Broken OCed B/W G3/400 Please give me hope!

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  1. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    So I got a BW 350 new back in 1999 and immediately OCed. I tried OCing it to 450 and it didn't work. I tried 400mHz and everything worked fine, its been that way ever since.

    The BW has served me very well and I have since maxed the RAM and put a Radeon 7000 GPU into it and was using it as a TV media computer. It was working ok/good and so I thought I'd try to OC it again to 450 to see if I could get it working and squeeze a bit more juice out of it. God what a stupid idea.

    It wouldn't work at 450 so I set it back to 400, it wouldn't work!!! Even back at 350 it won't work. God I can't believe I did this. I don't have the original block of jumpers that came with the computer (I know what box its in, but just can't find it).

    Would replacing all the jumpers give it a chance at life again?
     
  2. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Well, as The Rock used to say:

    "can you smell what I've got cookin!" :D

    Unfortunately, it sounds like you fried the cpu. If it wouldn't o/c to 450 when it was new, it sure as h*ll wont do it 8 yrs later........unless of course you just got the jumpers in the wrong places...........

    what were you thinkin ? :confused:
     
  3. Mydriasis macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, but it sounds busted!:(

    My old G3 PB from 1999 gave up last month, sad but its time for a change.
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603

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    "What was I thinkin'?"

    Who the ***** knows! Oh well, it had a good run and I learned my lesson. Time to find an old G4 Mini and get my TV media center workin again.
     
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  6. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Would a G4 Sawtooth processor work straight swap?
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    No

    If you want a G4 you should be able to put a Yikes! G4 processor into and apply a firmware patch. Otherwise you can put nearly any G3 without any software hacks.
     
  8. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    and THEN get one the many 3rd party upgrade cards that go to at least 500 mhz, maybe 550 and/or 600 :D
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I think I'll just spring for a G3 chip on ebay, whatever speed. Make sure this BW boots fine and prep it to sell. Ultimately for a media center a G4 Mini will be ideal and I don't want the dissatisfaction of my BW G3 not being capable of excellent playback.
     
  10. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    Why bother? The computer is so old that you are just throwing good money after bad. Time to turn it into a doorstop.
     
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  12. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Well if I can get a new processor for cheap I can sell this Franken-Mac for more. And jumpers are usually something I can get for free.

    If you noticed my Signature I do have an iBook and its doing its job well still. I'm looking into a Mini G4 for my media center and should have that by the end of the day.

    In time I'll get a MBP but at the moment I just don't need a brand new Mac. My iBook G4 is great still.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    $20-30 for a replacement processor on a machine you can sell for about 3x more at stock.
     

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