Powermac G3 Gossamer good for anything?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by swindmill, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. swindmill macrumors 6502a

    swindmill

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    My dad has a Powermac G3 sitting in a closet at work that nobody has used in several years, and asked me if I had any use for it. I assume it would work fairly well as a server or just as a storage box to back up files. I'm not sure what the cpu speed is. I've looked into them and it appears that the maximum RAM is 768MB, so no problem there. I also saw at apple-history.com that the newest OS it can handle is 10.2.8.

    I'm just wondering if I'm under/over estimating what I can use it for and any experience with the machine that others might have.
     
  2. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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  3. RGunner macrumors 6502a

    RGunner

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    Can also

    Run Xpostfacto (www.macsales.com) and run the latest 10.3.8.

    Upgradable to 1ghz G4 from Sonnet, or 1.1ghz G3 from Powerlogix.

    Very nice older machine.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Because it 1) runs OS 9 and 2) has both IDE and SCSI busses
    I use mine quite extensively as a testbed/file recovery system. It's a lot easier to get into than the PowerMac 8500 :eek:
    I put a Firewire/USB card into it so I can attach to just about anything - FW, USB, Serial, ADB, IDE, SCSI. I just popped an old Radeon 7000 PCI card in and it can run the Dell 2005FPW in widescreen :D
     
  5. IanC macrumors regular

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    same thing i would do.

    Ill probably use my iBook for something like that, someday....
     

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