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#1 Bunsen

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:08 AM

http://www.jcsenterp... ... ssors.html

An excellent page on compatibility of G4 CPU modules between different models.

From theos911's post here.

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#2 MacJunky

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 12:45 AM

If I may also add:
You can use Sawtooth/Gigabit Ethernet CPUs in a Digital Audio without any changes at all. Apple System Profiler may say it is running slow but other programs can generally detect it properly. (I have personally tested this, including changing the resistors and running benches) The only issue is that you are running a really slow CPU and the bus gets dropped down to 100MHz but it is good for testing a suspect motherboard or CPU.
I have not tried in a QS, but the QS is similar enough to teh DA that it *should* probably work. ymmv
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#3 Bunsen

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:53 AM

Thanks macjunky. I'll add your tip to the Peripherals Links Project.

/ETA/ Darn it, wouldn't you know. The link in the OP has disappeared. Trying to dig up an archive copy now.

/ETA/ Nope, it's gone :(

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#4 theos911

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

It seems to be working fine for me. :?:

I also have a copy in my backups, just in case. ;)
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#5 Bunsen

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:35 PM

Great! Must have just been down when I looked at it. Added to Links Project.

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#6 CJ_Miller

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:38 PM

Also one can swap MDD and G4 Xserve processors. The heatsinks and mounting hardware differ but the cards are the same.

#7 CelGen

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:50 AM

You can use Sawtooth/Gigabit Ethernet CPUs in a Digital Audio without any changes at all.

Not for dual CPU modules. In a Digital Audio G4 the Dual module overlaps all of the RAM slots and the mounting holes are backwards.
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To go dual in the Digital Audio you need modules that work in the Quicksilver. Looks like the same module, but almost mirror oppisite.
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#8 MacJunky

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:06 AM

It does look like the CPU card would cover the RAM slots in that case, I never did look into the duals.

and the mounting holes are backwards.

but how can the mounting holes be backward when you have two on either side of the connector and one on the other side of the CPU? (unless you are rotating the card, but it could never actually connect in that case.)

Actually, I should mention that a single CPU Sawtooth/GBE heatsink blocks one of the RAM slots in a DA/QS but the other two remain open.
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#9 z180

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:06 AM

Has someone here fitted a 7455 MDD module into the G4 Digital Audio?
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#10 volvo242gt

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

It should work, if you're talking about the single 1.25GHz module. It looks almost identical to the OWC Mercury Extreme 1.2GHz 7455 module I have for my DA. The dual module won't work, due to it covering the RAM slots.

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#11 waynestewart

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

MDD CPUs don't work in anything else and CPUs from other G4s don't work in a MDD. It's been tried repeatedly and no one has ever reported success

Has someone here fitted a 7455 MDD module into the G4 Digital Audio?


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#12 Macdrone

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:39 AM

I second the MDD issue. Its a different bus speed.

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#13 ClassicHasClass

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:50 PM

MDD CPUs don't work in anything else and CPUs from other G4s don't work in a MDD.


... except, as mentioned, the Xserve, but that's because the Xserve is really just a pumped-up MDD in a funny box.

#14 haplain

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:48 PM

What's bad a** is to get one of those dual 500 CPU's in a G4 Cube. Super sweet seeing the dual CPU monitor in the dock and really nice to have that extra CPU for a power bump.

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#15 mcdermd

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:33 PM

I did just that in my brother's Cube. I took the dual 500 MHz proc board from a dead Gig-E PowerMac, relocated those inductors and slapped it in with a custom heat spreader on the stock heatsink. It also got a full 1.5 GB RAM, 128 MB GeForce 6200, large hard drive and quiet fan. It even runs Leopard decently.
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#16 haplain

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:40 PM

Yeah buddy! I've got three Cube setups in my room at my desk 1 is this dual 500 setup running 10.4 GeForce 3, 1 dual 1.5 running 9.2.2/10.4/10.5 on a 256GB SSD, GeForce 3 and too many other mods to list, and a Sonnet 1.2 running OS X Public Beta on a Rage 128. I really wanted to try and get a dual 1.25 from a G4 Tower but could never find the time.

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#17 mcdermd

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:19 PM

I'm pretty sure that the only easy processor fits are the Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet and aftermarkets. The other ones are going to be physically facing odd directions or require other mods to work properly.
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#18 NutzaMAC

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 07:53 AM

What g4 older model  processors are compatible with a  sawtooth ?



#19 Bunsen

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 06:23 PM

See the link in the first comment.


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#20 Xeon3D

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:25 AM

People are saying that there are no swaps for MDD, but are you sure that you can't swap a dual cpu card from a Slot Loading XServe G4 to a 2013 MDD 1.25GHz (the last one that boots OS9)?

 

I just bought one of those (MDDs) for 25€ and was currently thinking of that...






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