Rescued B&W G3

spf2

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I just picked up two B&W G3s that were in bad condition. They were covered in dust and grime. Not only that, the plastic was cracked and missing pieces. I just could not walk away and let the neglect continue. Who knows what will happen with them if I don't rescue them. I have always wanted a B&W since I first saw it at the computer lab at the university. After spending 30 minutes vacuuming and wiping, they are now more presentable. There is still plenty of cleaning to do though. I did check that they chime so hopefully they will work. Sure, they are not display quality but maybe down the road I will be able to fix them up. The pictures don't really show how filthy they were.
 

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MikeatOSX

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Beautiful!
I kept my own b/w since I bought it and did an upgrade last year: better video card + G4 800MHz processor card. :)
 

tevion5

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Happy to see someone interested like yourself saved them from a possible trip to the recycling centre!

Now to see how far you can push them ;)
 

spf2

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Happy to see someone interested like yourself saved them from a possible trip to the recycling centre!

Now to see how far you can push them ;)
That is definitely the plan. First off upgrade the HD, Memory, video card, and USB 2.0. Find new bezels and plastic if possible.
 

128keaton

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Happy to see someone interested like yourself saved them from a possible trip to the recycling centre!

Now to see how far you can push them ;)
Don't worry. I try to save every Mac I can, or at least the internal components. I convinced them to part out a quad, just because I figured more people could use the parts. I have seen about three QS/MDDs and 1 B&W get scrapped, unfortunately.
 
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tevion5

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Don't worry. I try to save every Mac I can, or at least the internal components. I convinced them to part out a quad, just because I figured more people could use the parts. I have seen about three QS/MDDs and 1 B&W get scrapped, unfortunately.
Hope it wasn't a fully working Quad? :eek: That'd be blasphemy by my count!
 
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CapnDavey

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Here's what I did to mine years ago upgraded to a G4 also a Radeon 7000 64 meg pc card flashed in a pc does wonders
 

128keaton

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I only found extremely expensive parts. So it can be much cheaper to buy whole Macs.
Some parts are wrong too:
i.e. RAM for PowerBook G3 Kanga
RAM upgrade board ;). I've wondered, if you could install more onto a board, just by putting more chips on. May be ignorant, but just thinking out loud. A hot air rework station would make quick work of that, a 128MB PC 1XX dim is easily available.
 

Reflex88

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I've loved the B&W ever since the day I walked by John Lewis (posh department store) and they had a B&W in a clean white window display. I later got the chance at one that even had the original 15" B&W LCD screen included. yes, I've got one of THOSE.. can't believe how lucky I got... Keep these guys going, I think they'll be worth more in the future as they're a major turning point for the PowerMac line.. Hell, look how long the case design lived for. I bought a second one for parts and I'm glad I did as picking it up one day both top handles snapped clean off.. the white plastics, it's seems, are not aging well... se be carful, yours are already cracking too!
 
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spf2

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I've loved the B&W ever since the day I walked by John Lewis (posh department store) and they had a B&W in a clean white window display. I later got the chance at one that even had the original 15" B&W LCD screen included. yes, I've got one of THOSE.. can't believe how lucky I got... Keep these guys going, I think they'll be worth more in the future as they're a major turning point for the PowerMac line.. Hell, look how long the case design lived for. I bought a second one for parts and I'm glad I did as picking it up one day both top handles snapped clean off.. the white plastics, it's seems, are not aging well... se be carful, yours are already cracking too!
It's always nice to have a backup donor machine for parts. I am glad to have an extra but both of mine would probably considered donor machines because of their condition. Either way, i take great care when moving them around. I never grab them by the handles just because they are cracked around the plastic. At this time, I think buying a whole is much better than buying parts seperately. Thanks for the website links. I am sure I will bump into another one. I just need to remember to be patient and resist temptation.
 
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