Help on Power Mac G4 AGP

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  1. jakeee

    jakeee Member

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    Hi..

    I got this Power Mac G4 and a 17 inch ADC LCD from Japan and I haven't tried powering it on because the OS is still in Japanese according to my uncle who sent the unit to me.

    I was wondering where i can bring the unit for check up? would any power mac center do? how much for a diagnosis if the unit works? how much do these things cost nowadays?

    thanks in advance philmug!
     
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    Jakee, your unit is ancient and bringing it in at a service center, although good, will maybe cost you big time for a lot of old reasons.

    You can actually do it yourself but you do need OSX 9.2 maybe or OSX 10. If you can source that, all you need to do is to put it in the superdrive, reboot, while pressing C. if you've installed any software before, its all the same there.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply! i'l try to source the os for the mean time..

    as for the LCD, would you know where or how to get the adapter for an agp? or is it better to sell the monitor and get a normal vga monitor instead?
     
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    ^you can bring your PowerMac G4 AGP to Ynzal (see www.ynzal.com), they do a good job servicing/checking up old Macs. If you need parts, you may also try to find doods888 here at philmug.

    *here are the probable specs of your old mac:
    Processor - 350/400/450/500 MHz
    HDD - 10/20/27 GB
    Optical - CD or DVD
    Max RAM - 2GB using 4pcs PC100 or PC133 512MB, under OS X
    Graphics - 16MB ATI Rage 128/128 Pro, output using VGA/DVI-D (cables/adapters available in CD-R King & surplus computer parts shops, make sure you get the right one)
    External Ports - 2 USB 12MBit/s, 2 FireWire 400, Audio In, Audio Out, LAN 10/100 (optional: Airport Card wifi B, Modem 56k)
    Maximum OS - OS X Tiger 10.4.11

    To be able to use the max OS, you'll need to have at least 1GB RAM, better if max 2GB; you also need at least 40GB HDD IDE, better if 80GB. You can also opt to upgrade the optical drive to a combo drive (CD&DVD Reader or CD Writer/DVD Reader or CD&DVD Writer). A USB 2.0 PCI card is also a nice upgrade, if this PCI card can be sourced. These upgrades are worth it if you can find them as cheap or free used working parts/units. The higher the processor speed, the better the performance for OS X Tiger. OS X Panther (10.3) will run faster but Tiger (10.4) is a recommended minimum to appreciate OS X.

    Chances are the PRAM battery is expired (date/time always resets upon boot up), you need to buy a new one - 950pesos @ Ynzal, 1150 @ Battery Specialist store in Market Market. To avail of wifi, some CD-R King stores still carry a cheap Encore Enuwi G2 USB wifi, but this needs a USB 2.0 port & a 3rd party software installer - so you may stick with LAN to make this internet enabled cheaply.

    Best way to install is by using Firewire Target Mode to allow a faster, newer, internet-enabled Mac to install OS X Tiger & updates faster. You can install MS Office for Mac 2004, iLife '04, VLC 8.6 (to play small videos, hopefully) with this old Mac.

    Possible uses of this old Mac is MS Word/Excel (including output to printer & USB Flash Drives), iTunes Music player, torrent downloader & simple internet browsing - no flash, java, video & complicated websites.

    The worst specs in old macs that make them limited in use is the Graphics specs - video playing sputters and photo rendering is slow. This makes old macs limited to mostly word processing & music playing.

    Hope this helps! :)
     
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    Video (Quicktime and VLC) will play okay on any G4 with at least 1 Gig of RAM. We have iBooks and eMacs still on use with our staff and they can use youtube - they download the movie first then use Quicktime with the Perian plug for smooth playback. Flash will run but very choppy.
     
  6. jakeee

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    I did not have any luck on my power mac g4 agp, i haven't brought it yet to Ynzal would you guys know how much i can sell this? i wasn't able to test or try if it is working but while the unit was still in japan according to my uncle it's still working.

    ALso, i have this Apple 15-inch or 17-inch (not sure) Studio Display lying around the house. I'm not using it coz the stand at the back is broken. The problem is that i do not have the right adapter for it. Do you guys know where to get it? or if i dont get it, i might just sell it.. any word on how much this costs?
     
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    I recall someone tried to sell a similar model for 8k php at the marketplace a while ago but I don't think anybody bought it yet. Also I think people would prefer to buy a fully working unit unless you are willing to sell it low. Another option is to contact a philmug member named doods888, I believe he buys and refurbishes really old Macs.

    Can you post the complete specs of your Powermac?
     
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    Thanks Ryan
    Jakee do contact me will help you get your powermac up and running again 09175400501 Happy New Year!
     
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    here's the full specs, its also posted in the previous comments by macdrive007

    *here are the probable specs of your old mac:
    Processor - 350/400/450/500 MHz
    HDD - 10/20/27 GB
    Optical - CD or DVD
    Max RAM - 2GB using 4pcs PC100 or PC133 512MB, under OS X
    Graphics - 16MB ATI Rage 128/128 Pro, output using VGA/DVI-D (cables/adapters available in CD-R King & surplus computer parts shops, make sure you get the right one)
    External Ports - 2 USB 12MBit/s, 2 FireWire 400, Audio In, Audio Out, LAN 10/100 (optional: Airport Card wifi B, Modem 56k)
    Maximum OS - OS X Tiger 10.4.11

    ok sir doods888, will contact you maybe next month :) thanks!!
     
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    If you are willing to spend a little to soup up your old Mac desktop OWC has released Sandforce Solid State Drives for legacy Apple Desktops and Notebooks!

    http://lowendmac.com/newsrev/11mnr/0107.html#5

    If you are not familiar with this, this is exciting new. Sand Force SSD is a huge upgrade, potentially making your Mac much much faster. Your G4 Tower will feel like a Modern Mac.

    Take note: Considering, IDE drives, due to their rarity, are already expensive as they are, might as well go for an SSD. Right?
     
  11. jakeee

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    Hi philmug!

    I haven't really checked my G4 AGP, if it really works. I was able to plug it in and since my monitor is busted, I wasn't able to check if both a running perfectly.

    I think I am willing to sell it for scarp. At what price do you think I should sell the monitor and the tower? any suggestions on where to sell aside from the forum here and at philmug.com? any collectors there? or stores that buy old macs?

    TIA!:)
     
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    The answer you are looking for has already contacted you above. Contact doods888 ASAP.
     

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