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G3 ibook 500 mhz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Malus, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502


    I just recently bought an ibook G3 on ebay a few weeks ago.

    Currently its running 10.3.9 and running, a bit slowly...

    Is there anything I can do to speed it up a bit?

    It has 128 MB Ram built in and 256 SDRAM stick installed in it and a 10 GB HD.

    Also, when running classic os9 it lags like no other, any tips on that?

    Oh..one last thing, my Dad thinks its capable of running Tiger, I say its not, what do you guys think?
  2. macrumors regular

    I have an ibook with the sames specs as yours except for 576mb of ram. It runs tiger well. It isn't incredebly fast but you can't expect that of a four-year old computer.
  3. macrumors 68040


    other than buying more ram I'd leave well enough alone, it runs with panther, no real reason to upgrade to tiger
  4. macrumors 6502

    Thanks for you help guys.

    My Dad is getting Tiger from his friend for free...thats why he wants to put it on my ibook...
  5. macrumors 68030


    I hope a real, legal copy.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Actually, yes, it is! Thats the first thing I asked him too, haha.
  7. macrumors member

    I'll agree, you should bump the memory in it.

    My g3/400 b&w came to me with 384 in it. I bumped to 512 and it was fairly happy, I recently bumped another 256 into it, and it has sped up again. I want to push it to a full gig, and then see how it does. :)

    osX loves memory. Especially on the older/slower machiens.
  8. macrumors 68030


    The difference between 768 and 1 GB is amazing on the older G3s and G4s.

    It really blew me away when I upgraded my RAM.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Alas, that model iBook maxes out at 640MB RAM.

    Upgrading the hard drive to any 5400RPM model will give it a nice kick in the pants, and 10GB is a little thin for running Mac OS X anyway. The problem is, replacing a hard drive in an iBook is not for the faint of heart. I'm still procrastinating on it myself because I switched to a 12" Powerbook as my main portable. :D

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