Powerbook G3 Lombard Advice

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  1. machappymeal macrumors member

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    I have the opportunity to purchase a G3 Powerbook 333mhz Lombard model very, very cheaply, but I am wondering if it will fulfill my requirements. I just want to surf the net via Ethernet and write a few things on Appleworks. The Powerbook has 9.2.2 installed and I have never used it before (used to 10.1 and above). Is 9.2.2 easy to get on the net with? And what should I use (not sure if firefox would work, what about camino?).

    Just wondering if it is worth my while that's all.

    Specs are 333mhz
    128mb ram
    4 gig


    Thanks for any help
     
  2. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I recently purchased a G3/400 iMac that had 128 megs of RAM. It was working well, except that it was in desperate need of RAM. I added 512, and now it hums along happily.

    I put Panther on it. I also don't know anything about 9. I can tell you that my G3/400 with 640 RAM is more than adequate for your stated requirements. The G3 is still a more than valid option for basic computing. And I wouldn't expect that 333 to be significantly less effective. The first thing I would do, though, is get more RAM.
     
  3. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    if you add more ram, you can run OS X well.... for web browsing and appleworks, that machine is fine for you... How much is very very cheap :D
     
  4. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    This hardware should actually be okay for that type of thing. More memory and a larger hard drive would be better, but as a starting point this should be fine.


    There is no version of Firefox or Camino for Mac OS 9... in fact, browsing in Pre-Mac OS X systems is getting harder to do these days.

    There is no reason you can't install 10.2/10.3 on this system. You won't be able to run a number of things at once with it at 128 MB... and I would advise not doing the "easy install" on a 4 GB drive (deselecting additional languages and printer drivers will help a lot).

    Without knowing the price you are paying, it is hard to answer this... you'll need to be the judge.
     
  5. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    OS 9... let's see.. download Internet Explorer or... Netscape. Those two should work fine. AppleWorks, if you can find an OS 9 version that'd be good. Connecting to the internet is simple/was for me at least, I just plugged it in and since I use DHCP it configured it automatically. I do, however, recommend getting Panther as you will be able to do a whole heck of a lot more. OS 9 will suit you just fine though. Good luck.

    --you could even put Linux on it lol, Ubuntu is great.
     
  6. mturlock macrumors newbie

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    RE: Powerbook G3 Lombard Advice

    I have a Lombard 400, and I still use it very frequently. I only have 128MB of RAM (2x64) and I run 10.3.9 no problem (10.4 won't install, it needs more RAM). iTunes, Firefox, VLC (OSX's DVD player does not work), iChat/MSN Messenger, iPhoto all work fine, and while a little bit slow, it is still not that bad for the price of a Lombard compared to a new MBP or the elusive MacBook...

    I got my Lombarrd for $250 off eBay and added a Linksys 802.11g card and i have been happy with it for over a year.
     
  7. machappymeal thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheap is £80:D . Well it sounds cheap to me anyway. The outer casing/screen is in very good condition.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I am sure I have a 128mb stick somewhere as well but presumably the Powerbook comes in at 2 x 64mb sticks. We shall see.
     
  8. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Firefox is a RAM hog, use Camino.... yeah I need Camino.
     
  9. LOZL macrumors newbie

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  10. indigoflowAS macrumors 6502

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    I like my brand spankin' new machines too, but Mac culture is different...and ppl enjoy having vintage/classic/nostalgia inducing older machines. if im correct, it's not about the raw mHz at this point...it's about "dang, i have a G3 Lombard." correct me if im wrong, collectors/enthusiasts.

    ...significantly different than a 2 year old PC, which IS essentially a HEAVY paperweight and i see no one collecting old PCs really.
     
  11. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    This could possibly be, one of the most mindless, ignorant, mean-spirited posts ever. Lots of people have lots of old Macs around here. Just because 2 year old PCs suck doesnt mean 7 year old Macs do. PowerBook G3s were such amazingly designed laptops. They still make new PC laptops look like poorly designed junk. I still happily use a PowerBook 1400 (G2) every day.

    You're not a true computer enthusiast if you cannot make what you have work for you.

    If you are seated in front of a G3 Power Mac and cannot *fathom* what you could possibly do with it under any circumstances no matter how cheaply you acquired it... you are very lost my friend.
     

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