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    Mac G5 help
    Not sure if this is the right place to post this but...

    I've been offered a Mac G5 tower for $30, just needs an OS. I was just curious as to whether it'd be of any use. The specs are unknown other than it has a 400gb HDD.
    I had thought about putting it in my basement and using it to stream Netflix, movies and YouTube videos. Not knowing much about it or the older Macs in general I figured I would post here in hopes someone could help it out.

    Would it be able to handle streaming videos to a 23" HD tv without any problems?

    Thanks in advance!
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    That could only run OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, and the version of Safari that maxes out at would not handle streaming video well at all. You might have better luck with Firefox, but sooner rather than later, you'll find that inadequate as well. It's not a good plan to put an old, old computer into service where internet usage is a priority, IMO.

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    This computer is anywhere from 11-13 years old…and its max. OS is 10.5.8. Which is 6 OS versions older than the current OS 10.11.3.

    Not sure of your budget. But $30 is next to nothing in "computer-land". You could get it to mess around with. Just keep your expectations low. Also (from a security standpoint)…you would want to be very careful surfing on the internet with this computer. The OS's that can run on this computer haven't received security updates in years.

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    That could only run OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, and the version of Safari that maxes out at would not handle streaming video well at all.
    OS X 10.6.8 will not install on a PPC machine which a G5 is. Snow Leopard is Intel only. The max version of OS X as Nick pointed out is Leopard 10.5.8.

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    For what it is worth I do not think with its slow, old CPU and graphics, it could actually run Netflix. If it is possible it would be awfully slow. Have a read of this from Macrumours:-


    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/...g5-mac.705722/
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    OS X 10.6.8 will not install on a PPC machine which a G5 is. Snow Leopard is Intel only. The max version of OS X as Nick pointed out is Leopard 10.5.8.
    Thanks for the correction. Change the 6 to a 5 and remove "Snow" from my post, and we're good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Thanks for the correction. Change the 6 to a 5 and remove "Snow" from my post, and we're good.
    That sounds like you're giving us a "Snow Job".

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    Here's a snow job I don't want:



    - Nick
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    Netflix won't run on PPC hardware. It requires an Intel Mac. I should know... I have 11 PPC Macs and can't Netflix on any of them, even a G5...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinto79 View Post
    Netflix won't run on PPC hardware. It requires an Intel Mac. I should know... I have 11 PPC Macs and can't Netflix on any of them, even a G5...
    I recently repaired an older 24" White iMac C2D. They had Tiger on it. No flash would install and I had to find a older version. Netflix and Hulu refused to run as they said Flash was too old. You Tube also yelled!

    I tried 10.5.8 and still no Hulu or Netflix. Put 10.6.8 Snow Leopard on it and Flash downloaded from Adobe and both movie sites then worked.

    So no way on any Power PC that I know of to do anything like movie sites.

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