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    Are these rare?
    Hi all, today when I went with my dad to his work, we were doing some work in the basement, and I noticed an imac g3 desktop computer sitting on one of the tables. They said I could keep it if I want, so I took it. I just wanted to know, are these good computers, are they rare, how do they hook up to the internet, and was it worth getting? One thing I noticed once I powered it up was it had mac OS 8.6. Once I get some money I am thinking of upgrading it to the highest OS it can handle. P.S I can't get any pictures, my camera doesn't work at the moment.

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    They are not rare i have one still in my attic, but they are not decent machines anymore. They are usually standard with an ethernet port for getting onto the internet

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    They are NOT rare. Folks can buy these for as little as $10-$50 bucks depending in the model & condition...and sometimes like you...they can be gotten for free!

    - Nick

    p.s. And even if they were rare...there are VERY VERY few "old/rare" computers that are worth much money.
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    Well, would I be able to use them for browsing the internet? I just mainly got this so I could have a mac for use as my main computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOOKCLAMSHELL8 View Post
    Well, would I be able to use them for browsing the internet?
    Depends on:

    - what version of the OS you're running.
    - what browser version your running.
    - what the specs are of the computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by IBOOKCLAMSHELL8 View Post
    I just mainly got this so I could have a mac for use as my main computer.
    "Just mainly got this so I could have a mac for use as my main computer."

    Not many people "just get" an 8-13 year-old outdated computer that's worth about $25 dollars (or less) to use as their "main computer"...unless before this...you had no computer. Most people "get" a computer like this as a computer to:

    - have as a 2nd computer
    - get their 1st Macintosh just to play around with
    - as a 2nd Macintosh for another room in their house
    - a Macintosh for "the kids"

    ...NOT as their "main computer"!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I know, but my main computer might be on the verge of dying, so I just wanted some kind of computer to work with. Also, I have another laptop, (an apple ibook clamshell) but I cannot get it to connect. I think that needs a new airport card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOOKCLAMSHELL8 View Post
    I know, but my main computer might be on the verge of dying, so I just wanted some kind of computer to work with.
    What I was trying to say earlier was...an 8-13 year-old iMac is not a good replacement as a "main" computer.

    As a "back-up" computer yes...as a substitute "main" computer...probably not.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Ok, cause I do plan on getting another one, this one is just temporary. I originally planned on cleaning it up and just keeping it for my collection of vintage apple products. Although if it will run, it's good enough for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOOKCLAMSHELL8 View Post
    I originally planned on cleaning it up and just keeping it for my collection of vintage apple products.
    I can TOTALLY understand that...and what I would have assumed after reading your initial post.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Can you give us some specs please? That will help a lot. CPU Speed, RAM.

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    One last thing. I have been trying to install a linksys wireless adaptor on the imac, but when I put the CD in the tray and close it, about 20 seconds later it says that the disc cannot be read. I have checked the disc and it has some minor scratches on it, but with that being said, I recently tried it on my Ibook and it fired right up. Although it did not work on ethier ibook or imac. Do you know what's going on there?

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    For the specs, it has 64 mb of ram. And has 266 mhz. I get back to you on how big of a hard drive it has. I'm pretty sure it has 10 gb of memory but have to check to be accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    .they can be gotten for free!

    - Nick
    Someone say Free! Got a may a Powermac desk top out of dumpsters. Forget the internet, All that flash stuff and Utube will not work. Ive a 9600 with a G3 card and email and eBay is about the limit. It has OS 9.1 with netscape 7. There better to use to type letters, light graphics for a publication , a print server to a postscript printer or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOOKCLAMSHELL8 View Post
    For the specs, it has 64 mb of ram. And has 266 mhz. I get back to you on how big of a hard drive it has. I'm pretty sure it has 10 gb of memory but have to check to be accurate.
    That is the one of the original tray loading iMac G3's from 1999. The ram maxes out at 512 MB, and the OS maxes out at 10.3. Even fully upgraded, it's not going to do much more than VERY basic web browsing. AKA Facebook is pushing it, and don't even think about Youtube. Their still cool to mess around with and play some classic games on, but as far as a main computer goes, it's just not gonna happen.

    -Good Luck

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    I agree with everybody. Your gonna want to throw it out the window if you try to use it on the internet; modern internet is full of flash and javascript that will overwhelm that iMac.

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