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Originally Posted by jackonl View Post
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Hi, welcome!

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I decided to first buy a second hand system, but I appear to be unable to find any clear indication of exactly what the system contains as it is in Dutch and I would like to change the os language to english.
Can anyone advise me on the steps to take?
You can change the language to English in the System Preferences (fourth item under the Apple menu, then look for "international" or something like that).

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The computer is :
Powermac G5,
Powermac 11,2 2x2GHz,
1.5GB , Sata 149,05 GB, GeForce 6600Le, 128MB,
Very old machine you have there. Usable, but just barely. Was made obsolete by the transition to Intel in 2006.

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Does this machine have 1 or 2 cores
It has two processors with two cores each.

You can run the last release of Leopard on this machine, which will (barely) allow you to stay current software-wise (latest iTunes, QuickTime, security updates etc) but not for very much longer. You will need to find a retail copy of Leopard for PPC which will run you $100 or so as its very scarce now. Note that you CANNOT use any "gray" system discs but only a RETAIL (black disc) copy of Leopard.

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and can I replace the hd with say a 2tetrabyte drive and what is the maximum ram that I can install as I want to run adobe master collection and som other memory hungry progams,
1. I think so, that machine does support Serial ATA (SATA).

2. Maximum RAM is 16GB. It 240-pin PC2-4200 (533MHz) DDR2 ECC. I *strongly* recommend buying from OWC for this as a sure-fire way of getting the right RAM for this machine, and you must buy in matched pairs.

3. You cannot run any current version of Adobe Master Collection on that machine, it's too old and does not use (and cannot be upgraded to) an Intel processor. I think CS3 is the last version you will be able to use, though PARTS of the CS4 collection would also run on that machine (all the parts I would use, the print stuff like PS, AI and ID). You will run into this problem of current software A LOT, so either get used to running/finding older versions or save up to get a newer machine.
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