Got myself an iBook G3

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by BrianMayFan123, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. BrianMayFan123 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    I thought I would share with you all a bargain I got on eBay this week :

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    Thats right, an iBook G3 (600Mhz I believe), with power cable and Airport card which was an absolute steal at £11 plus delivery. At this price I couldn't let it go.

    Other than a small crack on the plastic frame its in very good condition cosmetically.

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    Screen is bright and clear of dead pixels, battery holds a charge (No idea yet how long but it turned on when I got it) and all the keys feel nice and responsive. The HDD makes a lovely grinding sound so it has to be replaced (I'm thinking an IDE SSD)

    I plan to strip the paint off the inside of the case, and either leave it exposed or dye the plastic to make something funky.

    After modding it I have no plans to use it as a main or even occasional machine so I was planning to let my 5 year old daughter use it for drawing/educational games. Would this role be best served by reinstalling OS X (I believe it can handle Tiger) or by finding a lightweight Linux distro?

    I welcome all input
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    That looks more like a G4 - but some of the PPC denizens would be able to correct me if I'm wrong. I think the G3 is the "clamshell" design, no?
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Only the very first two models of the iBook G3 were the colourful clamshell models. The rest look identical to the G4 iBooks.
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    Gotcha. So I was reading on Wikipedia that it could be a G3 "snow" 12" right?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Correct.
     
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I would keep it on System 9 or OS X. That way you can get Kid Pix on there. :D
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. G3s had a silver palm rest with a translucent clear keyboard. Later "Snow" G3s were all white including the palm rest with the translucent keyboard. G4 iBooks were all white with white keyboards and had a slot loading disk drive. All models came in both 12" and 14" varieties.
     
  8. jrsx macrumors 65816

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    My brother just picked up a 12" 500 MHz G3 iBook for $30 on eBay. It's a pretty nice machine! Currently running a functional dual-boot of OS 9 and Puma (OS X v.10.1).
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I feel pretty special to have had both the 600 MHz and the final 900 MHz.
     

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