I received this as belated birthday present. Please provide some suggestions on how to care for it and should I keep OS X as the OS? It was on iMac when I received it.
That's a lovely iMac. With a bit more memory, it'll run Tiger rather well. It also makes for a fast OS 9 machine. I suggest having both OS 9 and Tiger on that machine.
How nice. I received a 400 MHz Blueberry iMac G3 as a birthday present, also running 10.3.9.
These do make good machines for Mac OS 9, and it can even be installed on the same partition as Mac OS X so you can boot from either. There's plenty of old software you can download which will work on OS 9.
However, if you want to run newer software, it would be a good idea to update to Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger and maybe upgrade the RAM as well.
A very nice gift indeed.
I agree with others that 10.4.11 and 1GB of RAM would do nicely.
I never understood why Apple made the slimmed-down white keyboard incompatible with OS9, so I agree that the slightly larger black keyed keyboard would be a better option.
I wouldn't worry about the mouse. The original black Pro Mouse that it shipped with had a very common problem of breaking the cable where it enters the mouse.
Before going to 10.4.11 make sure the optical drive is a DVD drive and is reading DVDs reliably, or you'll need an external drive of some sort to perform the install.
Did it come with original System Disc set?
every try to copy big files on a g3 with a usb stick...takes for evveeerrrrrr
..The real fun one is booting off USB 1.1. I've done it a couple of times(from a hard drive) on a TiBook, and it takes about 15 minutes to reach a useable Leopard desktop.
Everybody must do this at least once on USB 1.1 with an ATA33 drive - just to see how bad it is.
Other fun is installing MSOffice 4.2 from floppies. 35 disks. Usually falls over about disk 29.
I did it from a SATA drive, although honestly I don't think the drive speed itself makes much difference as you're still bottlenecked by the USB.
Back in my dark old days of Windows 3.1, I have(not so fond) memories of installing many programs via the proverbial huge stack of floppies.
My dad ran a tax business from home, and the program he used took a long time to move into the modern age. Of course, it was updated tremendously every year due to changing tax laws, but the program was entirely DOS based(and with no mouse support) the last time he bought it in 2006. All the windows were blue background with gray, yellow, and red text accessed by the arrow keys, tab key, or my favorite method of hitting the first letter on the line(it's amazing how fast you can learn to navigate even without a mouse).
In any case, I think that the last year it shipped on floppies(which was around 2002 or 2003) it came on 50 some odd floppy disks. My dad used to make a backup of them on a single LS-120 disk.
SO the next question is, does it have a DVD drive or CD, CD/RW only - and, does it read and eject?...the addition of memory to my G3 has enhance the machine and it is working like a champ.