Keeping Older Machines In Service

Discussion in 'iMac' started by drewdle, May 11, 2010.

  1. drewdle macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone. This might have been done before, but I thought I'd post a bit of a roll-call to anyone out there who is using an older Mac as their main computer, or is hard at work keeping older machines in service. I'm a good mood because I just picked up 1Gb of PC133 memory and a new 160Gb hard drive for my G4 iMac for around a hundred bucks. The machine's performance is awesome for it's age, if a little slow when multitasking or trying to cough up video, so the memory should help with that. Also, a new 7200rpm hard drive couldn't hurt. I use it as my primary desktop.

    Also, I work in computer store that, among other things, is an Apple Reseller and sometimes the opportunity arises to save old machines from the recycler. One customer brought in a Blueberry iMac (no FireWire) that is having it's stuff transfered to a new 21" iMac, but the thing is in mint shape. Also have a lead on a full Macintosh Classic setup (keyboard, ImageWriter II printer, all software, etc), which while of course is of limited use nowadays, would be a fun writing computer.

    Anyone else have stories to share? I just love keeping these machines in service for as long as I can, so long as my needs don't eclipse the systems, and the G4 handles light video editing, GarageBand, and word processing quite well.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I still have a working G4 iMac; probably still my favorite machine in terms of design. Does exactly what I need it to (i.e. not much), but it's good for displaying a recipe in the kitchen where I put it.

    My dad still has an original Macintosh in his office (he's a professor). He uses it to write his exams so nobody knows how to steal them aside from writing down the questions on paper if they ever broke into his office :p
     
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i have a iMac g3 as my bedroom computer , its a 700mhz one with 16mb vram and 768mb ram , ultra quiet , and powerful enough for surfing the web , emailing and watching divx films on it which i stream over via ethernet from a external harddrive connected my mini , or some dvd's on its dvd player or radio via itunes ,
    its a snow white and i simply love its design :)
     
  4. prss14 macrumors regular

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    I use a 1 ghz, 512 mb ram, G4 eMac at work. It is awesome. Video is really the only area where it shows its age.
     
  5. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    My mums main machine is my hand-me-down iMac G3 400mhz 512MB/10GB. Been in service for 10 years 24/7 and never had any issues. For email, word processing and light web browsing it's still fine. My main laptop is still a 12" PowerBook G4 1.33 Ghz and I still have no reason to replace it as they are fantastic little machines. I also have various old 68k and beige powermacs but they are really only for a bit of fun and tinkering.
     
  6. IndustrialSpace macrumors 6502a

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    I can't seem to get my Commadore 64 to connect to the internet.


    Pikes Peak is getting old.
     
  7. drewdle thread starter macrumors regular

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    The first Mac I ever saw in a store was the Tangerine G3 slot-loader. I was 13 and I was at London Drugs, and I played with it a bit (and had a surprisingly good conversation with the salesman). I've wanted a Tangerine one ever since., even if it is one of the slower ones.
     
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    you need a acoustic coupler
    [​IMG]

    then you only need to find a phone that still fits ;)
     
  9. IndustrialSpace macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, at least its smaller than my 5.5 floppy drive!

    ...you could park a car in it!
     

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