Beige PMac Questions

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rickvanr, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002

    I got my old school G3 in the mail today, I came without a hard drive. So, first question is, will any standard IDE cable work when installing the hard drive? Also, do I need a HD caddy for the hard drive to work? If I do, how expensive are HD caddy's, and are the universal, or would I need one for my particular model? Secondly, inside, there is a chip, which I'm presuming is more vram, how easy is this to uninstall, as I'm going to put a rage 128 into it. Thirdly, what kind of ethernet is in this machine? is it 10/100? Below are pictures showing what I'm trying to describe. Thanks

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  2. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    A standard IDE cable should work fine. You dont need a caddy for the drive to work, but without one it will be loose inside the case (I could be wrong, I have the tower and it looks like you have the desktop). Worse case scenario I know some people that have duct taped stuff in place in their computer... You can just leave the vram chip in, it wont effect the add on PCI card. The onboard ethernet is 10 megabit not 10/100. Hope this helps.
  3. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    A hard drive bigger than 127 (or is it 137?) gigabytes will only show as the maximum capable. Aka, either 127 or 137...just stick with a 80GB hard drive. I started a thread on upgrading a machine like yours to function as an iTunes server...Linkety

    Plenty of info there, just scroll down a little bit.
  4. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Yeah you're right on the 127 I beleive because the max would be a power of 2 probably. 128=2^7.
  5. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Go to and look up the model. Nice website for Mac information.

    Good luck with it...the guy I am buying it from is trying to get some files deleted forever, like passwords and stuff.

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