: How do I know what Mac I have and whether it will be ok?

Oct 10th, 2003, 09:55 PM
Well....I bought a used PowerMac G4. It actually is branded as a G4 Server, but it's a PowerMac nonetheless. It's a 500 MHZ G4, AGP model.

I recently asked for your advice as to what G$ to grab: PCI based or AGP. Many advised me to go the AGP route...but one ehMac family member warned my about the early AGP models.

So....am I bracing myself for trouble here? I've had a few strange messages while using my Mac tonight: I get a white screen with foreign characters at the bottom. The message in the centre tells me to restart my Mac.

Any 500MHZ G4 AGP users out there?

Oct 10th, 2003, 10:02 PM
You are getting kernel panics.
You have a Sawtooth 500 with 2xAGP
The server part is meaningless.
You need to check your firmware in the system profiler it should be 4.2.8
Look at your RAM if you have a bunch of mix and match drop down to one that looks original - preferably Pc100 222.
I would reset the open firmware as well ( Command Option O F - then type reset-all )
THEN install 10.2 once you've checked through this.
First upgrade - at least 512 RAM total
second upgrade - 32 meg video card or better for QE
third - 8 meg cache drive

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Oct 10th, 2003, 10:12 PM
Kernal panics eh? Yes. That sounds right.

Ok. I had backed up all my data using Copy Cloner from my iMac G3 to this machine. I guess I should reinstall OS 10.2 on my G4 (the G3 was running X too).

As for firmware, yes....I did ensure that it was set to version 4.2.8 before copying my data.

What could explain the panics?

Oct 10th, 2003, 10:19 PM
Do I need to reinstall my OS?

Oct 10th, 2003, 11:16 PM
Maybe the scsi card is a problem.