5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 11:04 PM by romko23
ESCOBAR818 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I Have a Power PC G4 with MAC OSX 10.5.8. I have the device up to 1.25 GB of RAM and the videos on You Tube have improved a little bit. What video card do you recommend or is there anything I can to to improve the video on this old machine??

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • 1. Re: You tube
    Jacumba Level 4 Level 4 (2,325 points)

    You have enough ram to run video well on you tube, in fact 1GB will do well there. It sounds like the cpu how many GHz is it? Usually anything under 1.8 GHz can cause you tube not to play well.

  • 2. Re: You tube
    ESCOBAR818 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an 867 MHz. Is there anything I can do to upgrade this, or just getting a new Mac is the solution??


    Model Name:          Power Mac G4

      Model Identifier:          PowerMac3,5

      Processor Name:          PowerPC G4  (2.1)

      Processor Speed:          867 MHz

      Number Of CPUs:          1

      L2 Cache (per CPU):          256 KB

      L3 Cache (per CPU):          2 MB

      Memory:          1.25 GB

      Bus Speed:          133 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          4.2.5f1

  • 3. Re: You tube
    japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)

    You can replace the graphics card with a Core Image supporting card like the Radeon 9800 Pro, but YouTube and other online video will always be a challenge. People notice some improvement, but online video needs more CPU than GPU.


    Should you still desire to upgrade the graphics card, I have a list here:


  • 4. Re: You tube
    Jacumba Level 4 Level 4 (2,325 points)

    I'd lean towards a new Mac. You could replace the video card but not likely to show much improvement. I'd agree with japamac that the cpu would still be a challenge with the 867 MHz. I'm on a 3.40 GHz computer right now,  I have several computers with less, and on this one it really makes a difference, not only with video on you tube but also the audio music is a tremendous difference.

  • 5. Re: You tube
    romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)

    An alternative solution for the OP would be to download Mactubes. This nifty app has the ability to allow you to play youtube videos(comments not included) in Quicktime format or Video format and of course, Flash.. but why play flash when you can view the videos under Quicktime.


    Check on line for mactubes 3.1.5 - Your G4 will be glad you did.