New/Old Mac and im stuck

azureus

macrumors newbie
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Aug 16, 2006
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Kent, England
hi all, jut to let ya know abit about me. used PC's for ages. im resonable wth windows and have dabbled with linux. decided to go for a mac on a budget. i got an old G3 B/W cheap. but it had no HDD. i also got an old 30GB hard drive. where do i go from here. i know its a bit vague but i have no idea what i need to do next. all help is much apreciated. thx in advance

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azureus

macrumors newbie
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Aug 16, 2006
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Kent, England
no i dont have any disks, one of my friends has an old mac she upgraded to os x could i use the old classic 9 cd she had or would i need to get some new ones. if the latter where could i get some/ how woud i get some. im guessing its not freeware yet!
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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It's not freeware yet and I don't think Classic will work (to the best of my knowledge). You may be able to get a cheap copy from eBay though. :)

Alternatively, you could put a free flavour of PPC Linux on it. I haven't done this and wouldn't know where to begin but someone else may be able to help if you're interested. :)
 

azureus

macrumors newbie
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Aug 16, 2006
6
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Kent, England
thanks for the help. i took ya advice and installed a ppc distro of linux. all is good (exept a few tething problems)

thanks again
 

thewhitehart

macrumors 6502a
Jul 9, 2005
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You should most definitely go get a copy of mac os to put on your new mac if you are brand new to macs. I use linux, so I'm not one to knock it, but you could put linux on any old pc. Macs need Mac OSes, or they're not happy. Kind of like a tamogotchi if you forget to feed it.

OS 7.0.1 is free from Apple. Then again, I am most certain that the G3 may not support booting into it, and it is from 1991... but it's got a calculator and a slide-puzzle!! :D