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What to do with old Power PC G5

Joe McInerney , Dec 21, 2010; 09:51 a.m.

We finally upgraded everything to an Intel Mac due to software constraints. We have a couple of PowerPC G5 towers running Mac OS 10.5.8 with 6GB RAM. Is there anyway that we could use these for backup or storage. What about keeping our iTunes library consolidated on that machine? We only have a tiny 13 inch LCD hooked up to it but its not a work station any more. How can we make it useful for some time longer.?
Thanks, Joe


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Andrew Rodney , Dec 21, 2010; 09:53 a.m.

iTunes or maybe if you need to boot into OS9 for legacy reasons. Otherwise, I usually give such equipment to a non profit or school and take a tax break.

Bob Lazzarini , Dec 21, 2010; 10:57 a.m.

Dedicated use for email, downloading/uploading data; developing presentations; and fixing up web (72ppi) graphics are among some of the uses I’ve put on my old PPC Dual 5G.
All the real heavy duty processing is now under the Intel Macs.
I guess using it for music playback, as Andy suggested, isn’t too shabby either.

Starvy Goodfellows , Dec 21, 2010; 11:38 a.m.

Andrew has a wonderful idea. I'd say give them to a worthy charity.

Charles Webster , Dec 21, 2010; 01:22 p.m.

I use my "last generation" computer as a music server/jukebox downstairs. It's on my Wi-Fi net, so I can use it to browse the web, but little else.

Many charities these days won't accept computers, call first.


peter carter , Dec 21, 2010; 02:46 p.m.

It will still make a fine server for file or backup. It isn't dust yet.....

Garrison K. , Dec 22, 2010; 12:09 p.m.

We have a couple of PowerPC G5 towers running Mac OS 10.5.8 with 6GB RAM.

That's a pretty penny in hardware.

We finally upgraded everything to an Intel Mac due to software constraints.

Funny how this never comes up in the "Mac OS is so wonderful, Windows sucks" threads.

Joe McInerney , Dec 22, 2010; 04:54 p.m.

Thanks for the info. How do I go about making in file server or media backup? Anything special have to be done.
Yes, it was a good chunk of change that went into these machines. Served us well and hopefully for a bit longer.

Scott M. Knowles , Dec 23, 2010; 09:46 a.m.

Why do you want to keep it? I just did the same, 2006 PPC G5 (OS-X 10.5.8) to a new Mac Pro (OS-X 1.6.5) and 24" cinema montor with a new LED monitor and for the same reasons, no one, not even Apple or Adobe, supports it anymore (many are Intel chip and OS-X 10.6.x only). There's nothing for the PPC to do except take up space. The new Mac runs everything the old PPC did (no app lost, not even Adobe CS2 and CS3 apps) and works with all the peripherals (after new drivers and app updates). Apple has a recycle program you can ship the old PPC and monitor back and they'll recycle it free (you paying shipping of course). I plan to strip all of my files and apps off and send it back (still have the original shipping boxes).

Dave Lee , Dec 23, 2010; 12:12 p.m.

I use the iMac G4 I got for free from work when it was surplussed out (saw it on the cart and asked my friend in IT if I could take it home) as an iTunes music server. Have all my CDs (and many many from the local library) archived in Apple Lossless format. We also use it to stream radio stations from around the world. It is hooked up to my HiFi in the living room and it sounds great. I use an inexpensive external USB DAC with it.
If I had an old G5 tower I'd be tempted to use it as a movie server hooked up to my TV. You can fit massive amounts of storage into a G5 case.

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