Would you buy this?

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  1. jbarley macrumors 68030

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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
     
  2. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502

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    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! :)
     
  3. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    I would buy it. You never find one with the original box! Also those speakers are unreal. Will make a great media machine.
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    I was about to buy one a while ago for four times that price and it wasn't in the original box. I rarely come by fully functional ones with peripherals, and I love the G4
     
  5. RhianB macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  6. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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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.
     
  8. Slix macrumors 6502a

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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!
     
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    jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

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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

    IMG_0254.jpg
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Nice James! Congratulations. For what was shown, $100 was worth it. Very happy for you!
     
  11. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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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!
     
  12. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Try seeing if 'Apple System Profiler' or 'System Profiler' is in the Utilities folder. May be too old.
     
  14. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    What if you hold Option when you click on the Apple Logo? It's been a while since I used a version of OS X that old.
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    That only became an option with OS X 10.5. James is running OS X 10.1.5.
     
  16. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Really? Thought it worked with Tiger too at least... Oh well
     
  17. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    Good catch. Just bit the bullet and ordered 2GB ram for my 1Ghz 15". I love that machine more than really any other Mac.
     
  18. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    The design is just outright brillant.
     
  19. RhianB macrumors 6502

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    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
     
  21. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Original box, yes.
    Original installation disks, no such luck.
     

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