G4 iMac, USB2.0?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RBG79, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. RBG79 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2006
    So I've just purchased a secondhand G4 iMac with the following specs (which hasn't been delivered yet).

    APPLE iMAC 800 G4 (15in TFT LCD, 256MB RAM, 60GB HD)
    Processor Type: PowerPC 7450 (G4) 1.
    Processor Speed: 800 MHz
    FPU (Integrated): PowerPC 7450 (G4) 1.
    System Bus Speed: 100 MHz (8:1)
    ROM Size: 1 MB 2.
    Data Path: 128-bit
    Level 1 Cache: 64k
    Level 2 Cache: 256k (on-chip) 3.
    RAM Type: 8ns PC133 SDRAM 4.
    VRAM Type: DDR Video RAM 5.
    Installed RAM: 256 MB
    Maximum RAM: 1.0 GB
    Standard VRAM: 32 MB
    Maximum VRAM: 32 MB
    Ram Slots: 2 6.
    Installed Hard Drives: 60.0 GB
    Standard SuperDrive: 2X/6X/8X/4X/24X 7.
    Standard Modem: 56.6k (internal)
    Standard Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
    Case Type: All-in-One 8.
    Form Factor: iMac (Flat-Panel) 8.
    Exp. Slots: AirPort.
    Exp. Bays (Free): None.
    Supported MacOS: 9.2, X
    Dimensions: 12.95 x 15.1 x 10.6 10.
    Net Weight: approx 10kg (21.2 lbs.)

    1. The PPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
    2. Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
    3. 256k on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed (800 MHz).
    4. Noninterleaved, 168-pin, 64-bit-wide 8ns PC133 SDRAM (3.3v).
    5. NVIDIA GeForce4 MX video card with 32 MB of DDR RAM.
    6. One factory-installed DIMM and one user-upgradable SO-DIMM slot.
    7. Burn DVD-R at 2X, read DVD at 6X, burn CD at 8X/4X, read CD at 24X.
    8. Gorgeous 10.5" half-sphere, ice white case with a chromed stainless steel neck that supports the display.
    9. 15.0" TFT active-matrix color display (1024x768 native resolution).
    10. Minimum - in inches, height x width x depth (Max: 20.0 x 16.3 x 16.3).

    However I've done some reading (that I should have done before) and realised that it doesn't come with Airport - seems to be an optional feature that by my reading above it doesn't have installed).

    Now I could get an external USB dongle to do this, however it seems that this requires USB2...

    So does anyone know if this G4 comes with USB2?
    I also want to know this because of the possible drop in transfer speeds with the iPod Nano that I currently have.
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I'm 99% sure that it doesn't. The last G4 PowerMacs didn't come with USB2 either -- I have one. :(
  3. RBG79 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2006

    I've got a 12" G4 iBook atm (which I'm keeping)
    Never occured to me what version of USB it has... Anyone know?
    I can always spend a bit more on an airport card i suppose, now its just a question of the transfer rates for the mp3's to the ipod (nano doesn't support firewire).
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    About 10-15 mins to fill up a 1gb Shuffle from empty.
  5. asencif macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    No 2.0 for G4 iMac

    The G4 iMac's unfortunately do not have USB 2.0 built-in. The G4 Powermac's did not come with 2.0 either, but the great thing about it is one could buy a PCI USB external card that works great. I bought one and use it to synch my iPod with.
  6. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
  7. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2003

    actually the lat rev g4 imac came with usb 2.0 i know i got one the earlier versions did not !!
  8. iPhil macrumors 68040



    The 800mhz iMac G4 didn't come with usb 2.0, the usb ports ( 3 ) are rated @12MBps not 480MBps (usb 2.0)

    The iMac G4 1.25 Ghz system Does include the usb 2.0 ports thats from Mac tracker app from here: http://mactracker.ca/

    :D :D

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