Using a PowerBook G4 as Server

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  1. ElectricMan5 macrumors regular

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    i have an old powerbook g4 which i dont wanna waste...

    if i use it as a server, how should i set it up?

    ill always leave it on, so should i plug it in to the wall and take the battery out? or should i leave the battery in?

    i'll always keep the displays off, however.
     
  2. ElectricMan5 thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. CalPoly10 macrumors regular

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    Not a bad idea. It depends what you plan on doing with it.

    You could pop a big hard drive in it, and use it as a media server. More preferrably, hook up an external via. Firewire.

    I'd probably keep the battery in just incase of a power outage. It's a perfect backup.

    Also, try to have it wired. It will be much faster (ethernet).
     
  4. ElectricMan5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's a pretty good idea... i have a Western Digital 500GB HD that i can use :). If i were to use it as a media server, would there be a way i can access it on my ipod touch, other than using an http webserver? (or whatever you call it ).

    Thanks!
     
  5. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    I wish my iBook worked so I could use it as a server
     
  6. ElectricMan5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i'm guessing the HD died?
     
  7. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Logic Board died after I bought a replacement hard drive and put it in
     
  8. chaos86 macrumors 65816

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    I'm using a MDD 866mhz g4 tower as a server. It's plugged directly into the wifi router, has 4 hard drives in it, and runs bittorrent and protein folding all day. Fans are noisy as hell. The best part though, is that I did the time machine hack so I now get wireless backups to it, completely transparently. It sends and recieves at about 2.5-3mb per second, fast enough to stream 720p if it's not doing anything else. Fast enough for good backup.

    It doesn't even have a screen or keyboard plugged into it, just power, ethernet, and firewire to my R1800 printer (shared). I use leopard's screen sharing to control it.

    For you'r setup I'd suggest plugging in as much storage as you can, your printer, and wired ethernet. If you want to plug in speakers so it plays music like an airport express, there's a wifi based remote control program called jfControl which could work for you. Costs a few bucks, test it with the free version first.
     

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