Where can I learn more about setting and running a G5 mac

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  1. funnnyfarm, Jan 18, 2014
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    funnnyfarm macrumors newbie


    Jan 17, 2014
    Spokane Valley
    Hi everybody! I am not only new to this forum but new mac too. I bought a older iMac G5 with OS X 10.5.8, to see if I like the iMac's or not. I have a desktop w7 desktop that I built. Recently I changed my phone to a iPhone. I liked it so much i got a iPad I use it more than my w7 desktop. I want to get a new 27" iMac. Where is the best site (besides here) to learn more about setting and running the mac G5 and its software? Thanks funnnyfarm
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You are on a bit of an older version of OS X, so much of what you will find on the Internet today will apply to the newer versions.... but that said... the basics will apply.


    This Apple page has a lot of info about how to switch from PC to Mac OS X. There are also quite a few "how to" articles there that will help you out.

    When I started out on Macs I found David Pogue's series of books very helpful. He has books on "switching" and on the OS itself.

    Was there something in particular you are trying to get done?

    I think you are going to have trouble using OS X 10.5 to sync with your iPhone and iPad as the OS versions on those devices won't work with the old iTunes versions on your Mac. But other than that, you will be able to use the machine and see if OS X is something you want to switch to.
  3. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    You could have a look in the PowerPC forum in these forums, that's were all us luddites hang out. I have a g4 and a g5 both running 10.5.8. I use my g5 daily, it is a great machine and it is doing some very productive work.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    As mentioned in post 4 directly above, there is a "PowerPC" forum right here at MacRumors -- although it may not get much traffic any more.

    Having said that, are you having any problems in particular?
    Does the iMac boot up OK?
    Does it seem fast enough?

    The last version of the OS you can run on it is 10.5.8, I believe. Others will correct me if I'm wrong.

    If you are having problems with Safari not displaying some web pages correctly, I suggest you experiment with FireFox. There are versions of Firefox available that are "optimized" for the g5 CPU.

    If you check some used book sources, you may be able to find some OS X guides that were written around the time of OS 10.5 and the g5. Something like "OS X, the missing manual", etc.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    [MOD NOTE]
    Thread moved to PPC forum for better exposure.
  6. Jamiet361 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Leeds, UK

    As others have already pointed out, you are a little limited with your OS and Processor, but that doesn't stop the G5 from being an awesome machine!

    You can run most common apps albeit lower versions, I've found http://www.oldapps.com/mac/ to be the most effective at finding older software, just make sure that it is compatible with 10.5 Leopard.

    Web browsing is a little iffy on PowerPC but thankfully there are some choices. Most people on this forum swear by a fork of Firefox known as TenFourFox though I personally find Webkit to be faster. Flash is outdated and extremely slow, so try to avoid it completely. If you choose to use webkit there is an awesome add-on called "ClickToPlugin" that will require you to click before flash content is activated. Also, GlimmerBlocker is a lightweight ad-blocker that works on the PowerPC :).

    YouTube is also possible, but requires an external application such as MacTubes or YouView that routes the video through quicktime. I'm pretty certain HD video will be unplayable on your G5, but 480p should fair okay!

    Good luck and enjoy your Mac :) :apple:
  7. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    This forum on MacRumors is probably your best bet. Running TenFourFox, MacTubes, and MacTubes Enabler is going to be the best bet to running PPC on the internet today. These computers, though out dated, offer a wide variety of software which can be had a dime a dozen nowadays. Best of luck!
  8. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    OP, perhaps you could indicate what sort of programs you are looking to run? As a starter:

    Office - iWork, Microsoft office 2008, Libreoffice (free)
    Browser - safari (but older version now), TenFourFox seems most popular for PPC
    Media - VLC, MacTubes (to access youtube)

    Others - Text wrangler (great if you have unformatted text you need to edit)

    I'm sure others can add to this list, but it depends on what you want to use it for.
  9. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    I'd recommend:

    Office: MS Office 2004. It feels a little better to me than 2008. iWork or LibreOffice are all right, but neither are being developed for PPC, I think...

    Web: TenFourFox for everything except for Youtube. For Youtube, use Leopard Webkit with ClickToFlash and ClickToPlugin (you might need to enable the HTML5 setting on Youtube). The HTML5 Youtube in Webkit works so much better than anything else with my browsing. You can use MacTubes for Youtube, but it frequently has to be updated as Youtube belches updates often.

    Email: Microsoft Entourage (included in Office 2004) or TenFourBird.

    Instant Messaging: Adium, even though it's an old version.

    Media: VLC or QuickTime with the Perian plugin. Even then, I'd still choose VLC, even though it's not being developed for PPC anymore.
  10. jrsx macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2013
    Tacoma, Washington
    LibreOffice's newest release no longer support PPC. OpenOffice hasn't for a while either, but I'd recommend it for PPC, as it's faster. I believe the latest version of VLC also support PPC, actually.

    EDIT: I'm wrong, VLC only supports 10.6 Snow Leopard and up now, but older versions for PPC can still be downloaded.

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