Gumby (PowerBook G4) put out to pasture

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Message 1236451 - Posted: 25 May 2012, 9:08:56 UTC

I'd like to put my old Mac PowerBook G4 out to pasture and use BOINC
to eke out everything that Gumby, the computer's name, can muster in
his final days. Frankly, like the Voyager spacecraft and the Energizer
bunny, it may go on and on and.....

Gumby is using OS X 10.3.9, the low-end cut-off point for use
in some projects I have tried to use. Any ideas where I can
use this computer, generate a "screen saver" and humbly help in
the Search for Truth?

Mac PowerBook G4, 12"
CPU: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
CPU speed: 1 GHz
L2 Cache: 512 Kb
Memory: 512 Mb
Bus Speed: 133 MHz

No laughing from the peanut gallery. Gumby may be old but he is robust as ever.

Michael O

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Message 1236462 - Posted: 25 May 2012, 10:21:14 UTC - in response to Message 1236451.  

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Message 1236612 - Posted: 25 May 2012, 16:53:22 UTC

The screensaver isn't necessary for Seti@home. If you can install BOINC and attach to Seti@home you should be fine.
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Message 1236792 - Posted: 25 May 2012, 22:29:32 UTC
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Projects where my Panther/G4 systems are still able to contribute:

  • This one (using an optimized app without a screensaver)
  • SETI@Home Beta
  • SzTAKI Desktop Grid (no screensaver)
  • MilkyWay@Home (no screensaver)
  • SiMaP (no screensaver)

That’s about it AFAICT; Einstein@Home still supports the PowerPC, but as of recently their current app requires at least Tiger (v10.4.x).

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