OS for mac G 5

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Rodney2009, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Rodney2009 macrumors newbie

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    I have 1.5 ram now should I get more if net use and email and music listening thanks not sure what processor means but it is 2.1 gHz power PCG5 thanks it takes SDRAM if I can were can I buy this thanks I got 10.5.8 os x
     
  2. brendu macrumors 68020

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    If you have osx 10.5 that is the best your mac can run. osx 10.6 and greater only run on Intel Mac's.
     
  3. Rodney2009 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so I might as well not consider up grading the ram. I only had this for more then a few months now.
     
  4. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    A RAM upgrade would certainly speed things up. 1.5gb is pretty low these days. As a general rule, don't go below 4gb for your primary machines. Some people (like me) need more, but for general usage, 4gb is the sweet spot.
     
  5. Litany macrumors member

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    Turn off the bold and large font. It makes people NOT want to help you.
     
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    It looks like you're shouting....

    OT: Mac OS X 10.5.8 is the greatest  OS for PowerPC, or some Linux distro could be fun (Yellow Dog Linux)

    Might be nice to get more RAM though, if you can find it cheap.
     
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    A 1GB stick runs $15-$25. Rather cheap for most people.
     
  9. Litany macrumors member

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    2GB for the iMac G5 is $35, very expensive considering thats more than a G5 iMac is worth.
     
  10. TableSyrup macrumors 6502

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    Depending on which G5 you have, you can run anywhere from 4GB to 16GB
    (Considering they never made a 2.1, I'm not sure what you have)


    If you have at least a Dual 2, and you absolutely need to use it, and if you ever wanna do anything remotely intensive:

    then max out your RAM... just look for it on Craigslist and find it cheap.... not worth spending a lot of money on.... I can buy complete DP 2.0's all day for $100

    If it's the Quad 2.5, it's a no brain'er - max it out for sure.... even though it's old, and stuck on 10.5.8, it is a very capable machine for what it can run (software version limitations)

    For reference:

    1.6 (PCI) 333 MHz PC2700 DDR 4slot 4.0 GB

    1.8 (PCI-X) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    2.0 DP (PCI-X) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    1.8 DP (PCI-X) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    1.8 DP (PCI) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 4slot 4.0 GB

    2.0 DP (PCI-X 2) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    2.5 DP (PCI-X) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    1.8 (PCI) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 4slot 4.0 GB

    2.0 DP (PCI) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 4slot 4.0 GB

    2.3 DP (PCI-X) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    2.7 DP (PCI-X) 400 MHz PC3200 DDR 8slot 8.0 GB

    Dual Core (2.0) 533 MHz PC2-4200 DDR2 8slot 16.0 GB

    Dual Core (2.3) 533 MHz PC2-4200 DDR2 8slot 16.0 GB

    "Quad Core" (2.5) 533 MHz PC2-4200 DDR2 8slot 16.0 GB
     
  11. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    If you're absolutely stuck with a iMac G5, upgrading the RAM is a lot cheaper than a new machine.
     

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