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    Just got a PowerPC and I have a few questions.
    Hello. I just got a used PowerPC G5 Dual Core 2.0GHZ with 4 GB RAM. It has OSX 10.4.11. I really don't know much about Macs I've been looking at them for a while trying to decide if I should make the move. I use Pro Tools LE 8.0 on my PC set up and don't really run into any issues until I get up to like 17 tracks or so with Plugins. My PC only has 2 gigs of RAM, so I figured before I spent close to 3 grand on an iMac I'd check out this G5 to see if I even like the work flow. It only cost me $400 so what's the risk.

    The fist thing I noticed is, I cannot use Pro Tools 8.0 because it is not OSX 10.5. Not a big deal. I called BestBuy and was told just update it to 10.6 (Snow Leopard). I went and bought the disc and NOPE! It wouldn't work because the machine is not Intel based.

    Still not a big deal I just loaded my Pro Tools LE 7.4 and all is good.

    Now, to run Pro Tools 8.0, I need OSX 10.5. Now I found OSX 10.5 but for some reason it is $185 verses $30 for Snow Leopard. Am I missing something there. Why is the older so much more expensive? Will Leopard work on a non-Intel based Power PC?

    Next, I wanted to get a wireless keyboard and mouse instead of the wired one it came with. While in line a BestBuy, I noticed that the wireless keyboard and the Magic Mouse both say for OSX 10.5. In my PC world I wouldn't have let that bother me, because I can normally get things to work. Besides, most Windows stuff will work on machines all the way back to 2000 or so.

    That does not appear to be the case with Macs. Am I right?

    So far the speed of the machine is fine, but can I no longer get accessories for it?

    Thanks for reading such a long post.

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    No you are missing nothing that is the price to encourage us all not top drug our feet shuffling over to Intel, which I for one shall not be doing. Just buy the Leopard disc and you will be fine.

    Or stay with your pc world. Simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Or stay with your pc world. Simple.
    LOL. That might have come out wrong. I didn't offend you did I? That was not my intention. I say that out of habit, because I'm not giving up my PC but I will add a Mac if I like it. I just need to keep things in order in my head. In PC world "Ctrl" and "Start/Windows" button. In Mac world "Command" and "Apple". My kids will ask how to do something and I need to know in what world there are dealing. Thanks for the reply.

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    I just read in another post that some OX 10.5 applications will work with OS 10.4.11. Does anyone know ith the wireless keyboard and mouse will work? Anyone using them with Tiger 4.11?

    Also, it seems like I need to get the G5 out of the corner and try to get as much air as possible to it. It seems like I am reading about some cooling issues.

    If I put in on the floor in the open that seems better, but is the carpet an issue with the heat?

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    Unless there's bluetooth in the g5, the wireless keyboard/magic mouse won't work. but if there's a bluetooth symbol in the menu bar, the machine has bluetooth components and you should be good to go.
    How do you like them Apples?

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    No you did not offend me and it was a serious suggestion.

    Some folk have troubles accepting the differences between pc and macs but I use both a Mac and a Dell Latitude. Wireless keyboard and mouse sure worked for me when in Tiger. Be aware you do need a Bluetooth/Airport wireless combo card in Dual Cores and they are rare and dear. Purchased mine from LA and had local Down Under Mac dealer install all up about $350.00 all up.

    If you do not wish to spend that much at this stage the KB and mouse will work with a USB2 D-Link 120 dongle.

    Suggest you open the G5 up, remove air vent and fan and give it a good clean out as they are real dust accumulators. Carpet will be no problem apart from dust. Built a 10" high box for mine to stand on and have had no problems whatsoever.

    Here is a G5 Dual Core manual. Make sure you actually have a Dual Core, they use DDR2 memory and have PCIE graphics and slots:-

    http://support.apple.com/manuals/#late%202005%20manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigHE View Post
    Now I found OSX 10.5 but for some reason it is $185 verses $30 for Snow Leopard. Am I missing something there. Why is the older so much more expensive? Will Leopard work on a non-Intel based Power PC?
    Snow Leopard is more of an updated version of Leopard hence the name Snow Leopard. Major OS upgrades have always been named a different animal. Usually major OS upgrades are around $129 and originally the $29 Snow Leopard was suppose to be only for people who had 10.5 Leopard already installed so it was more of an upgrade pricing versus full version retail pricing but Apple later officially stated that everyone was able to upgrade to Snow Leopard with the $29 version. Apple does seem to want everyone to upgrade to Snow Leopard which is why they decided to stay with the $29 pricing. I doubt they will keep this price for the new major OS update which is 10.7 (don't know the animal name ) but one can hope.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigHE View Post
    Next, I wanted to get a wireless keyboard and mouse instead of the wired one it came with. While in line a BestBuy, I noticed that the wireless keyboard and the Magic Mouse both say for OSX 10.5.
    I don't have either so I can't really say, but I believe part of that is because the older Macs didn't have Bluetooth. All the new Macs have Bluetooth now.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigHE View Post
    So far the speed of the machine is fine, but can I no longer get accessories for it?
    You can still get accessories. The Bluetooth problem is a little more unique. My old backup PowerBook laptop which is about 6 years old can still use a lot of accessories. The hardware manufacturer just needs to provide the software drivers for your current OS. Some manufacturers are better about it than others.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigHE View Post
    Thanks for reading such a long post.
    I'm tired now...I think I need a break. Welcome to the forums by the way...

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    Leopard Retail is $129. If someone is selling it for $185 they are ripping you off. Look on E-Bay or Craigs List and you will find it for less than $100 (Leopard will work fine on your machine and you can update to 10.5.8). The $29 Snow Leopard disc is simply an upgrade disc NOT a full system installation disc. Intel users have to have loaded 10.5 and then purchased 10.6 to get there OR just bought a new machine with 10.6. Upgrade tp 10.5 and the wireless keyboard and mouse will work fine, as will pretty much all other accessories. If it says 10.5, it needs 10.5.

    Oh, and STOP calling Best Buy for anything. Their Mac service absolutely blows and they are about as clueless about them as a dead houseplant. Find a knowledgeable Mac dealer in your area, go to an Apple store or ask here. Using the words "Best Buy" in any reasonable Mac discussion will get you laughed off the board.


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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss View Post
    The $29 Snow Leopard disc is simply an upgrade disc NOT a full system installation disc.
    Actually it's been reported that the $29 doesn't need Leopard as stated by Macworld and other sources: Installing Snow Leopard: What you need to know | Mac OS X | Macworld (at the bottom where it says Two Versions)

    I was wrong that Apple officially stated it was possible but they have not taken any steps to stop it.

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    I'd be interested to try that before I believe it....


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    Got it! No more BestBuy! I did see a Bluetooth Icon when I was exploring in the folders. I also saw this on the back of my machine:


    What are the top two for? Antennas?
    How can I tell what year my machine was manufactured?

    Thanks for the link to the manual. I will spend my weekend getting better acquainted.

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    The very top plug is for Airport (WiFi Antenna) and the one under it is Bluetooth. That does not mean either are installed in your machine. In OSX do you see a Airport and/or Bluetooth icon by the clock up top?

    Those antennas usually shipped with the PowerMac G5 and looked like a T sticking out of the back of the machine.

    If you click on the Apple in the Top Left corner of the screen and on About This Mac. Then click on More Info. Look for Bluetooth. What does it say there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigHE View Post
    What are the top two for? Antennas?
    How can I tell what year my machine was manufactured?
    Like "dtravis7" mentioned...the top most port is for the Airport antenna. Without the Airport antenna you will get very poor or no Airport reception. So if you have no Airport antenna...no wireless networking. Of course the ethernet port will work just fine.

    Here's what the airport antenna for a Powermac G5 looks like:



    They seem to sell in the $20-$30 dollar range. if you need one...maybe you'll get lucky & find one for less!

    Hope this helps,

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    Pigoo. Thanks for those pics. I was about to look for one and now do not have to.

    To the OP please check where I said above and report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Pigoo. Thanks for those pics. I was about to look for one and now do not have to.
    No problemo!
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