Upgrade mac g5 ppc to intel


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Please consider turning off your ad blocker. Thank you. I am looking for advice about how to upgrade this wonderful machine and the OS. Do I need to buy CD box set from Apple? My support with Apple ended longest time ago. Like is it a big problem that it does not have an Intel processor sorry if this is a silly question and if I actually have such?

Thank you! First off the newest version of OSX you can run is As far as upgrading, I would definitely upgrade the ram. Yours is a early model and will support up to 4 GB.

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You can upgrade the HD and video card as well. The big question is do want to spend money on a machine that is heading fast down the road to obsolescence? PPC support is waning fast and in a couple of years it will most likely gone. Even my first gen. MBP will not run Snow Leopard! You might want to think about replacing it if you plan to do some heavy work with it.

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Leopard Snow Leopard You'll need to source a retail Install disk such as this or this , just remember any of the machine specific grey colored install disks will not work, unless you can score one for the exact same model computer as yours. It would also be wise to up the ram max preferred , it is pretty cheap these days and will go a long way to improving you computing enjoyment. Thank you Oldmanmac - think it's the sentimental value - will try to have it little longer. Dear JBarey, apreciate your advice very much.

I guess the best thing will be to buy all components and the retail Leopard thank you for the links and call my tech to fix the machine. I just do not think I dare install ram and etc by myself. Just one more question, Jbarley, please, what does it mean: "just remember any of the machine specific grey colored install disks will not work, unless you can score one for the exact same model computer as yours.

There is a specific Leopard Or do you mean, the original Power Mac gray discs? Thank you again! If you are going to buy a new machine, wait for Apple's announcement this week. It may be significant. Then you need new Memory as G5 and Intel Macs use different memory. The Tower Case is incompatible, so you would need a new one.


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The Graphics Card will most likely need a different Firmware as well. I may be downvoted for my answer, but you may make it cheap I mean without buying a new mac, but buying something else. Take a look at osx86 project google it and you'll get what you need. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Ask Question. Asked 8 years, 10 months ago. Active 2 years, 8 months ago. Viewed 7k times. What do I need to change in my G5 to make it Intel-based?

Is it only the processor? What else? Hennes Gus Cavalcanti Gus Cavalcanti 3 3 silver badges 11 11 bronze badges. Buy a new one. You would have to change the entire logic board and all cards that have ROM chips.

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Moshe Moshe 3, 19 19 gold badges 58 58 silver badges 97 97 bronze badges. Apple historically has been a "turn-key" solution. Upgrade come in the form of entirely new system.

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