I also got myself an ibook, but..

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by 95yjman, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. 95yjman macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Its a G3 indigo clamshell one,

    A little back story for those that care, these came out when I was in 5th or 6th grade, I really wanted an indigo one. But my parents didn't have the cash to just go out and buy one, which is ok they worked hard for their money. Back then I think I had a power Mac 5200 one of them all in one deals that I bought from while working a paper route for money of my own. It was slow, but I loved it, it was my Mac. Now that years have passed I have had many other macintosh's and just this July I got the Macbook pro you see sitting on the desk next to the ibook. I'm 23 now, married with no kids, have our own house. The macbook is my first brand new mac I have always had used mac's. Well a couple weeks ago I decided hey you know I bet I could pick an ibook up pretty cheap of craigslist or ebay. So I found this one you see in the picture for about 90 bucks. It came with 10.3 and a after market ac adapter.

    Anyway my point with all this rambling that nobody probably really cares to hear but thank you for reading it (if you did) and not making too much fun of me. Where would be a good site to get upgrades for this ibook? I know its not ever going to be a speed demon which is ok my primary computer in my MBP. I just got this ibook to bring back memories and just have fun with it. So with that said, I would like to throw some upgrades at it, replace the aftermarket ac adapter with one that it originally shipped with and if I could try to find some software and booklets (restore cd's and such) that this machine shipped with. Thanks for any help guys. :apple:
  2. Tyroler macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2011
    Hatfield, UK
    Congratulation to your buy.

    i would have a look at ebay.co.uk
    there are a few such g3

    Da one look







  3. hansolo669 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    i gotta say, definatly one of the best storys i have heard in a long time on this forum :)

    as for your question check out OWC for a power adapter, RAM and HDD upgrade. you can also check we love macs and ifixit's parts section. no affiliation i'v just used these sources a number of times.
  4. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    Congrats on an excellent machine. I wish mine was in the same good shape as yours. Hope you enjoy it!
  5. 95yjman thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Thanks for the reply's guys! They help a lot!

    Thanks! the ebay listing made it out to sound that they had gotten a bunch of ibooks from a school and they would just throw anyone in box and thats what you got, so I'm pretty happy to have gotten the one I got. The case and screen are in great shape. Only marking on the case is a number 9 with maker by the handle. So I'm guessing it was a school laptop but it doesn't seem to have been thrown around and such..
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    great story...love to read these

    i bought myself a clam graphite couple months back...


    it only has 196 ram (64 built in and 128 pc100 stick)...these can take 512 mb pc100 sodimm...but im still trying to find one for good price....think would really help!

    i did a clean install of os 9.2.2 and osx panther 10.3...os 9.2.2 run great and i use classilla web browser...i find with my lack of ram osx struggles,but still manage to use

    as for software ect ive found these that help out

    -taking apart (ram easy,harddrive looks like fun)

    -camino web browser just for G3

    -classilla for mac os 9

    -itunes 7.7.1 can be used (lost link but have .dmg if you need)

    -quicktime 741 can be used (also lost link but have .dmg if need)
  7. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2005
    Leamington Spa, England
    I enjoyed that story :) I was in the same boat myself a few years ago, moved into my own place, single, working, disposable income, etc.
    I bought my first mac which was a powermac 5500 'directors edition' then 2 G4 cubes (one with 1.2ghz cpu) G4 towers, mac minis, several Powerbooks, all the machines I ever wanted when I was younger basically as well as a house full of arcade machines. Good times!
    I've got a mrs now and more bills, etc. Enjoy these times while you can and buy what you want, when you want it, because soon enough you're going to have to justify your purchases to someone else, and that really isn't easy. ;)
  8. BigDukeSix, Nov 16, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011

    BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    OP, I love your story. I do always find it interesting as to what old Macs people acquire. I am also always curious as to what you use it for. And, to all who posted the links on here for support for older Mac's, thanks! Good stuff.
  9. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I have always loved the clamshell iBooks but the 800x600 res has always kept me away.
  10. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    OP, I almost hear it screaming: "give me 512MB stick and SSD, please, do it!" ;)
    Mine is very pleased after I did it :)

    @tom vilsack and OP: get PC133 memory, it's cheaper and runs well in Clamshells. eBay has plenty of it. Avoid "no name".
  11. Gage macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Excellent story OP. I recently came across an old blueberry clamshell and I'm having a lot of fun getting that thing going.

    Thank you to the guys that posted those helpful links!
  12. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    People have been successful in installing XGA displays in them, looks like a PITA though (and added expense).
  13. Ant.honey macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    New York City
    Sweet. I'm not sure what they were thinking with the toilet seat design, but love/d them. Enjoy.
  14. Gage macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Thanks for that. Now every time I look at the clamshell, I see a toilet seat. Lol
  15. HBlaine macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Great story! I, too, get a kick out of hearing about how & why people take the plunge into the older systems.

    I've got a somewhat similar story for one of my old systems, but it's a Powerbook 520c, and I'd probably have to go to the collector's corner to tell it! :D
  16. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    The old systems for me has character and coolness to it. Not the usual run of the mill x86 boxes in aluminium Macs of the present.
  17. janil macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    That's so nice. I hope you enjoy it and add to it as you wish. Sometimes the upgrades to an older system may not make sense financially but as so worth it as a hobby.

    I recently picked up a Titanium Powerbook (DVI) when I found one because I remember dreaming about it when it came out (I had a 7600 at that time).
    Some memory and a 250 gig hard drive later I have a nice secondary system to run Tiger and OS 9.2 on it.

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