Hi. I have a high school lab pre-intel IMAC G5 (2004) computers. I am still using FCP 5 which is working fine, using Photoshop CS3 which is also working fine, but my concern is that some of my machines have shown signs of hard drive crashing according to my PC I.T. people. I would like to know what anyone thinks about using MAC MINIS with the current Monitors I use for my 2004 machines. Also, I didn't see any female ports to connect a monitor to the MAC MINIS. We are connected to a server and I would continue (if possible) to continue to use FCP 5 and Photoshop on the existing 04 monitors and MAC MINIS.
[Lee Olivas]"some of my machines have shown signs of hard drive crashing according to my PC I.T. people"
not sure what this means. If these are the original hard drives then they are very long in the tooth and have outlived their expectant life. If they are still working but crashing then it is most likely either ram going bad or system corruption. I would make a clean copy on one machine by wiping the drive clean and reinstalling the OS and all your apps. Do the needed updates and see if is running well. You might also run the original hardware check disc that came with those macs. There are free utilities you can download on-line to check your ram.
That said a new mac mini will run circles around these old macs. Do a search for each piece of software to see if they are compatible. Determine the cost of connecting your monitors to them. Start here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3382 then look up adapter prices.
If it really is the HDs they can easily be replaced with larger cheaper faster drives but check with Apple as to compatibility.
Apple only officially supports FCP 7 and FCP X on Lion. Not saying it won't work -- google it. FCP 5 does work on intel Macs but Lion is new.
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