Just purchased a Powermac G4

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ShadowPuppet, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. ShadowPuppet macrumors newbie

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    Just picked up a Powermac G4 500 Mhz from a local hamfest on the cheap. Came with no OS, 7 GB harddrive, 512 mb ram. Thinking about getting 10.4 for this machine, not looking do do anything serious (my roommate's big into macs, this is my first one :D ) or to really put any money into it.

    Anyway, I was just wondering if 10.4 would run fine enough (given my limited ram and no concrete plans on getting more), and what sort of things I could mess with on this machine.

    Thanks! :apple:
     
  2. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    My in-laws run 10.4 just fine on their G4, but I upgraded their ram (on the cheap) to ~1GB.
    I say "just fine", as long as you don't compare speeds with anything faster. Quicktime movies do skip pretty heavily.
     
  3. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Yeah, it should work OK, Tiger does well with 512 MB. The processor is the biggest concern, but for basic use it should do.
     
  4. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    i don't think you will enjoy running it on 512mb. but that doesn't mean it won't work....
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Meh, it does OK with Safari, iChat and iTunes on my iBook G3 (800 MHz, 256 MB RAM) so it should be fine on the OP's machine.

    But that's just my opinion, I know most people have a higher standard for what is usable then I do.
     
  6. ShadowPuppet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input! I might grab some more ram if messing with the system becomes intriguing enough. Now off to find a cheap copy of Tiger! :D
     
  7. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    well, let me just say you will definitely notice lagging.

    more than one tab open in safari, running a few applications.

    iTunes is going to probably suck... definitely will remind you that you are using an outdated machine.
     

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