Hi, on advice from the "Older Hardware" guys, it was suggested i repost the following here.
Greetings, I am ready to retire my studio's MDD G4 "windtunnel" Desktop - which ironically
has been in my recording studio control room (acoustically isolated as best as possible) for
over a decade. I need to maintain a solid, stable OS 9 bootable machine as we have a vital
piece of audio software that is OS 9-only. Prior machine was the Blue and White AGP Graphics
machine - which i still have around for backup..
I was just reading a PowerMac G4 Wiki Page that discussed the infamous noisy
MDD machine - and i discovered a few things i never knew about it- like Apple's voluntary DIY
replacement scheme for the loud PSU and fan (wish we'd heard about that deal) but also some
disturbing news about a common ground loop issue for pro balanced signal audio equipment
users (like me). This explains a few anomalies over the years - and definitely time to put this
one into office duty or storage.
This said, what machine would anyone suggest as the best for reliability and minimum known
issues of any kind - in the Mac line - as a substitute OS 9 bootable 'workhorse.' -- I can't run
Classic within OSX given my soundcard requirements - has to be 'native' os 9. I seem to recall
this machine was the last one capable of OS 9 bootability - (why we went with it in the first place).
Would the previous generation to this have a stable, suitable model to consider? Quicksilver?
I need as much processor power as possible as it's for audio production - and maximum connectivity
options (at least one FW, 2 USBs + at least 2 PCI slots).
I'd greatly appreciate any specific model suggestions from my fellow PowerMac/OS9ers who know this
hardware history. $$ not a huge concern as i doubt the pricing is going to be exorbitant on this
generation of box. - Are we likely looking at a Quicksilver...or...other ideas?