Questions tagged [g5]

The PowerPC G5 (PowerPC 970) was the final line of PowerPC based CPUs to be used by Apple in their Macintosh line.

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Getting the “prohibitory” symbol on startup

I have a mid-2004 PowerMac G5 that until recently was running fine. It had OS-X 10.3.5 installed. At one point the screen froze, no mouse, no keyboard. I powered it down and back up again. That's ...
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How to clean install Mac OS X on an iMac G5 with new HDD?

I have bought an old iMac G5 (A1145, iSight 20") from a friend and there was no OS installed on it. So now I want to make a clean/new OS X installation. I created an install USB (with Tiger 10.4.6) ...
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Ubuntu won't boot on PowerMac G5 without the CD

I have managed to install Ubuntu onto my PowerMac G5 by changing the graphics card, but it will not start up again unless I use the CD. Any suggestion on how to make Ubuntu boot without the CD?
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Connect a Mac as an external drive to another Mac

I run a 2008 Mac Pro and an old G5 Power Mac. Would it be possible to hook them together and use the G5 as an external drive mounted on the Mac Pro?
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Check if G5 is a SMP one?

How do I check if a G5 PPC mac has 2 CPUs or not? When booting it up under Linux (Debian 8) only one CPU seems to be detected: cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : PPC970FX, altivec ...
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Can I use my Logitech G5 with a MacBook Pro?

Just ordered a MacBook Pro. Having never had one or used one I am unsure if my mouse will work. Can I use my Logitech G5 with a MacBook Pro?
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power mac G5 won't boot past the logo - shuts down to a black screen

I think the HD is full? When I power up it chimes and I get the logo screen and whirling ball then after a 20 seconds it shuts down to a black screen and powers off. I tried to start in Safe Start ...
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Is there any danger/risk in leaving my iMac G5 turned off and disconnected for long periods of time?

As the title states, is there any danger in leaving my iMac G5 (Later 2005 model) turned off and disconnected from a power outlet for long periods of time? I will be traveling for roughly 1 month and,...
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Unable to properly boot Power Mac G5 running Debian without a screen connected

I’ve got Power Mac G5 running Debian 6 in headless mode as a media/home server. When booting it without an attached screen, the fans ramp up from the idle speed to maximum over a couple of minutes. ...
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How do I convert .dmg to .img?

How do I convert DMG files to IMG files? I am trying to use 'Q emulator' to run XPpro and it requires an IMG file of the XP disc.(legal copy) I'm using a late model G5 PPC with Leopard 10.5.8
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Migration Assistant … transferring from a Mac G5 with no display to 2014 iMac

Our trusty 9 year old Mac G5 hit what appears to be a dead end ... the graphics card died and thus no picture, just a black screen. In desperation -- because we're a busy design and education company -...
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Can I turn a bad video card iMac g5 into headless server?

I have an iMac G5 that won't display anything because (I believe) the video card is malfunctioning. Could the machine still be functional as a headless server? I could modify the settings with a ...
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Power Mac G5 2005 boots with flashing question mark

Upon start up there is continuous beeping and clicking resulting in a gray screen with a flashing screen ? icon. I've reset PRAM and hit the reset button on the inside. I've tried to start from ...
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Replace power supply on late 2005 G5

I recently bought an old G5 to use as a server. Whilst there the guy had another G5 that I bought for spares. The 'spares' G5 is a newer model with better GPU / CPU etc so I intend on swapping them ...
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Web development on PowerPC

I'm interested in LAMP stack and Nodejs stack for PowerPC (iMac g5). Do they exist for Mac OS X 10.5.6 PPC?
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Boot iMac G5 17 iSight from external USB optical drive?

Is it possible to boot iMac from external USB CD-ROM?
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Will iMac G5 recognize external cd/dvd rom?

The SuperDrive on my G5 used to read disks without problems, but now it thinks all the disks I insert are empty. Now, I want to install different OS on it, and as I've read it can't be done with the ...
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iMac G5 works very loudly. How to fix it?

I only run Safari with maximum 3-5 tabs opened and the machine makes noise like a vacuum cleaner making it very hard to work on. Any ideas how to fix it?
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Can I use iMac G5 PowerPC for iOS app development?

Can I use iMac G5 PowerPC for iOS app development? If not, why?
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What can I use a iMac G5 17" 1.9GHz for?

I'm very new to the Apple world, and I want to buy iMac G5 17", 1.9GHz, 512GB of RAM (upgraded to 1.5GB) and ATI Radeon X600. What this machine can do in real life? I mean, these numbers mean to me ...
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install Linux on iMac G5

Is there a Linux distribution, that runs on an old iMac G5 with a PowerPC processor? I would like to use the old iMac as computer for my mother, she would only need an up-to-date browser running, ...
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Pure Genius Or Pure Stupidity: Does An Old Mac G5 Make A Great BBQ?

This question has some humor as well as practical implications for owners of Apple Mac G5s. I came across this earlier on today as an alternative recycling option: Source Macgasm Is this really a ...
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How to take out HDD (hard drive) from a G5

G5 is totally defunct, I trying to take out the HDD for archive purpose. But realize ... there is no way for me to take out the casing. Any idea?
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Safari won't load on my G5; how can I get my bookmarks?

I have a Mac, a Power PC G5 desktop, running MAC OS X 10.5.8, the last release made for this machine. I've been having a lot of problems lately with Safari; when I launch it, I get a spinning disc, ...
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Can I link two different kinds of Macs each using different OSes?

Is it possible to link (run as one machine) my G5 PowerPC OSX 10.4.6 machine to my G5 INTEL running OSX 10.6.x or higher simultaneously? I want to run differing versions of OS X, and be able to use my ...
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How can I run Spotify on a PowerPC Mac?

Are there any version of Spotify that will run on a PowerPC Mac? Which one(s)? Where can I get one?
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How to reformat and re-install an old G5

I was given an old G5, and the existing installed OS is locked, and I don't have the password. I don't care about erasing its whole content. I have a bunch of CDs, and I want to know how can I restart ...
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I have a Dual G5 Power Mac I can only start in safe mode

Processor: Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5 Memory: 1.5 GB DDR SDRAM I can only start with a safe boot. I've used the Leopard disk to run Disk Utility to repair the disks. There appears to be no problems. ...
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How do I build a PC Into a Mac PPC G5 case?

How can I convert my (unfortunately) obsolete Mac G5 PPC case into a PC? It only supports Leopard OS-wise and I'd like to keep the beautiful Mac Case and reuse it with PC components inside. Can that ...
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G5 wakes up for no apparent reason

I’ve got a very odd problem with an old G5 of mine. It's a 2.3GHz Dual-Core G5 with Mac OS X 10.5.8. Sometimes, though not always (about 50/50), when putting the computer to sleep, it wakes up after a ...