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I have yet another and older computer laying around. I am unsure of what its capabilities are. I am wondering what I should use it for? It's not a PC, that's a problem. Any suggestions????

1.2GHz Power PC

512MB of RAM

80GB Hard Drive

asked Aug 07 '11 at 03:52

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Upgrade the Hard Drive, Max out the RAM, and make it an iTunes server.

answered Aug 07 '11 at 04:26

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William Hummel

use it as a dedicated word processor? :)

answered Aug 07 '11 at 07:46

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Use it as a side computer or keep it the way it is in case you want to teach someone how to use it? That way if they mess it up, it's not too big of a deal.

answered Aug 07 '11 at 12:19

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What version of OS X does it have. Upgrade that. I would recommend going to at least Tiger (10.4) as some apps still support it but if it can run leopard (10.5) fine go to that. You can't go any higher since it's PPC. To find OS X's version go to Apple>About This Mac if you already knew that sorry but you just seem like you don't know much about Mac's.

answered Aug 07 '11 at 13:25

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I should have mentioned but I have had Leopard on there for eons.

(Aug 07 '11 at 14:11) worldtechguru worldtechguru's gravatar image

Well that's good. You could upgrade the RAM.

(Aug 07 '11 at 14:32) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I would recommend running Synergy on it. It will allow you to do the following:

"Synergy is Free and Open Source Software that lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers, where each computer has its own display. No special hardware is required, all you need is a local area network. Synergy is supported on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy is released under the GNU Public License (GPL)." - synergy-foss.org

answered Aug 08 '11 at 05:19

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Give me the computer because I collect old computers

answered Aug 07 '11 at 13:39

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Only if you pay me 20 dollars plus shipping and handling fees.

(Aug 07 '11 at 14:12) worldtechguru worldtechguru's gravatar image

lol. just kidding.

(Aug 07 '11 at 14:12) worldtechguru worldtechguru's gravatar image

I bid 21...

(Aug 07 '11 at 21:36) korin125 korin125's gravatar image

Going once... Going Twice....

(Aug 08 '11 at 18:13) worldtechguru worldtechguru's gravatar image

i have an old powermac g5, 2ghz dual core, 512mb of ram, 9800 gpu, 250gb hard drive still pretty awesome for general purpose, minus the annoyance of powerpc being barely supported.

answered Aug 08 '11 at 19:35

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