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    Question What to do with my old iMac G3?
    Okay well. I have an old iMac G3 which is well known as "El Crappo Macco" for quite obvious reasons. It runs Mac OS 9 (fine for some), 6GB hard drive, 129MB of Memory, 233mhZ PPC proccesor, tray loading model, blueberry colour. I tried installing Mac OS X 10.2 on it but the installation froze. Twice.

    I don't want to get rid of it, but I want to use it for something else. I'm not that into upgrading it (don't have enough money, and those kind of things scare me ). I thought about turning it into a TV but i researched and found nothing, some kind of music station/CD player (thats pretty much all it can play anyway). Maybe i could somehow use it with my 2 other machines (eMac G4 and Dell inspiron 6400 notebook). It even crossed my mind to completely convert into a fish tank or something like that, but fish like to die one me alot. I researched using it as an external monitor so might end up using it with my emac.

    If you have any other ideas for me they would be MUCHLY appreciated.

    =]

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    10.2 should have worked with 128Megs RAM. Just not that fast.

    Did you check to be sure the Firmware is up to date? If it is not OSX will not install.

    I have a Bondi Blue 233 Mhz iMac G3 with 256Megs RAM. I have 10.3 Panther on it. Not really fast but useable.

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    Thanks, I'll give that a go. Because it was a reject from a university which had been in storage for four years so thats probably what it needs

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    That just might do it. You might want to put in a bit more RAM also. Those old Tray Loaders use Laptop SoDIMMS PC100. They will take 2x256 meg sticks. I also have a Grape 333Mhz Tray Loader and it runs 10.3 quite well.

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    make a imac aquarium out of it!

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    sell it....some extra cash..for the gas tank lol
     24" Aluminum iMac, 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory  13.3-inch: 2.4 GHZ white MacBook

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    I know your not into upgrading... but you could always swap the drive with another that already has OS X installed on it.
    G4 1.33 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 60 GB Hard Disk, Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW). Mac OS X 10.5.6
    G3 400 MHz, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM), Mac OS X 10.4.10

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    yeah that's a good idea, do you know where I could buy one?
    eMac G4 | 1.25GB ram | 1.25 PPC G4 | Mac OSX 10.4.11

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    PowerBook G4 ,1.67 GHz,120 GB hard disk; Slot-Load SuperDrive DVD±RW/CD-RW
    you can buy one, just if you have a hard drive with OS X 10.x.x, just swap it with the one you have installed already
    G4 1.33 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 60 GB Hard Disk, Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW). Mac OS X 10.5.6
    G3 400 MHz, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM), Mac OS X 10.4.10

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