Boot Up

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-01-26 Print this article Print

!"> After all the peripherals were connected, I hooked the G5 into my Sony LCD via DVI, plugged in the power cord, and was finally ready to boot up. With no trepidation whatsoever, I hit the power button and my G5 came to life! I saw this greyish screen with an apple on it., not mind blowing but relatively cool. At least there wasnt a bunch of boot text mumbo jumbo on the screen like Ive seen with some Linux distributions. Loyd: Yay! DVI! Apple does a standard monitor interface! (Much rejoicing). OS X detected and properly configured my Sony LCD at the proper resolution of 1920x1200. Again, this is unlike certain Linux distributions, which invariably dont properly configure this monitor at the correct resolution. I didnt have to do anything to get it working with the G5.
Despite being larger than my home-built box, the G5 was pretty quiet—not quite as quiet as my DIY system though. But the sound of the fans was certainly tolerable and nothing to complain about really, particularly given the large size of my Power Mac.
I had no problem with my keyboard or mouse, either. Both worked just fine despite not being official Apple products (not that that really matters, but for those of you wondering if you can use your regular Windows/Linux keyboard and mouse with OS certainly can). And yes, you can right-click to pull up menus rather than having to click and hold the way you would with the crippled Apple mouse (though you can also do the click and hold thing with a two button mouse if you really want to). Loyd: Whoa. Now thats a lot of horsepower on that desk. Probably more than NASA used during the entire Apollo program! Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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