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The G3 iMac: Dead or Alive

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G3 iMacs

Post by macuser77 » December 31st, 2007, 4:51 pm

I've got a G3 iMac (which happens to be the first mac i used on a regular basis at work...and ended up buying for a mere $200 a few years ago) which runs Tiger like a champ. Though it only has 512 mb or ram and a 60 gb hard drive (parts salvaged from a pc that died after a year and a half of use), it is still a very useful machine, it dual boots, and the display is in great shape! The machine will be 9 years old come June, although it may be too antiquated come it's 10th birthday.

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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by null1024 » December 31st, 2007, 6:34 pm

macuser77 wrote:Though it only has 512 mb or ram and a 60 gb hard drive (parts salvaged from a pc that died after a year and a half of use), it is still a very useful machine, it dual boots, and the display is in great shape! The machine will be 9 years old come June, although it may be too antiquated come it's 10th birthday.

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Nice machine.

PS: 512mb ram SMALL? ...wow... my iMac G3 still only has 64mb of RAM and a 4GB hard drive...
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by mrkramer » December 31st, 2007, 7:41 pm

I've got a G3 iMac that i got free a few months ago, I put in a bit of RAM from an old PC, and it is running Tiger quite well.
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by madmann » December 31st, 2007, 10:37 pm

DEAD

i mean why bother when you can get a apg g4 they can be upgraded and run 10.5

the g3 are too limited
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by mrkramer » January 1st, 2008, 12:44 am

madmann wrote: i mean why bother when you can get a apg g4 they can be upgraded and run 10.5
The G3 iMacs are great if they do what you need, I just use mine mostly for internet radio, but if someone wants to just do basic stuff, and not anything with video they are still quite capable machines on Tiger.
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by macuser77 » January 1st, 2008, 12:26 pm

an imac would be a perfect kitchen computer. look up recipes online, or to surf the net/read emails in the morning. I keep mine next to my entertainment center and use it to keep up with scores during football season, look up gamehints if i get stuck, listen to music, etc. etc. I can even set it up to screen share with back to my mac, though I can't control ither machines, I can still connect to it to run maintenance asks and weird out guests.
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by cr2032 » January 2nd, 2008, 11:53 pm

my imac dv 500 still doing good with os922. 256mb, 20GB hard disk. lots of applications and work smooth :)
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by squiffy » January 4th, 2008, 1:18 am

I still have the iMac DV I purchased in 1999. My kids use it for older OS 9 programs, like KidPix and older games. Other than similar uses, these are not something you would want to use for anything modern.
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by macuser77 » January 5th, 2008, 9:12 am

I perish the thought of doing something modern like surfing the internet, listening to music or ichatting away on my G3... no, serriously ;)

once final cut and creative suite OS X require a 2 ghz or intel processor, i'm not likely to retire any of my production machines anytime soon. I like having one on hand as a machine guests can surf or check their email on - without them being able to poke in on all my business.
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by squiffy » January 7th, 2008, 10:25 pm

Okay, I'll give you iChat and music listening. But surfing the internet is slooooooow. Even my kids don't like surfing on the old iMac. ;)
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by macuser77 » January 10th, 2008, 4:07 pm

Is it connected via ethernet or airport? It also depended on the sites you go to...especially ones that have kids games.

I'll compromise with you on that part.

By the way... I did get an AGP G4 sawtooth last week, I tried to install an OS on it but the CDRW drive would stop working till about halfway through the install. Needless to say I swapped out the hard drive and some ram from the iMac to make sure everything else was in working order... I LOVE IT!!! I have a superdrive on the way, and will upgrade the processor as soon as my budget allows!
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by Turboladdade » January 10th, 2008, 4:09 pm

Are you sure your G4 drive is crapping out and not a scratch or other corruption on the CD?
I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do.
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Re: G3 iMacs

Post by macuser77 » January 10th, 2008, 4:21 pm

The drive is definitely at fault... It'll play a CD for about 15 minutes, then lock up., it acts like something is jamming the drive. I swapped the 10gb hard drive and put it in my iMac for the time being, OS X installed fine on it. I'm expecting a dual layer superdrive any day now for the G4 :) I know it'll be slow because of the G4's bus speed, but it is better than not having it at all. My next project may be my mini. I'll put it a bigger hard drive and a dual layer superdrive in it one day too!
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