Handbrake & PowerMac Question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by paulcross22, May 2, 2016.

  1. paulcross22 macrumors newbie

    paulcross22

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    Hi Guys,

    Hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday weekend! Currently writing this post on my PowerBook G4 whilst watching Ghostbusters on my PowerMac G5 that's connected to the TV.

    I have three questions and, as always, your answers are very appriciated:-

    1. There is no wifi antenna on this PowerMac (which is slightly annoying) as I have to move everything over from my PowerBook G4 (like installers) via USB. Can I use a wifi antenna that I can buy on eBay that's not an OEM part? Or if I pop to a computer repair shop - can I buy a USB wifi dongle? Will this work on PowerPC?

    2. Hanbrake keeps on asking me to get VLC and it's installed? It's asking me to get 32 bit? And I do!! Anyone else encounter this problem and know a solution?

    3. Is there any way to control the fans on the PowerMac? I need to give it a good clean out today - I managed to have a spider get blown out of it as high speed yesterday :D

    - Paul
     
  2. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    In response to the Wi-Fi issues, you could use a paper clip and stick it into the Wi-Fi antenna hole. I do that and it works great. I have the paperclip touching the side panel on my G5 to increase the antenna capabilities (I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it does work). You could also get a dongle, but only certain ones work. I find that Edimax has the best and easiest to use Wi-Fi dongles, with most being Mac compatible.
     
  3. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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  4. Dannyshing27 macrumors regular

    Dannyshing27

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    The version of VLC you are after which handbrake will recognize is actually an older version than the last powerpc version (as handbrake support for powerpc dropped before VLC). Id recommend downloading an older VLC version via oldapps and giving it a go
     
  5. paulcross22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    paulcross22

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    This worked! Thank you :)
     
  6. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    There used to be a how to for how to improve your Airport range with a PRINGLES CAN. It was a cool DIY.
     
  7. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Another vote here for the paperclip. I have one lovingly jammed into the back of my G5, and it works like a champ.
     

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