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Apple Power Mac G4
PowerMac 3,6
CPU Motorola MPC7455B
GPU ATI Radeon 9000 64MB
OS Mac OS X 10.5.8
Disk 36GB WD Raptor SATA HDD
2x750GB Seagate ATA HDD
Acquired 2003-12-25
Role Primary desktop (retired)

ganymede served as tsundoku's primary desktop from for over seven years, December 2003 to May 2011. Beginning life as the entry single 1.25 GHz model of the Mac OS 9-bootable "QuarkXPress Edition" Power Mac G4s, it saw many upgrades during its service life in a largely successful attempt to keep up with the times.

Running Mac OS 9

ganymede has at the time of writing only ever run Mac OS X 10.3-10.5 and Mac OS 9.2. Though it was introduced after the Power Mac G5 as an OS 9-bootable option for professionals relying on software not yet ported to OS X or usable in Classic Mode (namely QuarkXPress), running in Mac OS 9 was found to result in undesirable fan behavior. While in OS X, the fans would settle on a loud-but-acceptable speed, accelerating gradually according to cooling needs, in Mac OS 9 the fan speed gradually increases to a higher idle speed than in OS X, which remains constant until the machine is shut down.


  • 2011-08-16: Replaced by uzume on KVM as secondary desktop.
  • 2011-05-11: inari assumes primary desktop role. Remains on KVM as secondary desktop.
  • 2011-01-06: Reinstall Mac OS X and return to sole primary desktop role.
  • 2010-11-??: Observed problem with home directories being mounted read-only.
  • 2010-10-??: Trial/transitional run of inari as primary desktop begins.
  • 2010-06-12: Connect pair of Sun X7200A monitors (purchased on eBay for $145 each).
  • 2008-07-16: Upgrade CPU from 1.25GHz to dual 1.42GHz module pulled from a FireWire 800 Power Mac G4. Install Mac OS X 10.5 on boot disk.
  • 2007-11-??: Begin evaluating Mac OS X 10.5 on secondary disk.
  • 2006-12-??: Upgrade RAM to maximum 2GB.
  • 2006-11-??: Upgrade RAM to 1.5GB and add SCSI card.
  • 2006-11-24: Exchange OEM "SuperDrive" for a DVD-RW drive in first 5.25" bay.
  • 2005-12-24: Add Belkin USB 2.0 card.
  • 2005-11-25: Add two Seagate Barracuda 200GB ATA hard disks.
  • 2005-05-??: Update to Mac OS X 10.4.
  • 2004-12-25: Add SeriTek SATA card and 36GB WD Raptor as boot disk, keeping OEM 80GB disk for file storage.
  • 2004-11-26: Add 52x CD-RW drive to second 5.25" bay.
  • 2003-12-25: Acquired. Immediately add 256 MB of RAM for 512MB total.

tsundoku's primary desktop
inari from 2011-05-11
uzume from 2011-08-16