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    G4 imac Question
    I just picked one up without restore discs- I do have G4 macbook restore discs can I use them with this model M6498? I want to use this computer for video only. Thanks!

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    No you can't. The gray disks are model specific.

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    p.s. There is no "G4 MacBook".
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeelind View Post
    Would these be the correct ones?
    I don't think that you want to install OS 9 (Very Very OLD OS version). I'm thinking that you want to install a version of Mac OS X...either OS 10.3 or 10.4 (these are actually old as well). But not as old as OS 9.

    By the way...you do realize that this computer is between 9-12 years old...and in many ways is very out-dated? Depending on what you want to do...it may or may not be capable of doing it.

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    - 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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    Thanks Nick, All I want to do is run video and a photo slide show. Do you think it can handle that?

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    Kind of hard to say...it depends on the complexity of things. The larger the photos and the higher the resolution of the videos...the harder it will be for this computer.

    It will probably be ok for the photos...the video part is harder to predict.

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    - 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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    Quote Originally Posted by deeelind View Post
    will this be correct? Thanks
    Back in post #2 I mentioned that the gray disks are model specific. You want to stay clear of the gray disks completely!

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    - 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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    ok, got it! The hunt for the discs continue. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeelind View Post
    ok, got it! The hunt for the discs continue. Thanks
    It does sort of seem that you are on a bit of a "fishing expedition"

    Give this thread a read for a more comprehensive overview of Mac OS install disks:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...-overview.html

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    - 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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    Great info! I've always loved this imac design, thought it would be great to have it at my art studio just to show some of my work. Picked it up for $40, seemed worth the risk...however, getting it to run for a simple task is getting a bit frustrating.

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    Yes...the G4 iMac's were an interesting design (first iMac's with a flat panel display). And $40 bucks was a pretty good price.

    Are you pursuing getting this computer working purely for it's "eye candy" / "eye-appeal" for your art studio (photos & videos)...or do you actually want to use it for day to day computing?

    As far as the frustration...it's really not that bad. Once you know what to look for...it's mostly easy. Back in post #4 I mentioned that you probably need/want OS 10.3 or 10.4 for the computer. No gray disks. You need the full install retail OS install disks (as you should have seen in that thread I linked).

    The only frustration is finding a good price.

    - Nick

    p.s. Make sure you have enough ram for the OS version you choose.
    p.p.s. Also remember that you are working with a 9-12 year-old computer. And finding things is not always easy or cheap.
    - 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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    Yes, just eye candy. I have a 2 level studio, during open house, 75% of visitor don't make it off the 1st landing so I thought I'd place this iconic piece up on the ledge (nice and heavy so it won't push off too easily) so my work could be viewed easily. Figured the operating system would be a cinch- since it old..

    You're so right about the price, sheesh! Maybe these? A friend also picked one up, so we can split the $$ Genuine Apple OS x Server 10 4 Installation Pack 56 | eBay

    Thanks again for taking the time to help out,

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    This is what your are looking for. Note the full retail install details. The last two models, with USB2, can run Leopard OS X.5 as they have the 1GHz or faster processor.

    Apple Mac OS x 10 4 "Tiger" Full Retail Install DVD M9639Z A 10212559 | eBay
    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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