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Jun 13, 2003, 08:42 AM
Hi guys hope some one can help out here...

Ive just got hold of an orginal i mac dead cheap and its not got firewire i think that it was only put in on the dv models of which i have no idea how you tell them apart . only a reacent mac switcher . Any hows i was wondering if i could put firewire into the sytem some how

its a g3 i mac blue 400hmz 128 sdram running osx jag

thats the most i can give deatils on as i havent actualy got it here yet its on its way from the store on tuesday . anyone know if i can add firewire for later purches of i pod and an external HD as its only got a 6 gig hardrive...

Oh and as far as networking old i macs with new i macs and e macs and windows systems has anyone had any problems with them......... just curious at the moment got my eyes on an e mac....

Mighty Mac
Jun 13, 2003, 09:40 AM
I think You have it already. I have an iMac G3 400mhz and it has 2 Fire wire ports. Wait to you get it there should be 2 6pin fire wire 400 ports on the right side near the USB and all other ports.

you can also look up the information on your iMac at Apples knolage online database.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=43099 copy and paste in this link for a description.

Jun 13, 2003, 09:58 AM
Your right, a 400 MHz machine should have Firewire.

I had a 400 MHz iMac DVSE and it had Firewire ports right where you described them.

Sabenth, do you know what color the iMac is? Certain colors, such as Graphite, only came in certain models, such as the DVSE.

Jun 13, 2003, 11:06 AM
i can just aknowledge what the people above said. Your Mac should come with 2 firewire ports...

Jun 14, 2003, 02:11 AM
Thanks Guys i am trying to get info from the store as i type now but probaly wont get a response till monday when i am back at work....

as far as i know its blue thats the best i can tell you as ive bought it online so the disctipiton was a bit vague ....

some1 said that it did have then some 1 said nope it aint got them so ill just have to wait and see ..... but what i really want ot know is if it dosnt can i put firewire on it.... as i have intentions of buying an i pod and would rather avoid using it on windows just in case it causes windows to phewwww thats to nice to be used on here piss off.... REST.......

Jun 14, 2003, 02:41 AM
no, i don t think it will be possible to put a firewire card into.
But I m pretty sure there are 2 Firewire 400 ports... no garantee thought.

Jun 14, 2003, 02:44 AM
according to what www.everymac.com has listed, all the 400mhz imacs were DV models...... besides that, i believe all imacs have firewire.

on another note, you could easily get an external hard drive for the imac........ if it has firewire, go that way, it's faster, but you could use an external usb too.

Jun 14, 2003, 04:30 AM
To answer you networking question:

As long as all the machines are running OS 10, you should have no problems.

Jun 14, 2003, 04:58 AM
Your model should have firewire. Earlier iMacs that don't have firewire can get one included along with a processor upgrade from Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com). But that's only for the rev A to D iMacs (233 to 333).