iMac G3

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

  1. alibumaye macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2006
    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
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011

    Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    $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

    Jul 24, 2006

    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

    Nov 28, 2010
    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

    Apr 17, 2011
    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


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Keep OS9 on it and install Cassilla for browsing.
  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    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

    Feb 20, 2011
    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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