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    I need help modding my old clamshell!
    I've never modded a computer before, but I'm pretty good with them.
    I'm trying to mod my old iBook G3 Clamshell because frankly.. the memory and processing speed sucks.
    I really like the way the computer looks and I don't want to buy a new one.
    I'd like to at least upgrade it to 1GB RAM and 120 GB HD Space, and the processing speed up to a 1.6 or 1.7ghz if possible higher.
    How could I do this?
    I'm not worried about how much the hard drives are going to cost, I just really like this computer and want to upgrade it so I can actually USE it.

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    iBook G3 Dual USB Upgrades - Upgrade Your Mac!

    Sadly no CPU upgrade available, and if there was you would be stuck with the old system bus speed which is really what is slowing you down, More memory may make it a little more responsive, but not greatly.

    A 7,200 RPM drive will also improve things a little, but you are still stuck with the same bus speed alas. Here is a link to the specs and you will see they had a 66MHz system bus speed which is really slow:-

    Apple iBook G3/300 (Original/Clamshell) Specs (Original/Clamshell - M7707LL/A*) @ EveryMac.com

    Note the limitations on maximum memory.

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    As harry was saying, there are limitations to what you can do. I believe the best processing speed you will get is 466mhz. You could easily achieve this by buying another Clamshell and switching the cases. As far as ram goes I am sure around 512mb is the best you could do. I belive 120GB HDs are the highest you can go in a Clamshell.

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    I generally think when someone says "modding" a computer...they're talking about doing something that is not conventional...definitely not looking for a "plug & play" upgrade.

    This usually involves some serious soldering & desoldering of the motherboard and adding of components that the motherboard was not originally designed for...or even trying to fit a motherboard from a different computer into a different case.

    Of course this is not easy...that's why it's unconventional...and sometimes unique!

    As far as what the "OP" means by "modded or modding"...need more info.

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    If anyone could mod a modern Intel Mac into the case of an iBook G3, I would bow before them. I always think of doing these kind of projects, especially putting modern components into my iMac G4, but then reality hits me and I realize just how difficult or impossible it would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADKhikerVW View Post
    If anyone could mod a modern Intel Mac into the case of an iBook G3, I would bow before them. I always think of doing these kind of projects, especially putting modern components into my iMac G4, but then reality hits me and I realize just how difficult or impossible it would be.
    I think the same thing. It probably is possible but would be a very costly and time-demanding project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GK27V6 View Post
    I think the same thing. It probably is possible but would be a very costly and time-demanding project.
    I saw something online where someone was considering putting the contents of a netbook inside a Clamshell case. There were numerous problems with this idea though. I can't remember specifically what. I think one of them was getting the screen to hook up because of some odd cable used for the LCD. Also firewire, ect.

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