Best use for a G4 (PPC) Mac Mini?

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  1. peanutismint macrumors 6502

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    I have 'inherited' an old Mac Mini and am wondering what to do with it, or whether I'm best of just throwing it out/donating it!!

    It's currently running Leopard fine, but am finding it hard to install any decent apps as most of the ones I'd use on a system like that (media apps like XBMC or old games emulators for instance) all seem to require Intel processors.

    I'm just wondering if anyone can suggest a good use for this old workhorse... my thoughts range from an HTPC (albeit without a remote control!) or some sort of file server/NAS...???
     
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    I think the Mini's are well suited as a HTPC, with iTunes 10 (under Leopard) you'll still have access to all of your movies/TV shows & it'll play standard definition film with no issues. XBMC v11 was the last version to run on PowerPC, you can download it here.

    Good luck & for the love of PowerPC don't throw it out!

    EDIT - Even I'll buy it off you if you can't find a use for it. I'm only 10 miles down the road the other side of Barry :p
     
  3. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    You could always put amiga software on it and just use it for the kids to mess around with
     
  4. peanutismint thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks mate! I definitely won't throw it out but if I do, I'll get in touch! ;)

    Not a bad idea!! I think if I can find a decent SNES emulator that'll run on it I'll keep it around....
     
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    They make a GREAT tv computer just get a dvi to hdmi and plug that thing up.It's fun to mess around with a mac connected to your t.v.
     
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    If your into that kind of stuff, just install MorphOS on it :p

    Sure it won't run old Amiga-games (or anything else directly hitting Amiga-HW) without UAE but other things even improve. I for once find the web much more enjoyable with Odyssey then with Leopard+Safari on the same HW.
     
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    Hmm...Where have I heard this before?:rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, use atiaccelarator ii on any pre X1xxx ATI gpu.
     
  11. peanutismint thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip, but I don't think overclocking is going to help me run Intel-only media apps.... Still worth a try for other uses tho! :)
     
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    Nestopia?
     
  13. peanutismint thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm very possibly.... Perhaps it's worth me looking into other PPC compatible apps that would serve my media/emulator ideas!

    I will admit - 50% of the reason why I would love to hang onto my PPC Mac Mini is because I have one of these cute little Iomega external hard drives:

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