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Mac Mini G4 1.25ghz - worth upgrading?


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#1 jcbii

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:09 PM

A friend recently gave me a Mac Mini G4 (PowerPC 1.25ghz) with a tired 40gb HD, and 512mb ram. I have an IDE 80gb hard drive I can install, but wanted to upgrade the memory, so I purchased a 1gb PC2700 module for $27. I then realized that Safari crashes when trying to use the Google search engine, so I decided to buy the latest OSX operating system that this Mini Mac will supposedly handle (Leopard 10.5.8) and found a retail copy on eBay for $54. This is supposed to solve the problem with Safari & Java scripts.

So I'm currently in it for $81 + tax/shipping. Instead of installing the used 80gb HD I currently have, I could buy a brand new 160gb 5400rpm drive for roughly $75. But now I'm wondering if it's worth the extra $. I already have a Mini Mac (Mid 2011), so I'm basically just messing around with this older model.

What say everyone? Worth putting any $ into? Have I already spent too much? - I realize it's now a 7yr old computer, but was amazed at how you can still get parts for it.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:22 PM

my personal opinion, something that old? no I dont think its worth it, even for the money youve already spent. With that being said, if the computer would be of more value to you, and you have the money I guess its up to you.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:08 PM

Yea, I have a feeling you're right. Probably shouldn't have put any money into it. Well, I'll install the new memory along with my 80gb drive and leave it as is. Hopefully OSX Leopard will install. I read a couple of articles on the web about over clocking the Mac Mini G4 to get 1.50ghz, so maybe I'll do that just for kicks. Thanks for the reply.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:30 PM

On the other hand if you had some practical use for it that would require a larger drive-it might be worth it, but if its really not going to be used for much more then goofing around much I dunno.

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