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PowerMac G5 Update #2: Ram Upgrade

PowerMac G5 Update #2: Ram Upgrade

I managed to source 8gb of Crucial branded PC2-4200 ram for £15 from eBay. Installation was quick, with an easy removal of the fans near the ram slots with a gentle tug. After a few minutes the machine was booted up and very quick to use. Using Photoshop, Indesign and some games really was a better experience with the additional ram.

PowerMac G5 Update #1: Fitting a new Hard Disk

PowerMac G5 Update #1: Fitting a new Hard Disk

Fitting an old 1tb drive inside the Mac was relatively straight forward. However, I discovered that the Mac could not see the drive as it was limited to 150MB/sec speed drives and the Western Digital Green drive I used did not auto-fallback to this speed. The drive has that rate disabled by default, therefore it can’t be seen unless you enable the 150 MB/sec rate on the disk. One does this by jumpering pins 5-6. Unfortunately, the drive did not come with…

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PowerMac G5 2.0 Dual Core (Late 2005)

PowerMac G5 2.0 Dual Core (Late 2005)

I’ve always had a fond affection for the PowerPC based macs; maybe due to their design or maybe just because an eMac G4 was my first mac? 🙂 A recent impulse purchase on eBay has landed me with a PowerMac G5 2.0Ghz Dual Core (Late 2005) for a measly 40 of my British pounds! On arrival the box was heavy and huge. Inside was a 3 inch thick layer of heavy duty bubble wrap surrounding another box within which was…

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