Is it possible to use a intel processor on an imac g4?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by specialsyco, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. specialsyco macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2008
    Someone i know was going to throw out an imac g4 so i decided to save it and i was wondering if i could make it run an intel processor. Currently it is running 800MHz PowerPc processor. I was wondering if the processor on the imac now is connected directly to the mother board and if it can be removed what socket type it has etc. because i have no about how PPC's work and i haven't cracked it open yet. Can anyone help me out?:D
  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    No. Never.
  3. specialsyco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2008
    ok... a little explanation. is the PPC processor directly connected to the motherboard so you cant remove it? i mean c'mon dude give me a real answer
  4. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    The 'socket' is different for starters. Plus the G4 is like 10 years old. Motherboards need to be designed with a certain chip in mind, and well, you can't see into the future.
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yes ...

    It is called a PC ... buy one and sit it on the desk next to the Mac. ;)

    Or buy a Mac Mini.

    Some people would gut their old Macs and put a mini-PC inside, though the lampshade iMacs tend not to use standard display connectors so wiring up to that display may mean putting in a new LCD panel and wires also.
  6. msheldrick macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2008
    they use completely different architecture, so it wouldn't be possible... i'm sure if it was possible we'd all have old iMacs with Core 2 Duo's in them :D
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You already know Wikipedia, so look these up:


    Tell us they're interchangeable. Tell us that we were wrong for seven years trying to virtualize Windows on PowerPC Macs when we could have just run it natively.
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    socket is different, chipsets on motherboard are for PPC, drivers in OS X are PPC only.

    verdict: by a PC or Intel Mac.

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