iMac G3, 333, OS 8.6 - Upgrade Q's

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Done-on-a-Mac, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Done-on-a-Mac macrumors member

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    Ok, so I have done a bit searching on the internet for info on this machine but created more questions in the process.

    I have seen that this computer can be upgraded to 512Mb ram. I read that it has 2 ram slots. But I can only find 1 ram slot. It has a 256mb ram stick in it but my iMac reads 286. It says there is another 32mb stick somewhere but where is it located?

    Also, if I upgrade from OS 8.6 to 10.3 is there anything special I need to install first to upgrade? When I have tried to upgrade the OS from 8.6 to 10.3 I get the blinking folder icon for a few seconds then it starts up in 8.6.

    One more thing. What type of HD do I need to install? I know it is a laptop HD in size, but can I go get any ole' HD from CompUSA(excluding SATA) & install it? I know about the 120gb size limit for HD's but I won't go over that since this machine will have limited abilities anyway.

    Where would I be able to still buy the PC66 SO-DIMM ram? And if I need to get a special HD what type & where could I find one?

    I just got handed this machine & want to make it an internet/word processor/music machine. It came with the keyboard but no mouse.

    Spec:
    iMac G3 (Rev. - ???) Does anyone know the Rev. #?
    333 Mhz
    286Mb Ram
    6Mb Video
    CD-Tray
    Lime

    - Scott
     
  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    it looks like it has a 32 MB ram stick soldered in the first slot, leaving one open for upgrading. If true, you're maxed out at 286 with a 256 in it right now

    you might need to install 9.1 first, before going to 10.3. I had this problem on my original 500 MHz iBook when I tried to do a clean install with 10.2

    I think any ATA drive will work, provided it is under 120 like you said.
     
  3. Done-on-a-Mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Is 9.1 avalible for free(legaly)?
     
  4. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    I don't believe so. you can probably get a copy on eBay for $20-30.
     
  5. Done-on-a-Mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for your help! It just want to give this little green iMac a few more years of life. Thanks again!

    - Scott
     
  6. SteveG4Cube macrumors 6502

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    http://www.welovemacs.com/apple-memory-imac-imac-333mhz--tray-loading-cdrom-.html (link to installation instructions in there)

    It's a standard 3.5" IDE hard drive.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/iMac-G3-G4-G5/G3-266MHz-333MHz/

    Some helpful links:

    http://lowendmac.com/imacs/imac-d.shtml

    http://www.apple-history.com/?page=gallery&model=imacrevd&performa=off&sort=date&order=ASC
     

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