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    Dec 09, 2010
    G4 Mac mini, Hates Flash. So do I.
    Ok, my girlfriends bought me a 1.25 g4 mac mini to use in the living room to listen to spotify and to watch youtube and BBC iPlayer, 4od etc (uk tv catchup)

    I am now aware that g4 macs can no longer cope with flash videos as adobe are lazy, useless, shortsighted... I could go on.

    Everywhere I read says that its hopeless, I've tried firefox, camino etc. I've also tried different versions of flash but most sites now demand flash 10 anyway.

    Flash videos sound fine but are massively jerky. The processor just cant keep up.

    Before I sell my christmas present on and risk a kick in the teeth from my missus is there anything else I could try?

    I've looked at swapping the internals out to intel compatible stuff but that would cost more than buying a brand new unit.

    I do have 2 dual core macbooks as our main computers, could I use one of these to stream iPlayer, youtube from to the mac mini? Basically control the macbooks from the mini? Remote desktop seems to do this (obviously!) but also costs a fair amount.
    Would I still have the problem that the g4 processor cannot keep up? Im not sure how remote desktop really functions.

    Anybody got any ideas?

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    The problem is you cannot update the G4 to Intel, and it is now a six year old computer. Just risk the kick in the teeth and get what you can for it. If you are very smart she may not even notice if you upgrade to an Intel mini.
    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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