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Power Mac - how to install new processor in a G4 desktop


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Hello, I am going to upgrade the processor in my G4 desktop. I am pretty handy with computers and such; but have never de-installed/re-installed a processor before.
Are there any step by step instructions on doing this? Is it a difficult procedure? What should I know about loosing any information or system compatability?
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Depends on your exact model, but something to look at.
http://www.engadget.com/2005/09/06/h...-macintosh-g4/

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You should get detailed instructions with the new upgrade. I did when I upgraded my G3 to a G4. It's not difficult.

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from the research I have recently done on the issue, it sounds like this is not a recommended thing to do- replacing a processor. It seems it can be a bit difficult and often causes system stability. Even mac pro's seem to not recommend the procedure. Is this not an easy/safe procedure?
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What exact Mac is this? Model? Current CPU? Specs?
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If you are talking of a commercial CPU upgrade such as Sonnet, Mercury Extreme, Powerlogix etc., they are easy to do and a Google search will find how-tos, with photos.

If the G4 is not currently running OS X it will be necessary to upgrade the firmware using OS 9 before you put the upgrade in.

If you are talking about just swapping processors, that can be more difficult getting exactly the right model, bus speed etc processor.
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