I had these kind of feelings today when disassembling my PowerBook G4 12", yesterday I swapped LCD's and today removed optical drive and reapplied thermal paste so I have pretty much taken apart the whole machine during these two days. I have been able to fix all problems (bad LCD, nonfunctional optical drive and high temps) but still, what I have left is obsolete old machine, I'm pretty sure that even most enthusiasts wouldn't bother taking this thing apart, but I didIt's sometimes difficult to justify maintaining these machines since for some of them since you never receive enough enjoyment back out of them in contrast to the effort you put in making them work in the first place.
I think it all comes down to why you are maintaining them. If it's a daily driver then it can be frustrating to have to continually maintain (or repair) something you need to use. If you're doing it because you enjoy the technology then it's worth it right there. The nice thing is you can set it aside and get back to it when you feel like it.It's sometimes difficult to justify maintaining these machines since for some of them since you never receive enough enjoyment back out of them in contrast to the effort you put in making them work in the first place. That's not applicable for all machines, but it applies for quite a few - the Power Mac G5, iMac G3, iBook G3/G4 and PowerBook G4 12" all come to mind. If you step back far enough to the 68k or MOS based systems, where the electronics are all much simpler, it's easier to keep them running. A few capacitors had both my Macintosh 512 and Apple II+ running again, and I've had hours, days, even weeks of enjoyment out of those all from about 30 minutes of work.
Well re SATA-cards, only, if you want the card to be bootable. I got mine (PCI-X, not bootable) with 4SATA ports for 7,-EUR.Having to pay the Mac tax to get things just the way I want them in terms of certain video or PCI cards.
A cheapie SATA card that's available for $20 on eBay should work in any PCI-based machine, be it Windows or Mac. But instead, I have to pay $80 for a Sonnet card or go a different route via flashing. I hate that.
I only had to work very few time on PCs and I still don't get the difference between the mouse accelerations. Must be that I am just to used to it.
A* = flashing sucks! (Though you can use a G4 to flash ATI cards for the G5, right away)2. The hand-holding. It seems the G5 can't do anything without a real computer's help. A* Want to upgrade the video card? You've gotta track down the (very short) compatibility chart and use another (regular) computer to flash the BIOS of said card if it's not already a specialty "G5-ready" card. B* Want to replace the power supply? Get ready to spend more than the whole computer's worth finding (and shipping) one on eBay. C* Want to hook up a FireWire camera or anything even remotely resembling "obscure"? Tough luck. D* Want to do some intermediate video editing? Not gonna happen. E* Want to do some web browsing? Make sure there's something comfortable nearby to lay on while you wait for it to render. F* Want to save on your power bill with some energy-efficient computing? RUN AWAY! Still want to buy one? Get ready to spend twice as much money for a G5 (~$75-100+) with a quarter of the capabilities of your average Craiglist-sourced computer.
Besides those two little things, it's great!
54 cm in height x 47.47 cm in length x 20.48 cm in widthHi, this is offtopic but I need to know how tall is PowerMac G5, counting feet/handles. I am asking this for delivery/packaging. I read somewhere that it is 51 centimeters, I assume it counts feet/handles but it is good to be sure.
And sorry for offtopic and possibly dumb question
Could you share the brand name or other relevant info? I'd like to find something like that.What frustrates me is, when there are symptoms that only appear randomly and then again not for a while and you can't even get a clue, what might be causing it.
Well re SATA-cards, only, if you want the card to be bootable. I got mine (PCI-X, not bootable) with 4SATA ports for 7,-EUR.
I got a PCIe card for a G5 for 15,-EUR (not bootable, too).
For your Quicksilver?Could you share the brand name or other relevant info? I'd like to find something like that.
I just stuck a $10(on Ebay) Adaptec USB 2.0 card in my G4, and fortunately it makes a real difference for the times when using USB is unavoidable. Of course, Firewire is better but not always an option.Transferring files over USB 1. Feels like I could die of old age waiting for a large transfer to complete.
Is there a way to install one of these cards in an iMac G4?I just stuck a $10(on Ebay) Adaptec USB 2.0 card in my G4, and fortunately it makes a real difference for the times when using USB is unavoidable. Of course, Firewire is better but not always an option.
I've been told that any cheap USB 2 card will work as long as it has an NEC chipset. That's what I looked for when shopping, and so far it's worked great for me.
Sorry, I didn't think of this when I responded earlier.Heh. Didn't think so. It's cool, it's a bugbear I can live with.