Impressions: 10.5 on a 400Mhz G4 Gigabit

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gammamonk, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. gammamonk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I installed 10.5 on the spare G4 tower kicking around the office. I slapped 896Megs of ram in her, and a newish 40gig drive. I installed 10.5 via the Target-Disk-Mode-Method. Install took around 1.5 hours.

    The machine boots up fine and has been rock solid. It is a bit pokey, I'm not going to lie to you. I think once I flash a spare Radeon 7000 card to mac and swap it with the Rage128 it will be much better. The Rage sucks so hard I can't even run screensavers.

    I just finished installing Office 2004. I have plenty of ram to run whatever I need, but boy that 400Mhz hits hard. Load agerages: 4.13 3.23 2.67.

    This was fun even if not all that useful. But hey, I'd like to see someone install Vista on a Pentium 3 450Mhz! (closest chip I know of).

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  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    A bit too much time on our hands perhaps? Well, I guess in the end it is somewhat useful info.
  3. gammamonk thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I tried flashing my spare Radeon 7000 AGP card tonight, but it was a no go. The flashing program reported "No ATI card found." I really need a decent video card for the machine to be viable.

    I have a Geforce2mx -- couldn't flash, 64KB ROM too small
    ATI 7000 -- couldn't flash, didn't work
    2x Geforce4mx -- no flash exists?

    I'm going to go dig around my roommates' old junker PCs in the basement looking for gold.
  4. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    For that machine I suggest an FX5200 or similar (that's what I flashed for our office G4 sawtooth). Cheap and efficient (you can probably get one for around $20 these days).
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'll have to check the load on my Power Mac G4s now.
  6. rhyndu macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2007
    A Planet Orbiting Sol!
    looks at the iMac G3 with a safari 3 under leopard running... um... chugging along. Ha!

    (The Ha! is my lame effort at a joke. No flames please!)
  7. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I remember when I had Windows XP running on an old 166MHz banger about 6 years ago, and played games like Unreal Tournament and Half Life.

    Got used to crappy fps and was quite good banter!

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