an older imac but i dont really need/afford a new one good deal?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by eyemac74119, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. eyemac74119 macrumors member

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    http://www.megamacs.com/item/iMac-G3-Graphite-600-Mhz/view,3707285/



    for those that cant visit a link i have the specs here...

    $84.99 iMac G3 Graphite 600 Mhz
    256MB/40GB/CDRW/with slightly tilted screen
    Manufacturer Apple Computer Inc
    Item Code ApiMac600-256-tilt
    Condition / Warranty Used/30Day/TiltedScreen

    In stock
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    iMac G3 Graphite 600 Mhz

    FEATURES:

    * 600 Mhz
    * 256MB of Ram
    * 40GB Hard Disk
    * CDRW (Reads & Burns CDs)

    INCLUDES:

    * iMac G3 Graphite
    * Keyboard & Mouse (may not be original)
    * Power Cord


    yada yada about the os........ what would a tiltled screen mean? does it mean that the screen has come loose from the casing and it moves about slightly?????

    and the hard drive or lack of dvd is not an issue to me. i just want one for the macintosh experience.. maby do a lieelt bit audio recording with it. but againi have a 160 gig laptop drive that i will keep all my crap like family pics games porn that kind of stuff




    or this one has original pro keybord and mouse iMac 500Mhz Indigo

    FEATURES:

    * 15 inch CRT Display
    * 500mhz PowerPC G3
    * 256MB SDRAM memory
    * 20GB Ultra ATA drive
    * CD-Rom (reads CDs)

    INCLUDES:

    * iMac
    * AC Power Cord
    * Keyboard & Mouse (May not be original)
    * OS 10.2 pre-installed (no media included)

    again stating a fact i can use an old p2 350 mhz and live off it. so 500mhz or 600mhz will still feel nice for running 1 program at a time or 2 tops
     
  2. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    We have similar machines at work except they're seriously on OS 8.2. Don't even waste your money on them. If you need a low-end Mac, find a Mac Mini. You can probably find some G4 models on eBay for under $300. I had the last G4 model before the Intel switch and it still works perfectly (although I sold it to someone who had an older Dell machine).
     
  3. eyemac74119 thread starter macrumors member

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    so are you saying they freeze up and never work???? LOOK!!! I dont have 300 dollars to spend on a imac/mac and a mac mini wouldnt work because i have no monitor and then i would have to get a old mac monitor.......


    ITS NOT GOING TO BE MY MAIN COMPUTER!! just a little side computer that i can use for bieng online.................


    again it i was to spend $300+ i would either get an emac or just wait and get the real deal new ones
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    My friend has one of these and it runs Tiger, Safari, iChat, and Mail just fine. They're hardly a waste of money. You'll want more memory for sure, though. Thankfully it accepts PC100 or PC133, which is cheap and plentiful.

    There is no such thing as Mac OS 8.2 by the way.
     
  5. YuriVoorhak macrumors regular

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    Well, here's the thing:
    They aren't unusable machines by any stretch. However, nothing you do with one of these is really going to be indicative of "The Macintosh Experience" unless you want to experience it circa 1999. If you can appreciate classic Mac (which I think you have to have lived through in order to enjoy it... and then mostly for nostalgic reasons) then by all means plunk down for one. I'd try to avoid any obviously flawed hardware myself. Tilted screen? No thanks. The displays on these are ticking time bombs as it is.
     
  6. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Mac OS X Tiger is perfectly supported and runs just fine on these systems - Safari, iChat, Mail, iTunes, everything you would want to do on a basic system runs well. You are not bound to the classic Mac OS (9) on these. I don't get why you people keep insisting that you are.

    Ticking time bomb?
     
  7. eyemac74119 thread starter macrumors member

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    what does it mean by tilted screen? there is ond with out that.


    and btw I still have a crt monitor from 1989 and it still runs smoothly just as good as new and a 2001 monitor that i cant tell a difference in or a difference from a new monitor they all look the same to me


    like i said i just want to run osx
     
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  9. eyemac74119 thread starter macrumors member

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    id . ill look at apple.com instructions for that imac model but i didnt know it was possible to change o
    ut the ram in one of those things
     
  10. SoLibertyDies macrumors regular

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    oh yeah. I upgraded my original OLLLD Tangerine iMac to I think 256 somethingorother.

    it's not pretty in there believe you me.

    but it's pretty easy and quick.

    it runs jaguar just fine for me. :)
     
  11. nickf macrumors member

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    I remember upgrading the RAM and hard drives on some graphite iMacs a few years ago. It was a fairly trivial procedure (put it monitor-down on a towel and pop the top off). I like the design of those old Macs, particularly the transparent DV models.

    But, for the love of God, get a decent mouse. The perfectly round mouse it will probably come with will drive you nuts.
     
  12. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    The iMac case is tilted slightly so when it's on a desk, the screen faces slightly upwards. That's the way they were made. It's not a significant tilt. You might want to google for some photos.
     
  13. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Wow, that was a rather fast blowing-of-a-fuse. A side computer? Why not aim for an old G3 iBook. Even better for 'side' computing.
    And if you don't like the suggestions/answers you're getting from the Forums you'll quickly learn to just make up your mind on your own.
     
  14. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    It could also mean that the coil on the CRT is turned, which will rotate the screen slightly...
     
  15. eyemac74119 thread starter macrumors member

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    sorry bout that.. We cool?

    Maby i forgot to mention that i planned spending less that 100 dollars for this unit. and i dont want another notebook as i already have a laptop i waswanting a ""boat anchor"" mac
     
  16. eyemac74119 thread starter macrumors member

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    but giong into the moniter control shound have a rotate? i know crt standalone monitors have a way to rotate them slightly so i could fix it maybe but if course i will turn it on before i buy it just to see how bad it really is........



    I am sorry if i have snapped at or blown a fuse with anyone here

    and nick.. it comes with the pro mouse and pro keyboard so i should be all set.. if all else i could get a microsoft wireles set lol..


    but i know what you mean about the hocker puck mouse that used to come with the imac
     
  17. YuriVoorhak macrumors regular

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    I'm not arguing that at all, just suggesting Tiger on an old G3 probably isn't going to make the positive impression (meaning limited graphics, etc) that it would on something newer. Whereas they really scream with ample ram and OS 9. That's exactly what I'd do if I still had any lying around.

    Which brings me to my second point. Granted this is anecdotal, and yes I'm sure many of them are still trucking along, but 4 out of 4 Kihei model iMacs I've had either developed display problems very shortly after I got them, or had them all along.
     
  18. eyemac74119 thread starter macrumors member

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    they dont run (like a)tiger then run (like a) jaguar


    ok i see they tilt up also with a stand probally
     
  19. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    There is an adjustable stand with two positions on the bottom of every G3 iMac. Your choices are slightly tilted (almost flat)... or very tilted.
     

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