Image Map Image Map
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: iMac G3

  1. #1

    Default iMac G3

    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.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Västerås, Sweden
    Posts
    6,275

    Default

    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.
    Anders Carlsson

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Saginaw, MI, USA 48601
    Posts
    8,763
    Blog Entries
    9

    Default

    Yes, definitely OT, but still very kewl <drooling>! Congrats on your latest score. (Sorry, Mike).

    --T
    Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
    _____________________________________________

    Please visit the Vintage-Computer Wiki. Contributers welcome.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    2,241

    Default

    Moved to OT.

    -VK

  5. #5

    Default

    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.

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Yager View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcmagee
    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.

  7. #7

    Default

    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?

    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.






  8. #8

    Default

    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...ory=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?
    Last edited by facattack; March 26th, 2007 at 07:00 AM.

  9. #9

    Default

    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.

  10. #10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcmagee View Post
    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-...QQcmdZViewItem

    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/121...1995EJli_w.jpg <<< buying a used one off a friend for $300. Well thinking about it anyway. (g4)

    http://www.operationgadget.com/image..._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. 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!!!!!
    Last edited by facattack; March 27th, 2007 at 06:26 AM.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •