What to do with an aging iMac G5...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by wrldwzrd89, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I have two computers - a MacBook Pro (in my signature) and an iMac G5 (2.1 GHz, aftermarket upgraded to 300GB HDD and 2.5GB RAM). The thing's getting old - the SuperDrive in it won't burn discs (but will read them), and the internal iSight is completely broken. I currently use it with Tiger, for those old Classic games, but I'm wondering, especially with the possibility of it not being able to run Snow Leopard, if I should just retire the thing instead. I was running Mac OS X Leopard Server on it for a while, and it works as a server - just not as well as I had hoped it would. :(
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    I use an ancient G4-400 running Tiger as a basic media and file server (it also handles incoming VPN connections and is running an IRC/bitlbee server, too), and it does the job just fine - your G5 should handle that kinda thing with ease.

    In the past, I've had the G4 working as a web & mail server without problems, although admittedly the P4 Linux box I'm using now is a lot quicker - again, though, your G5 should easily be up to that kinda use.

    Personally, I find anything above the minimum spec for Leopard to be perfectly useable for just about anything short of Adobe CS3, so long as it has enough RAM. Of course, YMMV =]
  3. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    Out of curiosity, what VPN server do you use?

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