recom. OS for old 233 IMAC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by alecmcmahon, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. alecmcmahon macrumors regular

    May 18, 2007
    Woodbridge, NJ
    i found an old imac on the side of the road the other day waiting for the garbage man to come toss it away, so i picked it up.

    booted up just fine, it's an orange imac 233mhz, 32mb ram, 6mb video card, 6 gig hard drive.

    i think its like os 8.x on there right now, i'd like to get an new OS on there if possible.

    i doubt OS X will run?

    how about some version of linux? any recommendations?

    should i try to get os 9? any improvments?

    any other options?

  2. classof2011 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2006
    Flying with American Airlines
    I think that it should run OS 9, but definitely not OS X.

    The minimum required specs can be Googled for.
  3. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    It won't run Tiger. No Firewire. Too little RAM. It'd be friggin' painful anyway.

    It's too limited for most Linuxen, imho, even a CLI version. Ubuntu (server install) might be good. Or OS 9, even though it's obsolete. I'd definitely recommend dropping a couple bucks on RAM from eBay or here -- at least 512MB. That'd make it a perfectly decent box for a simple Linux.

    Edit: I hate OS 9. I hate running OS X on old hardware. So I'm biased.
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    I would say stick to OS 8.5 actually. OS 9 if you can max out your ram.
  5. negatv1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    if you put some ram in it, you 'could' run(walk?) a relatively modern version of OSX. I have an old blue slot load iMac running 10.3, but it has 768mb ram, and I threw in a larger hard disk in it as well.

    It's still not fast(or very usable) by any means, but it works.

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