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Hey folks.

 

Considering swapping my two iMac G4s for a Mac mini G4 to run OS 9 and Tiger. I heard that the macos9lives forum got some nerds together and figured out how to run OS9 on Mac mini G4s. They have put together an installer set up that works right out of the box, it seems pretty neat.

 

Has anybody here tried it? Any issues? Things to know? Stuff that doesn't work? I'm aware that sleep doesn't work, but it's hard to see what else.

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Stuff that doesn't work – AirPort doesn't work, the sound's stuck on one volume. I've also had issues where I haven't been able to use a mouse plugged into a keyboard hub without installing USB Overdrive.

 

But other than that, yes, it's a pretty goddamn bonkers machine to run OS 9 on!

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Yeah, someone benched one, it's faster than most upgraded PowerMac G4s. By all accounts, it's better as an OS 9 machine than as an OS X machine, just due to not having CoreImage support and having a RAM ceiling of one gig, vs. 1.5-2 for a lot of PowerMacs. (It's probably "fine" but you can stuff a newer GPU and more RAM into a QS'02 or an MDD and get better OS X performance and it's my experience that for the most part 9 performance basically stops scaling up after a stock blue-white G3.)

 

I kind of want to get one, mostly so I can still run a low power ASIP6 server when vtools flips over to being run with OS X. My daily puttering Mac OS 9 machines will probably continue being G3s of various sorts.

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As someone who isn't really very interested in MacOS 9 but for whom it's pragmatically useful occasionally, I've found the mini to be an ideal OS 9 machine.  It's quick, stableish—as stable as 9 gets, anyway—and easy to get out of the way when I don't need it.

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I mostly intend it to be a Tiger machine, so as my iMac G4 has 512MB of RAM, the Mac mini would help it stretch its legs a bit more with its 1GB capacity. I only occasionally use OS 9 on the iMac G4 for vintage stuff, it's a cool machine but it suffers from the usual iMac G4 issues: Power supply woes, display necks getting weak on the bushings, clunky and has a large foot print.

 

Wouldn't it have been cool if they took the Apple Studio Display, put the iMac logic board on the back of it, used a laptop CD drive and hard drive? Probably would have sold well: the articulating arm of the 'G4 is neat but ... I dunno.

 

I have used it for 10.2.8 before, but I hardly use it anymore for that. It's really hard to find stuff for Jaguar these days that Tiger doesn't do better. Tiger is a great OS.

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9 hours ago, Mk.558 said:

Wouldn't it have been cool if they took the Apple Studio Display, put the iMac logic board on the back of it, used a laptop CD drive and hard drive? Probably would have sold well: the articulating arm of the 'G4 is neat but ... I dunno.

Apple actually did make such a machine, so to speak.  It's called the iMac G5 :)

 

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My G4 mini is great! 

1.42GHz, 1GB RAM, 128MB mSATA SSD..

 

Use a Apple or Kensington mouse for less problems, Bluetooth doesn’t work, and even the Logitech unifying mouse wont work...

currently my Kensington mouse is better...

 

Audio output is about 60% - 80% up, at all times, but I use an external mixer....

 

No wireless, WiFi, or Bluetooth, there’s no OS9 drivers for the “modern” hardware, that came out 4 years after OS9 was killed.

 

I don’t use sleep, so I don’t have a problem there... But it comes with a program called “Sleeper” that is supposed to be 100% compatible, and I think they even removed the ability to use the built in Apple sleep function. 

 

 

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Are you using an Apple or Kensington mouse, or other?

I only have a problem about every 15 startups..

If I use a HP or other Microsoft type mouse, it’s about 1 in 5, or sometimes not at all!!!

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