G3 iMac for Mom? help a newbie

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by GbV76, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. GbV76 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    I was thinking about picking up a G3 iMac for my Mom. I'm a relative newbie, and I was curious about how it will run with OSX. All she'd use it for is surfing the net, email, and playing card games (anyone know of any good ones for OSX btw?). What would it's performance be comparable to in wintel land? And what's the range in performance like from 233 MHz to 450? Thanks for your help!
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    It'll do okay as long as you give it enough memory. I suggest at least 256MB. I have 2 233mhz G3s running Jaguar at work and my mom has a 333 iMac running Panther. They're all fine for basic tasks but Panther is a huge imporivement over Jaguar on the iMac.

    Comperable to a same age PC running XP performance will be...wait a second, how many 6 year old PCs will run XP? It'll be stable, it'll be fine.
  3. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    Id recommend getting a slot loading imac..with a least 256mb's and at least 450mhz...ebay is your friend
  4. boristhespider macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2002
    If you do get an imac and are going to install panther on it, make sure it has the latest firmware
    for that model. I just went through the process of reviving an imac dv that was killed merely by
    booting off the panther install disk. Got a message that the firmware was not current and then
    rebooted and nothing. Machine would turn on and then shut down after a few seconds. No video, no
    chime, nothing.

    All is well with the machine now and panther is pretty perky and smooth on the old girl. It should
    be fine for your Mom. I also would recommend a later model slot loading imac. Good luck.
  5. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    I set up a friend's mom with a 350 MHz G3 iMac with 256 megs of RAM and OS X Jaguar. She hasn't had a single problem with it :)
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I'll answer your card game question: Freeverse software. The have the standard card games, but with wacky graphics and silliness to give them the extra fun factor.
  7. winwintoo macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2003
    My Mom is 83. I just gave her my old 600mhz slot-loading iMac to play slots on. She loves it. Of course she doesn't know what else to do with it, but a coupld of months ago, she was petrified of computers.

    btw I had tried to sell the iMac and was offered $600 for it - it's worth way more than that to me!!

  8. GbV76 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks everyone. I'm going to go for it and turn my mom into a "switcher". This'll be a nice intro for her. Once G5s show up in the PBs she'll inherit my 17" iMac anyways :)

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