Just got a dual 2.0 G5!

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  1. cammykool macrumors regular

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    The last PPC i had was a PowerBook G4. This seems to be MUCH more powerful. I've been using it for ISO burning using a USB DVD drive because the internal one was DOA.

    Because these things have so much power what can be done with them?

    Winxp emulation maybe?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Oh, I don't know.

    We use a single 1.8Ghz G5 for daily production. Ad design, newspaper layout, classifieds, legals, etc. Adobe CS4, QuarkXPress 8.5.1, Suitcase Fusion 2, Acrobat 9 Pro, Entourage 2004.

    That sort of thing.

    I imagine you could probably do a lot more with a dual. :D
     
  3. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    I traded the guy a crappy old Surface RT for it. I think i got the better end of the deal! lol.

    Do you know of any emulation software?
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    There is Virtual PC 7. That's by Microsoft. You'd have to hunt it down as it's not free. Keep in mind that it's emulating a PC with around a 300mhz processor and a maximum of 512mb of ram. Due to the way it functions though, running it with less ram actually speeds it up. I usually use around 384 or so.

    Then there is the Q emulator. Q is free, but since it's opensource it can be buggy. Don't expect to get anything off the ground quickly without troubleshooting it - if you can even get it launched.

    With both emulators, Win95/98 or W2K are your best bets. XP will work, but it's not fast and you have to shut the eye candy off if you want any kind of reasonable responsiveness.

    Win 7 will install on VPC 7 with an edit to the virtual machine BIOS (or whatever they call it now) . I have also installed Win8 on VPC7.

    In both cases (Win 7/8) they were glacerially slow. In practicality, while you can get them installed you just cannot use them for anything at all.
     
  5. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really? i thought what it could emulate depended on the power of the system..
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No. With more ram/resources the G5 can run it with less issues (i.e., you can have other apps open and not just VPC) but the base emulation of the program is an older Pentium.

    Keep in mind that VPC 7 is about seven or eght years old now.
     
  7. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    You definitely got the better end of the deal! I will gladly trade my surface RT for a G5 lol
     
  8. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    the previous owner loaded it with stuff the only things ive added so far is TFF and Spotify
     
  9. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Huh what graphics card does it have?
     
  10. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    Radeion 9600 Pro
     
  11. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    Fiery is a new one, haven't heard of that before!
     
  12. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Whomever OP got the G5 Dual from was a Graphic Designer.

    EFI Fiery. It's RIP (Raster Image Processor) software for either a print server or Injet printers.

    Fiery RIPs are well known in the industry.
     
  13. Altemose macrumors G3

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    @cammykool Shoot me a private message if you need to get a copy of Virtual PC 7.
     

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