Free iMac G4 Worth It?

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  1. Unit134679 macrumors newbie

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    My friend wants to give me her iMac G4.

    If I get it, is there anything that could be done to improve it?

    I don't think the original factory hardwire, and especially no wireless internet connectivity, makes it worth it...unless I can jack it up.

    I've done this with PCs but never Macs. I'm a bit uncertain.
     
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  3. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    Which G4 is it? That makes a difference as to upgrades.
    Although iMacs are limited in the degree to which they can be upgraded.
     
  4. lamina macrumors 68000

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    Dude. IMO the G4 is the prettiest iMac ever created. Take it. Max out the RAM, which is dirt cheap, and maybe upgrade the hard drive. Are you kidding? Hell I'd have one just to use as a lamp.
     
  5. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Dude, just take it.
    You can use it for internet.
     
  6. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    If you don't want it, I do. :p

    I gave an eMac 1.25 g4 to my girlfriend, but the her dads wireless router is crap, so she never uses it. I really want it back. :cool:
     
  7. rust.puppet macrumors regular

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    haha if you dont want it you have a whole forum who'd love one.
     
  8. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone who doesn't accept FREE Apple equipment is a fool.
     
  9. riciad macrumors 6502

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    That's for sure!

    I'm awaiting delivery of a 1.25 17", not working, and figure if I can't get it going again I'll just put it on the end of my desk to look purty.

    I've already downloaded the service manual and started looking for parts but I've got my fingers crossed it might be a simple fix as the seller hasn't attempted any troubleshooting.
     
  10. ChrisN macrumors 65816

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    Use them for a dedicated music player,they have speakers that you can move around and that's what my cousins do.

    ChrisN
     
  11. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a

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    Just take it and be happy to know that all us Mac-geeks are jealous.
     
  12. rfruth macrumors regular

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    The economy must be real good for the OP to question free electronics :eek:
     
  13. Unit134679 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's the older non-swivel iMac. The one with the CRT builtin and is two colors (mine is green and white).

    I don't think I can upgrade the RAM or HDD...or make it wireless.
     
  14. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    That's a G3, not a G4.
     
  15. Unit134679 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oops. Still worth it?
     
  16. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Yep.
    Like we said, use it for internet and music.
    I believe it can run Tiger, so it's not total trash.
     
  17. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    If it's fast enough, my school has g3s, it almost made me not want to get a mac because they ran like crap, but then I got to use the macs in the other 2 mac labs then I wanted one again :)
     
  18. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Seriously? Is a *free* Mac Mini *worth* it? If someone gave me a free anything that worked, I'd take it.

    The only upgrade you can do is RAM, most likely to 1GB on a G4. I never upgraded mine, but there are instructions somewhere on how to open the case.
     
  19. iParis macrumors 68040

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    It's not a Mac Mini.
    It's G3 iMac.
     
  20. leishan macrumors 6502

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    I have one that was given to me--it runs great!
     
  21. Unit134679 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    With with this G3, I can upgrade the RAM and the HDD...install Tiger...AND have wireless connectivity?

    If I can't have all four then I'm not getting it...otherwise its mine!
     
  22. rfruth macrumors regular

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    Its way out-of-date Unit, U don't want it but I do & will pay shipping charges, contact me !
     
  23. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a

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    I was lucky enough to get a free G3 iMac from my school. Only had 10.1 and no wireless connectivity, still went and sold it on gumtree a few months later for £40. Any profit is still a profit. Take the thing and sell it on craigslist or something.
     
  24. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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