I think I have a sickness...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bunnspecial, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    As some of you all may know, I love G4 towers and have been working on completing a collection of them(the Yikes! continues to elude me).

    Collecting aside, I still use my computers, and one of my most heavily used is a dual 1ghz Quicksilver. While this computer serves my needs well, it has its problems. Probably the biggest is that because it was originally a "low end" 800mhz 2002 model, I've never been able to access the L3 cache.

    Even so, I've dumped a lot of time and effort into upgrading this G4. In addition to a 120 and 160gb to triple boot Leopard, Tiger, and OS 9(although no longer OS 9 due to video card issues), I've populated nearly all the expansion slots. I have a Motorola wireless card that functions as an Airport Extreme card, a SCSI card(to run my slide scanner), a USB 2.0/FW400 card, and a modified Radeon 9600XT. The computer fulfills my needs, but I've always felt that the lack of an L3 cache is holding it back.

    Just a little while ago, I bought a "real" dual 1ghz on the marketplace here. It's pretty much in stock configuration other than maxed RAM and a Radeon 9000, but already has a SCSI card installed from the factory as well as dual 80gb drives.

    When this computer arrives, it is effectively going to replace my current Dual 1ghz system-the WiFi, USB, and video cards are going directly in it. I'd initially planned to also just transplant the hard drives directly, but am probably going to take the chance to "clean things up" a little bit. I have a WD Blue 500gb IDE drive that's currently unused, and will likely partition and clone my current Leopard and Tiger installs onto that drive. I'll then take a refurbished 160gb WD I bought recently(I bought a couple of them because the price was cheap) and split that up for shared storage between the two OSs as well as a scratch disk(I have to run my scanner in Tiger, while my Photoshop install is only good in Leopard).

    This system may also get the flashed FireGL X3(assuming I can get it successfully flashed), which should really beef up the performance. I did have some concerns about losing ADC support, but now that I have an external ADC power supply that's doing nothing, that's no longer a concern.

    Once that's done, the real fun can begin.

    I'm planning on taking the current heavily used QS2002 back to its stock 800mhz. I still like the QS2002 computers(for their native big drive support) and will try to find a use for it. I have a lot of attachment to this computer, and have done a lot of work on it, so don't plan on it going anywhere.

    I have a mostly unused Dual 800mhz, and will probably drop the dual 1gz into it-since the dual 800 also has 1mb L3/processor, I'm hoping that the L3 cache on the 1ghz will work in it. Again, no real plans for that, but I'll try to find something.

    Finally, that leaves me with a dual 800mhz card. I have an empty QS case back in my closet that's cosmetically nice. It may or may not have a logic board and/or PSU(I don't recall) but not much else and definitely not a processor. I also had cosmetically beat up one that I parted out a while ago. It too was missing the processor, but did have a logic board and PSU(optical drives are, of course, no big deal). I ended up recycling the case, but not before I'd stripped every internal part that could be removed, as well as every plastic cosmetic panel on the outside that was undamaged.

    Between the good case, parts from the other system, and the dual 800mhz card that I have, I should be able to put together another good working system.

    The last one is probably the most unsure, but at a minimum that should leave me with 3 working systems. That's not counting the two other Quicksilvers that I gave away to(what I hope are) budding PPC enthusiasts.

    The Quicksilver remains my favorite G4 case design, so I'm just happy to have a fairly representative cross section of the different models.

    If I ever get a Yikes!, I need to line all the G4s up for a "family portrait." Maybe I'll do it even without that one, as I do have a G4-upgraded B&W that's close enough to a Yike! :)

    Doing a quick count, at the moment-on hand-I have the following Powermac G4s

    2x Cubes(450mhz)
    GigE(dual 500mhz)
    2x Digital Audio(both 533mhz)
    733mhz Quicksilver(soon to be given away)
    Quicksilver(dual 800)
    Quicksilver 2002(dual 1ghz)
    2x MDD(dual 1ghz)
    MDD 2003(single 1.25)
    MDD FW800(dual 1ghz)

    Plus, as I mentioned, the B&W that now has a 450mhz G4...
  2. ToroidalZeus, Jan 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2015

    ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    ya I think you might have OCD.

    lots of hassle for minimal gains

    your time would be better spent just building 1 hackintosh
  3. 128keaton macrumors 68020


    Jan 13, 2013
    Are you kidding me? You know what forums are in?
  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    My sickness is entirely named Quicksilver.

    Despite my many issues with trying to upgrade this Mac I keep beating my head against the wall.

    Anyway, bunnspecial, I have a Yikes. At least, my boss does. Poking along at 128mb running Tiger. It's our Applescript server at work and I run it headless (no video card).

    I've been at this position for 10.5 years and my boss bought this Mac and the other one some time in 1999. So, that should tell you something.

    Don't particularly care for it, but it does it's job. Didn't really start caring for the G4s until the Quicksilver.

    Funny how the PC oriented person I replaced lo so many years ago constantly went on and on about how the fan was bad on the Mac and consequently we should only use it for one specific purpose and then shut it off.

    Yeah, that fan's been bad for the last 10.5 years. :rolleyes:
  6. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    he said on my uses for G4 thread to make one into a hackintosh, the mods remove it...


    oh and bunns if any of the ones that i get happen to be the Yikes! model, i would gladly sell you one. I wouldn't get your hopes up though because I'm guessing they are all AGP models...
  7. catzilla macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2013
    Rhode Island
    Well, hanging out here doesn't help!:D
    My focus is on the PB, but I have quite a few desktops. Still looking for a G5. There is a local that has a classic Mac shop but he wants all too much for what for me is a hobby. He has a 2.7 on eBay, if it doesn't sell I'll probably make him an offer.
  8. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    You should look over the 2.7's LCS extremely carefully before purchasing. What is he asking for it?
  9. catzilla macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2013
    Rhode Island
    Opening bid is $150, I wouldn't offer more than $100. He does have a local store and gives a 30 day warranty.
    There is a guy offering a late '05 2.3 with 8GB for $125, but that ad is old.
  10. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I would pay that for the 2.3. Find out if it is still available! The 2.7 is risky but worth about $100.00-$125.00 in my mind.
  11. catzilla macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2013
    Rhode Island
    The ad for the 2.3 is dated 12/18. I sent an email offering $100.
  12. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland

    Report back if you hear anything. The 2.3 GHz G5 was a great machine and the best air-cooled model.

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