Got a "new" G4 Mini, possible usage

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by YaBe, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. YaBe macrumors 6502

    YaBe

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    Ok I just got my hands on a "new" G4 1.25, wondering what I can do with it as I already have a G4 iMac (700 mhz) and the signature G5.

    One idea was to set up a plex (or similar server) to stream (1080P) to my android / apple tv, is it something feasible?

    I can run confortably linux if needed for that tast, just wondering if it can be achieved, else what would you do with it?
     
  2. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    The speediest OS for that mini is MorphOS. You have to buy it, but you're paying for ridiculous speed.

    10.4 is a good second choice and 10.5 is my third. Linux on a mini should be seen as a last resort.
     
  3. dbdjre0143 macrumors regular

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    I'm currently setting up a 1GHz iBook G4 to act as a server for OwnCloud (a DropBox-style cloud-storage solution where you host the "cloud" server yourself, thereby controlling all data). I haven't quite succeeded yet, but it is supposedly possible on PPC, so if my iBook can do it, that Mini should be ideally suited to a similar task.
     
  4. YaBe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Keep us posted
     
  5. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    I had a g4 mini 1.5ghz max ram running as my media centre a good few years back, it was rock solid, and the ati card was great, much, much better than the terrible GMA iteration that came with the core solo/duo. Lovely little boxes, but that was running 480p back in the day.

    Mine too started as a 1.25ghz.. so you can def get it to 1.5, or 1.42 at the least :D

    these days, if I had one, id probably use it for software development/classic games. As a daily driver id recon id struggle a bit.
     
  6. RhianB macrumors 6502a

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    I use my G4mini for a very basic function. I use it as a target disc mode host computer for cloning tiger & leopard installs to new PPCs as I get them. Super easy - just set it and forget it. When I remember about it, its done & the box itself has a teeny footprint :) I did have it connected to my TV for a while but that got replaced with a core 2 duo mini that has hdmi (which is vastly superior to a DVi to HDMI adapter and RCA audio cable) & Hisi for th ebetter half.
     
  7. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Mine works as Fax-Server / File-Server without monitor/keyboard and can be accessed via File/ScreenSharing.
     
  8. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    My G4 mini is used for a bed-side music and DVD player, with my wireless keyboard and mouse, in case I want to browse without pulling a laptop out or pull up a PowerPC quickly. I also use it sometimes to charge older iPods with a dock I have. :p
     
  9. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    Home file server would be a great use for it. I just finally after all these years setup a Mac mini file server and It's great to have all my storage and files readily accessible.
     
  10. galgot macrumors member

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    That's how I use mine too, home file server. A G4 running 10.5. Have 3 1TB external drives plugged to it.
    It serves iTunes , and AppleTalk/internal HTTP server/Gopher server/Timbuktu server so my old old macs can browse the files. Really good machine, some time have uptimes of months.
     

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