How *good* is iBook G3 900Mhz 12"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Willy S, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. Willy S macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    I´m looking a laptop for my mom, who uses the computer for very basic stuff, wideoconferencing is the most challenging, so I wonder if a 900Mhz G3 is usable? :confused:
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Until a few months ago, I had a G3 800 iBook with 640MB RAM. It was fine for web browsing, Mail, Instant Messanger, MS Office, etc. You just couldn't keep everything open at once. Also, while I did some photoshop, it really was slow at times. I think you'll be ok video conferencing as long as word, mail, excel, and safari aren't open at the same time.

    I have a 450Mhz powermac with 512MB RAM and I still consider that usable for basic web surfing and word processing.
  3. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005

    That'll be fine for Moms... Just make sure you get one the doesn't have any Logic Board problems, ;)

    After mine was repaired, I've no complaints!
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Should be fine for her.
  5. JupiterTwo macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2003
    I've been iChatting quite happily with my mate who's using an 800mhz G3 iBook. No problems with quality, though doing much else at the same time as the conference was a bit iffy on his machine.

    So, just give it lots of RAM and it'll be swell for what you say she needs :)
  6. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005

    The piece I had in mind doesn´t have Airport so the deal isn´t as sweet as I thought. However, I will buy one if I find a similar deal with the airport included.
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I used one before I got my PowerBook. It was pretty good. I maxed out the ram (of course) and it was awesome.
    Definitely recommend it. :) :)
  8. jiv3turkey748 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2004
    my dad has the same computer and its pretty quick it should be fine for all those things
  9. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    Thanks again!

    I´m wondering, could I install ram and airport extreme card on these machines? I´m used to fixing PCs but have no experience with Apple laps.

    And also, can they handle more than 640 mb of ram?
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Should be a breeze installing RAM and Airport, there should be guides for this on Apple's website as they are "legit" upgrades for these machines. Unlike harddrives etc.
  11. Solafaa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2004
    Daddy said not to talk to strangers
    256MB or RAM should be fine, if she gets more advanced then upgrade the RAM. I used my iBook G3 with 256MB or ram for like 2 weeks and had no problems.
  12. RoadKill macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2003
    I think you will only be able to install a airport card (802.11b) and not a airport extreme (802.11g). These are getting hard to find so make sure you can get one before splashing out.
  13. JupiterTwo macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2003
    Yep - it's dead easy as mentioned. So much so there are even instructions on the back of the keyboards on how to fit both memory and airport.

    I'd recommend as much memory as you can afford - the top is 640. I run 384 in my iBook, and it's ok, but it would always want more :)
  14. MacHarne macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2005
    Virginia, U.S.A.
    Prior to the PowerBook purchase, the 14" 800 G3 was my gem. Using iChat AV with my iSight was great. The only bottleneck to videoconferencing, though, was my internet connection. Broadband is good for videochats, but isn't always enough to produce quality images. The videochats I've had before on a WAN were stellar and don't compare to regular DSL-connection quality.

    A G3 iBook will handle those tasks very well, though. You'll have a grateful mom. Remember that those iBooks cannot use Airport Extreme, so you'll have to find a regular Airport card if you wish to setup wirelessly.

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