Power G4/ loading a running system

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Imsofaman, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Imsofaman macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    I am done with PCs as my PC died on me again....for the last time. I am a total and complete Mac newb and need an older Mac system, as I cant afford the new ones. I see the Power G4 being sold on Ebay all the time but with no operating system. My question is: How hard is to install the operating system if I were to purchase an older G4 and....the software....what should I buy? Where to purchase it? If I purchase an operating system off Ebay....how do you know it is for real and not a pirated copy?

    Take it easy on me guys....I am a newb with my first post.;) I had a guy off Craig's List who going to sell me a system...but never to be heard from again.:mad: Now....I like the looks of the old G4 and hope to learn more about them....to the point of owning one. I have read that the Power G4 is a nice machine and runs well.

  2. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2009
    G4's a good place to start, whats the spec that your buying?,

    ideally you want to avoid the pci graphics model, aim for a agp,
    as for a OS a G4 will run anything up to 10.5, 10.6 is intel cpu only,
    depending on the hardware in the machine you'd prolly be best off with 10.4
    os 10.5 wants at least 867Mhz cpu and a gig of ram,

    if you've got a picture it'd make this a lot easier ;)

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