Yet another G3 Clamshell

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  1. CooperBox macrumors 6502a

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    These Clamshells just keep on attracting me like bees to honey. And I've just found another exceedingly sweet one!
    This was offered to me over the weekend, and had it been just the iBook itself, I probably wouldn't have taken the plunge. However, as it was offered not only in superb condition, but with the full accessory box and all original paperwork - I dived in head first!
    It's the 2nd 366MHz Firewire version Clamshell, with 320MB memory, and the stock 10Gb hard drive has been upgraded to 75Gb. Airport card is also present.
    The accessory box is complete with all the original OS 9 disks, including Apple restore and hardware test CD's, iMovie 2 CD, and added OS X Panther (10.3) CD's. Also present is a Mac OS X Xcode Tools v1.0 CD (first time I've seen one). Additional accessories include a second Yoyo charger (not yet tested/possibly defective), a more recent 45W AC adapter, and a black M5769 Apple Pro mouse. Even the original white Apple stickers and AppleCare leaflet are still in the box.
    Negatives? A battery which no longer holds a charge, and a detached Apple logo from the top lid - which is present in the box, and just needs application of a suitable adhesive. Any suggestions to which adhesive will be the most suitable?

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    Normally before taking photos of a new acquisition, I spend 30mins or so to carry out a good cleaning to make it look respectable. This one didn't need it. With the exception of a few minor scuff marks on the underside, this example is near mint.
     
  2. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Nice! Those Clamshells with the boxes and accessories are certainly worth a lot. I have an iBook Clamshell that I actually still use often. Do you actually use your Clamshells for anything?
     
  3. CooperBox thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Music and CD player mostly, and occasionally for documents using LibreOffice. My 466MHz Graphite is also fun for watching DVD's.
     
  4. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Same for me, I use mine for documents with an old version of Word. I maxed the RAM, got a new battery, and installed Panther and it works great!
     
  5. CooperBox thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I use Tiger on the 466MHz Graphite, which (also with maxed-out RAM) runs very sweetly.
    I'll probably off-load one of my other clamshells soon on the MarketPlace, preferably for sale in Europe.
     
  6. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    Save some for the rest of us! I still don't have one, and at this rate the chances aren't looking too good and dropping fast. One day hopefully...
     
  7. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    I have two! sorry!
     
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    I'm aware... ;)
     
  9. tdbmoss, Oct 4, 2016
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    That's just the disc from the retail Panther set - older OS X versions came with a grey "Developer Tools" disc in the box instead (before it became Xcode), and from Tiger onwards it was no longer supplied on its own disc, so Panther is the only version to come with an Xcode disc.

    *hides the Tangerine underneath the Indigo* :D

    Someone (not me/no relation) is selling a load of them here if that's any good: https://68kmla.org/forums/index.php?/topic/28496-ibook-g3-clamshells-for-sale
     
  10. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    And I have three ;)
     
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    In regards to your dead battery, I've had good luck with a $25 eBay battery. Nupower doesn't make one anymore so I was pretty bummed and had low expectations but it has worked out well.
     
  12. MacBH928 macrumors 68030

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    I always dreamed of getting a clamshell and the original iMac, but between extremely tight budget and obsolescence of the hardware I never got around it. How much does it cost to get a decent working one now days?
     
  13. CooperBox, Oct 7, 2016
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    I think that depends where you are located. Here, over the last 6 months, iBook Clamshell prices have been averaging from between 60-150euros, generally for a working example - without boxed accessories, unless one is very lucky.......! The downside is, all have AZERTY keyboards - as my example shown above - which to some extent limits the interest. Clamshells from UK of course would have the generally more popular QWERTY keyboard.
     
  14. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Now's the time to get one! The prices are rising and they're becoming more and more rare.
     
  15. snarestud940 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone have one they are willing to sell?! I'd love one for games, dvds, and maybe word documents.
     
  16. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    Just so you know, most of them don't have DVD drives. The ones that have DVD drives are on the more desired FW-400 model, thus there are less available and are significantly higher priced when they are being sold (as if the prices for the non-FW400 models were high enough). Also, the resolution is an awful 800x600. Some games will work fine at this resolution, but many will probabaly not. Also, because of this, unless you use OS 9, documents will be hard to type as well since the visual elements are more or less designed for larger resolutions under OS X. Nevertheless, I have 2 and I love using them, regardless of the low resolution and lack of DVD and FW400. I wish you luck in your search!
     
  17. snarestud940 macrumors 6502a

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    I understand. I have one that is a blueberry running Tiger, but it is slow. I would like to get one that has OS 9, and that I can just used for fun. It really is a great machine!
     
  18. crewkid89 macrumors regular

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    Why not just put os 9 on the one you already have? You can run both on the same machine. I have Panther, OS 9, and Debian all running on mine.
     
  19. snarestud940 macrumors 6502a

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    That would be awesome, I just know how to do that. Not all tech savvy for installing multiple OS's
     
  20. crewkid89 macrumors regular

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    http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/mac-os-9x-project-replace-existing-page

    Download the CD for 9.2.1 and burn it to a disc. You can re-partition your drive, or do a clean install and install each on its own partition.

    There's a lot of instructions out there for this. It's pretty easy. Just backup your data before you do it in case you mess it up and don't be afraid to try something new!
     
  21. snarestud940 macrumors 6502a

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    No date on the iBook at all. I read that link you sent me. Thanks for that! Very confusing to me, but we will see what happens. Does that website have the download software?
     
  22. CooperBox, Feb 14, 2017
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    Yes the OS 9 software (several versions) are in that link depicted by the green arrows. For 9.2.1 it's the 4th download from the top of the list. You need to click either the 'Main' or 'Mirror' download link and when completed, burn it to a CD. It doesn't matter whether you select Main or Mirror link, but one should give a more rapid download than the other. If one doesn't work, try the other.

    Regarding iBook Clamshell dating, with your Blueberry, that model was manufactured between July 99 and Sept 2000 according to reliable sources. One can often look up the precise manufacture year and month from the following link:
    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/identify-mac-serial.php
    I've just typed in the s/no of my own Blueberry iBook UV9434xxxx8 which shows as manufactured 'mid 1999.
    Also a later firewire Key Lime UV0470xxxx6 which the site correctly indicates as 'late 2000'.
     

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