iMac 333 is good for.........Old tech is old tech.

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  1. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

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    I have a 333 iMac and have no clue of what to do with it, I cant seem to throw it away, have thought about tearing it apart just for magnets and parts to goof around with, its to obsolete to give to family.....any ideas? Anyone want to make a aquarium? Its in the same category as my pioneer Laser player, old and obsolete:( Help..
     
  2. electroshock macrumors 6502a

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    Run a web server? Samba file server (with external drives attached)? Running game emulator apps (MAME, ScummVM, etc)? Install Linux on it and poke around? Hamster tank? :D

    If you end up parting it out, please be EXTREMELY careful in handling the high voltage CRT and related parts (or a low voltage power supply with HUGE capacitors) when working nearby -- triggering a discharge while not protected or expecting it can kill you or put you in the hospital in immense pain. They need to have electricity fully discharged from them before it's safe to work on them.

    There is a special but dangerous procedure involving a specific tool that Apple authorized service personnel used to discharge the iMac 333's CRT; would recommend someone with repair experience do that procedure. This tool is also available through a third party seller. In a pinch, there's a way to jury-rig a tool (at higher risk), but you still need to know where to connect stuff to and how to safely do it.
     
  3. Dont Hurt Me thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks for the electrical advice, Hamster cage? Now that sounds interesting indeed. It was so so cool when it was new. Anyone want a hamster cage?
     
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    it would be a deadly sinn to rip a working imac g3 apart , its a tray loading model you`ve got there the grandfather of all imac`s ever produced
    so respect it a bit ,it deserves it , try to get the original subwoofer that was available for them , yes there was a subwoofer available for them
    the harman cardon speakers are good anyway so why not use it in the livng room as a replacement for a ipod ...at least it looks far better
    :D
     
  5. Dont Hurt Me thread starter macrumors 603

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    That Sub your talking about went with the P-P-PowerMac Quicksilver, I should know I had one with the sub.. Guess it will keep collecting dust for now.:cool:
     
  6. Cloudane macrumors 68000

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    I think there's still a reasonable eBay market? Delivery is a pain though.

    They're not useful for anything as such, but collectors will be interested, or geeks who started with OSX and feel like checking out the more historic versions.
     
  7. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i totally disagree they are still useful , ok with a imac g3 with 333mhz processor you cant play world of warcraft but they are still useful ,
    install osx 10.3.9 on them and you can play itunes , you can surf the internet
    you can even use photoshop , and other graphic programs , ok they might need a bit longer ,
    but if you start to measure usefulness only by speed then you should not even use a core 2 duo processor as they are also damn slow if you compare them with a eightcore processor , pure speed is not everything ,

    it`s pure fun to work with a imac g3 , and it surprises you every time again when you work with one, and you see that apple was right with the megaherz myth and these small
    harman cardon speakers for example are awesome,
    if you think of their size
     
  8. Cloudane macrumors 68000

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    Hmm you can sort of get away with Panther, but most apps these days require 10.4. I guess it's Good Enough if you can get hold of old versions of everything :)

    Web browsing will be the biggest pain, but I believe Camino will work.
     
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I have one too, what could I do with it lol? Its worth nothing.. Its in my garage roof lol:D
     
  10. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a

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    Why not keep the high-voltage electronics and still make it into a Hamster cage? It would be twice the fun!

    (Just kidding!!! I don't want PETA folks flaming me)
     
  11. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    I assume it came with OS9? If you have the space I would box it up and keep close attention to the eBay prices. You should be able to sell it for a few hundred to some geek into retro stuff. Maybe not now, but at some point.
     
  12. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I'll wait a few years till the numbers have dropped a bit more so they are worth a bit more:D

    Thats what I'm planning to do with my Mac Classic:cool:
     
  13. kockgunner macrumors 68000

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    Wow, if I had an original iMac, I would keep it forever. Does it take so much space that you would give it away rather than booting it up 50 years later for nostalgia's sake?
     
  14. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i use mine now every day its so cool
    and these speakers great for listen itunes
    and it looks cooler then a ipod:)
     
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    I'd take it off your hands if I could since my 233 iMac died a few months ago, but my parents don't want me to have any more computers lying around. :p

    Try messing around in OS 9 if you can, it's still a great OS. (If I could run it on my eMac, I would. It's a shame it's not supported anymore.) Or just load up 10.3, make it an iTunes server, play some old games, or whatever. It'll still be useful for some people if you put in a larger HDD and maxed out the RAM.
     
  16. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe I missed it in your earlier post, but does it work? Like, can it be used?
     
  17. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    o course it can be used , i`m just writing here the reply
    on my imac g3 and its as fast as any other computer doing that ,

    get 0s9 on it and enjoy the old games and
    os x 10.3.9 for
    surfing the internet and reading emails ,
    get a external firewire hdd on it store your music files
    with these little harman kardon speakers it makes a great jukebox
    and use it as it was meant to be used :)
     
  18. Dont Hurt Me thread starter macrumors 603

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    Its still fine, though I no longer have the keyboard and hockey puck.
     
  19. ibookos9 macrumors member

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    I used an older imac than that today!
    it was an original bondi blue imac 233mhz!
    with 35mb of ram
    and mac os 8.5!
    man that things classic
    i wish i could have it
    I would
    upgrade it with
    Mac os 10.3 (at least)
    512 MB ram
    600mhz processor upgrade (with firewire)
    and maybe even get rid of the CRT and find an LCD to put in it (maybe not)
    oh and a cd burner!
    and clean it really good bc its kinda dusty! oh and its speakers have never been used and never connected to the internet!
     
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    I love them ghetto computers! Actually when i was in Kindergarten to 2nd grade they had iMac G3s in the school computer lab. If I could find a cheap one i would buy it.
     
  21. Dont Hurt Me thread starter macrumors 603

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    If anyone wants my 333 and lives near beaufort sc its yours.
     
  22. ibookos9 macrumors member

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    thanks for the offer but unfortunately i live in TN
    i would take it though if i lived near you
     
  23. Cloudane macrumors 68000

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    Good luck
    with all that
    it sounds like
    a very ambitious project
    but it's probably quite possible
    Was there a 600mhz upgrade for it?
    LCD will have to be quite small!
     
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    Craisglist. Easily snag one for less then $50. On eBay you can find them for $35 or less, but the shipping could kill you.

    I've been thinking about replacing my original 233 Bondi that died a few months ago... but all it really needs is a new power supply, so it would be a waste to throw it out and get a new one... maybe one of these days I'll fix it. :)
     

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