As mentioned previously I got the impulse to buy a ‘new’ (old) video card. It was suppose to make my G4 tower run the newer Mac OS X faster. I’m not sure it mattered but I just completed this latest upgrade. It went super smooth. I even took a couple pictures.
In the last 15 months I spent over 1000 dollars upgrading an old computer from 2001 which I basically just use for playing music. Not the best use of my limited supply of money. Perhaps I should have just bought a Mac mini. It would run quieter and quicker I imagine. Of course my old G4 (Loretta) has sentimental value after all it was the world’s first personal super computer and my first Mac.
I ran Xbench but I couldn’t submit my result for some reason I think the latest score for this box was 24.55 whatever that means. Apparently the average score is 31.75 for this type of machine, I couldn’t find my previous test results. I’ve upgraded this machine several times. More RAM, bigger faster hard drive, even more RAM, Radeon graphics card, CPU upgrade, even bigger and faster hard drive, plus various PCI cards, and now a Radeon 7500 with 32MB of RAM. I couldn’t even increase the resolution after this as I’m using a VGA cord to basically a television. Oh well I did it so it wouldn’t stutter doing music playback and simultaneous WiFi usage. I haven’t tried WiFi since the upgrade, I still want to get a Time Capsule as lord knows I need another hard drive…
Actually I want to further automate and improve my backup system and add true wireless networking to my life.
I dug up another picture or two of how things are or were. Time passes funny, it seems like I just upgraded this Mac but it was before the Olympics and it seems I’ve been at this apartment in East Van for years… I need a break so I can get a good job, pay off some debt and move someplace nicer…
Update October 18th 2013
Today I had to the extol the virtues of this very PowerMac G4 to a co-op student I now work with. There are so many features on this computer you just don’t find now-a-days on consumer computers, from the pulsing button while it sleeps, to the reset and programmer’s button, to the fact it can act as a WiFi router, that I can control it from my iPhone, or that it still in theory boots into OS 9, to all the vast empty hard drive space that I’ll never need.
In reality it is the world’s most expensive iPod charging and synching station. I do have it hooked up to my stereo / home theatre, but seeing as I’m still waiting for my MBA and the CFA® Program to actually payoff, my home theatre hasn’t really been upgraded since my days as a WebObjects developer. I’m using a borrowed TV, which should really be mounted on the wall, but since my living situation is temporary…
I will add a Blu-ray player as my almost ten years old DVD player seems to have trouble playing my personal DVD collection. I’ll probably get my Wii back and maybe even a PS4, but I just don’t spend a lot of time in the living room, my roommate spends even less, so my beloved PowerMac G4 charges my iPod Shuffle and makes sure the smart playlist is synched with any other ‘plays’ I make using iTunes Match, which isn’t perfect, but is still pretty cool.
I’ll have to have guests over at some point, but I don’t even know who to invite anymore… I haven’t even hung anything on the walls of this apartment. Much of my life is still in storage where it has been since I moved out of my previous apartment where most of these photos were taken.
If you have nostalgia for the old PowerMac’s here is a review of this exact computer when it came out. I think I paid $1999 Canadian plus the cost of the matching Apple monitor. I know I had to get my credit card limit increased to buy this computer from Simply. I’ve since upgraded it many times. About the only original parts are the case, motherboard, and the original 10 Gb hard drive is still functioning, though I now boot off the big empty drive I can’t use to backup to with Time Machine.
I wish it still was silent, but I’m glad it still has the old iTunes UI. I’m tempted to replace it as my home theatre PC with a newer Mac Mini. Newer but I don’t want the current version as I still see the value of an optical drive, look at all the CDs and DVDs I’ve never ripped all those. Someday I want to get a phono stage with a USB port and rip some of my vinyl. I don’t mind buying tracks on iTunes, but replacing whole albums… I still have albums that have never and likely never will be made available digitally.