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    Broken g4 towers.
    Zeke_D's Avatar
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    Broken g4 towers.
    So here is what I have (all G4 towers):

    Digital audio dual 533 with a blown USB and fried psu.

    Non DA 350mhz everything working (the one with 4 ram slots and the heat sink without a fan)

    I know the psu is different on both models. The heat sink also has different "legs" so I can't just swap CPUs. If it were a single CPU I could probably just use the heat sink from the 350, but I would worry about heat.

    The 350 doesn't have enough "oomph" to run leopard even with the open firmware trick, and the dual 533 has all those problems. Basically I want to get something running with leopard to serve my iTunes, and possibly run iWork.

    Any suggestions?

    I also have a pair of dead g5 towers, one has the defective ram slot issue, and the other has bent pins on one of the CPU sockets.
    [ gen1 16gb iPad | gen2 500gb time capsule | gen3 32gb iPod touch | gen1 40gb appleTV ]
    [ 12" iBook 1.33ghz | 1.25gb RAM | Mobility Radeon 9550 | 40gb HDD ]
    [ eMac 1ghz | 1gb RAM | Radeon 9200 32mb | 240gb HDD | Airport Extreme ]

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    Broken g4 towers.
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    Wow Zeke you sure get more than your share of problems. To run Leopard suggest sticking with an 867MHz processor or faster as designed by Apple. I know you can install on a slower spec machine but it is hardly worth the effort. Keep an eye on auction sites for a cheap 1.42GHz MDD if you want to stay with the G4 range, but the best value for any outlay will be a 64bit Core 2 Duo.

    This will further proof your computing for a couple of years.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Broken g4 towers.
    Zeke_D's Avatar
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    Tell me about it! I am hesitant to put any money into the dual 533, as that money would be better spent on an mdd or a replacement logic board for one of the G5s.
    [ gen1 16gb iPad | gen2 500gb time capsule | gen3 32gb iPod touch | gen1 40gb appleTV ]
    [ 12" iBook 1.33ghz | 1.25gb RAM | Mobility Radeon 9550 | 40gb HDD ]
    [ eMac 1ghz | 1gb RAM | Radeon 9200 32mb | 240gb HDD | Airport Extreme ]

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    Broken g4 towers.
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    When you buy old broken down computers...you get what you pay for! Buy working computers (old or not)...and all is good!

    But I understand what you're trying to do...what's difficult with Macintosh computers is:

    - Apple is always changing things...so parts interchangeability is difficult
    - info on part interchangeability is difficult to come by
    - because of the way Apple is always changing things (logic board designs, logic board shapes, redesigning the computer cases
    - different ports
    - etc.

    About the only sure fire way to have successful part interchangeability is purchasing the exact same computer model (or at least the same generation/release date)...otherwise you're talking an experiment...that may work, or may not work.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Broken g4 towers.
    Zeke_D's Avatar
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    My goal is to save up enough moolah to get a machine capable of running snow leopard. I believe my iLife & iWork 09 and adobe creative suite 3 (for dream weaver and photoshop) will work. I was up to $175, but I had to purchase the $60 apple care on my iPod so apple would replace my overheating 2008 time capsule.

    It was $60 well spent, but it did set me back. I am just tired of the kids using my MacBook to write reports, plus my son's windows machine will only hold a charge for like 30 minutes.
    [ gen1 16gb iPad | gen2 500gb time capsule | gen3 32gb iPod touch | gen1 40gb appleTV ]
    [ 12" iBook 1.33ghz | 1.25gb RAM | Mobility Radeon 9550 | 40gb HDD ]
    [ eMac 1ghz | 1gb RAM | Radeon 9200 32mb | 240gb HDD | Airport Extreme ]

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    Broken g4 towers.
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    And Zeke the DA 533Mhz DP will still only run at 533MHz~ far too slow for Leopard. Does not double the processor speed only a few applications, and i do mean a few!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Broken g4 towers.
    Zeke_D's Avatar
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    13" MacBook Pro i5 / 4GB / 250GB
    I am not too concerned about speed, nothing crazy powerful needed to serve my iTunes library on the network.
    [ gen1 16gb iPad | gen2 500gb time capsule | gen3 32gb iPod touch | gen1 40gb appleTV ]
    [ 12" iBook 1.33ghz | 1.25gb RAM | Mobility Radeon 9550 | 40gb HDD ]
    [ eMac 1ghz | 1gb RAM | Radeon 9200 32mb | 240gb HDD | Airport Extreme ]

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