What to do to an iMac G3?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by zackkmac, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. zackkmac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    I've had my G3 for quite awhile and it's pretty slow, but I wanna be able to fix it up a little, I kinda owe it since I got my 24" in the summer and haven't touched the G3 since, and even then I rarely used it.

    But with that, are there any kind of fun mods I should do to the iMac? It's a neat little thing and I want it to still be usable, so I'm probably going to buy 1GB of RAM and a 600MHz+ logic board.

    Its specs are:
    400MHz PPC G3
    OS X 10.4.11
    512MB RAM
    DVD-ROM drive

    Just any suggestions you may have, I'd like to hear. Thanks!
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    There's been several mods where people have put PCs inside the iMac G3, it's quite a nice sized case to do it.


    I've always want to do this mod myself, I've always loved the iMac G3, it's such a unique machine, even to this day, there is nothing that comes close to it in terms of unique design.
  3. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
  4. dandeco macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2008
    I also have an iMac G3. It is a 350MHz Indigo slot-loading model. It also has...

    576 MB of RAM
    7 GB hard drive
    CD-ROM drive
    ATI graphic card with 8 MB of memory
    NO FireWire
    Mac OS X 10.3.9 installed

    I bought it for $125 last weej, including keyboard and mouse, from a Traders' Mart near my college. It initially had Mac OS 9.0 on it, but performance wasn't very good, so I applied the latest firmware and updates, then formatted the drive and put Mac OS X Panther on it.

    I don't use it for much. I tried using it as a main desktop computer in my room until severe limitations began to strike (not enough disk space, Apple thinks Panther is obsolete, some sluggish performance, etc.) I can connect it to the Internet using my Linksys USB Wireless adapter (I found a Mac OS X-compatible driver for the chips it uses), but it can get sluggish; I have used Safari, Firefox and Yahoo Messenger with it. For now I basically use it as a music jukebox with iTunes, a photo viewer/organizer/editor with iPhoto and a small musician studio with GarageBand (I can create songs using the pre-recorded loop thingies but it is difficult to use the MIDI-based loops). I have also done a bit of video-editing with iMovie, using a couple of test QuickTime clips. Though it is quite sluggish with importing, rendering, preview and exporting, I have been pleased with the final output of my test projects. But with limited disk space and no FireWire, heavy video work is out of the question. I can't even watch videos on YouTube without them randomly pausing/stuttering.

    But I like the form factor for the iMac G3 and how low-priced it is these days. I am actually considering buying an iMac DV off of eBay. I have seen a few good ones including a keyboard and mouse for a similar price of the one I bought, and often with Mac OS X Panther or Tiger preinstalled. Though it looks identical in many ways, here are the differences with the one I am looking into from the one I own:

    500MHz G3 processor, a tad faster than the 350MHz G3 processor, but I think it may perform better with that amount.
    256 MB of RAM, but maybe I can swap one of the 128 MB modules from it with the 512 MB module from my current iMac to boost performance.
    A 20 GB hard drive, which is enough to store my current PC iTunes library and my photos, in addition to more room for some extra applications and my documents and any video editing I may do.
    A CD-RW drive. Sure, it's not a Combo drive or a SuperDrive, but it sure beats a regular old CD-ROM drive; plus I can burn mix/data CDs with it.
    Two FireWire 400 ports, essential for editing video from my MiniDV camcorder or if I want to buy an external hard drive or DVD burner for it.

    However, it will still have the same graphics card and USB 1.1 ports as my current model, but the above things I mentioned will make up for that.

    As far as video editing on an iMac DV with a 500MHz G3 processor goes, I won't be using the latest software. I have a copy of iLife '04, and if I browse around I might be able to find a copy of Final Cut Pro 3 or something similar.

    As for my current iMac, once I've had the DV model for some time, I can sell the 350MHz model on eBay for some extra cash. Seeing similarly-priced iMac G3s on eBay and given the configurations/operating system it uses, I think it could sell for $70 or $80, since I will be paying maybe $100 for the iMac DV anyways. It is in great working order, and is also in very good condition in terms of cosmetics, with a small scratch somewhere on top (it was there when I bought it). Plus, I'm sure a family that does not have enough money to buy a new PC, let alone a Mac, could easily take it in.

    Any comments/suggestions?
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    You will be lucky to get 25 dollars for the pre Firewire iMac.

    You vastly overpaid for it. the only value is the 512mb ram in it.

    Try to get your money back from the Trader place you got it.

    You can get a 600mhz or if you look hard the elusive 700mhz iMac for the same price you paid for that machine. Incidently, I bought that machine two years ago for 50 dollars and only paid that much because it had the original box and I needed to ship it safely to a 8 year old relative.
  6. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    You seriously paid $125 for a 350mhz computer? That seller really saw you coming! $125 should have bought you at least 4 of those computers.

    Take it back asap and get your money back.
  7. bettykoyle macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2008
    you paid $125 for that?

    rip off!

    like there worth $20 bucks

    id say make a bong with one

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