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    old G4 as monitor only?
    I would like to purchase a new mac mini, can i use my older imac G4 as a monitor only for it, or will it run on the old G4's slow processor? what about the old G4's firewire? will it be compatible with the mini's?

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    Firewire is compatible

    You could use Screen Recycler but honestly you would be better off spending the money on an LCD screen

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    but will it run on the slow G4's processor? or just be a simple screen for the mini? the only reason i would like to use the imac's screen is to save space...the G4 is in almost pristine condition...but slow as hell and i want to keep it for nostalgic purposes, haha. i also use a macbook but it's going to be replaced soon too.

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    obviously im not a mac genius. thanks for answering my silly questions

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    All G4's are now as slow as you describe. Lot of progress since those days and do as louishen suggests and invest in an LCD screen. They are pretty cheap.
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