B&W for $25

Mernak

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Apr 9, 2006
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Kirkland, WA
I found a B&W tower on craigslist for $25 dollars. I am thinking of using it as a server or something. This is the description...

"This is a Blue & White 300 Mhz G3 PowerMac. Works fine EXCEPT I think it needs a video card. The Mac has 128Mb RAM, internal 6 Gb disk, internal CD-ROM drive, internal zip drive, No modem. Excellent physical condition."

I am thinking i should buy it but wanted to have a second opinion. Also would it still work without the video card or is the person mistaken?
 

ITASOR

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Mar 20, 2005
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For $25, I would buy it. You can just sell the parts if it ends up being a total POS. If it needs a video card, it would boot up, you just couldn't see anything on the monitor...you should be able to get a replacement Rage 128 pro for very cheap.
 

NYmacAttack

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Dec 8, 2005
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NY
The seller says he thinks it needs a video card, I would email he and ask him why he thinks that. It could be another problem not related to the video card you never know.
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Have fun with it, but be realistic also... for instance, what do you want to serve? HD's? Does it have a controller that can handle any reasonable amount of capacity?
 

nate13

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Feb 16, 2004
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Fargo, ND
thats a steal! even if the vcard is 50$, you will still have a pretty good server for 75 bucks. and, if you really wanted some power, im pretty sure there are some upgrade cards for cheap (does the sawtooth have a zif slot? im not sure...)
 

disconap

macrumors 68000
Oct 29, 2005
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Portland, OR
It's a good price. The b/w is a good deal up to about $100 currently IMO, and a decent one up to $150, if only for the modding/upgrading potential.