My new Quicksilver (With a bonus)

ifrit05

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Bought a DP 1 GHz Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (Actually a Mac Server G4 variant).

Why? To finally get the most out of my NewerTech G4 Accelerator!!!



I actually bought this accelerator a while back, 2 years ago? For about 150 USD. I have been using it in my "Gigabit Ethernet" model but I felt the 100 Mhz bus was holding it back. I was not wrong. This baby screams! It even seems faster than my old G5 Dual 2 GHz. The Quicksilver was about $40 listed as a parts machine. Got here in 2 days (wow!).



Setting the switches to anything higher than 1.8 GHz causes the Mac not to chime/boot.

I ordered a 9600 Pro (but I'm pretty sure it wont work, I think the ADC tab is in the wrong spot), and ordered a new 120GB hard drive. I have an ACARD ATA-133 card installed to make the most of the IDE hard drives. I was maybe thingking of doing a RAID setup (type 0), but I would have to reinstall everything, not that there is really anything on there yet.

I was going to use this as a Leopard based PPC developer workstation (maybe...) and a Tiger/Classic partition for older software games.

Seriously, there is something about pre-Intel Macs that keep drawing me back in, even though I have a 2011 MBP and a MP 2009.

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Oh I forgot, seems like someone tried to install 10.0, because a "Mac OS X Install CD" (version 10.0, retail) was left in the drive.

Seems like they didn't know that QS's are not 10.0 capable.

So now I have a 10.0 install CD as a bonus as well. xD
 
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ifrit05

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Yeah, after using both G4's and 5's, I feel like Apple really missed the mark on the G5's. Yes, there were a beast of a machine, but were plagued with heat issues, coolant leakage, and were extremely power hungry to just name a few.
 

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Bought a DP 1 GHz Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (Actually a Mac Server G4 variant).
Score! I was recently eyeing off a MDD Dual 1.25 because I love the G4 towers, but I had to restrain myself because I already have three G5s... and my wife already considered that to be excessive.

I was going to use this as a Leopard based PPC developer workstation (maybe...) and a Tiger/Classic partition for older software games.
I wholeheartedly support this! +1 for more PowerPC development! The hardware is capable, it's just up to the devs to take the reigns of these big endian beasts!

Seriously, there is something about pre-Intel Macs that keep drawing me back in, even though I have a 2011 MBP and a MP 2009.
Yes... It's unmistakable. I don't even blink at new Apple hardware, but I'll get excited about vintage Macs (I always have!). It's a bit of an obsession.

Speaking of which, I just ordered a Pismo 400 in near perfect condition! It'll be my only G3! :apple: :apple: :apple:
 
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bobesch

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Score! I was recently eyeing off a MDD Dual 1.25 because I love the G4 towers, but I had to restrain myself because I already have three G5s... and my wife already considered that to be excessive.
Two of your G5s plus a glass tabletop will make a nice furniture for the living-room ...
So there will be space for another MDD! ;)

Here some more ideas how to disguise further stocking ups... :)
https://projektgalerie.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/mac-g5-moebel/amp/
 
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Two of your G5s plus a glass tabletop will make a nice furniture for the living-room ...
So there will be space for another MDD! ;)

Here some more ideas how to disguise further stocking ups... :)
https://projektgalerie.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/mac-g5-moebel/amp/
Great! Now there is a POWER office:



I've been adding portables to my collection because when a package arrives I can just say "No babe, I didn't buy another old Mac, it's just ahh.. parts".

It's a bit hard to pull that one off with a massive G4/G5 in a box.
 
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Great! Now there is a POWER office:

I've seen this series of furniture. I like it, but so far the company that makes them has yet to offer something I'd consider practical for use where I work.

Benches are nice, but they don't seem to offer desks or shelves of any decent size and a lot of the furniture seems to be of low form factor.

I guess if you're a bachelor needing home furniture this would probably work well but it just doesn't look practical. I appreciate what they are trying to do and the fact that they are reusing these old G5 cases but I just can't see a good use for this stuff.

Maybe it's because I need my furniture to be more than an art piece, IDK.

I've been adding portables to my collection because when a package arrives I can just say "No babe, I didn't buy another old Mac, it's just ahh.. parts".

It's a bit hard to pull that one off with a massive G4/G5 in a box.
My wife and I have reached an understanding in recent years.

It is not necessary for me to understand WHY she NEEDS another salt/pepper shaker, another series of plates and dishes, another handbag/purse, another set of this or that when she already has 10 or 20 or more.

Likewise, it's not necessary then for HER to understand why I NEED another Mac. As long as she isn't dodging stuff or finding another computer in a place it shouldn't be we've come to this understanding.

She's even graciously allowed the one computer in the front room with six displays when previously the front room was entirely her domain.

That said a lot of my broken/parts Macs have wound up at work under a desk in my work area. It's preferable to having them all out in the disaster area I call a garage in the Arizona summer heat.

This is also how my Dual 2.7Ghz G5 is sitting right next to my Mac Pro at work. :D I just can't justify another space for it at home that wouldn't be taking advantage of my wife and I's understanding. :)
 
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benwild_33

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Just saw this, looks like a nice build, mine is very similar (digital audio with dual 1.8 Sonnet). I got the sonnet ATA 133 card and run two 80gb drives in raid, just a warning tiger doesn't seem to work with raid but leopard does. I went for a Radeon 9800Pro, similarly priced to the 9600 but faster (although runs hotter)
 
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