What to do with early 2005 PowerMac G5?

Doward

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Dual 2.5Ghz model. Coolant system developed a leak, system was given to me. Case and all is in fine condition.

I've already pulled the LCS, verified the leak. Not bad, just bridged a couple resistors, so I'm repairing it. New viton seals on the way!

Once I finish the repair, I'm just not certain what to do with the system. Sell it? Keep it? Mod it?

Ideas?
 

Doward

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How would I use it as a render farm? I'm running FCPX / Compressor 4 - AFAIK neither runs on PPC.
 

rabidz7

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Dual 2.5Ghz model. Coolant system developed a leak, system was given to me. Case and all is in fine condition.

I've already pulled the LCS, verified the leak. Not bad, just bridged a couple resistors, so I'm repairing it. New viton seals on the way!

Once I finish the repair, I'm just not certain what to do with the system. Sell it? Keep it? Mod it?

Ideas?
How about a web server?
 

seveej

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Once I finish the repair, I'm just not certain what to do with the system. Sell it? Keep it? Mod it?

Ideas?
In itself, that is not a bad machine by any means, but it is dated, and considering its power consumption, any 24/7 use is basically out.

Any possibility you could use it for the uses a 2005 G5 was originally intended for (DTP, Audio, Video etc.)

RGDS,
 

Doward

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I would like to. If i keep it, I'll certainly put Leopard on it.

What was the latest FCP Studio compatible with the PPC?
 

MisterKeeks

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I would like to. If i keep it, I'll certainly put Leopard on it.

What was the latest FCP Studio compatible with the PPC?
2 was the last official one, 3 could be hacked on with Pacifist. And it isn't really hacking.
 

Doward

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Thanks, I'll certainly look into it.

Viton seals ended up being out of stock (was wondering why I hadn't gotten shipment notice yet) so switched them to silicone o-rings.

Also have Swiftech coolant on the way from FrozenCPU.com. I'm going to clean the procs off tomorrow, get that precipitate off everything and twiddle my thumbs while I wait on parts to arrive.
 

Cox Orange

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How would I use it as a render farm? I'm running FCPX / Compressor 4 - AFAIK neither runs on PPC.
google "PowerMac G5 clustering video" and "compressor qmaster". Maybe searching for Xgrid is interesting for you, too.

Though here https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1435061?start=0&tstart=0 someone says Final Cut doesn't support ditributed rendering, you can maybe get a copy of Logic Studio 8 or 9. - and here someone says it's possible with Final Cut http://www.digitalproducer.com/article/Setting-up-a-Qmaster-Cluster-in-Final-Cut-Studios-Compressor-3x-775135

Ah, see this http://www.dellanave.com/blog/2010/02/19/how-to-setup-apple-qmaster-and-compressor-for-cluster-rendering/
there was a more elaborate one somewhere, but I do not find it, yet... ah, this http://visionstudios.ca/RenderFarm/RenderFarmleft.html