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Mike Chambers
March 17th, 2007, 12:01 PM
don't know if it's QUITE considered vintage yet, but i got a free 400 mhz iMac PowerPC G3 computer. posting from it right now, actually. i've never had a mac in my life, so it's pretty interesting to mess with for me.

the OS X install that was on it was completely messed up when i got my hands on it, so for now i installed the PPC version of debian linux on it just for kicks. i got a copy of OS X 10.3.9 now though, and will install that later.

i'll take some pics tonight to share.

carlsson
March 17th, 2007, 01:24 PM
It sounds very non-vintage (off-topic) to me. If we dismiss 100 MHz Pentiums as too new or boring, a 400 MHz G3 is a no-brainer. In particular as the heading on this subforum says 68K Macs. But free computers, no matter their age, often are nice to receive if you have the space for them.

Terry Yager
March 17th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Yes, definitely OT, but still very kewl <drooling>! Congrats on your latest score. (Sorry, Mike).

--T

Vlad
March 17th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Moved to OT.

-VK

chuckcmagee
March 17th, 2007, 07:22 PM
I purchased a 300 Mhz version of one of those back in December. Still haven't managed to get it out of the shipping box yet. I forgot that I didn't really have anywhere to put it when I bought it. So.... still in the box.

Mike Chambers
March 18th, 2007, 09:40 AM
Yes, definitely OT, but still very kewl <drooling>! Congrats on your latest score. (Sorry, Mike).

--T

yes i should've noticed the 68K thing in the forum title! but thanks terry, this thing is pretty neat.


I purchased a 300 Mhz version of one of those back in December. Still haven't managed to get it out of the shipping box yet. I forgot that I didn't really have anywhere to put it when I bought it. So.... still in the box.

man i'm the same way. so much stuff i want, and sometimes i'll get stuff and then later end up never using it. i had to move my secondary monitor off of my desk to make room for this iMac actually.

Mike Chambers
March 18th, 2007, 09:45 AM
here are a few pics of it. it didn't have a CD drive in it when i got it, just a tiny hard disk with a broken OS X install! also, the slot for inserting CD's was kind of ripped apart and the hard drive was outside of it. i don't know who tried to work on it, but they had no idea what they were doing.

right now i just have IDE/power cables coming out of the broken CD loading tray. it does the job, eh? :o

i am going to find a replacement slot-loading CD drive before i bother putting drives back on the inside. they work just as well sitting out in front of the mac. :biggrin:

http://rubbermallet.org/imac1.jpg

http://rubbermallet.org/imac2.jpg

http://rubbermallet.org/imac3.jpg

facattack
March 26th, 2007, 06:55 AM
Doing something like that to computer is WAY too stupid even for me. Whoever did that...

Anyway, you could just buy a "new" used one here:
http://stn2.headgap.com/resale/FMPro?-token=13202610&-db=ProductsC.fp3&-lay=WEB&-format=items.htm&-sortfield=SortID&-Max=40&category=imac&-find

Hey... in the middle picture, there's a monitor to the right. What's that showing? Looks like some shirtless dude. Is it a wrestling game?

chuckcmagee
March 27th, 2007, 01:55 AM
Geez, I paid $39.99 for a 350 Mhz iMac with 128MB, 15 GB drive and CD-Rom drive on ebay. That one is very much on the expensive side.

facattack
March 27th, 2007, 06:12 AM
Geez, I paid $39.99 for a 350 Mhz iMac with 128MB, 15 GB drive and CD-Rom drive on ebay. That one is very much on the expensive side.

Okay, if he wants that option, I found one on ebay nobody was bidding on yet.
http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-MACINTOSH-MAC-IMAC-COMPUTER-GREEN-14-SCREEN-NR_W0QQitemZ300093553153QQcategoryZ80039QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem

Personally, I bought P3 Gateway, a P4 Dell, and a 486-SX Packard Bell from Ebay. But somehow I'd rather buy a refurbished Mac from an actual store. The Dell didn't come with RAM... yada yada yada. The Packard Bell seller insisted on selling me the 5.25 drive seperately.

Even though I have purchased PCs in the past from Ebay, I might have bought atleast one of the computers from a store as long as the presentation was good.... *shruge* I don't work for these folks as it is. I just like how their website is arranged.


Anyway... when I was in college, I first encountered a G3 beige PowerPC. It had Avid software on it, I think. In case anyone's wondering about the evolution of Imacs, here's some links to pictures.

http://www.worth1000.com/entries/121500/121995EJli_w.jpg <<< buying a used one off a friend for $300. Well thinking about it anyway. (g4)

http://www.operationgadget.com/images/apple_imac_g5-thumb.jpeg <<< this one further boggles me. I've read that the CD-ROM drive is behind the monitor... (g5)

And in all four cases, these components have the monitor included within the same unit as the CPU for a tower-less configuration... which makes nearly no sense to me still. :D If your monitor shorts out, your whole unit is scrap?

Speaking of monitors, Apple is so insane that they are selling monitors (regular monitors mind you) for $500 to $1000 seperately of the computers. So for instance, so you could buy a $599 mac mini, but be stuck spending ANOTHER $599 just for a stupid monitor. They ARE CRAZY!!!!!