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Any G4 users out there?


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I do have to say, even though my G4 is already 5 years old, I love it so far. I can't believe how much of a difference coming from PC there has been. It's very user friendly. I thought this was going to be a big issue having to re-learn a new OS all over, but that hasn't been the case. The saying must be true..."once you go Mac....you never go back!"

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WOW...I'm really surprised to hear you say that about your G4 933mhz desktop!

I have exactly the same model...and I have NEVER had a noise problem with the fans...in fact I hardy ever hear the fans.

I wonder if the bearings in one of your fans is going bad...or if your computer is REALLY dirty inside.

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Hi there,
I think most of the noise is generated from the PSU fan; the fans on the processor are whisper quiet.

As far as dust is concerned, the inside of the case is pristine - I double checked the other day, when I replaced my DVD writer with a new unit and there wasn't a single dust bunny to be seen, let alone be evicted.
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I'v seen around on the forums and stuff about "G3" or "G4"
What are these suppose to mean? How would I check what my mac is?

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I'v seen around on the forums and stuff about "G3" or "G4"
What are these suppose to mean? How would I check what my mac is?
Well according to your profile under your name you have an Intel Mac so you won't have a G anything. G3, G4, etc were the computer processors on the old Macs which used PowerPCs and not Intel processors.

If you ever want to know about the specs on your Mac then just go to the apple icon in the top left corner and select "About this Mac" and then click "More info". Oh by the way if you have OS 10.5.8 then you have Leopard and not Panther.
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I didn't realize leopard and tiger were that similar. Leopard already came installed on the G4 when I bought it, so I guess my question would be....
will I see a bigger difference in performance if I switch back over the original tiger OS. You had mentioned tiger is "lightning fast" when that ram is maxed out (which mine is). What exactly will operate that much better with tiger?
OS X as a whole. Menu's won't lag, apps will open faster, run faster, things like that.

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Yeah, I don't know what he's talking about either ...

Leopard will work great on that machine, and so will Tiger. Leopard takes up a bit more space because of the various improvements, but if you already have Tiger you can just stay there, that's fine -- at least for now.

(how much longer Apple and devs will offer updates for Tiger is open to question.)
Hrm, maybe it's just me, but in my experience Leopard is a bit of a dog, even on an upper end G4. That's not to say it isn't usable, it very much is. But I find that Tiger is so much more responsive, and it's worth missing the extra features of Leopard (Which admittedly isn't a big deal for me, since I never used any of them.)

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OS X as a whole. Menu's won't lag, apps will open faster, run faster, things like that.



Hrm, maybe it's just me, but in my experience Leopard is a bit of a dog, even on an upper end G4. That's not to say it isn't usable, it very much is. But I find that Tiger is so much more responsive, and it's worth missing the extra features of Leopard (Which admittedly isn't a big deal for me, since I never used any of them.)

so, if I wanted to reinstall the tiger OS...what are the steps. If i run the tiger re-install cd's will it automatically overwrite leopard? Also, will I loose any data (itunes, pics, docs) or are those safe on my hardrive?

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so, if I wanted to reinstall the tiger OS...what are the steps. If i run the tiger re-install cd's will it automatically overwrite leopard? Also, will I loose any data (itunes, pics, docs) or are those safe on my hardrive?
You cannot simply downgrade from Leopard to Tiger, ie. you cannot simply "overwrite" Leopard with Tiger.

If you want to run Tiger on your machine instead of Leopard, you'll have to do a Clean Install, which means that you will lose all of your data. So, back up your files, then insert your Tiger disc, reboot and hold down the C key to boot from the disc. From there, head over to the Utilities menu in the Menubar and select Disk Utility - use this to erase all data on your harddrive, then quit from Disk Utility and proceed with the installation process.


PS: I'm not a native English-speaker, so I'm sorry if what I write is a bit hard to understand.

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PS: I'm not a native English-speaker, so I'm sorry if what I write is a bit hard to understand.

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Your English is perfectly understandable.
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