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    I was under the impression that powermac g4's were decent machines. For the money, I am not impressed in the performance whatsoever. Is this a normal reaction coming from a windows user? It just seems so slow for an everyday machine. Exactly where do macs shine the most? Music? Video editing?

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    If your Mac has only 256 MB of memory (as it says in your specs) that might be what's slowing you down. OS X likes to have double or even triple that...or even more if you're dealing with large files in your apps.

    A G4/733 is a "decent" machine for everyday stuff, and maybe some occaisional photo editing or home movie. It was state of the art about 3.5 years ago, and will still run OS X 10.3 and almost any app. You may find the performance disappointing, depending on how fast a PC you're used to.Even on the fastest Macs, OS X is a little less "snappy" than Windows. On the other hand, it usually stays responsive even when an app is doing some heavy processing.

    Good luck.

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    Well, I just purchased a 512 stick of crucial sdram so hopefully that will speed things right up. Has anyone here done the 1.4ghz powerlogix upgrade? Does it really increase performance that much? Thanx

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    I did the 1.2Ghz Powelogix(shows up as 1.3Ghz) upgrade to my G4/400 and it was like night and day. I had the same RAM etc before and after the upgrade, so all I saw was the processor speed bump. It was worth the $$$$$, and will keep my G4 running for a few more years at least. I may even consider going to a dual 1.4Ghz card next.


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