Beefing up a clamshell

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Nik_Doof, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Nik_Doof macrumors regular

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    Ok, just got a clamshell G3 for dirty cheap off someone who obviously didn't know how much he could sell it for (got it for a touch under £100, when they sell on ebay for £250+).

    Its a 300mhz G3, 6gb HDD, 192mb RAM. First of all i'm going to pump the RAM up as high as it can go... Is this little thing 512mb capable?

    Also i know this is a extreme longshot, but is there any Firewire hacks? Hehe i expect a no but you never know :D

    I'm going to slap 10.3 on it as people quote it as the best for these range, but is there any other software hacks / improvements i can get out of this machine? i want to get max bang for bucks as its destined for my very picky girlfriend who thinks her peecee is fab...
     
  2. jamall macrumors regular

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    You have 64Mb of RAM soldered to the mobo and one slot to work with, so 576Mb is the max you can have. Dpending on what it'll be used for, 320Mb may be enough. You'll want to get a new hard drive as OS X will take about a third of that 6Gb drive you've got. No firewire for you, but there is an Airport card slot in there.
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I agree with Jamall--the HD size is going to be your big problem. I upgraded the HD in my clamshell, it took about two hours and I had little parts spread all over my kitchen. Put the thing back together and I had one part left! But it works, so I'm not complaining. The biggest problem with this model and OS X is how much screen room the dock consumes. Best solution is just to keep it tiny.

    It'll work fine for basic Web browsing, but I'm not sure you're going to blow your GF away with the speed of the thing, no matter what you do.
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Regarding the RAM, read the bit on this page under "Important information about your system" (in red text).
     
  5. Nik_Doof thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys,

    A short chat with my gf before and shes over the moon with it... thank god. Shes more of a iLife person, she'd want to use the software available for her degree (heiroglyphics/coptic writing software) and browsing and stuff, so i don't need monster speed to impress her... shes already impressed with OSX as it is :)

    So really i guess no need for a massive hdd, I've got a old 5400rpm 20gb here out of a Compaq im stripping down, i'd guess its ATA 33 so would that work?

    Also i happy to find a Airport card in the sucker (that was, after finding where the port was). So i can get that on my AP at home hopefully.
     
  6. Nik_Doof thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ooo, ok. So i'd assume it would be on the Apple KB hunt or Software Update?
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Sure, 20 gigs for casual use is probably plenty. For drive compatibility, try this site.
     
  8. jamall macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure whether the HD bus in the iBook is ATA/33 or 66, but the drive will work regardless, as the ATA standard is both forwards and backwards compatible.
     

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