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Can I connect a G4 Power Mac to my Mac mini?

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JVipond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 29, 2013 1:28 PM

I have some older Poser content (Poser 4 and 5) on CD-ROMs that I would like to use with Poser 7. Unfortunately, the discs are PowerPC only and the content is not accssible on my Mac mini. I still have my G4 Power Mac and would like to use it as a secondary CD-ROM drive with my Mac mini. Is that posslble?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to JVipond)

    That's possible, if your PowerMac has got a working SuperDrive. See > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5287

     

    Note that your PowerMac must be running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer to be able to use Remote Disc

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,800 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 1:32 PM (in response to JVipond)

    That won't help; the content still won't be accessible. You need to use the G4 to convert it to a format that is if possible.

     

    Using a Mac as an optical drive can help when another's internal drive is broken/absent, but basically won't in other cases.

     

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  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 2:39 PM (in response to JVipond)

    You could enable Screen Sharing on your G4 Power Mac and network it to your Mac Mini and have concurrent use of both environments on one screen.  You would probably lose cut & paste and other cross-window features, but it would work.

     

    I initially used this method to continue to use Quicken 2002 after I replaced my iMac G5 with a 2011 Mac Mini (whose Lion eliminated Rosetta needed for PowerPC applications), networking it to my Snow Leopard 2009 MBP.  Intuit later released Quicken 2007 for Lion and I upgraded.

     

    But before that happened, I developed a method to install Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) into Parallels on the Mac Mini and was able to run both environments concurrently on the Mac Mini.  Also Parallels 8 adds Cut & Paste capability:

     

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    Full Snow Leopard installation instructions here

     

    NOTE:  Computer games with complex, 3D or fast motion graphics make not work well or at all in virtualization. So this method may not be suitable for Poser. 

     

    You can download a 14 day trial version of Parallels 8 for free and see if that works for you.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 6:05 PM (in response to JVipond)

    I misunderstood the problem!

     

    If all you need is to move some Poser 4 and/or 5 data files over to your new Mac Mini and from there run Poser 7 in Mt. Lion to access these files, then file sharing (or a flash drive) is your answer.  Parallels should not be needed.

     

    Do I have the correct problem described now?

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 6:31 PM (in response to JVipond)

    Well, ask there, too; but I am still a bit confused, but maybe can help if the confusion is cleared up:

     

     

    JVipond wrote:

     

    I have some older Poser content (Poser 4 and 5) on CD-ROMs that I would like to use with Poser 7. Unfortunately, the discs are PowerPC only and the content is not accssible on my Mac mini. I still have my G4 Power Mac and would like to use it as a secondary CD-ROM drive with my Mac mini. Is that posslble?

    Tell me if I have these facts correct:

     

    1.  The CD-ROMs are program discs for Poser 4 and/or 5,and NOT where the animal model data files reside.

     

    2.  Or, in addition to being program discs they have some "canned" templates, such as animal modes located on the Poser 4 CD-ROM.

     

    If 1 is correct then the issue is just moving and/or networking files over to the Mac Mini for use in Poser 7.

     

    If 2 is correct you need to "suck" off the animal models from this CD-ROM on the G4 Power Mac, save them as data files and then move them over.

     

    If your need is to actually access the full, executable CD-ROM on your Mac Mini, then the question is how old is your Mac Mini? 

     

    If 2010 and older, you can partition your hard drive or connect an external hard drive to your Mac Mini, install Snow Leopard (with the optional Rosetta) and then have the ability to "dual-boot" into either SL or Mt. Lion.  When in SL, you can run the CD-ROM, but not concurrently with Poser 7 in Mt. Lion. If it is 2011 and newer, you cannot boot into SL on your Mac Mini.

     

    The Parallels suggestion is the only way you will be able to run both the CD-ROM and Poser 7 concurrently.

     

    Am I getting warmer

     

    UPDATE: Another suggestion: can you insert the CD-ROM into your Mac Mini and look for animal model data files that you can copy to your Mac Mini hard drive and access them from Poser 7; that is, DO NOT attempt to run the CD-ROM on your Mac Mini - just copy off the data files needed, if accessable.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 8:12 PM (in response to MlchaelLAX)

    From your description, here are your earlier options repeated, but only those applicable to your situation:

     

    2.  Or, in addition to being program discs they have some "canned" templates, such as animal modes located on the Poser 4 CD-ROM.

     

    If 2 is correct you need to "suck" off the animal models from this CD-ROM on the G4 Power Mac, save them as data files and then move them over.

     

    If 2010 and older, you can partition your hard drive or connect an external hard drive to your Mac Mini, install Snow Leopard (with the optional Rosetta) and then have the ability to "dual-boot" into either SL or Mt. Lion.  When in SL, you can run the CD-ROM, but not concurrently with Poser 7 in Mt. Lion. If it is 2011 and newer, you cannot boot into SL on your Mac Mini.

     

    The Parallels suggestion is the only way you will be able to run both the CD-ROM and Poser 7 concurrently.

     

    Another suggestion: can you insert the CD-ROM into your Mac Mini and OPEN FOLDERS and look for animal model data files that you can copy to your Mac Mini hard drive and access them from Poser 7; that is, DO NOT attempt to run the CD-ROM on your Mac Mini - just copy off the data files needed, if accessable.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 10:42 PM (in response to JVipond)

    To complicate matters further, from wikipedia, it appears that Poser 4 was released in 1999, which means it was written for Mac OS 9 and will only run on your Tiger G4 in the Classic Environment.  Is that true? Can you run Poser 4 on your G4?

     

    So running it on your newer Mac in emulation requires a different solution than Parallels; it requires a "Classic on Intel" solution, which is SheepShaver:

     

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    Here is a recent post I assembled about that emulator:

     

     

    With the newer Intel Macs, you have to run a Classic emulator such as SheepShaver, which requires you to extract the Mac ROMs from your older Classic Mac and then install Mac OS 9.

     

    A related program is Chubby Bunny, which comes bundled with all of that included.

     

    More information on SheepShaver:

     

    http://www.emaculation.com/doku.php/sheepshaver_mac_os_x_setup

     

    and

     

    http://www.everymac.com/mac-answers/mac-os-9-classic-support-faq/run-macos-9-on- intel-macs.html

     

    and more information about Chubby Bunny:

     

    http://www.macwindows.com/OS9_on_Intel_Mac.html#092408b

     

    and

     

    http://hackthemac.blogspot.co.uk/2008/08/chubby-bunny-old-virtual-machine.html

     

     

    I still think that putting the CD-ROM into your modern Mac and looking through all the folders for the image file you need; and then copying it to your Mac's hard disk is the easiest answer for you.

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