Can my 1.8Ghz G5 Pull Through?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TantalizedMind, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hey everyone.

    Though I love buying new stuff (and that Blackbook is so damn sexy) I just want to stick with my Single 1.8Ghz G5. I get soo fed up with the problems I face when I'm surfing the web.... which is ALL I DO!

    My G5 has 1GB of memory and 160HDD and am still running 10.3.9. All I do is surf the web; so I don't want to buy a new Mac. Is it 10.3.9 that sucks... or what? I am faced with A SURPLUS of "Safari Unexpectedly Quit" signs and MYSPACE never loads right and hardly ever loads photos on myspace pages.

    If it's 10.3.9 thats messing my Mac up, I'll get 10.5 the day it comes out and 1GB more of memory. Otherwise I'll get a Blackbook... but I just rather not spend that money.

    Thanks guys.
  2. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    you might want to try using Firefox. See if that is a temporary fix.
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    I have a dual 1.8 G5 tower with 2 gigs of ram, In many cases this is faster than my MBP 2.0ghz. I'm running 10.4.x (x=uptodate). Of course the extra processor really helps, so try a reinstall of osx if safari is just being a female dog <slight euphemism> :cool: and if that don't work get yourself a nice MB.

    Dont stop using the G5 though, I use mine for giant renders and downloads that take ungodly amounts of time. And I threw in two 500gb drives and got me a nice server.
  4. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    That machine should way more then fine for surfing the net. Have you tried repairing permissions? A clean install would fix it for sure. But it may be as simple as repairing permissions. You don't even have to wait for 10.5 to reinstall 10.3.
  5. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    It is not your computer, try using firefox MYSPACE doesn't always seem to work well with Safari. OTherwise try repairing permisions. if none of those work, you could try reinstalling 10.3
  6. trogdor! macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2006
    I am still truckin by on a Quicksilver g4 933. Myspace is just a crappy pos website to begin with, so it will crash anything. Nothing good can come from a bunch of ugly pages with thousands of transparent overlays and what blah blah blah are you surveys. Myspace - the number 1 browser crashing website.

    Anyways, I have a gig of memory in mine and its slow at times, but it gets by until I can get a new mac pro. My recommendation is just wait till 10.5 is released and upgrade. Also, you might want to just redo your entire system and reinstall 10.3 until then. Also, RAM for that machine is rather cheap so that would prob solve most of your problems. Running firefox and safari on my system will use all avalible ram if left open for a long time.
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I think the problem that you have is MySpace.
  8. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    crap. missed a spot to bad mouth my space.
  9. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Apparently MySpace is running on a windows based server, so....;)
  10. smokeyrabbit macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    Escape from New England
    I have a single 1.6 GHz G5 (Rev A) but it has 2 GB. It runs Tiger faster than Panther did. In my office it is a server as well as a workstation, and has no problems. I have no plans to replace this machine until the motherboard deteriorates and crumbles apart.

  11. daze macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2006
    San Jose, California
    You can try Firefox, as many others have suggested, or even Camino. However, I've gotten great results with the latest nightly build of Safari called Webkit.
  12. alec macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2005
    Washington DC
    I had the same problems on my old G4 -- lots of Safari crashes, and not just on MySpace... ESPN, CNN, etc. as well. FireFox helps, give it a try.
  13. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Myspace is on a virtual server which is why it sucks, $35 Million a month in revenue and they can't get their own server.

    A 1.8G G5 is more then enough to surf the web. A few things you might want to do

    1 Use firefox. Its a lot more reliable then safari.

    2 Open disk utility and repair disk permissions.

    3 If you still have issues you might want to do a clean install.
  14. Grenadier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2006
    I used to have this issue with 10.1

    Upgrading to Tiger solved the issue
  15. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Whats your source on this?
  16. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    Well it's not worth buying Tiger now with Leopard coming out in the next few months. I'll do a clean install and wait for Leopard.

    Though saving all my files on CD's take forever! And waste a lot of CD's! It takes me 5 CD's just to get my iTunes Music on there.

    I guess I should get an external HDD for this kind of stuff?
  17. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    An external HD would be a wise investment!! I couldn't find the power chord for mine yesterday when I wanted to give my girlfriend about 7GB of data. Ended up having to use up two DVD-Rs. Probably the first time I've used the DVD burning option on this Mac!!

    Just a thought, but maybe you might want to consider switching to a new iMac when Leopard comes out. Just a guesstimate but the sale of your machine + a copy of leopard + the extra GB of RAM you mentioned getting would probably put you into a decent iMac price range. Bear in mind the new Intel iMacs support an extra screen too in case you want to keep your current one. I know it'd be hard to part but maybe this is the time to do it?
  18. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    I really don't know what to say. I clean installed everything and what not. I'm using FireFox now and it is generally a bit faster than Safari was. But myspace is STILL horibble. And I don't care what you say about it.

    My 6 year old P.O.S Compaq laptop loads myspace without any problems. I'm sad to say it, but if 10.5 doesn't fix it.. I'll probably going to build my own computer from scratch and use Windows.
  19. iBenzin macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2007
    Go right ahead.
  20. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    I've used Macs since the early 90's. The OS itself is the best, and some of the best programs. But the two things I love (gaming, and surfing the web) aren't Apple's strong-points.
  21. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Some comments:

    - A PM G5 is a nice computer. Heck I still use a PM G4/933.

    - To get your computer running smooth, try repairing permissions and repairing the boot disk.

    - Leopard is almost out. In the interim, if you really need a better running system, get Tiger (10.4). Tiger will run better than Panther (10.3).

    - Be sure that you have a good install on your current G5. You could always backup and reinstall everything along with the updates.

    - MySpace may just be the problem. Try Firefox.

    While a PM based upon a G5 may seem outdated with the new Intel Macs, it still should work fine -- especially for web browsing. Try some or all of the above to see if things get better.

    Hope this helps.
  22. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004

    Yes, MySpace IS horrible!!

    Building a PC won't fix that!:rolleyes:
  23. trogdor! macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2006
    Umm, when 99 percent of the people responding say myspace is a horrible website in all aspects, it is most likely true. Ask any web designer what they think of myspace, ask any tech what they think of myspace. Nothing crashes my browser more often then myspace. I think many would agree. When you say you dont care what we say, well why did you ask in the first place? You asked and we all gave you advice.
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    What we mean is not that MySpace is horrible, it's just that the CODE (crappy CSS, embedded objects, audio, and video) is so HORRIBLE most browsers choke on it.
  25. CaptainHaddock macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2004
    Nagoya, Japan
    Agreed. Even the iMac G4 I just sold was a terrific computer, and the G5 Power Mac is much nicer.

    I don't think that'll do anything. Might as well sacrifice a chicken. :rolleyes:

    Agreed, running Tiger will make a world of difference, and I think you'll also be running a later version of Safari.

    Firefox is slow and bloated. Try Camino! It uses the same rendering engine.

    Additionally, an extra gig of RAM will make that machine smoke. :)

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