What can I do with this PowerPC Mac?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by GMBP, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. GMBP macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2016
    Hi all

    A while ago I took an old Mac Pro home from work (it was otherwise destined for the trash).

    It has been sat in my bedroom for awhile untouched, as it requires a somewhat unique power cable which is seemingly specific to this model and only available online.

    I am wondering what the potential of this Mac is, can it be used as a daily web browser? Is it worth investing money in making it useable? I have listed what I know below:

    Model number A1177
    When opened it has one silver 'G5' cover, does this mean it's single core?
    It has 4x 256mb ram installed, but 8 ram slots total

    Any help or further info about this model would be much appreciated!
  2. dandeco macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2008
  3. GMBP thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2016
    Hi thanks for your response!

    Of the models listed on that link, how can I tell which is my mac? Bearing in mind I cannot power the unit on as I don't have a power cable!
  4. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2015
    Central Michigan
    Sounds like you have a dual core 2.3 GHz. Those are very powerful machines. I use a PowerMac G5 as my main Mac, it's faster than my Intel Core 2 Duo. Using the Leopard Market or the PPC Archive, you can download all kinds of great software.
    Certainly. It's probably already usable, but if that's a liquid cooled model you may have to check for leaks. I also recommend upgrading the RAM, as 1GB is not enough to get by on today. RAM is pretty cheap; just make sure you buy the right type. This is a useful article about that. After the upgrades, you can use your PowerMac for just about anything.
    Thanks for saving the PowerMac from the trash. PowerPC Macs are still very capable and there is no excuse for throwing them away (unless they are broken beyond repair, and even then you can reuse the case). I hope you enjoy your PowerMac! :)
  5. apple apple macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2014
    I think it could also be a dual core 2.0 ghz machine. They are all good. It is still very usable. Don't sweat the power cord it's simply a server style cord. Just Google search c19 power cord and you'll find what you need. I've posted some short clips of my 2.0ghz machine, and yes they are still useful computer.
  6. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    There should be a grey sticker underneath the panel with the stock specifications, this should tell you what CPU it has, and whether it is single CPU or dual(-core) CPUs, or even Quad CPU.
  7. GMBP, Sep 26, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2016

    GMBP thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2016

    You were both correct, I found the serial number inside and it is a late 2005 (made in early 2006) dual core 2.3ghz machine!

    Now I/we know it is a good machine, what upgrades are possible to maximise its usability in 2016?

    Obviously I will upgrade the RAM, it can take 16GB apparently but this may be an overkill? My rMBP has 8!
    Is it worth installing an SSD or is the hardware to old to take advantage of one?
    Can the graphics card be upgraded?

    In my apple 'ecosystem' there is space for a daily computer whilst my gf uses my rMBP, and also potentially as a server/backup device. Could this Mac fit in?

    Thanks for all your help so far
  8. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2015
    Central Michigan
    An SSD would probably help. The graphics card can be upgraded pretty easily, but be sure to get one that's compatible.
  9. apple apple macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2014
    I know I'm going to ruffle some feathers here, but.... I have found my dc2.0 more competent at browsing the interweb using linux than it was using osx. Also my kernel will actually support an ssd. I know I know, one can be used despite being supported. Also I can use an "unsupported" graphics card (I'm one of a couple using a 4xxx series radeon hd).
  10. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    By that do you mean more compatible or efficient?
  11. apple apple macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2014
    More able to properly render webpages, and able to do so quicker. Even using tff.
  12. Imixmuan macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2010
    Tenfourfox isn't available for Linux, so I assume you mean Firefox? Have you tried Midori or Qupzilla yet? I have found them to be light-years faster on my PowerPC Linux boxes. Your two youtube videos are great, I would love to see what Midori could do on that beast of a Powermac you have. Make sure you get the Midori 0.5.11 from the Debian Sid or Jessie backports, not the stock 0.4.3 Midori in the Ubuntu repos. It's crash-tastically bad.

    This guy has Midori and Qupzilla installed, he opens them but doesn't really show performance.

  13. MacCubed macrumors 68000


    Apr 26, 2014
    Ok here's you max specs:
    - RAM: 16GB (I would go with 8)
    - SSD: Any size SATA 2 SSD (usually the best for compatibility), or a Samsung Evo 840 (One of the only SATA 3 SSDs reported to work in G5s
    - Graphics: Nvidia FX4500 (most vram) or an X1900 XT/GT (fastest) Both would require a power cable, and you could get a Mac card or a PC card to flash

    I would definitely recommend running Leopard, you can run Linux, but the PPC version has issues with nVidia cards
  14. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    Honestly, I wouldn't run Linux as a main OS on a PowerPC Mac. Maybe to have fun with it a little bit every now and then, but to get a PowerPC Mac to run just Linux to me seems pointless. You can get any cheap old laptop/desktop and run Linux on that. The entire point of buying a PowerPC Mac is to stay in the older Apple ecosystem. I'm sure some could disagree, but I don't think what I'm saying is totally untrue.
  15. apple apple macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2014
    Yeah I get the whole older ecosystem thing, but for me it was love of the hardware. It drives me nuts to think that perfectly capable hardware that can still perform well today has been abandoned and dubbed a dead architecture. So I guess in the end regardless what os is being used so long as it is being used is AOK in my book.

    Btw, the 16.04 Ubuntu Mate will boot and install fine in your g5 (I'm assuming you have the Nvidia 6600le)

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