Christmas came early to HappyMacs today! A nearly mint condition Power Mac G4 Sawtooth showed up on my desk this morning. A colleague of mine here at work wanted to find a new home for his much loved, but now idled, G4 Sawtooth. Being quite aware of my passion for vintage Macs, and wanting his G4 to go somewhere where it would be appreciated, he asked if I would like to have it. After some consideration of the diminishing amount of free space at home, I said “sure” and he brought it in this morning. He is pleased that it is going to a good home, and I am thrilled to have it. It has been heavily upgraded over the years, now sporting an upgraded processor, max’d RAM, a high end video card and no fewer than three hard drives. For its day, it smoked!
For the history buffs among you, the PowerMac G4 Sawtooth was introduced in 1999. It initially featured either a 400 MHz, 450 MHz or 500 MHz PowerPC G4 CPU, an AGP 2X graphics card and up to 2 GB of RAM. It shipped natively with Mac OS 8.6, but with appropriate upgrades, it can now run all the way up through Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard. I suspect that my new acquisition is running Leopard, but I am not sure yet.
Once I get it home and fire it up, I will post more about this machine as appropriate, but in the meantime, Merry (early) Christmas! 🙂