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iMac PowerPC G5 update help

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I just picked up an iMac G5, and never having owned one before, I did not know what I was getting.  That being said, I now need to figure out what my options are for updating a few programs.  I will mainly be using this to surf the web, but would like to be able to share itunes and put movies on it. It currently has itunes 4 on it, and I am not sure what version I can upgrade to. It is running Safari 3.0.4 and would like to update that as well.  I tried to put firefox on, but the new version was not allowed.  Also, the operating system is 10.4.11, and I would like to update that as well.  Any info or help with this is much appreciated.   Here are the machine specs...

 

Machine Name: iMac G5

  Machine Model: PowerMac8,1

  CPU Type: PowerPC G5  (3.0)

  Number Of CPUs: 1

  CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz

  L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB

  Memory: 512 MB

 

Thanks

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10.5.8 is the last version you can update to and would be a good idea. You can get installers from eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mac-OSX-Leopard-v10-5-USB-Full-Retail-bootable-Version-/221208682811?pt=US_Operating_Systems_Software&hash=item338110a13b

It would be a good idea to upgrade the RAM too. 512MB is not very much. You can go up to 2GB:

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=7822C914A5CA7304
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+iMac+G5+20-Inch+Model+A1076+RAM/872/1

10.5.8 would let you run Safari 5 and iTunes 10.
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