iMac G3 Carnage

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  1. Tugb0at macrumors newbie

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    So today i got a nice big box that had my iMac g3 in it and upon opening it i saw this

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    ok it doesnt look too bad

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    And this is where it gets awful, i end up taking the bottom off to get what was blocking the power button out of the way.

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    But hey atleast it works

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    Now this machine is the same spec machine i had as my first mac, and i remember it being a pretty hardy machine, so im guessing they relentlessly dropped the thing while in transit.

    Anyways this thread is pretty pointless, but im salty and wanted to show someone so look away.
     
  2. AphoticD macrumors 65816

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    What a shame. I’d be planning to dismantle and meticulously glue the inner chassis back together.

    It’s interesting to see all that beige plastic under the Bondi shell :apple:
     
  3. Tugb0at thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well gluing the inner chassis is a no go there are little pieces every where, it had to be dropped many times over me thinks. Anyways chances are ill probably get to keep it and if thats the case i will just strip it down.
     
  4. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020

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    What a shame :( I once had an eMac delivered in a very poorly packed box - I was amazed to find it fully intact!

    I'd break it for spares and wait for another to come along...though the prices do seem to be on the up again.
     
  5. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    Those iMacs are incredibly fragile, that inner plastic frame is made of what I think is the same plastics they used in a majority of beige Macs from the late 90s (Yeah, despite what Apple said, the iMac G3 was still beige, just inside ;)), which all have gone crazy fragile. Shipping an iMac G3 these days really is just bound to fail, no matter how well it gets packed.
     
  6. CooperBox, Jul 7, 2018
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    Sorry to hear about and see that iMac Damage. When one is impatiently waiting for a delivery, it's pretty devastating to find that it's been severely damaged in transit. Was it an insured delivery?
    Your thread here, far from being pretty pointless, may serve as a reminder to some that often it is wiser to purchase a bulky Mac locally and collect it in person rather than a remote purchase by mail.
    I don't know where you're located but often these G3 can be picked up very cheaply at local thrift stores. I've picked a few up for less than 15$ equivalent, and a short while back was given two. Link HERE.
    I guess you're 'across the pond', but if you were within driving distance I'd donate one of those to you. Mind you, I wouldn't say "no" to a glass of red Bordeaux in exchange......;)
     
  7. Tugb0at, Jul 7, 2018
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    Tugb0at thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well i found a indigo one for $25 local im just waiting for the seller to get back to me, so hopefully ill have a new one by the end of the day.
     
  8. Tugb0at thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I got this one for $25 it’s a 500mhz model came with the original restore cds and pro mouse and keyboard
     

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  9. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    Does the CD player function? Most of the slot loaders I've seen are well past their prime. Ditto for the G4 Cube slot loaders which are similar.
     
  10. Tugb0at thread starter macrumors newbie

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    unfortunately it doesnt work which i expect at this point, but i have a firewire dvdburner, so its no big deal

    anyway it came with 10.1 and no updates which is strange, so i threw in a 80gb hd that had 10.2.7 installed on it

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  11. California macrumors 68040

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    If these things weren't such desk hogs, I'd get another one, too. Sorry yours got beat up, but I see it still works! Amazing.
     
  12. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    Desk hogs or not, I wouldn't say no to a Lime or Strawberry G3, which (apart from the Blue Dalmatian & FlowerPower) appear to be the most difficult to find of the 1999 versions.
    On 2nd thoughts, I can't recall seeing a 'Grape' either. Does anyone here have all 13 colour 'flavours'? If so pls show them off with a family photo.
     
  13. Slix macrumors 6502a

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  14. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    Good collection there, well done. "Wot, no Cube......?" ;)
     
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    bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, sorry for that damaged iMac. Reminds me of my first-ever iMac, that had been also poorly wrapped and arrived smashed and broken too. It had been in a working condition too, but I returned to the delivery-service. Finally I lost focus and money (not much), 'cause there had been some other more important things to care about at that time.
    My conclusion: never ever go for another iMac-G3 unless I could pick it up personally (or maybe with the original package).
    If willing to wait for the right moment, time is on your side - so a few knobby-Macs have been waiting on my way so far ... I previously didn't pay much attention to the G3-iMacs until I got the knack about os9.
    Well, even my wife did like the Lime and the Tangerine ... (I couldn't believe that)

    Here are some pictures (Bondi, Lime, Tangerine and Graphite) ...
    Bondi.JPG Tangerine and Lime.jpeg Graphite.jpg
    Yes, Grape and Strawberry are hard to find - especially the Tray-Loaders.
    Same for Ruby and Sage ...
    Met a chap who just sold his collection of iMacs and was able to briefly touch a Dalmatian-Blue and a FlowerPower.
    Holy day ...! :D


    And here's a pictures from an auction I found somewhere someday ...
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  16. AL1630 macrumors regular

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    That last picture is my mac collector dream, hopefully I'll have enough space and money to make it happen someday! That's probably the best iMac storage solution I've seen yet, I'll have to remember it:)

    My G3 has a cracked inner bezel too, I'm not sure how abused it was before I owned it. I'm not sure if it's stable enough to glue back together, so right now it's held together with clear tape. Has anyone else fixed one of these, and what glue did you use?
     
  17. Adamscomputerrepair macrumors 6502

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    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that buckles my computers up for safety
     
  18. swamprock macrumors 6502a

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    And to think I ignored the grape, strawberry, and lime tray-loaders at Salvation Army for $25 each all of those years ago...
     
  19. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    I thought THIS and THIS were rather good. Food for thought rather than taking to the dumpster.
     
  20. M235i macrumors newbie

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    Shame that's how the USPS (the United States Parcel Smashers as I call them) treats all of their packages, nearly lost a Performa 6300 like that. Anyway, if you are looking to toss or scrap that iMac, I am looking for a CD/DVD ROM Drive for the slot loading model. Would be happy to pay for the shipping for it.
    Thanks!
     
  21. Tugb0at thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It doesn’t work, even if it didn’t suffer the smash I doubt it would work.
     

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