How Does One Get a New Browser on an Imac 9.1

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  1. Pani macrumors member

    Pani

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    I have an operating system 9.1 and none of the newer browsers will work on it. I have had a mac for the last 15 years but never got into it other than the basics. Can the system itself be upgraded. How much does that cost? Or, am I stuck with buying a new computer. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    you will need to upgrade to OS X, if you could give some specs on the machine it would help with being able to tell you which version of OS X would be best for that machine.
     
  3. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    specs needed to upgrade

    to upgrade to OS X Tiger (Leopard comming soon)
    you need:

    PowerPC G5, G4 or G3 processor
    Built-in FireWire
    DVD drive is required for installation At least 256MB of RAM


    i'm pretty sure that your iMac can take it.
    if it were me, i wouldn't wait till Leopard bc i hear they're dropping G3 support and it's gonna take more to run it basically.
     
  4. mongoos150 macrumors 6502a

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  5. Pani thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for responding

    What do you mean by specs? Where would I find that? Basically, I use the computer to serf the net. I never even figured out how to run the video part. If I bought an Ipod, I would have no clue how to download. Is it even possible to upgrade my 9.1 operating system? I keep getting messages I need to upgrade my browser and can't even get my favorite blogs anymore. But when I try to download, they say I don't meet the requirements and won't run.
     
  6. mongoos150 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. I'm at a loss for words - but at least, go into your system prefs (not sure what the OS 9 equivalent of that is) and check for something that says "About This Mac" - to give us an idea of what hardware you have, how much ram you have, etc... You might not have the specs (specifications) to install OS X, and you might want to buy a cheap newer Mac (perhaps a Macbook or an inexpensive iMac) if you only need to surf the net/light computing.
     
  7. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    What does your computer look like?

    Can you see it on this page?

    We can't really help you without knowing what computer you have.

    EDIT: Sorry, I just noticed that you already said it was an iMac.
     
  8. Pani thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    Built in Memory 64 Mb

    Virtual 65 MB

    Largest Unused block 8

    Mac OS Rom 7.5.1

    Is this it? Yes, there really are folks like me who surf the web and know little else. Like most of my friends. I also can't find a printer that will work with my os since mine broke
     
  9. shu82 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure you have OS 9.1? Your last post made it sound like you were running system 7. If that is true, you are sporting a performa, not an imac. If it is an imac, does it have a tray to put cd's in? If that is so, you can only go to 10.3.

    To do any OSX upgrade you will need to buy 2 128mb sticks of ram at least. Depending on what model you have (tray or slot), you should be able to do this for $15 slot or 20-25 tray. The next step is to find another mac person with an OSX cd.

    Also at the extreme least get 10.2. Shoot for panther 10.3. Even with a 266 G3. Firefox will work fine. (youtube will be disappointing even if you right-click>quality>low)

    If you really just have a performa that someone painted, check out system 7 today.
     
  10. gloss macrumors 601

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    Now would probably be the time to start looking at picking up an old, used OSX Mac.
     
  11. theviceofreason macrumors newbie

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    You could try iCab:

    http://www.icab.de/

    Our office Macs are stuck on OS9 and iCab seems to have more success with a lot of websites than Internet Explorer. It's not perfect, but it might do the job for a while.

    Good luck!
     
  12. Pani thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Again

    Thank you again for the responses. Yes, I am sure it is an IMAC. At least that is what it says! It also says 9.1. I am sure I will raise a few eyebrows, but I picked it because of the cute flowers on the side. Thought it went well with my Monet theme. It is good to know I can do something to it because I think it is so environmentally irresponsible to keep buying computers and then what happens to the old ones? Thanks again
     
  13. neven macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life or how to arrange your priorities, but perhaps you should consider the following:

    - Your computer is much less energy-efficient than today's computers, so you're using more power in a less efficient and less environmentally-friendly way.
    - The disservice you're doing to your eyes by gluing them to a tube monitor.
    - The general dissatisfaction you must experience when using your computer in its surely slow, unreliable, and limited capacity.

    Your current computer can be donated to a school or local organization where it can be put to limited, specific use. Using it as your regular computer isn't more eco-friendly than buying a new one, and you're missing out on much of what today's world of information, education, and entertainment has to offer.

    My apologies if this sounds patronizing.
     
  14. Pani thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you

    It doesn't sound patronizing at all. I really appreciate you pointing out than angle because I would not have thought of it. Global warming is such a concern to me I have given up my car. Unfortunately, budgetary concerns are practical constraints, so I am going to try that alternate browser suggested above. I asked a few months in advance of making any purchase to see what my options were.
     
  15. shu82 macrumors 6502a

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    This is a Flower Power 500mhz imac. It has plenty of speed for general tasks. It should even do youtube ok. It does not waste that much power to run. It is less efficient, but it does what it should. I have 2 of these running all the time with an imac g5 and a powerbook. Usually all these are running with an air conditioner in Alabama! My power bills at the house never go over $90.

    Now that I know what you have:

    Buy 2 sticks of 256mb pc100/133 184 pin ram
    Install Tiger
    Enjoy a relatively rare computer

    When you have the money to upgrade, just keep it around as an itunes jukebox. It has wonderful loud Harmon Karmon Speakers!
     
  16. Pani thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank You!

    Thank you! It is a cute computer (lol)!!!!!

    p.s. Have you ever heard of Fort Payne in the Eastern part of the state? My late father lived there. As does my present 1/2 sister. Was raised by my Polish side, but I guess the other 1/2 of my ancestors lived in the Alabama hills since before the Revolutionary War. And the Cherokees before then. I was really impressed by how much geographic beauty the state of Alabama has.
     
  17. shu82 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I live 45 minutes from there. Sock Capitol of the world. Its quite nice up there good hiking and great fishing. PM me if you're ever around the area.
     
  18. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    If money is a constraint, you might consider finding a copy of Panther (OS X 10.3) on ebay. Since it's an old OS, there are likely to be a number of copies available for what should be a pretty low price. (Obviously confirm that it's not a pirated copy and that the seller does not have it installed any longer). Or, if you wait a couple of months, Tiger will also drop in price. Once purchased, you can upgrade Panther for free from Apple, and that will get you system software that's pretty recent and will let you use basically any current browser.

    One example -- auction not done, but starting bid is at $8.
    Panther on Ebay
     

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