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My PowerMac G5 Setup

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stevefromashby-de-la-zouch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 16, 2013 11:57 AM

Hello everyone, I have a couple of things I need help with.


I have just obtained a PowerMac G5 DP 1.8Ghz, upgraded to 1.5Gb RAM from eBay for £22!! It did not come with a HDD which is OK as I have plenty lying around, strangly enough a copy of OS X Leopard cost more than the PC itself. However I can deal with that.


The purpose of this machine is to act as a 'server' for all of my music, including iTunes library, all of my videos, and all of my pictures which are extremely precious to me. The purpose for them being on tis machine with Leopard is so I have Time Machine to backup to my Time Capsule. All of this will be on a 1.5Tb HDD that is secondary to a 500Gb HDD that the OS will reside on (and have lots of free space, but I didn't have anything smaller).


I have no problem installing the drive or the OS so far, hopefully it will not wipe the 1.5Tb drive with my data on when it is added as it is already Apple formatted and connected tot he back of the Time Capsule for now.


The questions I have are mainly to do with the general running of the machine.


I want to run it in an area of my home where it will be connected to the AC and Ethernet only, it will not have a kayboard, mouse and monitor connected to it, will this present a problem for the machine? I intend to administer it and work on it remotely from my MacBook, if this ispossible. I am hoping that I could do this via screen sharing, but does this work if the G5 doesn't have a screen attached?


Secondly, does it have to be running ALL the time, previous to my move to the light side all my PC's were windows based. Therefore the server I used could be set to sleep and then 'wake up' when it sensed it was needed from a signal on the LAN port, does mac have the same capability (I am fairly new to mac's but a quick learner).


Also, can I change the frequency that Time Machine backs-up? I don't want it backing up every hour of every day that it is on.


Any help will be greatly appreciated, Thanks!

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • kaz-k Level 4 Level 4 (1,995 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 12:15 AM (in response to stevefromashby-de-la-zouch)

    1) It works if you've got to set up the Screen Sharing options on the PowerMac G5 with a screen first.

    2) if PowerMac G5 go into sleep mode, you can't wake him up from remote machines(OS may be Leopard, I assume), so you must set it up "never sleep" at System preferences -> Energy Saver.

    3) There is an application called Time Machine Editor, you can easily customize the frequency of your TimeMachine Backups.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:58 AM (in response to stevefromashby-de-la-zouch)

    A far more versatile backup app...




  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Dec 9, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to stevefromashby-de-la-zouch)

    Good work, great to hear!


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