What to do with old PPC G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by rdees12, May 19, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Dang, I've been so busy looking at the 2011 iMac forums I totally overlooked this one! Here's my deal. I'm running a 1 Ghz, 17" PPC G4 I bought in 2003. I've finally decided to upgrade to the 27" iMac next Tuesday when the Back-to-School sale is rumored to begin. My only real complaint with my current computer is that it runs some video formats (like youtube) too slow for my liking. I know, not a very good reason to get a new computer but it's lasted eight years and I'm ready for an upgrade. My question is what should I do with my old computer once I get my new one? What would YOU do?
  2. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Donate to a local charity or school? They are OK files servers but very power hungry to keep going all day.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    Keep it and use it as kitchen computer, or donate to some unfortunate kids... or if you are in for the money sell it on CL or ebay.
  4. macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    You could also opt to keep it as a backup machine, or try modding something into it in the future if you're feeling brave. I've heard Mac Minis get that treatment a lot.

    Having a backup machine, regardless of how old, is a good thing, provided it can at least access the internet. (Found myself relying on a Cyrix build from 1998 for a few months, a couple years ago... not that great, but loads better than nothing!)
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Is there anything I can do about the slow video play? Add RAM or something like that? As it is I have 768 DDR SDRAM. Would that help or is today's online technology just too much for this old machine?
  6. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    Nothing hardware-wise. Try CPU optimized software: Ten Four Fox, Camino, MacTubes or/and use HTML5 on YT etc. These are solutions to improve video playback performance on G4. But don't expect miracles. Even some Intel machines have troubles with flash video.

    Maxing out RAM will help in overall machine performance but not in this specific issue.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    If you have the space to easily keep it as a backup, I would...that's precisely why I have a computer to use at all right now (dual G4)...because I'd kept it as a just-in-case, and poof, my laptop is no more...
  8. macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    Keep it as a backup. You will miss it, if you sell it.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2011
    Endwell, NY
    ^^^ This

    You will always need a backup MAC (not PC) to help your newer mac at some point in it's life.

    If you ever need to burn a .dmg, it's there. If you ever need to diagnose the new Mac in Target Disk Mode, it's there. (Not in your case, since your iMac won't have FW400..but that's besides the point:p)

    At some point you'll probably find SOME use for it, and the 17" iMacs don't look all that bad sitting in plain sight if you decide to use it as a desk ornament!

    Every time I sell an old Mac my Dad says, "Is it really worth the small amount of $ you'll get on something you'll find USEFUL in the future?"
  10. macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    Download some good ole' Classic games and turn it into a Classic game machine.
  11. macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2011

    Eight years is pretty good. Honestly, I would try to see how much longer I can get out of it. I got a Dell I bought new in 2006 for about $2000 dollars. The irony's this: the equivalent for today's PC is about $300-600. Technology flies when unleashed. And prices drop like dead flies.

    I would not change my PC /yet/. It's still got life in it. For as much money that's been invested in it, it would be a foolish move to just get a new PC or Mac. In my case, it would be a Mac next time around. =)

    As for your Mac, I third the backup idea.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2011
    You could always donate it to me, I've been wanting one of these for ages.:D
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    Didn't think old ilamp g4's were power hungry at all??
  14. macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    I wondered how long it would take for someone to ask for a freebie.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    Cudi Zone
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    Keep it as a collectors item

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