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Original G3 on ebay

Started Jun 30, 2009

iMac G3 333mhz strawberry in need of help.
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Old imac G3 with a perfect original box
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My Old Macs

I  have several iMacs of which my first one was a G3 700 mhz SE snow. It got a little out dated so finally bit the bullet and bought an aluminum 20" 2.4 ghz iMac in 2008 off the refurbished section on the Apple site. Works great and plan on keeping it for next several years until they come out with a bigger screen.

 I fixed up, one of the original bondi blue imacs 233 mhz with all original equipment with it. It even still has the side door still on it. I have seen many with it torn off to allow easier access to the usb. It was upgraded from 32 mb of ram, 4 gb hd, and running os 8.5 to 288 mb of ram, 20 gb hd and running os 10.3.9. Great little machine and it is being used in the community room for all to get on the internet with. Connected it up to one of the flying saucer routers by ethernet so it can surf the net just like modern imacs.

[ update]    The old bondi blue has been replaced with a 1 ghz eMac running 10.5.8, with 1 gig of ram, 40 gig hard drive, and built in wifi it does a far superior job then the old bondi blue.

Plan on posting a short video on my upgraded imac snow. I added a super drive, a gig of ram and a 160 hd even though it only recognizes 128 gigs. Great machine which I still use as a juke box and fax machine, cheaper than buying the usb modem.

I just got an original bondi blue iMac in perfect condition with everything original on it. It even still has the side door. Could not help my self and upgraded it to 10.3.9 along with 256 ram and a 20 GB hard drive. It runs slower under 10.3 then under os 9, but easier to use. It will most likely sit in the closet most of the time unless I can try to talk someone in trying out a mac and loan it out to them. Great machine.

[update]  Currently I have a 27" i7 iMac, my old 700mhz iMac snow, and a 1 ghz dual processor mirror door powermac tower running 10.5.8 with 2 gigs of ram.     I live in a small apartment and have been getting rid of my mac stuff that is not being immediately being used by one of the current macs.   Threw out all kinds of cables and adapters that were just taking up room.  Will take to the local Apple mac meeting to see if anybody there wants the stuff, but unlikely since that is where I got most of it in the first place.  

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powerbook G3 500 mhz firewire

I was given recently a powerbook G3 500 mhz firewire model that was doa when I received it. After leaving it plugged in for several hours and not starting up I was about to put in the junk pile when I gave it one last try to start it. It surprised me by sounding the gong sound and booting up in os 9.

From the time it first booted up I planned on the updates for it. The first thing I did was add 512 of ram to the 128 mb it came with. I installed os 10.4.11 on it and it ran slow for… Continue

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

"New" old mac

I have just acquired a g3 blue and white 350 mhz mac tower with a 17" Apple crt monitor. The first thing I did to it was replace the 6 gb hard drive and put in a 20 gb hard drive and install 10.4.11 on to it. The other up grades I did was to install 4 128 mb memory chips, a wireless card, and 4 usb 2 ports card. This is my first tower so it is a different experience of not have to tear apart the computer to get to any of the insides. It runs well on the os 10.4 and I plan on putting in a second… Continue

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 9:55pm — 2 Comments

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At 11:04pm on December 14, 2008, Michael said…
It will take me awhile to settle in, but so far so good.
At 2:36am on December 15, 2008, Kathryn said…
Welcome. I like the nice white page, and all the candy colored iMac on top. Nice job upgrading your iMac Snow. Hope to see some photos of your Macs soon.
At 5:01am on December 15, 2008, James said…
Welcome Michael! Did the MacCast recently talk about RMC? There seems to be a view new members here who mention they heard about us on that podcast.
At 9:51pm on December 15, 2008, James said…
We had a free forum site a long time ago so maybe you registered there. Are G3s retro? I should say so. Retro is subjective but we usually include anything that has been left behind, G4s included. We haven't included G5s yet but there days are numbered. Snow Leopard might officially make them obsolete.
At 12:49pm on December 19, 2008, John said…
How about a self aware internet speaking to people through a souped up Mac II in Spider Robinson's book Callahan's Legacy?
At 2:50am on January 3, 2009, Steve Gibbon said…
Happy New Year Michael, all the best for you and your family.
My Macs come from all over the country, but funnily enough I just got hold of some more iMac G3s and they were from a nearby town. If there's a place I could go on this site and list full specs for all my machines I would do so, maybe I'll have a look around for somewhere. To be honest I really do wish there was a Mac group that I could be a part of but the only 'local' one I'm aware of is a 2 hour drive away :(
At 1:00pm on April 19, 2009, David Alstott said…
Either lots of Weavers or one of them was a great traveler. We could start a story that XX Weaver stopped in NC on his way to the 1849 gold rush.

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