iMac G3 233Mhz speed - $50

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ecodisk, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Ecodisk macrumors member

    Ecodisk

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    Is this a good deal? Will I be able to upgrade the CPU to a decent speed?
     
  2. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    Save your money. That's a disposable machine that should be disposed of.
     
  3. cyclotron451 macrumors regular

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    well, I have the Bondi Blue 233MHz and it has impressed me with its build quality. It just keeps working even tho' it has been hit by lightning once ( and required a new modem). It is quite slow - it handles a maximum of 256Mb SO-DIMM PC100, some 233 iMacs handle more - but when I put a 128 and a 256 SO-DIMM in mine, it only recognised 128+128Mb. I upped the HDD to 40GB but remember that you have to keep the first boot partition below a critical size ( I think I chose 7.5Gb). I was able to put 10.2.8 on it directly, as there is no DVD option nor Firewire, so it's very hard to get to 10.3 (I did happily run with 10.3 having installed this on my HDD in a PowerMac - then put the HDD inside the iMac) I never tried 10.4.

    So its a slow, reliable, CD only , USB1 only , non FW iMac with 4 or 6 or 8Meg of VRAM. I'm keeping mine!!! I'd suggest that the minimum Mac to try and find nowadays is the next generation - Slot Loading iMac, particularly iMac DVSE with FW400 and no cooling fans - I'm typing this on my Graphite iMac with 0,5GB Ram and 120GB HDD. it's not quite as "bombproof" as the 233MHz but also fun!

    enjoy!
     
  4. rdowns Suspended

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    I concur. If you want an iMac, I wouldn't recommend anything less than 600 MHz. I gave that model to my mom and step father and it runs OS X and serves them quite well. You can probably get one for under $200 and will probably only need to add some RAM to it.
     
  5. Ecodisk thread starter macrumors member

    Ecodisk

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    Any suggestions on where to find one for under $200 other then ebay?
     
  6. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    Try your local paper. People don't think to look there anymore, but people sell stuff in the paper all the time. You can drive out and meet the seller, and check the mac before you hand over your cash.
     
  7. rdowns Suspended

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    You can also check out craiglist.org
     
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    That's harsh... :(

    If it is a Rev A iMac (the 33k6 modem one) you should want it, as it is the first iMac! :D
    I have one.... ab-so-lu-te-ly no plausible reason, other than I need to have one ;)
    BTW it's running Mac OS X Server 1.2 (Rhapsody)... for no reason at all... just to look at it once in a while :)
     

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