iMac G3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by alibumaye, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. alibumaye macrumors newbie

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    Hey all

    I just recently picked up one of these at a yard sale for 15 bucks ! :) I plan on having it primarily for my nephew (4) so he can practice and get familiar with computers.

    My question is what is the highest OS I can put on here? It's so sloooooow, and a lot of websites don't even work because it's still on OS 9.


    Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
  2. Badger^2, Apr 18, 2011
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    Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    $15 is probably too much.

    And unless you have a retail 10.4 installer disc, paying $100+ for one is probably out.

    And even if its running 10.4, he wont be able to watch any flash -- Disney site, sprout, nick jr, etc, etc -- all no go

    You should look on CL for a 1.25 G4 eMac. $75-50, would still be OK.
     
  3. alibumaye thread starter macrumors newbie

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    why wouldn't it be able to watch flash? is there anything that could be done to it so that would be possible?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Maybe you could watch low-res Flash (240p), but even that will be slow, as Flash is CPU intensive, and a G3 is quite an old CPU for that. Maybe look into a Core Duo Mac mini or G5 iMac if Flash is important.
     
  5. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

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    if you got it for $15 and you're whining about it being slow, there is zero chance it will ever play flash well.
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Keep OS9 on it and install Cassilla for browsing.
     
  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    You bought a computer that's between 8 and 12 years old!

    Not knocking the G3, I'm just saying that you can't expect it to do everything a 'modern' machine can.
     
  8. ball4lyfe macrumors newbie

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    Just as what others have already mentioned, that G3 is probably not good for even light (I mean, really light) web-browsing. I picked up a 15" G4 iMac, iSight and some original accessories (all in pretty much brand new condition) for $100 and although it has a 800mhz G4 cpu and 514mb RAM, it is barely okay for web-browsing but nothing else.
     

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