Old, old....,old power mac. What to do with it?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mark0429, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. mark0429 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2006
    I am going to be coming into posession of a very old Power Mac G4 (450 mHz, I believe). All I know about it is that it runs Jaguar, and turns on.

    Even though I don't really have any use for it (I have a MacBook Pro and an use an airdisk to serve up all my media) I can't turn down a free piece of hardware.

    So basically, I am asking what others would do given a free machine such as this?

    thanks in advance.
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Psh. That's not really old. I was hoping you were gonna say you had a dual-proc PowerMac 9600 or something. Now THAT'D be worthwhile! :D

    You torrent a lot? Seedbox.
  3. dragonmantek macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2007
    New York
    turn it into a server.

    just get a bigger harddrive in there.
  4. earthsick macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    central nj
  5. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Haha, I was thinking exactly the same thing. That's only like what, 8 years old? It's not good if you want it as your main workhorse, but honestly it's a good machine. I still use my Beige G3 and wouldn't trade it for a Mac Pro. (Though if it were my main machine... I guess I might have to >_>)

    As for what to do with it, give it to me =]
  6. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Sadly, we still have people using these at work, pulled a bunch out recently.
  7. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    I'd eBay it for $100 and buy an iPod or something.
  8. mark0429 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2006
    Thanks for the replies.

    I guess I shouldn't have been as harsh about its age. I am set on a primary machine though.

    I don't do much torrenting, although I had thought of that.
    I'd also thought about turning it into a server, although I don't know what I would serve.

    As for selling it, that's also a possibility...this+economic stimulus check should more than cover a 3g iPhone.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You can also run folding @ home (similar to SETI), and also use as a monitor-less server in the basement.

    Get Intech ATA Hi-Cap Support
    to allow drives >120gb.

    Replace the original harddrive, and put in additional IDE drives (make sure to set jumper on the drives). Much cheaper to get internal drives than to buy external drives.

    Perhaps get gigabit ethernet card and cat 5e or cat 6 cable for gigabit ethernet.

    Put all your files on it, and set it up so you can access it securely remotely.

    I do it with a dual G4 Quick silver, but I also have a SATA card.
  10. tom. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    They can be useful as remote file servers. Get SSH connection working and you have access to everything from anywhere in the world (preferably with a static IP). Or you could stick apache on it, and you've got yourself a web server.
  11. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    ha! ive seen it!
  12. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  13. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    I already said that ~_~ lol

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