Handbrake & PowerMac Question

paulcross22

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Original poster
Apr 18, 2016
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Plymouth, UK.
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
 

Gamer9430

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Apr 22, 2014
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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.
 

Dronecatcher

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Jun 17, 2014
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A DIY approach will suffice....

wifi.jpg


I've bought a few of these in the past and they work well - though you have to hunt down the drivers:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wireless-USB-Network-Wifi-Adapter-Internet-Dongle-for-XP-Windows-7-MAC-Laptop-/130754121067?hash=item1e718d8d6b&pt=UK_Computing_USB_Wi_Fi_Adapters_Dongles&nma=true&si=CRZfoVdzVn9ftu2gfb%2FX8XZ2N%2FA%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

After you've given your G5 a good clean out, using a diagnostic disk from here will check the hardware and calibrate the thermal sensors with the fans:

http://www.dreamsupport.us/downloads/apple-mac/Apple_Service_Diagnostic_Disks_25_GB/
 

Dannyshing27

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Jan 29, 2013
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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
 

paulcross22

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Original poster
Apr 18, 2016
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Plymouth, UK.
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
This worked! Thank you :)
 

MysticCow

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May 27, 2013
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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.