A local Goodwill sells Apple hardware at ridiculously low prices, great for a tinkerer like me. I’d missed the Mac mini on sale so I grabbed this Mac Pro looking device thinking it would be an intel running unit. The $25 price tag and wire tie kept me from opening. the cover to confirm and they don”t offer refunds.
When I opened it at home the plastic cover inside had the great big G5 on it and my heart sank. No hard drive or memory. The little sticker started off showing it as a single 1.6. DDR3 or DDR2 or DDr4 memory didn’t seem to fit, but I did shoehorn two sticks of 2gb into two slots. There is a 500gb drive attached inside without rails. Both are to test. There is what seems to be t he optical drive still in the front bay.
So it boils down to two questions :
What do I need to do to just get it booting into an OS ?
Can I get this running as a file server ?
I’ve been around just about every PC (starting with Apple II) but not the power Mac or Motorola period. Now I’m in the deep end!
So, for question (1) what do I need to boot to an Apple OS ? And where do I buy it ?
I haven’t figured how to open the ‘apparent’ optical drive else I’d searched for an old Apple Mac OS dvd to try. Also I’d have. thought I’d get other than a black screen when turning it on.
Question (2) : I have a very sketchy idea of a project. I’m creating a network as a learning experience to spend free time on. I’ve also the start of an idea: there’s an existing job that places them in the community for daily updates. Part of their job is to update a participant’s status and qualify them for social programs. I’m working with the idea of how they could do the data collection, apply for programs and respond to emergencies by handheld data collection forms. They’d be updating a cloud database which would in turn intelligently gather demographics necessary to qualify for new programs or ones where the qualifications have changed.
I see this as being implemented on the backend with a network providing file services and some processing power as well as development machines for programmers. I’ve got that fairly easily with an Airport and internet modem. Add a time capsule and I’ll be sure that the work won’t get lost in a system crash.
The next step is file services. I could use the NAS on. the AirPort, the Time Capsule or a file server. But I was raised on Corvus and Novell though I was proficient in Token Ring and GriNOS that worked on amateur packet radio. I’m not sure how Apple works with the locking a real database needs: field, record or file. Or if it’s just a grabfest.
So my options as I see them would be a ‘new old system’, a cheap Mac Pro or Mac mini to provide services; use the G5 if I can get it running or simply use the NAS off AirPort/TimeCapsule.
I understand my ‘question’ is meandering. Any leads on just what to do about the G5 would be great. Anything more is icing on the cake.