Oldest iMac that can run Panther with iSight iChat AV?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Hodapp, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. Hodapp macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2003
    New York, NY
    Hey guys,

    My grandparents are Mac people and live in Florida, my parents have a ****ty old PC and live in Chicago. After checking out the iSight at the Apple store, I've decided that getting my parents an iMac (or eMac) with an iSight so they can video conference with my grandparents would be an awesome present. I don't really want to go crazy with buying stuff, as my parents don't do anything with their computer besides browsing the internet, word processing, and email checking. So in their case a new eMac is kind of going overboard. I'd like to get them on a Mac platform so they can use iChat AV and essentially do what they were doing on their PC.

    Would an older iMac work, or do I need to spring for a newer iMac or eMac to run that software decently?
  2. thebossisback macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2003
    Providence, RI
    As long as the iMac is at least a 600mhz G3 or any G4
  3. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    Also I don't think iChat is compatible with M$ Netmeeting or MSN video chat program. So make sure the people you want to use iChat with all have recent Macs.
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    We have run iSight and iChat AV quite well on a 400MHz G3 iMac, the first with FireWire. Pretty much, if you have a G3 with FireWire, I think you're safe, although maybe not officially supported. It got around 17 fps almost constantly, while the faster G4's got around 30, so it lags slightly, but it's still acceptable quality.


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