July 4th, 2016

marcus 2013

Probably not entirely the fault of Brexit

Apple Pro Speakers (the spherical acrylic ones that go with the iMac G4, Mac Cube, etc.) seem to have had a sudden price surge, even the ones on sale in the UK. I'm hoping it's just a temporary blip, if not it's going to make restoring them a lot less profitable. I'm thinking about bundling the current ones with a pair of USB-powered speakers instead if I can't sort out the real thing soon.

Annoyingly there was a job lot of five sets on offer from the US last week, even with shipping they would have worked out much cheaper per pair. Maybe something like that will turn up again. At the moment I'm seeing single sets on sale with silly shipping from the US, e.g. $40! Meanwhile, if anyone in the UK sees anything like this in a charity shop or something please let me know, or pick them up for me if they're cheap!

marcus 2013

It lives! It lives!

OK, after three hours of looking for the blasted 500GB drive and an hour and a half of actual work I now have a 2gb iMac G4 17" with a 500GB drive, DVD-RW, and 2GB RAM. Leopard installation is chugging along nicely.

Where was the 500GB drive? In my external Firewire box, which is where I put the damn thing to test it a couple of weeks ago!

MUCH later - spoke too soon, for some reason Leopard install repeatedly wouldn't work, I think the DVD drive didn't like the disk which has had a LOT of use. I got Tiger on OK, so I'm now trying to make a bootable Leopard install disk on my Macbook Pro; managed to copy it to an image file, but OSX 10.11 disk utility apparently doesn't burn DVDs natively any more, which is a bit of a PITA. I'm trying to burn the file from Finder but I'm not sure that will work.

If that doesn't work I think I'll use the firewire drive box to make a bootable hard disk of it. You can't, unfortunately, boot a G4 box from USB, so a USB version is out.

Any other suggestions?

later still: DVD is bootable - hopefully will install.