPU.com. I'm going to clean the procs off tomorrow, get that precipitate off everything and twiddle my thumbs while I wait on parts to arrive.
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    google "PowerMac G5 clustering video" and "compressor qmaster". Maybe searching for Xgrid is interesting for you, too.

    Though here https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1435061?start=0&tstart=0 someone says Final Cut doesn't support ditributed rendering, you can maybe get a copy of Logic Studio 8 or 9. - and here someone says it's possible with Final Cut http://www.digitalproducer.com/arti...ter-in-Final-Cut-Studios-Compressor-3x-775135

    Ah, see this http://www.dellanave.com/blog/2010/...qmaster-and-compressor-for-cluster-rendering/
    there was a more elaborate one somewhere, but I do not find it, yet... ah, this http://visionstudios.ca/RenderFarm/RenderFarmleft.html

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