G3 400 Mhz as a file server

mail4asim

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Original poster
Mar 7, 2007
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Cincinnati, OH
I see several G3 PowerMacs on sale at geeks.com for around 70 dollars. Has anyone ever used one of these to run OS X and use it as a file server in a Windows / Mac environment ?


Thank you.
 

APPLENEWBIE

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May 8, 2006
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The high desert, USA
I see several G3 PowerMacs on sale at geeks.com for around 70 dollars. Has anyone ever used one of these to run OS X and use it as a file server in a Windows / Mac environment ?

I've not used one as a server but I have a g3 400mh machine that my secretary uses as a transcription (word processing) machine. I has a wireless card to talk to the network. It has been running without one freeze in 1.5 years. It's running panther with 640mb ram. I got it for $125. What an impressive old machine (8 years old.) I would imagine that it would work well as a server.
 

Super Macho Man

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Jul 24, 2006
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For file serving, keep in mind that the PMac G3 has only 10/100 Ethernet and doesn't support drives larger than 120GB on the built-in controller. I have a 400MHz G4 Sawtooth, which should be nearly identical in CPU performance to a 400Mhz G3 for file serving, and I added a Firmtek PCI SATA controller, a 320GB SATA drive, and an Intel GigE card. It can sustain 35MB/s to a Core 2 Duo iMac, and the CPU is maxed out at that point. I don't believe the G3 can be upgraded to dual processor, although there are fast single-processor upgrades available.

Other than all of that, it's a great machine for a server. It has 64-bit PCI slots and you can fit 6 HDs in it if you take out the optical & zip drives, and the power consumption is very low for a tower computer.
 

livingfortoday

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Nov 17, 2004
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Up until recently I was using a 500Mhz G4 as a file server, along with a Sonnet Tempo PCI card (which will be FS soon!) to handle the 4 extra hard drives. You shouldn't have any problems, though as noted above, it won't have gigabit ethernet. If you're not sending files to a bunch of computers at once, or don't have a gigabit router, you might not notice it at all, though.
 

Flowbee

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Dec 27, 2002
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I'm still using a G3/400 Powerbook as my main computer. With a gig of RAM, it runs os x Tiger pretty darn well. The processor is certainly up to the task of file serving.
 

Angrist

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Mar 11, 2005
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My 466MHz PowerMac is more than fast enough to run Tiger, iTunes, VLC, etc. RAM is very important though, a gig or more is almost a must for an older machine at this point.
 
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