Can you run a PowerMac G5 headless?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by frou, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    I'd like to run a PowerMac G5 (Dual G5, "June 2004") headless.

    i.e. in a cupboard

    To act as a glorified NAS/file-dump, amongst other things.

    It would be running Leopard. Is this possible? How would one login and access the OS X desktop over the network on the rare occasion that something needed to be configured or changed?

    Thank you for any input.
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
  3. robinp macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    hey, that looks fab - just what I needed! Thanks
  4. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2005
    The Hub of the Universe
    Just make sure the machine has enough air. Running it in a cupboard may not provide adequate ventilation and may lead to overheating.
  5. summitscout macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2009
    Use VNC server

    I do a lot of remote access and access by other computer via VNC server.

    I run Vine Server which is free. It boots with the machine so you can access it even before it has been logged in.

    To access, you just need a VNC client which you can do from any computer (not just Leopard), even not on your local network. This is advantageous when you need to access the machine when you are away from home.

  6. frou thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    Great - I got that working very easily.


    Leopard's Screen Sharing appears to allow access without anyone being logged in. i.e. from a cold boot of the headless machine, where it has automatic login disabled, successfully opening a Screen Sharing connection (supplying username/password) presents you with the graphical login prompt where you must enter the username/password again. I'll keep Vine in mind for accessing from non-Macs, though!

    Thanks everyone.
  7. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    VINE is going to come in very handy. I'd never heard of it before

    Once I get a new mac, I'm planning on using my G4 just as an audio/video jukebox and for software synths.

    I have a spare USB Midi interface and a cross over ethernet cable too already, not to mention a spare monitor I could use for video mirroring.

    Excellent info there. Didn't think it would be so easy to find, good thread. Thanks :)
  8. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio

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