Might buy a iMac G3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by VistaWiz, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. VistaWiz macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Hi! I am new to the forums, and I want your help :) My friend MIGHT buy me a blue iMac G3, that comes with power, the computer its self, the keyboard and mouse, nothing else. No floppy drive, i heard thats rare. So any good suggestions of what I could possibly have fun with on the iMac? Anything nice about it, bad etc? I would like to know. Thanks

  2. doobybiggs macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    old, slow, and won't run any of the latest releases to OSX
  3. twistedbydesign macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    If you are feeling adventurous you could try to find some older versions of linux to throw on it. I was able to make my old PC do some crazy things when I put ubuntu on it. It would still have that mac feel but it'd be a totally different beast. I dunno the specs of those imacs, but it'd be fun to mess around with.
  4. Slow Programmer, Sep 18, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012

    Slow Programmer macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2011
    In case you have not found it check the PowerPC area of this board. You are more likely to get info there.
  5. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    iMacs never had floppy drives.
  6. the27thvoice macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Those were a bit crappy 10 years ago. These days, I'd say good luck getting anything done with it.

    I would probably try to get a small-ish LCD monitor which corresponds with the case, remove the old CRT it has and try to build an all-in-one computer in the iMac case.

    Good luck though, hope you get some enjoyment out of it.
  7. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    Novelty value only, it's no use for modern working/leisure.
  8. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
  9. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
  10. sucramdi macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2011
    I used to have a 600MHz iBook G3 (sold it about a year and a half ago now) the performance would be comparable. I upgraded the ram to 640mb and installed Tiger on it, contrary to what everyone here is saying you would be surprised what it can do. Of course you won't be able to watch YouTube videos or anything like that, but there would no problem going on any other websites that dont rely on falsh or fancy graphics. If you run software from the same era as your iMac comes from it'll run everything at a normal speed. There shouldn't be a problem watching standard definition movies on it either, you can upgrade it to have a DVD drive or just watch from the hard drive.
  11. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    OS X will run slow. I suggest OS 9 for the iMac G3. I have tons of games for OS 9 and my iMac is my gaming rig at least for OS 9 games.

    You can find software that is legally free for OS 9 with a Google search.
  12. iMcLovin macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2009
    I would guess there's not much more fun you can do with that machine than awe of the technological leaps we've taken the past decade and get a good laugh. If that's worth paying for, go for it. Or store it for a few generations and your grand children can sell it on eBay in 2100 as a valuable historical item. Other than that its just a waste of space.

    That machine has way slower hardware than in today's smartphones :D sort of puts it in a perspective.
  13. VistaWiz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Oh erm.... woah.... It goes in to the PowerMac? Thanks! And why would I have a aquir-cant even spell it, and I am planning to keep OS 9 on it... And iMac G3s are good, i ant making my friend waste more then the 85.00 iMac G3on eBay, so no... NO NEW IMAC. >.>
  14. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Depending on the PowerMac, they're still quite usable. The G3's are a bit slow as are most <1Ghz G4's. But the G5's and faster G4's are still very able machines.
  15. afd macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    I've still got one somewhere, was one of the first or second ones i think. I used it with OSX.2 until 2006 when i replaced it with a G5 iMac. I liked it, I even liked the mouse that no-one else liked.
    After reading this post and something I read the other day about someone putting a PC motherboard and a TFT inside I'm wondering how easy it'd be to put a Mac Mini inside...
  16. psharp macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I've got about a dozen sitting in a closet back at my office... Let me know if you find a good use for them outside of target practice.
  17. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    If you're going to spend money, buy an iMac G4. It is worth it.

    I have an iMac G3, the first model. The CPU makes too much noise, it's pretty slow, considering it's on Panther, and it just sits under my desk.

    If it wasn't that I got it handed down to me, I would never have bothered with one.
  18. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    For fun? Yeah, I have one that just sits around that pretty much only plays old Mac games you won't find on OSX or Windows, its a heap. But its only good for fun stuff, as far as actually using it for anything useful? Nope. It can't even go on flash sites. You gotta realize how old these machines are.
  19. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    I had a Tangerine iMac G3. It got me back into working with MIDI.

    I remember it's hard drive made an annoying high pitched whine like a mosquito but my brain eventually blocked it out.

    I also remember that it came with a cute game called Bugdom which had cool music.

    I have two unopened Timex alarm clocks that look like miniature fruit colored iMacs. Timex only made one run of these before Apple put a stop to it so they are quite rare.
  20. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    Haha yeah, I remember that game. I was in 1st grade and we had those iMacs in the computer lab. We used to play it all the time. If you held Tab while it was starting up, it let you choose what level you wanted to play instead of having to start at the first one.
  21. ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2012
    I second that (well the 1.25GHz ones anyway) .

Share This Page