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Can iMac G5 play games on PBS website?

512 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2012 3:14 PM by squierjosh RSS
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Nov 1, 2012 10:44 AM

I have a chance to get a free 1.9GHz G5 iMac with 2GB of RAM. Pretty well loaded for it's age. Will this play games on PBS website? I'm thinkning I'll give it to my daughter if it does.

  • Rambling Joe Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2012 11:14 AM (in response to squierjosh)

    Yes it should.


    From the website:


    Technical Tips

    How do I get the most out of this site? What do I need to download and install?

    To fully enjoy PBS KIDS, we recommend the following computer set-up.


    Web Browser

    This site is best viewed with the latest version of either

    Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher),

    Mozilla Firefox (version 3 or higher),

    or Apple Safari (version 4 or newer).


    Screen Size

    The site is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024x768 or larger. On a 800x600 screen, the graphics and text will appear larger but you will see less at one time without scrolling. Some games and other activities may be difficult to use on screen resolutions smaller than 800x600.


    If you don’t know how to change your screen resolution, you can visit the support site for your operating system.





    Many PBS KIDS sites use free plug-ins to make activities more fun and interactive. The plug-ins are listed below, but not all activities require these plug-ins. Each of these can be downloaded for free.

    If you’re not sure if your computer has these plug-ins or if you need to install one or more of them, ask an adult to help you.

    Adobe Flash Player: Most PBS KIDS games, videos and activities use the Flash Player.

    Java: Some PBS KIDS games use the Java plug-in.

    QuickTime: Plays videos and audio.

    Adobe Reader: Used to display PDFs for downloading and printing coloring pages and other printable activities.

    Real Player: Plays videos and audio.

    Shockwave: Used to play games.


    Good luck.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 2:59 PM (in response to squierjosh)

    I think it depends on how much Flash content they use. The last version of Adobe Flash player that can run on a PowerPC Mac like the G5 is The current version is 11.4.somthing. Many PPC owners find that, although their computer does most things well and fast, they get choppy on sites with a lot of Flashed-based animation. An early Intel Mac with no faster clock speed than teh later G5s will usually run circles around the G5s due to the fact ath the curent Flash versions only support Intel chips.


    Netflix streaming does not work on pre-intel Macs.


    If it's free, it's certainly worth trying on teh PBS sites!


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