10.3 on Powermac G5

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  1. Mkeller1397 macrumors newbie

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    Hey I was thinking about purchasing a Power Mac G5 for my business and was wondering if you could installthe 10.3 Panther OS on it because the software i use only supports os 10.3 and lower.

    Thanks
    -Mike
     
  2. headfuzz macrumors 6502

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    On any system manufactured before 29 April 2005 (Tiger release date) it won't be a problem, as 10.3 was the OS that shipped with the unit.

    It *shouldn't* be a problem installing on machines made after then, but you'd be wise to double check if the system was made after the above date as there may be some unsupported tehnologies on the newer hardware; PCI Express for example, was not a technology available when Panther (10.3) was the shipping OS (the PCI Express based G5's started shipping in October 2005), so the final Panther updates may or may not support it.
     
  3. iBookG4 FTW macrumors member

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    What kind of software do you use that needs a PowerMac G5? Perhaps you would like an iMac G5, or even a high end iMac G4 or PowerMac G4. They would certainly be compatable with 10.3, and cost much less too.
     
  4. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    yes a dual 1ghz powermac g4 are very cheap compared to a G5
     
  5. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe he needs multiple processors or a lot of raw processing power? Who knows, many times software developers will not update a program if it works fine for what they do or if a piece of harware reliant on the software is too old for newer programs.

    PMG5s are good computers, go for it!
     
  6. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Depends on which G5 you get.

    I would stay away from the Dual 2.5 and Dual 2.7 Ghz G5's, those liquid cooled bastards will die either soon or in a few months.
     
  7. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    you could get a 1.6 or 1.8 for around id say $800
     
  8. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    $800 for a single G5? Maybe if it was maxed out with stuff, but not $800.

    3 Years ago that still costed too much.

    $600 at most for a single G5, maybe $700 for a 1.8 but its gotta have extra ram and crap.
     
  9. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    oh ok...maybe like a dual 1.43ghz G4?
     
  10. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Dual 1.42 G4 would be better then a single G5..

    BUT, I would get a Dual 2.0 G5 if I had the chance and if the price was right (around $800/900)
     
  11. iBookG4 FTW macrumors member

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    You could get one of those for $400 or less!
     

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