? about adding memory to a G3 333 iMac. Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by amberashby, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. amberashby macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2003

    Someone just gave me an old Tangerine G3 333 iMac. I already have a Powermac G5 and am thinking about setting this up in another room just for internet/email. It doesn't have the minimum ram right now to run OS X.

    If I upgrade it to 256K would it run OSX well enough to surf the net and do email?

    Also, when I opened the case I see what looks like 2 slots for memory. They aren't in the same place though. One slot is under a metal cage right next to a heat sink, and there is another off to the side. They aren't the same type of memory chips though. What is this?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    Just telling you, 256 wont be enough either. go as much as the max is. 768 maybe? Someone else will know, but 256 will be soooo slow it will be pitiful.

  3. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    This would be a good way to help stretch the life of the iBook. It wont screem, but on a iBook G3 600, Panther is not that slow at all.
  4. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Its an iMac not an iBook

    And I would say your best value is either 256Mb (2 x 128) or 384Mb (1 x 128, 1 x 256) any more and you are giving your computer more RAM than it is worth and your bottleneck will be on the processor.

    Also don't forget to upgrade your firmware before you load OS X on it!
  5. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2003
    So there are 2 memory slots? I see what looks like 2 slots, but they are in different places and the cards that are already in there are not interchangeable.
  6. mikeyfern macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2004
  7. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    It still would be helpful to have 512MB in there. That way, because the processor can't get to things as fast, they can sit in RAM and wait. Also, programs can be loaded into RAM so that there is no reading of off the hard drive, which would slow down the Mac even more.

    Linkety has specs for a lot of Macs. Check there. It's a nice site for Mac users...
  8. kewpid macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2003
    There are two slots for memory, and both are within that metal cage.

    The slot that is to the side is for Video memory. Don't try and fit RAM in there :)

    There are som good instructions and photos here to help you: http://www.djonmac.com/
  9. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2003
    Thanks everyone. I'm going to order one 256K DIMM for $35 and see how it works.
  10. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    ;) :D :p (Sorry... couldn't resist)
  11. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2003
    Oops. I know it is an old mahine, but not quite that old. :eek:

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