Picking up a A1103 Mac Mini tomorrow.

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Tony Danger, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Tony Danger macrumors member

    Tony Danger

    Dec 19, 2014
    Not sure which model, but it's max the G4 1.42Ghz.

    I'm gunna sit and have a play with it, I know not being intel it's essentially useless as far as windows or new apps go, but I was thinking of turning it into a mame box, or linux box, or just old OSX for the girlfriends Niece to play with.

    Any suggestions?
  2. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    Hey great to see you got an old PPC mac! I think you would be better off posting this in the PowerPC section. Trust me, those guys are the most enthusiastic bunch on the site ;)
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    You can run up to OS X Leopard on that Mini. I recommend either Leopard or Tiger as they support TenFourFox, an up to date fork of Firefox for PPC Macs written by a devoted developer named Cameron Keiser. gavinstubbs09 hosts a PowerPC Archive at his DyNiForm site, his software company, which includes many applications for PowerPC Macs. Finally, Intell, eyoungren, and I wrote a guide on speeding up Leopard performance on these older machines you should have a look at. Definitely post in the PowerPC forum and I am sure we all will help you out!

    You got that right!
  4. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Oh yes, I like the old Mac Minis (although I prefer the Intel ones over the G4 models). In terms of performance and usage, I'm afraid to say that it's not very useful, due to the lack of software and how slow the PPC processors are. I'd recommend you install either Tiger or Leopard; the first one if you prefer to have a more fluent and responsive system, the latter if you wish to have more features. I do have an iMac G4 1.25GHz (which is probably around the same speed), and it is okay at handling basic tasks, such as going on basic websites, texts, running simple programs (iWork, iLife, all of that), and even running Youtube through Mactube or whatever it's called without much lag.
  5. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    The G4 minis are horribly outdated compared to their early Intel counterparts, but I'm sure you can have some fun with it nonetheless. Install Leopard, stick TenFourFox or Leopard Webkit on there and you can use it for basic web browsing (just don't expect it to be very fast on modern websites). It will also run older versions of iWork/Microsoft Office and apps like Photoshop CS2 without a hitch, and play smooth 480p YouTube videos through YouView.

    Max out the RAM to 1 GB if it hasn't been done already as well.

    We love keeping em old Macs alive :cool:
  6. DigitalBuddhist macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2015
    Good place to post available apple items

    Hey guys - Apologies if I am posting in the wrong spot, but it seems relevant since the A1103 Mac Mini is one of the exact items I have.

    I worked for Apple for a bunch of years about a decade ago, and have been an Apple owner for many more years...

    I have some items and I am curious if they are worth anything to collectors like yourselves. Please let me know, and if so where is a good place to post?


    Mac Mini - A1103
    Mac Mini - A1176
    Mac Mini power adapter - 110W
    Mac Mini Power adapter - 85W x 2
    iPod Video 60GB
    iSight Camera
    Airport Extreme - A1408
    Airport Extreme - A1143
    Apple DVI - Video adapter
    and SO MANY power adapter extensions! :eek:

    all items are in working condition and were well cared for - *Besides the iPod, which works but has some scratches from bouncing around with me!
  7. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Those items should be posted in the Marketplace. A private sub-forum that is unlocked after 250 posts and six months of active membership. Is that Apple video adapter DVI--> ADC by chance?
  8. DigitalBuddhist macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2015
    Ah got it! Thanks. Sorry if I broke some rule by posting here.

    and yes that was a typo! I definitely meant to write Dvi to ADC. Also have the 17" Studio display (the reason I needed the adapter)

    Thanks for the guidance.
  9. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I am going to shoot you an email about that adapter.

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