PowerMac G5

Welcome to G5 Center!

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

Welcome & Where to Start

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.

If you need a place to begin, check out the Hardware page and then proceed to the System page to get your machine up and running quickly.


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G5 Center Blog Notes, updates, and thoughts about our G5s

Celebrating a Birthday

Published on April 18, 2016


No, not my birthday... but the fact that our little hack to keep Dropbox operational on Power Macs is still going strong, one year later.

Read the thread for the full scoop if you missed it the first time. Fun little story of tinkering and experimenting. I sort of got the ball rolling with a nagging idea that Dropbox was only checking for the system version, which prevented the client from loading and syncing. It worked! Forums hero Czo did the real heavy lifting, packaging it together in a much more elegant solution. His most recent update, getting rid of an annoying timer, was also super clever.

Just a fun reminder of the PowerPC community at work, keeping our machines going.

-- Nathan

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