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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by bigpumbaa, Dec 26, 2004.
I'm looking at an iBook G3 500, and wonderin' if OS X came pre-installed on them.
yes. it was preinstalled.
I am typing this on my iBook G3 500mhz. OS 9 and X came on it when I bought it. I would caution you though if you are thinking fo getting one. OS X is tolarable when you have a system this old. My laptop is 4 years old. Why it is fine to surf the net with, using office, iMovie, etc. is almost out of the question. They will run, but slowly. Not to mention the fact it only has 8 meg. vram. Kills of whole quartz fun.
When I picked up my iBook, I got it with a 10 gig. hardrive, 128 meg ram, and picked up a few softwear titles. It cost me in all 2800. Now you can get one 4 times as powerful for under a grand. Man how times change. But I still love her.
My first mac, I will never go back.
I believe that it was 10.0 but it might have been 10.1 depending on my memory...
All ibooks supports OSX.
If you want to run OSX ok, get atleast 384MB RAM.
For quartz-extreme a iBook 700MHz or greater needed. (maybe some iBook 600 MHz also supports quartz)
A new 1.2GHz can be had for under $1000, if you are a student you can probably get one for $900 (i think).
For good OSX performance get a Ibook G4 (800MHz or higher) with 512MB RAM or more.