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I've been a lifelong windows user and I'm going to be buying a new laptop in about six months. I'm weighing my options and I'm thinking about making the jump to a macbook. I'm afraid to spend that kind of money having never used a mac before, so I want to buy some sort of trial machine. I found an iMac for sale and I know it's old, but I was wondering if it would give me a decent feel for what I would be getting into. The specs are:

iMac OS X computer with keyboard and mouse:
Slot-loading CD ROM
Headphone jack in front, stereo speakers.
OS X version 10.1
PowerPC G3 processor
64 MB memory, and an extra 64 MB to be plugged in
6.37 GB HD
Price - $75

I'd try to get the price down, but would it even be worth it? I'm mainly concerned with learning my way around the OS and playing with the terminal.

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try to get the price down? i think thats a pretty good price, thats a bargain. that looks like a good idea.
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try to get the price down? i think thats a pretty good price, thats a bargain. that looks like a good idea.
Shows how much I know about Macs...

So how different is OS X 10.1 from the current version?
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what is the speed of the processor?
75 bucks is a **** good price
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what is the speed of the processor?
75 bucks is a **** good price
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I'm not sure. I'll have to look into that.
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Heh, ok, the person selling the computer doesn't know how to check the processor speed...and neither do I...so what should I tell them?

Thanks, I really don't know what I'm doing here
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try System profiler. Did older macs have that?
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I was looking at the system requirements for OS X 10.4 and it says that it requires 256mb of RAM. This thing only had 128. It also appears that 10.1 has little to none of the features in 10.4. For any of you who have been using OS X since 10.1, will I actually be preparing myself for 10.4 if I learn on a 10.1 machine?
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Ross, I think you'll find that machine to slow to appreciate OS X. I'd look for at least a G4 processor too because some of the applications take advantage of the extra capbilities. ****, you might even find an inexpensive G4 Mac mini for a decent price.

As with most systems these days, 512MB is really the minimum for decent performance.
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I would have to agree, this is a slow computer at a great price, but i really don't think you need to buy a mac to get the feel for it. Find a friend that has one with at least 10.3 or better. Use it for a few hours. Personally, I really wouldn't worry about having to get used to it. Macs' have SUCH a shallow learning curve, it takes only a matter of hours to get the hang of it. Than maybe a few more hours to start to turn pro. It is just that simple.
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"Macs' have SUCH a shallow learning curve, it takes only a matter of hours to get the hang of it. Than maybe a few more hours to start to turn pro. It is just that simple."

ditto on that
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So how different is OS X 10.1 from the current version?
Lightyears!!!
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I've been a lifelong windows user and I'm going to be buying a new laptop in about six months. I'm weighing my options and I'm thinking about making the jump to a macbook. I'm afraid to spend that kind of money having never used a mac before, so I want to buy some sort of trial machine. I found an iMac for sale and I know it's old, but I was wondering if it would give me a decent feel for what I would be getting into. The specs are:

iMac OS X computer with keyboard and mouse:
Slot-loading CD ROM
Headphone jack in front, stereo speakers.
OS X version 10.1
PowerPC G3 processor
64 MB memory, and an extra 64 MB to be plugged in
6.37 GB HD
Price - $75

I'd try to get the price down, but would it even be worth it? I'm mainly concerned with learning my way around the OS and playing with the terminal.

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You did exactly what I did. I bought an old G3 iMac with OS X 10.1, a 333 mhz processor, 64 megs of ram. I've upped it to 160 megs of ram with another hundred or so on the way. I wanted to do what you're doing...get some experience with OS X without breaking the bank. I'm having fun exploring the world of Mac and I paid $69.00 for my machine. Beat ya. :bone:
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Thanks for all the input. I'm not going to spend time/money on 10.1 if it won't really prepare me for 10.4. And now, with the release of bootcamp, I really don't have any fears about switching. Now I just have to deal with all the waiting before I get my Macbook. (June at the earliest!)

Americain, how are you liking the Mac world?
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Thanks for all the input. I'm not going to spend time/money on 10.1 if it won't really prepare me for 10.4. And now, with the release of bootcamp, I really don't have any fears about switching. Now I just have to deal with all the waiting before I get my Macbook. (June at the earliest!)

Americain, how are you liking the Mac world?
I have a better, FREE suggestion for you.

Goto CompUSA, or an Apple Store. Both places have absolutely no problem with you just messing around on their machines, essentially doing anything you please. I went to a CompUSA in my area, and messed around on an iMac for about 30 minutes, downloaded all kinds of software to test out. That's all it took to convince me that dropping $2000 on a MacBook Pro was a great decision. I have had it for a week now, and absolutely love it. Keep in mind, I bought at a great time, as I almost immediately have the ability to dual-boot/virtualize WinXP. If you have ANY questions, or just want to talk about random features, send me a PM, or IM me on one of the many IM clients I have listed in my profile

Give it a try! Can't beat a free trial!
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