Question about Flash on PPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by davidg4781, May 31, 2012.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    So I've been thinking of getting my mom a newer PC. My choices are upgrading hers or maybe buying a used Mac.

    She doesn't do anything too exciting on them but she has been playing games on Facebook, which I believe are in Flash.

    Would she have any issues using a PPC Mac? I'd hate to snag up a Mac Mini on Craigslist for $100 and find out she's not able to play them.

    My best bet is to just upgrade her current PC. I think I priced out CPU/Motherboard/RAM/Power Supply for less than $300.
  2. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Get her the least expensive Intel Mac you can find. Flash/YouTube videos barely hobble along on a PPC Mac.
  3. Ricky Smith macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Don't give someone a PPC unless you hate them or they're a collector. They're great for non-flash basic web browsing and word processing or listening to music. But once you get flash or any videos involved forget about it
  4. tayloralmond macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2009
    Michigan, USA
    I agree with the above posters. Unless you're buying a dual/quad PowerMac G5, flash video is going to be lacking significantly. Don't get me wrong, I love PowerPC Macintoshes, but it's not a good idea to give a vintage Macintosh to someone who doesn't understand how to deal with or circumvent its limitations.
  5. kevin242, Jun 1, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012

    kevin242 macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2006

    there are a few ways to get around the Power Pc's flash limitations when watching videos, but you can forget about online gaming on Facebook. it will work but will be painfully slow.

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