Originally Posted by al_bundy
bit OT but i got my hands on an old Mac yesterday for free. G4 PowerMac with a 400MHz CPU. needs memory and a hard drive.
unless i can find some for free i'm going to junk it. Ebay prices are $150 at best and buying 1GB of RAM for it is going to cost $100, plus another $50 for the hard drive and some more on a used copy of an older version of OS X. makes more sense to sell it for the parts and put the money toward a new Mac Mini even if it's going to cost a bit more
$100 sounds like a lot for 1GB memory? I got 2GB for my G5 iMac for $84 through amazon.
The drive can always be re-applied to another computer when the G4 dies, or you decide to upgrade. I have some external FireWire drives, macs will boot from them and I use them as backups for the other family computers.
If you don't have the original disks, you either need the ones for that specific model, or the "retail" boxed versions, which will load on any model with the right specs. Also, while probably not technically legal, you can do a "clone" (use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner) of someone's working version, and boot/run with that. While not technically legal, I don't consider it unethical, as you are just replacing the version that died on the hard drive, which was paid for when the machine was bought.
My kid is still using our iMac G3 daily, purchased in Dec 1999, still going OK and running a retail upgrade of Tiger (10.4.11).