Wanted G4 Mac mini 2005

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  1. Garyed055 macrumors regular

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    hi all

    I need your help I’m trying to acquire a G4 Mac mini but being on a fixed income I can’t easily afford the prices I see. Would someone here be willing to donate one?

    Thanks

    Gary
     
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  3. leekil macrumors member

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    What's your price limit? There are some on Ebay for $70 or less.
     
  4. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats just the problem $74 for a G4 mac mini is too high. There are 2009 intell mac minis on ebay for the same $70, and they can almost run current MAC OS. The G4 is limited to OSX 10.5 leopard. Kind of a moot point though my income doesn't allow me much

    Gary
     
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    You're asking for free money... A good chunk of cash too ($70-$90). I wouldn't really count on anyone donating their G4.
     
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    Hey friend your exactly right but it never hurts to ask.

    Gary
     
  7. Boyd01 Moderator

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    Was playing with my PowerBook G4 a couple years ago and having fun with the old operating systems and software. Went out of the room for a few minutes and when I came back, it was dead with the dreaded startup chime. Tried switching RAM, etc but it was just dead. A few days later I dragged my old Power Mac G4 out and tried it (I actually wanted to access some very old MacDraw II files). After less than a half hour, it also completely died.

    My point is that the $70 you might spend for a very old computer is only the beginning. ;)
     
  8. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    I use my 2005 G4 mini to run OS 9 stuff, as well as 10.5.11. It's pretty much been in continuous use since 2005.
    Never had any trouble with it.

    Looks like you're reasonably near Atlanta, which has several colleges and Universities.
    They usually have surplus shops or regular surplus auctions where you can pick up older computers very cheaply.
    Pick a University and look up "surplus sales" or similar on their website.
    Possibly $10 and gas will get you what you want.
     
  9. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    WOW I didn't even think of that I'll check it out ASAP Thank you

    Gary
     
  10. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey guys

    I understand what your saying its asking a lot of someone and I appreciate greatly the suggestions and ideas and your willingness to hear me out. its not easy trying to maintain a hobby like this one when most of your income goes to bills and food.

    thanks again

    Gary
     
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    You may be able to start a go fund me page to raise money for the Mac Mini.
     
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    What would you do with a G4 Mac Mini? Just curious.
     
  14. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi

    I have a gofund me page for a different Mac Mini for video work

    https://www.gofundme.com/need-new-mac-for-youtube-videos


    Gary
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    hi

    I want to pick up a G4 mac mini for using photoshop and possibly Linux as an email server

    Gary
     
  15. California macrumors 68040

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    Well, do yourself a favor and ask for the 1.5ghz silent upgrade 2005 mac mini.
     
  16. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey friend

    thats an option to consider thank you

    Gary
     
  17. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    a wise man once said "It never hurts to ask."

    Gary
     
  18. opeter macrumors 68000

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    What version of Photoshop?

    The PPC Mac minis are practically unusable these days. Yes, there are some Linux version, that you can install on PPC (Yellow Dog Linux, Debian, some Ubuntu version, maybe Mandrake), but most stuff (read: applications) doesn't work on this version.

    http://lowendmac.com/2018/installing-linux-on-powerpc-macs/
    https://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/

    If I were you, I would consider an Intel Mac mini, that could be still used for some time.
    The best would be an Core 2 Duo (click here).
     
  19. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand what your saying but I can't swing the cost of a Core 2 Duo machine. I'd love to get a 2009 Intel Mini which can use up to OSX 10.10 but can't spare the money. I started a gofundme page its the best I can do.

    Gary
     
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    I got my hands on a Black Macbook Intel core 2 duo for less than $50. Couldn't imagine a Mac Mini core 2 duo being worth much more. Buy a broken one and fix it yourself for cheap.
     
  21. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi again

    Its Photoshop CS2 runs fine on anything Before OSX 10.7.5

    Gary
     
  22. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Libre Office, iTunes, MacDraft.
    I would not go online, but you can build a pretty decent productivity suite around a 2005 mini.
    Reasonably agile, plus you get that whole boot into OS9 compatability mode, where you get MacDraw, MacPaint, Spaceward-Ho, Macwrite etc etc.
     
  23. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats pretty much what I had in mind

    Gary
     
  24. Garyed055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    One other note. I would like nothing better then to pickup computers or computer parts or accessories at Goodwill but here in north Georgia the Goodwills dont carry any Computer stuff

    Gary
     

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