xserve g4 1.33 questions

Surrat

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I have an xserve g4 1.33 on the way to me, and I'm interested in using an agp video card in it. It only includes the base pci radeon 7000 card, I never saw any xserve g4 that was actually equipped with the optional agp radeon 8500.

I'm wondering if my pc & mac edition agp 9600 might work in it. Anybody try that combination? I'm not sure, but I think that is the best possible vid card for a agp g4 that doesnt need external power? I know a fancy video card isnt very useful in a xserve, but I have the 9600 spare, and want to use it if I can.

How about a dual fibre channel card, which is the correct one for this mac. I know about the pci-x ones for g5, but what did the g4 use? Hoping to connect it to my xserve raid unit.
 

MysticCow

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What are you going to use it for? If you're going to use it as a server, the stock card is going to be just fine for that.

If you're trying to use it as a desktop, I'd prepare for disappointment compared to a G4 tower. It's awkwardly shaped for desktop use.
 

Surrat

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What are you going to use it for? If you're going to use it as a server, the stock card is going to be just fine for that.

If you're trying to use it as a desktop, I'd prepare for disappointment compared to a G4 tower. It's awkwardly shaped for desktop use.
I want to set it up as a local server for my ppc files, time machine maybe, and testing minecraft server on it. Also want to just try and find any other fun use for it I can think of, its just a hobby system after all. I know its a bad idea to connect 10.5 server to the internet, so I wont do that. It will just be for my local network here.

How would it be bad compared to a G4 tower? its faster than all of them save the 1.42 mdd, has ddr ram, can have excellent vid card I hope, faster drives (ata133) than any other G4 system. Its only lacking sound system and usb2 to directly compare to a G4 mdd fw800.
 

Anonymous Freak

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What are you going to use it for? If you're going to use it as a server, the stock card is going to be just fine for that.

If you're trying to use it as a desktop, I'd prepare for disappointment compared to a G4 tower. It's awkwardly shaped for desktop use.
But it would make a good desk top. :-D

(I know someone who once used a rack-mount server *AS* the top of his desk. Two 'legs' made from tall tower systems (that weren't actually connected,) and the rack server on top as the top of the desk, which WAS connected.)
 

bunnspecial

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But it would make a good desk top. :-D

(I know someone who once used a rack-mount server *AS* the top of his desk. Two 'legs' made from tall tower systems (that weren't actually connected,) and the rack server on top as the top of the desk, which WAS connected.)
My one and only Windows machine at the moment is an IBM 3U rackmount server with twin dual core Xeons. I don't run it very much because it makes the electric company very happy :), but overall it's not a terrible desktop. I have it sitting sideways on the desk-it pretty much covers the top of the desk. The monitor, keyboard, and mouse all sit on top of the server. It has plenty of hard drive space(6 hot-swappable bays across the front that will take either an SAS or SATA drive) and lots of RAM sockets, but is somewhat handicapped by only having two PCI-e slots, neither of which is a 16x for a graphics card. It also has 12 or 14 fans(I don't recall which) that make quite a racket even at idle, and make it sound like a helicopter when booting up or when things really get going.

I have another that I've been intending to install OS X on(it has 2x quad core Xeons that are the same model as used in one configuration of the Mac Pro somewhere along the way), although admittedly it's not been a high priority project.
 

poiihy

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But it would make a good desk top. :-D

(I know someone who once used a rack-mount server *AS* the top of his desk. Two 'legs' made from tall tower systems (that weren't actually connected,) and the rack server on top as the top of the desk, which WAS connected.)
Xserve tables :D
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1705946
https://www.flickr.com/photos/khoi/3587301377/
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17811326#post17811326
http://www.myapplespace.com/photos/image/22260/xserve-ping-pong-table
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryansorensen/5310767583/
http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/apartmnet,xserve/Interesting
 
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Anonymous Freak

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My one and only Windows machine at the moment is an IBM 3U rackmount server with twin dual core Xeons. I don't run it very much because it makes the electric company very happy :)
I have an Itanium system at home that I say doubles as my basement space heater. Not too far from the truth, either. Needless to say, I only run it during the Winter!