G3 ibook 500 mhz

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

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    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

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    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.
     
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    dornoforpyros

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

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    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...
     
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    ReanimationLP

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

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

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    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.
     
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    ReanimationLP

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    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.
     
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    Silencio

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    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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