Should I upgrade 1.42 Power PC Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by phillymacuser, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. phillymacuser macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    So I have an 1.42 Power PC Mac Mini and I am wondering if its worth upgrading memory for better performance. I've had it for about 6 years or better but I have it connected to one of the classic clear flat studio monitors that I really like. We have an iPad(gen 1) and Black Macbook in the house too. Really only use desktop for word processing and kids to play educational games. The new Mini's are $500+ and are lacking an optical drive. Thoughts?
  2. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    If it'll take a RAM upgrade and an SSD these would be too nice upgrades for the machine. Wouldn't want to spend too much on such an old machine though.
  3. mike.coulter macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2008
    As the above user suggested, a cheap SSD would be an amazing upgrade for it. I was looking at giving my old iMac G4 700mhz the SSD treatment, maybe in the future.
  4. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
  5. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    Even for an Office-Computer I would at least consider a new Mini (maybe the older generation with optical drive, which should come cheaper) as it's more expensive upgrading the old one than it's worth and it won't last forever.
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    don't bother with more ram. the ssd will handle the lack of ram. you most likely have a 60gb hdd so the 60 gb ssd is about World Computing/SSDMLP060/


    sooner or later your machine will die

    all your software is out of date .

    you need to plan for this.

    this is the cheapest model with a dvd player.

    if you click that link a few times each day it will come back in stock.

    it comes with a warranty and will need a ram upgrade. to 4gb or 8gb ram. or buy this without a dvd player

    this needs a ram upgrade and a tack on dvd player.

    sooner or later you will need to bite this bullet. frankly If your old machine runs and you buy a new one it will be less work to make the software switches. once all is setup and works you could sell the working old machine on ebay.

    good luck with whatever you do about your mini.
  7. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    While there will be some obvious benefits to switching to an SSD, I question the wisdom of spending any money on slapping an SSD on an ATA/100 interface. If you feel the need to go down the SSD route, I suggest exploring the option of getting a SATA SSD and using an ATA/SATA bridge. When you inevitably upgrade to a newer machine you'll be able to reuse the drive in the new machine.
  8. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    RAM should be a really cheap upgrade and will make a noticeable difference. I would be reluctant to spend any more on an old machine like that.
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  10. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I'd say keep it. I had that one -- actually the "secret upgraded" 1.5ghz PPC Mini of late 2005 and it ran Leopard fine with a 1 gig chip.

    For word processing you are not going to see substantial gains with the newer minis. That's one area where it really does not matter. But remember if you get a new Mac Mini, you have to buy Word for Mac 2011. Older versions of Word for Mac do not work.
  11. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    I got huge improvement running Photoshop after maxxing out the ram in mine. 1 GB still did not fix the choppy video though. At this point, REALLY: if you are going to blow half the price of a new mini on an ssd and ram for that 6 y/o machine, get the new mini instead. It blows away the G4 in all aspects...
  12. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    I'm not even sure if you can put an SSD in that machine, but even if you could it would be kind of pointless. You'd be better off putting that money towards a new machine.

    If you still use the machine at all then a cheap 1GB stick of RAM is mandatory. Other than that there's not much else I can recommend.
  13. burne, Mar 27, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012

    burne macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2007
    Haarlem, the Netherlands
    The G4 is PATA, and all the SSD-drives I've seen are SATA. And find the right kind of RAM for this machine is probably be hard and expensive.

    Edit: a quick check learns that my favourite shop has a single PATA drive in stock. A whopping 64GB for 269 euro's. Memory is cheaper at 22 euro for a gigabyte, but, that is about four times more expensive per gigabyte than DDR3.

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