PowerPC Challenge - Early 2019 Edition

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Kliee, Jan 8, 2019.


What PowerPC architecture will you be rocking?

Poll closed Feb 17, 2019.
  1. Pre-G3

    4 vote(s)
  2. G3

    10 vote(s)
  3. G4

    27 vote(s)
  4. G5

    13 vote(s)
  5. 68k

    4 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Kliee, Jan 8, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2019

    Kliee macrumors newbie


    Jan 29, 2008
    This might be a bit late for some, but here it is, the official thread of the Early 2019 PowerPC Challenge.

    This challenge has been thought of and organized by @Gamer9430 since the Winter 2017 on this forum. They have been great fun and very popular.

    Here are links to the previous editions:
    2017 Inaugural Winter PowerPC Challenge
    2017 Inaugural Summer PowerPC Challenge
    2018 Second Winter PowerPC Challenge

    ------- The event -------​

    This one week long event is the occasion for us to enjoy and appreciate software and hardware from the past, dust off our dear old PowerPC machines and/or do weird experiments with them.

    For one week, except for payed job/work, the participants of this challenge will only be using PowerPC based machines for all their computer related tasks. Be it gaming, browsing the web, watching videos on their computers, all must be done on a PowerPC machine.

    Some gray areas exist about the usage of smartphones and tablets. Let's just say that in the spirit of the challenge, such device should not be used, or only for their primary functions (calls and messages). However, they can be a nice "workaround" of sorts for the least committed among us.

    The previous editions of this challenge focused on using a PowerPC machine, regardless of the OS. Some people on this forum are well used to dealing with such computers everyday. As a consequence, I propose an additional difficulty.
    Each person engaging in this edition will have to chose and announce in which category he or she will participate. Each category allows different types of systems and machines.

    ------- The categories -------​

    - Main set -

    : Original hardware on 10.4 and 10.5
    Advanced: Original hardware on 10.3>= and 9.x
    Power: Original hardware, Kodiak or 8.x>=
    Crazy: Original hardware Mac OS X Developer Beta (any)

    - Others -

    68k: Any 68k mac, any Apple system
    Alternative: Original hardware on non Apple systems (MorphOS, Linux...)
    Hello from afar: VM anything

    ------- The dates -------​

    The dates for the challenge are from Sat. Feb. 2 at 12pm (your time) to Sat. Feb. 9 at 11:59 am (your time).

    ------- The participants (alphanumerical order) -------
    556fmjoe - Alternative - G4 running BSD
    amagichnich - basic - G4 running 10.4 and 10.5
    Eightbitgamer757 (?) - basic/68k - G4 running ? (potentially alongside a 68k on 7.x)
    EnriqueG - Advanced - G4 running OS 9
    eyougreen - basic - G3/G4/G5 running 10.4 and 10.5
    fourbirds - basic - G4/G5 running 10.4 and 10.5
    Haemoglobin - basic - G4 running 10.4
    kasuja00 - basic - G4/G5 running 10.5
    L Oquence - basic - G4 running 10.5
    Lastic - basic/Alternative/HFA - G4 and G5 running 10.4 and 10.5 and (?)
    laylow - basic - G3/G4 running 10.4
    mmphosis - basic - G3/G4 running 10.4 and 10.5
    netsrot39 - basic - G4 running 10.4 and 10.5
    n0sTRa - basic - G4/G5 running 10.4 and 10.5
    reukiodo - basic - G4/G5 running 10.5 with incursion of older PowerPC and Macs
    SkyBell - basic - G4 running 10.4
    Slix - basic - G3/G4 running 10.4, 10.5 and OS 9
    timidpimpin - basic - G4 running 10.4

    Sign up, precising your category of choice, and discuss by replying to this thread. I'll edit the first post to improve it, add relevant information, and display the list of people who have enlisted.

    Edit about the poll

    I know 68k is not a PowerPC architecture, but I can only add answers to the poll, not change the question nor alter already inputted possible answers (if anyone knows a trick :D). I added 68k because some might want to use those machines in a challenge like this, which is, in the end, about older macs. It would be nice to have a 68k challenge, but I don't know how many people would/could join such an event. I'll keep this idea for later though!
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Just my regulars, like any other day. :D

    1 2.5Ghz Quad G5, 16GB Ram, 1TB Primary, 4TB Secondary, 6 Displays
    1 2.3Ghz Dual Core G5 6.5GB Ram, 1TB Primary, 1TB Secondary, 6 Displays
    1 450mhz G3 (B&W) 1GB Ram, 150GB Primary, 2TB RAID Secondary, 1TB Tertiary, Headless : Server
    1 1Ghz 17" PowerBook G4, 2GB Ram, 128GB mSATA.
  3. amagichnich macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2017
    Stuttgart, Germany

    1 Mac Mini 1.5GHz with Leopard (primary)
    1 TiBook 1 GHz with Leopard (secondary)
    1 PowerBook G4 1.67 with Leopard (mobile)
    1 iBook G4 14" 1.33 with Tiger (in house mobile)

    These are the computers I have here right now and use everyday, albeit not as my main computer. That is a Core i7 4970 which has to disappear for a while now :D
  4. Eightbitgamer757 macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2018
    I'm not sure but i will enter with following
    Basic- Ibook G4 1Ghz 1.25gb ram (no storage still trying to get parts)
    Power?- Apple Macintosh Powerbook 170, unknown ram, 200mb seagate scsi drive, some version of System 7
  5. n0sTRa macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2016
    I also want to try...

    Desktop G5 DC2.3 with Leopard 1 iMac G4 with Tiger.
    Laptop G4iBook 1.33 with Leopard
    Mobile I go back to iPhone 4s ;)
  6. mmphosis macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2017
    mmphosis - basic - my regulars...

    867 MHz PowerBook G4 running 10.5.8, 1.12 GB RAM, 37.14 GB HD
    1.42 GHz Mac Mini G4, 10.5.8, 1 GB RAM, 74.5 GB HD, Xcode 3.1.4, headless
    500 MHz iBook G3 running 10.4.11, 384 MB RAM, 93.03 GB HD, Xcode 2.4.1
    1.25 GHz Mac Mini G4, 10.5.8, 512 MB RAM, 29.64 GB HD, 1TB external, headless : personal file server

    For work, I will be using an Intel laptop running Linux so that I can run the legacy software called Adobe Flash Player. :(
  7. Kliee thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 29, 2008
    Added everyone so far. Added a 68k category, because, why not? After all, there is no 68k Macrumors forum right? :D
  8. bunnspecial macrumors 604


    May 3, 2014
    25mhz 68030 CPU, no more than 8mb of RAM but probably 2, 4, or 6.

    I guess @Gamer9430 is no longer organizing the challenges...or wasn't given the opportunity to.
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Since when was 68k a PowerPC architecture?
    --- Post Merged, Jan 8, 2019 ---
    At least MacRumors forum software still works, unlike a certain 68k forum... :D
  10. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    Yes, I guess that I am no longer in charge of organizing these. Not like I was asked by OP if he could take over doing these, let alone anyone else on this subforum... I'll just add this into my ever growing list of why I don't frequent this subforum anymore.
  11. bunnspecial macrumors 604


    May 3, 2014
    Not only that, but there IS a de-facto 68K(and early PPC) sub-forum...it's called "Apple Collectors."
  12. bobesch macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Hey, the fun of all the previous PPC-challenge trips won't ever fade ...
    I think everybody here, who did take part in the past is greatful about your initiative to start and take care of the challenge.
    It's a big compliment to the roots of the PPC-challenge, that the idea is carried on. Saying this as a father, who is proud to see my sons go one step further ...
  13. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    I'm on board.

    12" PowerBook G4 1.5 GHz running OpenBSD -current
  14. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    I agree with you, I just feel like I should have been contacted by the OP or other interested parties about taking over the event. I don't have a problem with anyone else doing them, in fact, its great to see that there is still interest in doing it. I'm just a bit annoyed that I wasn't contacted about taking over running the challenges.
  15. Lastic macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2016
    North of the HellHole
    Hello from afar

    Phew, I have so many machines, which ones are PowerPC's again :

    PowerMac Dual G5 ( Only Leopard currently )
    PowerMac Single G5 (stowed away to sell one of these days)
    Powerbook G4 12" 1,5 Ghz x 2 ( since one is still broken I might try and repair it )
    Powerbook G4 12" 1,33 Ghz ( currently Tiger Machine )
    iBook G4 12" 1,?? Ghz ( Spielerei )
    iBook G4 12" 1,?? Ghz ( Spielerei )
    Xserve Dual G4 ( OS X Server/NetBoot/ and who knows ... )
  16. bobesch macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Sometimes the idea takes over and leaves anything else out of focus ...
    So the upcoming challenge(s) would really miss a thing, if the old stager stay off! ;)
  17. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    Due diligence and common sense, it's running out fast these days for some folks it seems!
  18. bunnspecial macrumors 604


    May 3, 2014
    Esp. when someone can't even spend 5 seconds on Google figuring out that a PowerBook 170 isn't even a PPC Mac, much less what the specs are...
  19. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
  20. timidpimpin, Jan 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019

    timidpimpin macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2018
    I literally have to use an Intel Mac for work, but can avoid using my own Intel Macs. I will be doing basic with my PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz) running Tiger and my PowerMac G4 Gigabit Ethernet (1.3GHz) running Tiger.
  21. Eightbitgamer757 macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2018
    I knew it wasnt a ppc mac. i knew it a 68k and i figured because there was an option for machines with os's older than 8.6 that it would fit within the guidelines
  22. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    Glad to see this back again. :)

    I'll be doing Basic, with some dabbling in Mac OS 9 during the week! I'm planning to use any of my PowerPC Macs that I feel like, but notably this time around, my newest 12" PowerBook G4 seems to be up to the tasks lately to help with internet duties. My personal goal for this time is to take some camcorder footage of my adventures during the week, and edit the video on one of these PowerPCs with iMovie. :)
  23. laylow macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2018
    15 inch Powerbook G4 Aluminum, 2 GB RAM, 60 GB SSD, 10.4.11.
    iMac G3 DV SE 400Mhz, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB HD, 10.4.11

    I use them both every day already, but I'll try to do more work on them.
  24. DearthnVader macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2015
    Red Springs, NC
    See if I can hack the Power Manager to get Sleep working on the iBook G4( Powerbook6,5 ) under OS 9.
  25. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
    Since the 68k topic came up can someone give me the rundown on the Powerbook 520? I'm watching one on ebay. Were they considered good in their day? Decent to play around with or complete garbage?

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