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Power Mac G5 – Coraline Jr

Saturday, April 14th, 2012


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And so, my very first Power Mac G5 found its way to me. This is not going to be my main G5 machine and there’s a couple of reasons why. First off, it has 1,8GHz processors. Yes, it’s dual, but it still isn’t what I wanted – which is 2GHz. Furthermore it didn’t have a harddrive and therefore no OS – and it got seriously damaged (it’s all in the photos) in the shipping due to a… from lack of a better word crappy delivery service. But with this package, and now we’re closing in on the main reason why I bought this, came a 23 inch HD Apple Cinema Display – which I will cover in a later post. Together, these two items costed me a total of 800 swedish crowns, postage included, which would be equivalent to around $115. I don’t know how this fairs in other parts of the world but with the current prices here in Sweden that is a downright steal. I’m very pleased with this, even though the case on the G5 got smashed pretty bad. I put my old hard drive that was running Leopard in my iMac G5 into the Power Mac G5 (now named Coraline Jr since it’s pretty much the same computer due to the plain switch of hard drive/content), expanded the RAM to 2GB and hooked it up. It runs great. But yeah, I have another G5 coming in very soon that’s pretty much more bad ass than this one on every level – which will be my main mac computer.

Specs:
Dual G5 1.8GHz
3.5GB RAM
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 64MB
500GB HDD


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Current to do list:
* Figure out why two of my 1GB sticks of RAM only reads as 512MB each DONE!
* Try to fix the broken optical drive hatch (it stays down once opened) DONE!
* Add internal bluetooth (is it maybe possible to use the internal bluetooth module from my iMac G5?)

Read more about this model on EveryMac.com!

Power Mac G4 – Gizmo

Saturday, March 24th, 2012


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Everybody, meet Gizmo! Gizmo, meet everybody! Now this one is interesting. I bought it for $30 and didn’t have to pay for shipping since the seller lived in my town. It came with 512MB of RAM, a standard 27GB hard drive that surely had seen better days and two extra USB slots on the back which made it a total of four. The first thing I did was to install maximum RAM, which is 2GB, and took out the hard drive. It was noisy and slow beyond acceptance – so I replaced it with a fast and quiet 120GB hard drive that previously sat in a classic Xbox. Since this is the only old Mac I own at this time that can handle more than one hard drive (the iMac G3 has place for only one) I also use it for when I get new hard drives that needs to be formatted or something along the lines of being prepared with OS X. I know that I could have bought a dual 1.42 GHz MDD with bluetooth, airport extreme and so on (a.k.a. the fancy pants option) for just a few bucks more but I didn’t get this computer for real work and prestanda, I bought it strictly for nostalgic values.

Speaking of OS X this Sawtooth is now running 10.4.11, Tiger that is, with absolute ease – and I have even taken the time to pimp the interface a bit. I didn’t want to buy ShapeShifter or any other third party application that costed money so what I did was use small freeware apps to just change the dock and the menu bar to being transparent – and that’s it. I then manually switched most of the folder icons and took the brushed aluminium look away to make it look really similar to Leopard. It’s not that I don’t like the look of Tiger, it’s a fantastic OS, but if I get an idea in my head I must try it.

All specs in screenshots.


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Current to do list:
* Take the airport card out and make it hook up through ethernet cable DONE!
* Get external speakers
* Install front USB (Is it even possible?)

Read more about this model on EveryMac.com!