Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    Location
    In Denial
    Posts
    7,931
    Specs:
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Transform a Powermac G5 into an Intel Windows/Linux Box
    More of as a project than anything else I am wondering about the feasibility of picking up a G5 Powermac off of eBay and installing a new Motherboard and Intel Chip to use the system as a Windows/Linux Box.

    I know it will probably be cheaper and easier just to buy a Windows Box, but this is for fun.

    Things I want to know are:

    1) Is it even reasonable to do, and if so things to watch out for
    2) What would I be able to reuse (or not) such as Video Cards

    Thoughts, comments or personal experience??
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  2. #2

    rabbitjetta's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 08, 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    967
    Specs:
    Main-11" Air, iPhone 6+, iPad Mini 3, Hi-Fi Extras- Too many to count
    I think that it would be cool if you did it but i cant offer any advice on what you can do. Could you post i a guide if you get it working?

  3. #3

    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    Location
    In Denial
    Posts
    7,931
    Specs:
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Will do . . .
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  4. #4

    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location
    North Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    10,626
    Specs:
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    Do that and you will be king of the forum for life lol
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

  5. #5

    cradom's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2004
    Location
    Groves, Texas
    Posts
    4,573
    Specs:
    21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP Linux Mint 18
    Are you talking using an intel/mac motherboard or a pc motherboard? I can see putting a pc board in the case but wouldn't plan on re-using cards from the mac side in it.
    Probably have to replace the power supply also. I would think it's viable, a case is a case right?
    One manís theology is another manís belly laugh.
    -Lazarus Long

  6. #6

    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    Location
    In Denial
    Posts
    7,931
    Specs:
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    Are you talking using an intel/mac motherboard or a pc motherboard? I can see putting a pc board in the case but wouldn't plan on re-using cards from the mac side in it.
    Probably have to replace the power supply also. I would think it's viable, a case is a case right?
    Was planning on using a PC motherboard. Wasn't certain about the power supply. FWIW, I have a power supply from an Old Dell Tower that I could potentially use.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  7. #7

    cradom's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2004
    Location
    Groves, Texas
    Posts
    4,573
    Specs:
    21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP Linux Mint 18
    I don't see why you couldn't rig a pc motherboard into the case as long as the board isn't too big.
    Might end up gutting the whole case and rebuilding things but hey, that what projects are for, right?
    I actually thought about doing something similar to a G4 case I have.
    One manís theology is another manís belly laugh.
    -Lazarus Long

  8. #8

    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    Location
    In Denial
    Posts
    7,931
    Specs:
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    I'll post results and pics if I do it? First thing will be to get a cheap G4 or G5, should be relatively easy since I won't need them to be functional.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  9. #9

    Germany_chris's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 31, 2011
    Posts
    283
    Visit tonymac x86, you'll find lots of help from the people that have gone before you.

    You'll need that Dell PS because the Apple PS won't work.
    Mac Pro 4,1 (Flashed to 5,1) W3570 3.2 Quad..48GB RAM..Gainward GTX 570 "Phantom."
    MacBook Pro 5,2..2.8Ghz C2D..8GB RAM..240GB Vertex +

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. how can I SSH to a linux box and then port forward to a Windows box?
    By wlandymore in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-31-2013, 09:14 AM
  2. VMWare and Windows on a Linux Box for Photoshop?
    By RavingMac in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-05-2012, 02:47 PM
  3. is it possible to X11 forward OS X to a linux box?
    By Suiname in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-26-2009, 12:17 PM
  4. run OS X/windows/linux simultaneously on new intel macs?
    By thoughtCoat in forum Apple Rumors and Reports
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-09-2006, 03:32 AM
  5. ssh to linux box.
    By Zach_C in forum OS X - Development and Darwin
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-03-2004, 06:36 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •