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Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2008 4:51 AM (in response to SteMacRyan)Hi! Sounds like you are good to go! Yes, it will run Leopard. You've done about everything to it except for increasing the processor to about 1.8ghz. You would notice some speed improvement but it should do what you want. TomG-4/Sawtooth/1.8ghz Sonnet/10.5/2gig ram-G-4 1.8ghz Sawtooth 10.4.10, Mac OS X (10.5), 4-320gig SATAs
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2008 5:04 AM (in response to SteMacRyan)Hi-
Welcome to Discussions!
Sounds like you have set the machine up nicely.
Maxing the RAM is always good in a G4, and the graphics card is beneficial.
The processors are plenty for most common tasks, and even if you wanted too, there really aren't any super powerful upgrade options for the MDD. A dual 7447A 1.8ghz is available, but for the money, not that much performance gain.
Replacing the internal hard drive would probably be about all that is left to do.
The current western Digital drives are very good, with the WD Caviar Blue offering very good performance for ATA drives.
As for the Leopard question, it really is a matter of software compatibility. The hardware is fine for Leopard. If the software that you wish to use has good compatibility in Leopard, then Leopard is a nice upgrade.
Leopard is a very nice OS.G4AGP(450)Sawtooth, 2GHz 7447A, 2GB RAM, Raptor/SE16/Firmtek, Radeon 9800 256MB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), ATI Silencer, DVR-116, 23"ACD, Ratoc USB2.0, QCam Ultra, NikonCoolscan, 520W PSU
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2008 7:02 AM (in response to SteMacRyan)
also may look video cards?
With the 9600, then you at least have Core Image support for Tiger, Leopard, and app's that need it.
It isn't a powerful card, so there is room for improvement.
Cards that will boost graphics processing ability are the Radeon 9800 Pro or XT, Radeon X800, Geforce 6800 GT or Ultra, and the Geforce 7800GS.
Only the 9800 Pro is available in a ready made 4x AGP capable Mac edition.
All others are PC cards that need to be flashed to Mac ROM, and have pins #3 and #11 taped (or otherwise disabled) to use in a 4x AGP system.
The PC cards can be flashed (if you are willing and able) or, purchased ready made from sellers on eBay.
Flashed PC cards are a very good option in the desert of Mac AGP graphics cards.
REVIEW: ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition versus GeForce 6800 Ultra and Others
GeForce 7800 GS for G4 Power Macs (AGP)G4AGP(450)Sawtooth, 2GHz 7447A, 2GB RAM, Raptor/SE16/Firmtek, Radeon 9800 256MB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), ATI Silencer, DVR-116, 23"ACD, Ratoc USB2.0, QCam Ultra, NikonCoolscan, 520W PSU
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2008 7:28 PM (in response to SteMacRyan)the machine is pretty much maxed out, the only increased you could possibly see are from a processor, but the cost of it and your increase in performance wouldn't be worthwhile.
if you're not happy with the machine how it is id' recommend selling it and getting an old g5, which will be snappier in every regard.
updating the processor on the MDD's just arent worth it due to the low cost of some of the older g5 towers.mdd (fw800dual1ghz), g4 450 cube, ibook, imac., Mac OS X (10.4), where's the g6?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 12, 2008 4:40 PM (in response to japamac)Japanmac,
Are there any real differences between the AGP slot in the FW800 MDDs versus the standard MDDs? I was told that the Radeon x850t will work in the FW800 models, but not in the regular MDDs - the ones that boot in OS 9.2.2Power Macintosh 2003 G4 MDD 1.25DP System w/ 2MB L3 Cache/2GB PC2600U, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Apple 4.7GB DVD-RAM Drive/BenQ 16x Superdrive/Plextor 16x Superdrive
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2008 1:46 AM (in response to SteMacRyan)Hi i`am also new in this forum
I have very similar machine than yours --> it has Dual 1ghz processor, 2gb ram, external 500gb sata HDD with sata-pci card, Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb and Benq wide LCD 22". I also have usb2-card, wlan-card, bluetooth and other "accessories".
I use it as my main machine and running currently leopard 10.5.5 with it. I`am very pleased with its performance, leopard runs like champ and i do picture editing, imovie and even world of warcraft runs great. With this machine i go an year or more, before i change to mac pro or something like thatPM MDD, PM Quicksilver, PM Sawtooth, PM B&W, ibook g3 dual usb and ipod nano
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2008 9:33 PM (in response to japamac)Japanmac,
Quick question.. Does the Radeon X800 XT work in the 2003 MDD models? Someone told me that there is a difference between the AGP SLOTS of the FW800 and FW400 models, is this true? He also told me that he tested the X800 XT in the FW400 model and it wouldn't boot.Power Macintosh 2003 G4 MDD 1.25DP System w/ 2MB L3 Cache/2GB PC2600U, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Apple 4.7GB DVD-RAM Drive/BenQ 16x Superdrive/Plextor 16x Superdrive
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2008 2:49 AM (in response to Nadav)Hi Nadav-
Rather than threadjack, please post a new thread, as this question is a different topic.G4AGP(450)Sawtooth, 2GHz 7447A, 2GB RAM, Raptor/SE16/Firmtek, Radeon 9800 256MB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), ATI Silencer, DVR-116, 23"ACD, Ratoc USB2.0, QCam Ultra, NikonCoolscan, 520W PSU