Looking for advice! Mac Mini G4 1.5ghz, 80gb hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jeloda1011, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Jeloda1011 macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about buying a used Mac Mini G4 1.5ghz, with 80 gb hard drive for what seems like an incredible deal. I have an old MacBook already but am wanting a second Mac machine solely for Garageband and Itunes. Will this used Mac Mini G4 1.5ghz, 80gb hard drive do the trick? Thanks!!
     
  2. Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    this is best asked in the power pc forum. They'll probably know more.
    What I can say is that if a g4 mini is going for more than 35 dollars, it's expensive. You can buy g4 towers for about 30-40 dollars.
     
  3. Oujmik macrumors member

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    With a G4 you'll be stuck with a very old OS and GarageBand. If you're on an extreme budget or enjoy the 'retro' PPC experience it could be okay, but you'd probably get more life out of a newer mini. You could pick up a 2009 core 2 duo model from eBay.
     
  4. Jeloda1011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys! I have decided against buying the G4 - I think I will hold out for a new model - after more research I believe this to be the best option. Now, if only I can get my MacBook to keep Airport on, I will continue be a happy Mac User....... (yes, I know, discussion for another thread ;) )
     
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Just to hammer the point home, that MacMini is seven years old. It can't run an OS later than Leopard 10.5.
    80Gb is very small, particularly if you want it for iTunes and Garageband, though it is easy enough to add an external large drive.

    I would go for a 2009 model at the earliest. It will have the capacity, capability and compatibility that you need, as well as a reasonable amount of life left in it.
     
  6. blanka macrumors 68000

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    That can only mean the deal is: "FOR FREE". If so, go ahead and try it!
     
  7. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    LOL even FREE might be too expensive, if it doesn't have the OS disks included ;)
     
  8. marzer macrumors 65816

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    That'd make a fun little Ubuntu computer/server.
     
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    I have no experience with that platform, but I do with Macs and Ubuntu. For such a cheap aquisition, I'd enjoy setting up a server with an old G4. As for specs and power efficiency, really not a concern for a such a hobby project.
     
  11. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    It belongs in a museum!
     
  12. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    Not iconic enough, yet...
     
  13. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Why not, the Mini is the best industrial design produced by Apple EVER, the current is the BEST COMPUTER EVER, and so, the first is a LEGEND! Does not sell for as much as a Nikon F though..... :mad:
     
  14. mayuka macrumors 6502a

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    Does a working Mac belong to a museum?

    Jeloda1011, it's very sad that you decided against the G4. Not that the hardware is pretty affordable nowadays, you can also get the music software just for a few bucks! I'm still using a Powerbook G4 1,5 GHz for producing music and live music with Soundtrack Pro, Ableton Live, Traktor and Logic Pro. You don't always need the newest software, when the old software still does work perfectly for your needs. Both the Mac mini G4 and the Powerbook G4 (at least the two last generations) are incredible reliable hardware, which work for me since they were introduced.

    A computer which you can put to good use does not belong to a museum. Just my 2 cents.
     
  15. acer66, Aug 19, 2013
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    acer66 macrumors newbie

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    I am still doing my spreadsheets etc. on that mini model.:)
     

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