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#1 2019-04-06 20:43:29

LikeaG5
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New Member to the Apple family and Forum

Hey, whats up Apple Fanatics!!!!

I have been working on PC's and talking bad about Apple computers for the longest time. Now the coin has flipped. I'm tired of having to replace terrible parts and being forced to Upgrade my system and y'all know the rest. However, still love everything tech. Below is my first finds that I have so far and this is not the thread for it, but I have run into one minor questionable if it is an issue or not.

The Story;

I actually was looking for a Mac Computer for my wife, because at her previous workplace they used Macs and that confused her when she got home, because some programs wouldn't cross information to each other. Then the search began.

I was looking for something small, inexpensive and ready to rock!!! Ebay it was!!

I searched for months trying to figure out what is the best deal versus what will work with today's tech and programs. Mac Mini was the answer. Beautiful small, portable and is just down right cute if you think of it. I saw one that was for bidding or OBO at $35 bucks. I sent an offer at $65, BAM!!!

Early 2009

Mac Mini w/superdrive (working)

2 GHZ Duo Core Processor

4 Gigs Ram 1067 MHZ DDR 3

Nvidia 256mb video on board

120 Gig SSD

To someone just getting back to desktop computers. This was Gold!! However, no monitor and no keyboard. dun dun dunnnnnn. Back to Ebay nothing within price range I'm willing to pay. NEWEGG!!! A third party company selling a 20" Apple Cinema Monitor for $46 with shipping included and a 90 day warranty. Bam, now I have a monitor. Still no keyboard and mouse. The search continues.

I was cruising craigslist in my area and I saw it. The GEM my perfect computer that I would love dearly forever and ever.

Late 2004

Power Mac G5 w/superdrive (working)

4x 512 ram I believe are DDR2 (explain later)

PCI Graphics card (not yet removed to check, but is having issues with on screen display)

80 gig primary hard drive

Secondary hard drive yet to be pulled and looked over

All and all a good machine that needs little TLC to be my graphics Power House

Funny thing is that I still hadn't ordered my Keyboard yet and the owner of the G5 gave me a wired mouse. Then after bring it home I decided to online order a Wireless logitech keyboard.... well... wireless doesn't work on a system not installed with drivers.

Lastly I was still searching on Craigslist for anything Apple and I noticed that someone in my area was selling another 20" Apple Cinema monitor for $20 w/power adapter.

With everything that I bought, OS X Snow Leopard, Keyboard and a card reader/usb hub. I spent about $175 total (estimate). Pretty decent for 2 setups that need minor fixes.

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#2 2019-04-07 07:22:26

mcdermd
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Re: New Member to the Apple family and Forum

So, any DVI monitor will work with either of those machines. You don't need an Apple display. Likewise, any bluetooth mouse, keyboard, whatever should work with the standard OS X bluetooth networking.

The G5 is downright vintage status now. Same with the mini if it's a Core Duo (first generation Intel-based). While good for playing with old Apple gear, they certainly don't get any security updates (or any update for that matter).

But welcome to Macintosh. If you have any *nix experience, you may want to check out MacPorts for OSS updates.

Last edited by mcdermd (2019-04-07 07:23:01)


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#3 2019-04-07 16:38:09

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Thank you. I kinda figured I didn't know the apple monitors, but I kinda went on a spree of how cool would it be to have a 100% apple setup. The prices were right and it just all came together. Now if I can figure out this video card issue with the G5 and find the missing front fan for it. I'll be good to go.

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#4 2019-04-08 18:24:56

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Re: New Member to the Apple family and Forum

I'm pretty sure the "Late 2004" model was the 1.8GHz model that was more like the iMac G5. Slower bus, single processor, regular PCI slots. The video card should have been a GeForce FX5200 in the AGP slot.


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#5 2019-04-11 17:50:22

jt
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Re: New Member to the Apple family and Forum

Welcome to the community! That G5 sounds like the ticket for me to try my hand at OSX if I decide Final Cut Pro on something a bit faster. Bugfixed version of the first release of X was so awful I'm still running OS9 machines!

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