The Power Mac G5 was one of the last PowerPC machines Apple produced and sold. It remains a capable computer today. This website is dedicated to the venerable machine, providing users with information on available hardware and software choices for their G5.
Enjoy! -- Nathan
Did you just pick up a Power Mac G5 via eBay, CraigsList, or locally? Are you interested in souping up that old G5 sitting in your garage? Do you need to squeeze more life out of your office or home G5?
The apps linked under our nifty categories above are sort of curated by me and, in some cases, from other great blogs. These apps do not represent an objective "best of" but should be taken as a starting point to find what works best for you.
My Power Mac G5 has been modified from its stock state with a 120GB OWC Mercury 3G solid state drive, a 1.5 TB Western Digital drive, 10 GB of RAM, and a GeForce 7800GT video card.
This website was built on my Power Mac G5, using the following software:
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Drop me an email here - nathan @ g5center.net.
Published on November 13, 2016
Introducing SimpleMarkPPC Version 1.2
After some delay, I am tickled to release the newest version of SimpleMarkPPC. While the basic functionality remains the same, the app is greatly improved and a bit more configurable. Your preferences with font size, font type, and autosave features are now saved and restored. Autosave is indeed optional - if you like it, turn it on and adjust a little slider to control how quickly it kicks in. Or save manually, which might work better if you are conserving battery or prefer to get a preview of your work at your own pace.
I cleaned up a few other little bugs, though I'm sure something is going to crop up. I'd appreciate your feedback in the comments below.
Published on October 29, 2016
While G5Center has slowed down a bit, my offline life continues to keep me overwhelmed. Have no fear though - more posts and updates are coming, including a long awaited next release for SimpleMarkPPC.
I've been having fun with tigerbrew lately. It was really helpful to begin messing around with multimarkdown, which is the core of SimpleMarkPPC, but I'm continuing to have fun with some of the other command line utilities that work great on our Macs. Check it out for yourself.
Tigerbrew even gives us a simple option to web browse from within Terminal.app. The downside is that browsers like elinks are text only, but if TenFourFox runs slow on your ancient PowerPC machine, you might find it a quicker way to get to certain websites. See the screenshot below. Once you install tigerbrew, all you need to do is type 'brew install elinks' to test it out for yourself.
Published on August 11, 2016
I happened to be in the Bay area just as Cameron (of TenFour Firefox fame) announced his presence at the Vintage Computer Festival West. Why not stop by and get a few minutes with a guy that is a hero to us PowerPC users?
Check the video below, which should be low enough in quality (360p) to be viewable on most of our machines. If you can't view it, let me know and I will generate a downloadable version too.
If you can't get Youtube to work, download a MP4 version by clicking here.
Thanks to Cameron for his work and taking a couple of minutes to chat. Cool stuff!
Published on August 01, 2016
Checking in briefly with a fun story...
Got an email from a loyal reader who had a lead on a ~$40 (canadian) quad G5 which would boot with fans at full speed and then shut down.
The seller was somewhat certain it was related to the cooling system in the G5. But remember - if a computer overheats, it's not typically in the first few minutes after boot. This G5 was shutting down minutes after being turned on.
In the end, it was (partially the RAM. The G5 had an odd number of RAM. Take out the extra stick, and wallah, the system booted, looking for a startup disk. Keep this in mind as you dig around and check out used systems out and about. The fix may be simpler than you think.
Stay tuned for a special update and potential interview later this week.
Update: Liam wrote back with some success after popping out the extra stick of RAM, but the G5 continued to have issues, especially when CPU was set to anything but "reduced" mode. He flushed the quad cooling system, and things seem to be better. So, keep in mind, it could be more than one thing going on. See the comments for a picture of the beauty.
Published on June 28, 2016
My G5 is nearing its 11th birthday (or thereabouts), and perhaps to celebrate, Apple announced that it was finally introducing a new file system to its line of Macs and devices. (Haha!) HFS+ has lived a long life, and it was about time. But with a new file system in the works, it points to yet another distancing of our old Macs with the inevitable future.
The question will be - how long will we on Leopard (or Tiger) have some interoperability with newer Macs? HFS+ support will be ongoing on newer Macs, so it's not something that will be imminent. Someday, HFS+ support will go away. Then, for those of us who may use those newer machines on a regular basis, we may have to make difficult choices or find workarounds to keep all of our Macs working in beautiful harmony.
I was also struck by other developments. TenFourFox, our beloved hero of the PPC community, will continue to face hurdles to get later versions of Firefox (and the security fixes and features that go with them) working. Cameron's work is amazing nonetheless.
I was excited to see Leopard Webkit with a new version out, but it's likely less secure than TenFourFox and potentially will always be.
The Dropbox hack is also likely facing its end of life - pretty soon, I won't be able to sync my various files between devices quite so easily. *sigh*
Already, my G5 longs to play newer versions of Minecraft instead of the old outdated version someone shared on MacRumors sometime ago.
While a 11 year old may seem quite young compared to some old mainframes chugging along after all these years, I do expect that someday I will come downstairs, press the power button, and hear a final sad whirl as my G5 shuffles off into restful sleep. Until then, I'll continue to marvel at the noisy behemoth and enjoy the many productive hours it has given me creating cool things and interacting with the world.