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jbarley

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Ran across this G4 iMac on our local Craigslist, seems like it's all there including the packaging.
What is the general consensus for a 100 bucks?
It's only a 10 minute drive for me...:D
 

Jnesbitt82

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Ran across this G4 iMac on our local Craigslist, seems like it's all there including the packaging.
What is the general consensus for a 100 bucks?
It's only a 10 minute drive for me...:D
I read on here the other day that they go for about $75-$100 complete. If you like it, that's what matters. Good luck! :)
 

RhianB

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I would buy it too. The completed ebay listings w/ boxes that I could find started at around $120 for the most part. Hell someone even spent $56 on a broken one lol. You get the Box, all the case candy, a clean machine AND A good strip of London Drugs tape. You're not even in it for shipping.

Good luck.
 

Dronecatcher

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That was the first Mac I bought, set me back around £1100 back then...
I'd say go for it - a design classic... and you could still find a use for it.
 

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I'd ask to go down to $75 and see what they say. Wouldn't hurt. :)

Those keyboards are really cool, I haven't used one in person, but I have a few of the black ones, and the white later models. If only it was a 17" or 20" iMac though, then the $100 would definitely be worth it!
 

jbarley

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James! Buy it if you have the cash!

The Apple Pro speakers and the keyboard alone are worth it. The white keyboards in that keyboard style are harder to find than the black ones.
Took your advice Erik, sitting here right now on top of my freezer, gotta find it a more permanent home.:p
It has OS X 10.1 and OS9.2 installed but only 256mb memory.
Going to have to do some research and see what I can do to improve things a tad, quick-n-dirty so to speak.
Should be a fun project.:D

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eyoungren

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Took your advice Erik, sitting here right now on top of my freezer, gotta find it a more permanent home.:p
It has OS X 10.1 and OS9.2 installed but only 256mb memory.
Going to have to do some research and see what I can do to improve things a tad, quick-n-dirty so to speak.
Should be a fun project.:D

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Nice James! Congratulations. For what was shown, $100 was worth it. Very happy for you!
 

CooperBox

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Indeed, a very nice find. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
My first G4 iMac was also an early 15" M6498 'like-new' in box, with the exception that I payed twice your price. That made me realise how great these are, and quickly looked around for the nicer 17" 1.25GHz USB2 model, which loaded with Leopard and 2GB RAM, TenFourFox and all the tweeks you read about here, make it an awesome machine. For some unfathomable reason I prefer the 17" to my 20".
I'd advise you to look around eventually for a 17" 1.25GHz model. You won't regret it!
 
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jbarley

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OK here is the first of will probably many questions about this iMac G4.
It appears to have "puma" installed (10.1.5) which will soon be upgraded, but how do I find the equivalent of System Info Hardware stats.
The 'About This Mac" panel does not have a "System Report" button.
 

eyoungren

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OK here is the first of will probably many questions about this iMac G4.
It appears to have "puma" installed (10.1.5) which will soon be upgraded, but how do I find the equivalent of System Info Hardware stats.
The 'About This Mac" panel does not have a "System Report" button.
Try seeing if 'Apple System Profiler' or 'System Profiler' is in the Utilities folder. May be too old.
 
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bobesch

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Ran across this G4 iMac on our local Craigslist, seems like it's all there including the packaging.
What is the general consensus for a 100 bucks?
It's only a 10 minute drive for me...:D
Congrats too - Great deal!
Especially, because of the box and original installation disks.
Feels like unboxing and using it like beeing back in the days, when it hit then shelves.
I went for an originally boxed 12" iBook G3 Snow 600MHz just for that reason and it's great fun to restore the original software and run os9/OSX 10.1 just to find out, what's still possible if I'd only have this machine and no other sources except the web... (First thing had been to get Classilla from Macintoshgarden to get access to all the other gems :) )
Have fun with your Lamp, cheers, Bob
 
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