Impressions: 10.5 on a 400Mhz G4 Gigabit

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

  1. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

    gammamonk

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    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

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    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

    gammamonk

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    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

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    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

    Eidorian

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

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    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

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    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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