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#1 2015-03-13 22:58:53

chikorita157
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Chikorita157's Collection

Have been a Mac user since 1994, during my childhood. Here are the Macs I accumulated throughout the years.

Performa/LC 630 - This is the computer my parents bought during my childhood. It has a 68040 processor and I upgraded the RAM to 24 MB. Not sure it still works since it sits idle in my bedroom. It runs Mac OS 8.1 when I last checked.

Performa 6320 - This is my second Mac and it's apparently one of the worst Macs ever made by Apple. I broke the floppy drive on this computer, but I eventually upgraded the RAM to 32MB. It runs Mac OS 9.1.

PowerMac G3 Blue and White (Rev B model, 400 MHz G3 Processor) - I got this computer from a relative and it still worked although it had one stick of defective RAM. I upgraded the RAM to 640 MB, added a 30 GB IDE HD from a Dell I wasn't using, added a Wireless G card, DVD Burner and upgraded the graphics with a flashed ATI Radeon 7000 64MB. It works good for the most past. Runs Mac OS 9 and OS X Tiger.

Mac Mini G4 (Late 2005, 1.33 GHz) - Being used as a Linux server.

PowerBook G4 Titanium (Mid 2002, PowerPC G4 667 MHz, 1 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Radeon Mobility 7500 32 MB) - Got this off eBay and it's in good condition, except a few dings and such. Runs Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS 9. Updated to 1 GB of RAM.

Powerbook G3 Pismo (Mid 2000, PowerPC G3 400 MHz, 80GB HD, DVD Burner, 512 MB RAM, ATI Rage 128 Mobility) - Classic gaming machine and iTunes machine. Runs Tiger and OS 9.

iBook G4 (Mid 2005, PowerPC G4 1.33 Ghz, 768 MB RAM, 40 GB HD, busted Combo Drive, ATI Radeon Mobility 9550) - PowerPC Gaming and light browsing machine. Runs Leopard.

iBook G3 (Mid 2002, 600 MHz PowerPC G3, 384 MB of RAM, Radeon Mobility 16 MB, 20 GB Hard Drive)

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Intel:
Macbook Pro (Late 2006, 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 GB of RAM, 320GB 7200 RPM HD) - This is my first Macintosh portable after using mostly Windows PC during my grade school years. Eventually it received a hard drive and memory upgrade. Runs Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

Macbook Pro (Mid 2010, 2.4 GHz Intel i5, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB HD) - This is the computer Apple replaced after my Late 2008 had many repairs due to display issues and GPU. Yep, it was a lemon, but I never had any problems with this computer despite adding Applecare to it. Runs Mavericks, Yosemite and Windows 7

Macbook Pro (Mid 2012, 2.6 GHz Intel i7, 16 GB of RAM, 720 GB 7200 RPM, 1 GB nVidia Geforce) - This is my main computer I got after graduating college and started my Master's degree. Used for pretty much everything since it's the most powerful computer I own. It has a Japanese Keyboard and a Matte display. Runs Mavericks and Windows 7.

Mac Mini (Late 2014, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB 5400 RPM HD and 12 TB HD Raid 1+0 Array) - My home server.

Mac Pro (Mid 2006, 2x2.66 GHz Intel Xeon 5150, 2 GB of FB-DDR2 ECC RAM, 500 GB HD, nVidia Geforce GTX 950) - The only Intel Mac I can tweak and install hardware with. Planning to install 16 GB of RAM, an SSD and possibly Xeon Quad Cores in the future. Runs El Capitan through a boot.efi hack.

Need to fix:
iMac G3 (Summer 2001 model) - Has issues with CRT display not working probably due to a dead PRAM battery. Since my PowerMac G3 is more powerful, I took the RAM and is sitting in my room doing nothing.

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#2 2015-03-13 23:25:31

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Welcome. The Rev B Yosemite is a nice computer. Always liked those.

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#3 2015-03-14 04:07:47

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Welcome smile Nice collection you have there.

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#4 2015-03-20 01:45:03

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Thanks for the compliments. With that, here is an update on the iBook G3. It now works although I struggled to install the logic board since the IO plate screw won't budge, so I have to brute force it. Thankfully, nothing too major broke on it, although the laptop was missing a few screws.

Installed Tiger and Mac OS 9, but still have to load the software. Memory is only 256MB, but I plan on upgrading that in the future and possibly pop in an MSATA SSD. Aside from that, Mac OS 9 runs fast on this computer. For now, I need to clean it up and get some hackjob rubber feet that you can stick on.

Here is a picture of that said iBook G3 playing Simcity next to the Mac Mini G4. I use the Airport Express as a bridge for now.
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#5 2015-04-11 01:05:34

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I just got a Powerbook G4 Titanium off Ebay for 54.99 dollars (plus 11 dollar shipping) and this computer almost look like new, except for a few dings and paint chips on the corners. The hinges are strong and the keyboard looks like new, which makes me think that an external keyboard and mouse was used and it spent most of the time on the desk. I reinstalled the Airport card in the right place. Couldn't screw in the left hand corner screw that far, but at least it's far enough in.

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I decided to upgrade it with a 64 GB MSATA SSD (since PATA hard drives are getting scarce) and an adapter. I decided on the Aleratec IDE to MSATA adapter. A bit pricy, but it's the one that known to work on most laptops. In fact, it works, but I haven't gotten the chance to test it since it's empty, so I plan on installing Leopard on it. I will come back with the results later

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Note: It's a Mid 2002 DVI 667 MHz model and came with the original power adapter.

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#6 2015-04-11 02:16:10

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Yeah, I did the same thing with a 44pin IDE to mSATA adapter with a 64GB mSATA card and put it in a 12" powerbook.  It's good stuff, since OSX, particularly the earlier versions, are largely bound by IO latency more than bandwidth.  Good choice on getting an adapter that has a mounting bracket.  I just got a little one that didn't have a bracket, so it kinda floats loose, which I don't really care about too much except any movement causes it to tap the top of the case, making noise.

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#7 2015-04-11 04:44:54

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bbraun wrote:

Yeah, I did the same thing with a 44pin IDE to mSATA adapter with a 64GB mSATA card and put it in a 12" powerbook.  It's good stuff, since OSX, particularly the earlier versions, are largely bound by IO latency more than bandwidth.  Good choice on getting an adapter that has a mounting bracket.  I just got a little one that didn't have a bracket, so it kinda floats loose, which I don't really care about too much except any movement causes it to tap the top of the case, making noise.

Even though the TiBook has only ATA/66, it boots pretty fast and applications launch in a few seconds. It's a screamer, but there are downsides. I haven't figured out the sleep issue as it freezes when it recovers from sleep. Not a big deal since it will sit on the desk most of the time and I can simply start it up again in 20-30 seconds, but it could be an issue with the Powerbook G4 not liking the JMicron SSD controller.

I have run some benchmarks and it did pretty good on the disk test, although it was saturating the ATA channel.

Results	24.93	
	System Info		
		Xbench Version		1.3
		System Version		10.5.8 (9L31a)
		Physical RAM		512 MB
		Model		PowerBook3,4
		Processor		PowerPC G4 @ 667 MHz
			Version		7455 (Apollo) v2.1
			L1 Cache		32K (instruction), 32K (data)
			L2 Cache		256K @ 667 MHz
			L3 Cache		1024K @ 167 MHz
			Bus Frequency		134 MHz
		Video Card		ATY,RageM7
		Drive Type		ADATA SP310 ADATA SP310
	CPU Test	27.79	
		GCD Loop	57.64	3.04 Mops/sec
		Floating Point Basic	17.91	425.63 Mflop/sec
		AltiVec Basic	132.58	5.28 Gflop/sec
		vecLib FFT	19.59	646.16 Mflop/sec
		Floating Point Library	20.76	3.62 Mops/sec
	Thread Test	24.41	
		Computation	28.92	585.83 Kops/sec, 4 threads
		Lock Contention	21.12	908.43 Klocks/sec, 4 threads
	Memory Test	29.88	
		System	28.12	
			Allocate	97.79	359.10 Kalloc/sec
			Fill	26.44	1285.35 MB/sec
			Copy	17.05	352.23 MB/sec
		Stream	31.88	
			Copy	33.43	690.53 MB/sec [altivec]
			Scale	33.40	690.00 MB/sec [altivec]
			Add	31.64	673.97 MB/sec [altivec]
			Triad	29.39	628.83 MB/sec [altivec]
	Quartz Graphics Test	35.71	
		Line	30.74	2.05 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
		Rectangle	34.72	10.36 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
		Circle	30.72	2.50 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
		Bezier	42.52	1.07 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
		Text	44.26	2.77 Kchars/sec
	OpenGL Graphics Test	43.52	
		Spinning Squares	43.52	55.21 frames/sec
	User Interface Test	8.96	
		Elements	8.96	41.10 refresh/sec
	Disk Test	129.21	
		Sequential	87.44	
			Uncached Write	87.35	53.63 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Write	95.89	54.26 MB/sec [256K blocks]
			Uncached Read	66.44	19.44 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Read	113.38	56.98 MB/sec [256K blocks]
		Random	247.40	
			Uncached Write	150.04	15.88 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Write	176.00	56.34 MB/sec [256K blocks]
			Uncached Read	1920.57	13.61 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Read	302.94	56.21 MB/sec [256K blocks]

As for Open Benchmark, it's about 2x slower than the Mac Mini G4, due to it only having ATi Radeon Mobility Graphics 7500, but about 3x faster than the iBook G3 with only a Mobility Radeon.
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#8 2015-04-11 06:48:43

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I may not be correct on this, but I think the freeze on wake is an OS issue. I used a TiBook as a main machine for a while and I seem to recall running into this issue.

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#9 2015-04-11 17:53:50

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unity wrote:

I may not be correct on this, but I think the freeze on wake is an OS issue. I used a TiBook as a main machine for a while and I seem to recall running into this issue.

Might be an issue with Leopard since I have installed Mac OS 9 and tried to put it to sleep and it was able to wake up without any problem. Still, Mac OS 9 boot time is ridiculously fast with an SSD. However, it seems to have an Audio cutout issue related to Leopard since people with the 1 GHz Powerbook G4 Titanium is also having problems.

Maybe I should try Tiger out of curiosity if it has that problem or not.

Update: I decided to upgrade my iBook G3 to an SSD, thus ridding all the spinning hard drives from my vintage Apple laptops (not upgrading my Macbooks yet since they run fast enough). Not to mention, the HD has 6 reallocation event in SMART, which can be a bad sign. I decided to go with a Kingston SSD Now S200 MSATA 64 GB mSATA with the same converter. Hopefully it will be more compatible than the A-DATA since this one has a Sandforce controller, the same ones that is used in the OWC Legacy Pro SSDs.

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#10 2015-04-18 03:33:56

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Short story short, the SSD did kind of work with the iBook G3 with sleep working, but the SSD would overheat, making it unfeasible. Not only that, it only had a Ultra-ATA/33, which doesn't make it any faster than the 80 GB hard drive outside of random read/write. I got frustrated trying to put the machine back together that I just took the HD and RAM out and put it in a box to someday put back together if I want to rebuild a perfect iBook G3 (meaning, replacing the back panel, LCD and such from a donor system. So the converter is being returned to Amazon and I plan to test the Kingston on the G4 Titanium to see if it had the sleep problem. If it still has it, it's probably the jumper settings.

With that, I found a Powerbook G3 Pismo 400 MHz for a decent price, although it's still somewhat overpriced considering how desirable these machines are for their durability. Most of them still go for over 100 dollars, but I found one for $50 (plus 12 dollar shipping with a wireless card, power adapter and a decent amount of RAM. Somewhat a downgrade from the iBook since it had a faster CPU and graphics, but if I can find one of those G4 upgrades for a decent price, I might get one.

Edit: The sleep problem with the PowerBook G4 is related to the SSD controller as sleep worked fine with the Kingston s200, which uses a Sandforce controller. In general, if you want to use a mSATA converter, use a SSD with a Sandforce controller, not a jMicron controller.

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#11 2015-04-22 21:21:07

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Finally got the Powerbook G3 Pismo and the performance is comparable to my PowerMac G3 Blue and White, although it doesn't seem any slower than the iBook G3. It's maybe because I now have 512 MB of memory installed. Of course, it still has a good battery and PRAM battery. As expected, the graphics card is slower due to it only having Rage 128 Mobility graphics. Also installed the 80 GB HD and an extra 256 MB of RAM, which is not nearly as hard compared to the iBook.

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Of course, I put a combo drive inside (the panel is the wrong one), but it seems to have an incompatibility with Mac OS 9. If there is no disk inserted, it will ask to initialize a disc. I need to figure out how to fix that, but under OS X, it works fine.
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As for the overall quality, it seems to have a rough life since there are two plastic cracks on the bottom that i snapped back in place and the IR window is missing. I will eventually fix it with one of those plastic sealers, but still surprised the computer still works well, which is probably why this model is highly desirable (also, there is no LCD damage and still have a lot of brightness. I highly doubt a Powerbook G4 Titanium will hold up to that amount of abuse.

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At least it came with the original charger.
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#12 2015-04-23 00:08:53

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#13 2015-04-23 00:28:06

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Yep, they are missing, but I plan on putting on cheap after market ones later on, but it's not a priority since it's sitting on my desk most of the time... Also, fixing the case cracks is probably another project to do as I might have to disassemble the case.

Here are some benchmark results:

Results	12.55	
	System Info		
		Xbench Version		1.3
		System Version		10.4.11 (8S165)
		Physical RAM		512 MB
		Model		PowerBook3,1
		Processor		PowerPC 750 @ 400 MHz
			L1 Cache		32K (instruction), 32K (data)
			L2 Cache		1024K @ 160 MHz
			Bus Frequency		100 MHz
		Video Card		ATY,RageM3
		Drive Type		IC25N080ATMR04-0
	CPU Test	11.01	
		GCD Loop	37.26	1.96 Mops/sec
		Floating Point Basic	14.84	352.70 Mflop/sec
		vecLib FFT	4.93	162.76 Mflop/sec
		Floating Point Library	15.03	2.62 Mops/sec
	Thread Test	18.05	
		Computation	17.26	349.60 Kops/sec, 4 threads
		Lock Contention	18.92	814.05 Klocks/sec, 4 threads
	Memory Test	7.12	
		System	7.32	
			Allocate	36.93	135.63 Kalloc/sec
			Fill	9.87	479.75 MB/sec
			Copy	3.55	73.35 MB/sec
		Stream	6.93	
			Copy	7.08	146.28 MB/sec
			Scale	7.07	146.06 MB/sec
			Add	6.81	145.10 MB/sec
			Triad	6.78	145.10 MB/sec
	Quartz Graphics Test	16.33	
		Line	16.89	1.12 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
		Rectangle	13.94	4.16 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
		Circle	15.65	1.28 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
		Bezier	23.67	597.03 beziers/sec [50% alpha]
		Text	14.45	904.09 chars/sec
	OpenGL Graphics Test	30.49	
		Spinning Squares	30.49	38.68 frames/sec
	User Interface Test	7.12	
		Elements	7.12	32.68 refresh/sec
	Disk Test	27.20	
		Sequential	32.92	
			Uncached Write	18.22	11.19 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Write	46.85	26.51 MB/sec [256K blocks]
			Uncached Read	39.74	11.63 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Read	49.70	24.98 MB/sec [256K blocks]
		Random	23.17	
			Uncached Write	8.38	0.89 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Write	51.77	16.57 MB/sec [256K blocks]
			Uncached Read	52.74	0.37 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Read	66.36	12.31 MB/sec [256K blocks]

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Update: Found a DVD burner out of a dead HP Laptop that works better than the DVD/CD-RW drive... but of course, the bezel is a bit too big... Oh well, at least I don't get the initialize disc when there is no disc inserted.

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#14 2015-05-08 23:32:12

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Decided to get another iBook since I kind of lost some screws on the G3. This time, I got a iBook G4 1.33 GHz Late 2005 model for a low price of $33 with shipping. It seems that the only thing wrong with it is a busted combo drive. I do have another slot loading drive (a DVD Burner) to replace it with, but since the iBook is pain in the butt to take part, I'm not going to fix it at least for now since I don't plan to use optical discs really with that computer. I might replace it if I want to put an SSD in it in the future.

Aside from a crack on the upper left and right hand corner along with some engravings, the laptop is in great condition. It seems that this laptop came from a elementary school and has educational software on it when I Firewire Target Disk mode the computer. The hard drive is barely used with only 800 hours of use, meaning that it's almost like new, except it's a slow 4200 RPM HD.

Will give some benchmarks later, and it will probably surpass the Mac mini G4, Powerbook G4 and G3 in graphics power since it has a Radeon Mobility 9550. Not sure I want to try to hack Mac OS 9 on it since it probably won't work due to the GPU being too new, but I might give it a try.

Also, installed Debian Jessie on the Mac Mini G4 and it runs faster than Leopard. I will probably relegate the Mac mini G4 as a Linux server and install Cloud IDE to learn Python since the iBook G4 is faster than it.

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#15 2015-05-08 23:36:20

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That's the exact model of iBook G4 I use as a semi-daily driver. Although the MacBook Air has replaced it for when I need to get on a plane, it's still a very good traveler.

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#16 2015-05-09 00:18:13

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Also should be fairly snappy with Leopard since, unless I'm mistaken, the GPU supports CI.

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#17 2015-05-09 04:18:11

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TheWhiteFalcon wrote:

Also should be fairly snappy with Leopard since, unless I'm mistaken, the GPU supports CI.

Yep, it supports CI since I have a transparent menubar... But overall, it runs pretty fast, but the HD as expected is the bottleneck.

Here is some benchmarks. This laptop is about 4 times faster than the Powerbook G4 Titanium.
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Results	32.60	
	System Info		
		Xbench Version		1.3
		System Version		10.5.8 (9L31a)
		Physical RAM		768 MB
		Model		PowerBook6,7
		Processor		PowerPC G4 @ 1.33 GHz
			L1 Cache		32K (instruction), 32K (data)
			L2 Cache		512K @ 1.33 GHz
			Bus Frequency		134 MHz
		Video Card		ATY,M12
		Drive Type		TOSHIBA MK4025GAS TOSHIBA MK4025GAS
	CPU Test	40.29	
		GCD Loop	66.83	3.52 Mops/sec
		Floating Point Basic	29.65	704.48 Mflop/sec
		AltiVec Basic	222.91	8.88 Gflop/sec
		vecLib FFT	31.61	1.04 Gflop/sec
		Floating Point Library	25.45	4.43 Mops/sec
	Thread Test	41.24	
		Computation	46.36	939.24 Kops/sec, 4 threads
		Lock Contention	37.13	1.60 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
	Memory Test	27.77	
		System	23.28	
			Allocate	164.17	602.87 Kalloc/sec
			Fill	20.66	1004.43 MB/sec
			Copy	13.45	277.77 MB/sec
		Stream	34.40	
			Copy	37.89	782.61 MB/sec [altivec]
			Scale	39.99	826.15 MB/sec [altivec]
			Add	32.17	685.21 MB/sec [altivec]
			Triad	29.59	632.92 MB/sec [altivec]
	Quartz Graphics Test	54.59	
		Line	42.48	2.83 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
		Rectangle	55.60	16.60 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
		Circle	50.71	4.13 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
		Bezier	59.98	1.51 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
		Text	73.14	4.58 Kchars/sec
	OpenGL Graphics Test	58.47	
		Spinning Squares	58.47	74.17 frames/sec
	User Interface Test	17.13	
		Elements	17.13	78.62 refresh/sec
	Disk Test	24.97	
		Sequential	50.93	
			Uncached Write	43.67	26.81 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Write	43.40	24.55 MB/sec [256K blocks]
			Uncached Read	83.83	24.53 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Read	48.38	24.32 MB/sec [256K blocks]
		Random	16.54	
			Uncached Write	5.54	0.59 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Write	37.15	11.89 MB/sec [256K blocks]
			Uncached Read	51.90	0.37 MB/sec [4K blocks]
			Uncached Read	65.42	12.14 MB/sec [256K blocks]

As expected, it doesn't do well on the disk test. I might replace the optical drive with a SATA to ATA optical drive converter with a Sandisk or Samsung EVO SSD since I don't really plan to use any optical disks and I can just use an external DVD burner, but not right now.

But yeah, absolutely no motivation to fix the iBook G3 Snow since it's outclassed.

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#18 2015-10-28 00:23:09

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It has been a long time since I updated my collection. Since I got a job, I got two new machines over the past few months, namely Intel ones. I got a Mac mini 2014 for a home server and a Mac Pro (original). The Mac mini is not that interesting since it mainly serves as my home server and has a 12 TB (4x 3 TB WD Reds) RAID 10 Thunderbolt enclosure (OWC Thunderbay 4), which stores my photos, virtual machines, Anime, development stuff and backups. It only use 10 watts on idle, which is why I decided to go with it.

As for the Mac Pro, I kind of wanted an old Mac Pro to replace my Pentium 4 HTPC initially since I want to switch over to HDHomerun DVR once the final version
comes out so I can ditch my Pentium 4 HTPC I use for Windows Media Center. I found one on eBay for $225 in good condition and free shipping. It includes two nVidia Geforce 7300 GT (I sold one of them for $43 since I don't need two (and they won't work in Mountain Lion or later) and I kept one if my new GPU breaks), 2 GBs of RAM, 500 GB HD, Bluetooth and the original mouse and keyboard. I managed to get the boot.efi hack to run El Capitan and it runs it decently and got 5400 Multicore in Geekbench 3. I will be upgrading the GPU to a Maxwell 2nd Gen nVidia Geforce GTX 950 to get decent gaming performance and later, get an SSD (whatever is on sale on Black Friday), 16GB of RAM and possibly a Intel Xeon 5355 if I'm brave enough...

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#19 2015-10-28 14:56:34

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Nice, one day I may take the plunge into OSX, Razor Handles like those might be in order. I sort of skipped over the G5/CatPoo era entirely. It looks like I was AWOL when you signed up, so welcome aboard! smile

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#20 2015-10-29 23:34:45

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I finally got my 2006 Mac Pro to install Yosemite. For some reason, it doesn't seem to like El Capitan since the Pike Boot.efi bootloader keeps causing kernel panics, even if it's installing through the legacy installer. I figured out that all the ram slots probably need to be filled completely since the 3.0 version of boot.efi is sensitive. I will try again when I get 4 more sticks of 4GB ram, bringing the system up to 18GB of RAM.

That said, I got Yosemite working. I had to install with the nVidia Geforce 7300 GT card installed. Once I install the security update and nVidia Web Drivers, I took the old card out and install the GTX 950 and it seems to work faster now. Ran Novabench on it and it got a score of 592 at its current configuration with the CPU score beating a mobile Core i3 and a crappy Ivy Bridge Celeron. GPU is probably held back by the CPU, RAM and PCI Express bus (since it's only 1.1) since it scored slightly under my Geforce GT 950 on my 2012 Macbook Pro, which is odd since the nVidia Geforce GTX 950 is supposed to be faster. We'll see other benchmarks, especially after I upgrade the RAM and to an SSD. Still, it runs very responsive, for a 2006 machine.

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#21 2015-10-29 23:40:57

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Re: Chikorita157's Collection

Nice.  I use the old towers as ESXi hosts, and use the VMware Fusion interface to running them.  They make good workhorses that way.
I also like that they can boot back into 10.6 and are crazy fast running Rosetta apps and are good for some of the older OSX PPC games.

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#22 2015-10-30 03:46:26

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Yes, I'd like to get a MacPro1,1 or 2,1 to tinker with someday...

In the meantime, my MacPro3,1 is superb! With the stock GPU, it can run Tiger (with a little bit of hackery) ALL THE WAY through to El Capitan , effortlessly. It can also support 64GB of RAM, which is an amount I may never use.

My particular unit has been upgraded over the years, such that it's now running with the following specs:
*AMD Radeon HD 5770
*24 GB RAM
*2x2 TB + 1x1 TB spinning disks + 1x120GB SSD on PCIe expansion card (which adds an SATA III bus, so the SSD runs almost twice as fast as it would with SATA II)

I eventually plan to max out the RAM and install faster CPUs (it currently has the stock 2x2.8 Quads in it now).

This machine's incredible upgradability should allow it to stay relevant for many years.

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Main Macs: Early '09 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 13"
Secondary Macs: Early '08 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 15"
Playthings: Mac SE/30, 3.0 GHz Mavericks-based HackServe, Many others....
Desired: Lisa, Kanga PowerBook G3, Apple IIc, Apple II, Spare parts, etc.

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#23 2015-10-30 04:36:22

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These sound like great machines, especially so if one can boot Faux9/Tiger right up to el whatEVER on the same machine. Just how much fiddling did that take? But that's for the future, I'm sticking with Native9 on the DA/QS/MDD trio for quite some time to come. Haven't tried 10.4.11 on the PowerBook G4 12" much yet at all.

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#24 2015-10-30 04:56:01

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Intel 10.4 lacked Classic.  It just had Rosetta.

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#25 2015-10-30 05:07:02

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Sheepshaver.


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