Just Bought A Pismo

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MasonS247, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. MasonS247 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2006
    I just bought a Powermac G3 Pismo. I don't really know much about macs. I bought it off eBay. The specs are:

    400MHz G3
    576MB Ram
    6GB Hard Drive
    Mac OS 10.1 Puma
    AC Adapter
    Dead Battery

    I paid $100 shipped for it. Good deal?

    Now to the Operating System. I know I can't run the most current (Leopard) on the machine, but I was thinking of installing either x.4 x.3 or x.2. I have x.2 somewhere around the house so that won't be a problem, but anything else I will have to buy.

    I read somewhere that with the Wallstreet and Lombard you have to boot into OS 9 to watch DVDs. Is this true for the Pismo?

    Is there anything I should know about this machine? Is there a cheaper wireless solution than an Airport Card? I don't really feel like putting much money into such an old machine.

  2. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2006
    You can run Panther (10.3) but no further. You actually have a pretty good rig, maxed out on ram and a DVD drive, good score!
    Try after the mac:
    for a decent "G" speed usb wireless adapter. You done good!
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    No, Tiger. It won't run quickly, so disable Dashboard and Spotlight, but you can run Tiger.
  4. adamyoshida macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2006
    The Pismo is a wonderful machine. Easily the most expandable Apple laptop.

    Though, to really make use of that, you're going to need some more stuff.


    For that, for $20, you could take the RAM up to 1 Gig. Very much worth it.


    For another $20 you can put a nice and fast hard drive into it.


    For another $50, you could put an acceptable battery in it.

    Then you've got a very nice system for running 10.3
  5. adamyoshida macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2006
    There are plenty of older G PCMIA cards which will run well with a Pismo. I'd recommend one of those.
  6. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    You can run 10.4 without hacking, and if he wants to spend the money for a G4 upgrade you actually can get Leopard running on one with some hacking. However as far as speed is concerned 10.3.9 is the best for that machine.
  7. durruti macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2004
    how'd u get it at that price?

    how'd you get a pismo at that price??? What method did you use when you ebayed?

    I'm looking for a pismo (ideally) or a lombard that I can use for writing and classic OS for $100 downwards, considering the specs....

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