iMac G3 for downloading?

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  1. chocolate632 macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking of getting an iMac G3 to handle my downloads, since I can leave it on at night and have whatever I want downloaded by the morning. I found one on Craigslist with:

    OS X 10.39
    500 MHz G3
    250 MB ram
    4.2 gig HD
    Airport (WiFi)
    Firewire
    Modem

    for $50

    I have a few hard drives laying around so I'll upgrade it, but other than that, can this Mac work as a download machine? I'll be getting content through iTunes, Safari and an app called JDownloader

    Thanks:)
     
  2. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    Someone else will have to answer the question about what can still be done on iTunes with a G3 running Panther, but everything else should work fine. That's a really good idea. It should save you some electricity too.

    Depending on your network and other practical considerations, it might get a little more done each night with an ethernet connection than with airport. If it's close enough to your router, it might be worth trying. Either way, I think it's a good idea.
     
  3. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    I would add an external firwire drive where you could store your downloaded stuff also you could try to max out the ram to 1GB and use Ethernet instead of WIFI for downloading because it's less likely to loose the connection.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    With it being a G3 the highest version of iTunes is 8.2.1. You can't download iPad apps, or view the newest store interface, but it's great for sharing and listening to music.
     
  5. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    I think that's only true if you upgrade to Tiger. Otherwise it's 7.7.1 for Panther, I believe.
     
  6. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I don't think Panther supports iTunes 8.x.x. I think the last version is 7.7.1. No matter what version it is iTunes still sucks IMO. ;)
     
  7. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup, I checked it on Wikipedia and 7.7.1 is the last version supported on Panther. Video downloads became available in 4.8 so i SHOULD be able to download tv shows on iTunes, right?

    I was thinking about just upgrading the internal drive to an 80GB and then i realized that I would have to reinstall Panther. Does Apple still sell older operating systems? Or would i be better off getting it from torrents or something.

    Safari should work, but does anyone know if JDownloader will?
     
  8. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Get a USB-2-IDE adapter and clone the drive, or get a Panther-DVD/CDs off eBay (~$150).
     
  9. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    of course you can download with a iMac g3 , why not connected via ethernet it will be as fast as any other computer and via firewire you can connect 126 harddrives so if you buy 2 tb harddrives with a firewire 400 connection then it makes 252 terabyte space i guess thats enough for a couple films
     
  10. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Get a G4 for a couple more bucks, or beg someone on craigslist to take $50 for one. You can fit more hard drives inside one of those as well.
     
  11. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup, downloading full blu ray rips will fill that up pretty quickly :D
     
  12. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why? Strictly as a download machine, would a G3 not be sufficient?
     
  13. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    I think the majority of eMac G4s are <$75 "Buy Now" on eBay.
     
  14. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    there is another point that makes the iMac G3 even more suitable , the iMac G3 slot loader had NO fan inside so other then the noise of a harddrive spinning its totally silent
    because when downloading raw processor power is not really needed , and external harddrives are more practical if you want to move the files around and firewire does not put stress on the processor unlike usb which uses quiet a lot processing power
     
  15. molala macrumors 6502a

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    I used to work in a lab with a lot of ageing iMac G3's. Yes, they are suitable for downloading via ethernet if that's the only thing you would do. What I did not like the space they took up and the CRT screens. If I were in the same boat, I'd rather look for a G4 mac mini which you could pair with a flat screen.
     
  16. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    my opinion to that differs despite the mini is a good little box i have one , but the iMac G3 (i have two of them)is if you like it or not the design icon that rescued apple , without it apple would be gone since the last century like many others in the computer industry but the iMac G3 made apple popular and it just looks so sweet with all the different colors you can get , not only in boring sad grey like today' apple Mac's ,
    so its not about owning the fastest computer possible , despite the fact that the iMac G3 is still fast considering its nearly 10 years old and happily runs tiger ,if fitted with more then 256mb ram ,
    but its about owning a piece of apple history thats still usable today and if you are not fanatic about using youtube or other flash things you can still live with it as main computer for surfing,downloading , emailing ,office work , even light photoshop work is possible with earlier versions of PS ,among a lot more things but it takes a different approach to that "speed is everything" thing ,if you grew up with commodore pets and c64's like i did , then a iMac g3 is a speed demon in comparison and in 2001 even pro's did on the G3's what they do now on a iMac 27" i7 only with older versions of the same programs , ok it took a bit longer but they did the job
     
  17. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's good to know. I will probably place it in the living room which is far away from the bedroom area so noise is not a HUGE concern, but definitely something to keep in mind. :)
     
  18. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the advice, but the G4 Mac Mini is a bit out of my price range (goes for $300 and up on kajiji), not to mention that i don't have a flatscreen to hook it up to. I managed to find a eMac for $69 with these specs:

    17" Screen
    700Mhz G4 Processor
    40Gb HDD
    CDROM Drive
    384Mb RAM

    It's coming from a shop too with a 90 day warranty so I don't think I can go wrong here.
     
  19. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    no normally you cant go wrong with a eMac and they are really cheap to get now (even higher spec ones ) but for 69 dollar and warranty you just cant go wrong :D max out the ram as soon as you can afford it , the 700mhz takes max 1 Gb
    (2x 512mb LOW DENSITY ram PC133 SDRAM ) mind you its not so much important for the download process itself
     
  20. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Well for ~$40 more you can get a 1.42 ghz model.
     
  21. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    :eek: for around 100 dollar its worth to spend the money if you get the 1.42 models ,
    it offers the ability to add 2 Gb ram and has a better graphics card ati 9600 with 64mb vram ,
    while the mini G4 1.42 is more expensive , and takes only 1 gb and has only the ati 9200 with 32mb vram
    and that means it makes the eMac 1.42 even superior compared with a 1.42 mini
    and you do not need to buy a extra monitor


    both the mini 1.42 and 1.42 eMac need 184-pin PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM. LOW DENSITY ram
     
  22. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But you have to understand, I don't need to use this computer for anything other than downloading, specifically with the app JDownloader. I know that the extra ram would be beneficial and i would definitely go with the higher spec computer if I planned to do anything else with the computer, but I don't so thats ok. JDownloader needs Java 1.6 or 1.5 to run properly (I don't remember exactly). Will the lowest model be sufficient?
     
  23. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also, this computer should be capable or running Mac OS X Tiger, no?
     
  24. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    even the iMac g3 you originally intended to buy can run OSX tiger ,
    but you will need a cd version of the tiger install discs as the emac you choose has no dvd drive in order to install directly,
    or
    the dvd version but then you need another Mac to install in target disc mode ,
    means using the dvd drive of it while both Mac's are connected via firewire ,
    you have to put in the dvd in the one with dvd drive ,
    then boot the Mac you want to install from (the one with the dvd drive)in target disc mode ,
    the other where you want to install tiger you have to boot normal,
    it will then see the dvd as it would be a external dvd drive connected via firewire
     
  25. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, i'm most likely gonna see if they sell the CD version of Tiger or i'm just gonna pick up a firewire cable. I'm not even sure what operating system it comes with, but the screenshot looks like Panther
     

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