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Old Mar 22, 2006, 01:18 AM   #1
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Imac G3 233MHZ

Hello I got an old IMac G3 233MHz super cheap and was wondering if I could take out the video card and exchange with another one, a better one more preferabaly. I have a friend who said he thought he saw somewhere that you could do that.
Any know if it can be done?

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Old Mar 22, 2006, 05:22 AM   #2
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Hi,

No experience of messing with the old imac's but the video card is not seperate but part fo the logic board as far as I am ware. It would be like trying to swap the card out in mac mini! ..
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 05:27 AM   #3
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All you can do is find one of those old Sonnet or Daystar CPU upgrades. There is a Sonnet upgrade for the 233mhz that also adds firewire.
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 05:29 AM   #4
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You can't do it, it's part of the logic board, and i'm pretty sure noone makes logic boards for the 233 and also, it wouldn't be very cost effective.

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I have once read an article in the MACup magazine about upgrading 233 MHz iMac. They said the video card is upgradable (its PCI)
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 08:40 PM   #6
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I have once read an article in the MACup magazine about upgrading 233 MHz iMac. They said the video card is upgradable (its PCI)

How long ago was this?
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 08:47 PM   #7
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The only way to upgrade it is to add a proprietary VRAM chip IIRC, it has 2MB by default which can be upgraded to 6MB with a 4MB stick. I may have my facts wrong though.
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How long ago was this?
I dont really remember, somewere in 2003
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Old Mar 23, 2006, 02:45 AM   #9
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The only way to upgrade it is to add a proprietary VRAM chip IIRC, it has 2MB by default which can be upgraded to 6MB with a 4MB stick. I may have my facts wrong though.
Where would I get that chip from?

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Old Mar 23, 2006, 03:31 AM   #10
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I dont think it's upgradeable physically. You can up the memory to 6mb from 2 though. I have a few at home but I'm UK.
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