What to do with an old iMac G3?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by freakinbubba, May 17, 2009.

  1. freakinbubba macrumors newbie

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    I have an old iMac G3 DV. Its specs are pretty puny, but it still seems like more of a hassle to sell it then to find something productive to do with it. I think I've maxed out the OS at 10.2, and it won't recognize a portable hard drive that I attached to it. Any ideas?
     
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  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    It can actually run up to OSX 10.4 Tiger. It should run decently if you upgrade the RAM to 512mb or more.
     
  4. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    IIRC, Mac OS X 10.4 generally plays better with external drives, and your iMac is supported by Tiger (You will likely need the CD version, most G3 iMacs didn't have DVD Drives). I would turn it into a server of some form or a scanning station. They also make quite good Kitchen computers if you have the space.:D
     
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    give it away on craigslist, it'll make someone happy ;]
     
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    Wasn't one of the old iMacs upgradeable? Processor wise?
    Or did that only apply to the first Bondi-blue iMac?

    though, probably ain't worth the effort...
     
  8. freakinbubba thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    Thanks, everyone, for all the helpful advice! I think I'm going to try upgrading it and using it as an server / image bank / scanning station. I'm off to search for RAM sticks!
     
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    Install tiger(disk from eBay) then plug hdd in and use as a network backup or a server.
     

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