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Old April 29th, 2007, 10:28 PM
miller123 miller123 is offline
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Apple IMac G4 usb 1.1 too slow

Hi there, i am considering buying an Apple iMac G4 2nd hand but am conserned that they only have USB 1.1 . This is an issue as i would want to use my external hard drive with it and 1.1 is just too slow. Is it possible and easy to upgrade the ports ?
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Old April 30th, 2007, 03:12 AM
Buzz Buzz is offline
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The ports on an iMac G4 are not easily changed. This is one disadvantage to iMacs, lack of upgradability. Because of their position and configuration they are fixed to the motherboard. I would not expect to upgrade any iMac ever in terms of ports. They aren't made for upgradability.

It does depend a great deal on WHICH iMac G4 you're looking at. Some had USB 2 some didn't. And 15" with a 1Ghz processor, and 17" with a 1.25GHz processor or any 20" has USB2 ports. Essentially anything after September 2003 had USB2.

USB 1 is usable, but it's much slower than USB2. However, the iMac G4s all had Firewire ports. If your hard drive supports Firewire that would be a great alternative. Even Firewire hard drive enclosures are only $20-$50.

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