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Share your PowerMac G4 money pit obsession stories and specs 10 Replies

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PowerMac G4 hosted QuakeWorld 3 Replies

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Mission for Quiet Quicksilver 4 Replies

Started by TheMacMommy. Last reply by Jeremy Clayton-Travis Apr 28, 2014.

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Comment by Mike Erwin on May 18, 2009 at 4:00pm
Current project: transform the 2001 Quicksilver that got me through college into its ultimate form. No need to completely max out everything, but I'm going nuts in a few places. Also some subtle case mods, keeping original spirit of the beautiful Quicksilver design. Does anyone else remember the Nitro-Burnin' Funny Macs feature in MacAddict?

So far...
replaced 733 G4 with dual 800s
fast combo drive from a MDD
5.1 surround sound with M-Audio card
USB 2 card
1.5 GB of (supposedly) fast memory
300 GB (at 10,000 rpm!) through a Sonnet card
trying to get Radeon X850 to work, but no luck yet!

Sure, many later Macs can outperform even a hot-rod G4, but it's rewarding to see its potential unfold now that some of these parts are affordable.
Comment by Lothar Joerger on June 15, 2009 at 6:57am
I am a proud ower of a Yikes, a Sawtooth and a Gigabit Ethernet. They all have 400 MHz CPUs and 1 GB RAM. The Gigabit Ethernet is running Leopard thanks to the Tool "LeopardAssist". Leopard runs slightly slower on this Machines than Tiger if you have a good Graphic-Card (if you have a stock ATI Rage 128 or Radeon without CoreImage and OpenGL support, forget about installing Leopard. It is too slow). I used a PC Version of a XFX 5400 and flash it with a Mac-Firmware.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on June 15, 2009 at 7:09am
Recently improved my G4's performance with ATI graphics 32MB for € 1, now it offers me GoogleEarth - impossible with 16MB.
Substituted the white Apple ProMouse by a 2-button-and-wheel mouse found on a flee market (PC-USB - € 1 as well); a nice progress towards user friendlyness.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 9, 2009 at 11:41pm
My G4 DA was a monster machine at its time, best to get; today it has two hard disks (40/80 GB), Zip and a multiformat burner, 1 GB of RAM.
You're absolutely right - they are disturbingly loud.
It's always a pleasure to shut it down.
Comment by maxheadroom on November 10, 2009 at 2:44pm
I installed teh 10.5 leopard on my 466 MHz digital audio, its have the original 128 ATI videocard, but the Leopard working. Ok, a bit lagging sometimes, but still.
Comment by maxheadroom on November 10, 2009 at 3:11pm
But this is a bit strange: the digital audio do not have an audio in...
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 11, 2009 at 3:29am
Earlier Performas have better built-in sound systems,
my 6500 with the famous subwoofer makes a PC-user frighten at startup.
Comment by Alastair Bilby on April 6, 2010 at 5:49am
I put a much quieter fan in my MDD and it lights up blue (shame its in the middle of the opaque computer) I also put extra fans on the heat sink (over-clocked processor) And 2GB RAM and a new 128mb Graphics card.
Comment by Steve Thompson on April 10, 2010 at 10:04am
Got my G4 for £65 off Ebay, very pleased, 1ghz cpu upgrade and 1.2gb ram, now running with 1 60gb and 1 80gb hard disks.
Comment by Mel on April 17, 2010 at 12:46pm
Just joined this group even though I was invited about a year ago.

My experience with the G4 is limited to my own Quicksilver 733 single processor model that I bought brand new in 2001. Still own and use it today.

The thing has 2 hard drives installed internally and several external ones.

Each internal drive runs the following OS:

Drive 1 - Partition 1: Mac OSX 10.3.9
Drive 1 - Partition 2: Mac OSX 10.4.11

Drive 2 - Partition 1: Mac OS 9.2.1
Drive 2 - Partition 2: documents
Drive 2 - Partition 3: documents

Most of the time the Mac is booting into OSX 10.4.11 with OS 9 running in Classic mode.

Up to December 2009 this was my main Mac. I have since moved to a MacBook Pro 15 inch running Mac OSX 10.6.2.

The Quicksilver is mostly now for running some OS 9 apps in classic mode, and music playing with iTunes (I have 16,000+ songs on this thing vs. only about 2000 songs on the MacBook Pro.

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