Last week I received an old Apple computer that I knew absolutely nothing about. I have very little experience with Apple products, but I've always liked the way their older computers looked. So when my brother-in-law offered me a free Power Mac G4, I happily accepted it not knowing whether it would work or not.
This thing is filthy. Before I did anything, I wanted to see if it even powered on. After searching through my bin of cables, I found a power cord and monitor cable.
There's a big latch on the top that opens the entire computer.
This picture is a bit of a lie because I took it after removing the old hard drives and installing a fresh new one I found for $17. Old Apple computers use IDE hard drives instead of SATA, and sadly I didn't have any of those lying around.
With the new hard drive installed, I booted up the machine again to discover that nothing happened. Of course, I needed an operating system. But I didn't know what OS this computer used or where to get it.
I'll skip the details, but after trying several things, I finally discovered something that worked.
Mac OS 9.2.2 Universal
I had to download PowerISO because nothing else would let me burn the image using a Windows 10 computer. When I had this figured out, I turned on the Power Mac G4 and inserted the disc into the disgusting DVD drive.
I have no idea how to use this operating system, so I wasn't able to get into the Internet with it. I tried a wireless connection to my home network and then Ethernet, but nothing gave me any results. I don't even know how to find or install any interesting software on this yet.
For now, I'm just happy I got it working considering I know so little about it. Eventually I'd like to install some late 90s/early 00s games and software and get the official mouse and keyboard to complete the look.
This is a very cool looking computer and I'm looking forward to making it look great again.