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Dual-1.42GHz Power Mac G4

My Powerful Computer from 2003

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In the realm of technology, where the new often eclipses the old at a breakneck pace, the Dual-1.42GHz Power Mac G4 stands as a testament to enduring value. This iconic desktop computer, which once sat at the pinnacle of Apple?s Power Mac line, continues to hold a special place in the hearts of tech enthusiasts and professionals alike.

A Powerhouse of Its Time

When it was released, the Dual-1.42GHz Power Mac G4 was a marvel of engineering. It boasted two 1.42GHz PowerPC 7455 processors, each equipped with the AltiVec ?Velocity Engine? vector processing unit and 2 MB of DDR SRAM level 3 backside cache. This powerhouse was capable of processing data at up to 21 gigaflops, making it a favorite among creative professionals for tasks that demanded heavy computational power.

Why It Remains Valuable

Fast forward to today, and the Dual-1.42GHz Power Mac G4 still has a lot to offer. Its ability to read PowerPC files is unmatched, providing a bridge to a wealth of legacy software and data that many modern machines simply cannot access. Moreover, the inclusion of FireWire ports makes it an excellent tool for interfacing with a range of audio and video equipment, a feature that is becoming increasingly rare in newer computers.

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Five Things I Learned

That old Power Mac G4 with the dual 1.42 GHz processors? Believe it or not, that thing's still kicking after 20 years! Running Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) too. No powerhouse, but for some web browsing or older programs, it might just be the perfect little vintage machine. I have Photoshop CS2, Apple Sountrack2 and LiveType.

My computer has an unusual startup process. I need to unplug it from the power source, wait a moment, and then plug it back in before pressing the power button.

The computer's internal battery is likely dead. This is because the clock resets to January 1, 2000 whenever the computer is restarted.

I'm running into an issue where I can't access folders on my iMac despite it being updated to macOS 14.4. Interestingly, I can access files on my older Dual G4 from the iMac itself. This means for now, if I need to move files around, I have to do it on the iMac. It would be helpful to figure out how to fix the folder access issue on the main machine.

The only hardware issue I'm facing is with the DVD drive. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a problem because some of my discs are in HFS format, which newer operating systems can't read directly.