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When you look at the specs of my performa to the left, you will see why it can't be used very well for everyday use and definately can't be used as a machine to switch to Mac.

I might be getting this iMac G3!!!!! This might be it! What do you think??? (link below)

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....tem=5111916695

How much do you think it's worth, $450, $500 AU, more less??? Will it be fairly fast? What Wintel specs would you compare it to???


I will be getting a Mac regardless, probably iMac G3 or possibly an iBook Clamshell.

Since I will be getting a Mac regardless, what software/downloads/hardware/extras/ do you think I should get?? Does Safari come with every version of OS X??? Should I get more RAM???

*EDIT* I just recieved news it comes with Panther!!!!

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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One more thing, what's the right-click equivelent on a Mac???

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First, welcome to the real Mac world! :-)
I once had a Performa 5200 like yours, and it is the worst Mac I'v ever had or worked with.
That iMac should do quite well for everyday tasks, allthough I can't tell with which Wintel machine it's comparable. And I think it is also better than a Clamshell iBook.
Panther comes with Safari, as well as Jaguar, don't know for earlier versions of OS X. And yes, you definitely should get more memory, that iMac can take up to 1GB of RAM. you should at least get 512MB. And another mouse! The round mouse is the worse mouse ever designed by Apple.

Right-click with Apple-mouse is Control-click ;-)
But if you buy a USB 2-button-wheel-mouse, you can right-click and scroll just as you do in windows, Mac OS X will recognise it automatically, no drivers needed.
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Damn, a 600mhz g3. I thought my 450mhz was good

If you had 512ram i'd probably compare it to a 1.2ghz pc. somewhere around there. It will run wonderfully.

and what's so bad about the circular mice? I have one
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I was a bit temped to get this strawberry which had a 60GIG 7200rpm hard drive, but the colour turned me off it.
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It comes with 10.1.5, is this Mac OS version OK?
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I would suggest you upgrade to 10.3.4, the latest one. I did so on a friend's old Powermac G4 450MHz (10.1.5 was installed prior) and it gave this machine quite a speed bump. I never tried it on a G3, but I heard it will give you some speed on that one too.
Anyway, no matter which OS X you want to use, get as much RAM as you can.
A 60GB/7200rpm HD would be nice too... ;-) but not strawberry...
Indigo, Graphite or White look great ;-)
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@pedrothekevin:

technically, there's nothing wrong with the circular mouse, but it's not very ergonomic...
It's not very well adapted to the hand, and for that gets very tiresome if you work a long time with it.
The Apple Pro mouse has a very nice form, is optical, and looks cool ;-)

But if you're happy with the round one, good for you, enjoy it :-)
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Is 10.1.5 still a stable, better than XP operating system, What year did 10.1.5 come out??? I do have a 2 button USB mouse I could use too. I really hope 10.1.5 is better than XP, because I'm getting sick of Windows. Panther would be nice, but that's probably 4 or 5 months away till I can get that.

I'm sure i'll be happy and plesantly supprised

My mum is trying to convince me to get a PC. She knows NOTHING about Mac's, never used one in her life. She said "I love Windows". The only comparason she has is MS-DOS and a few custom OSes for the companies she's worked for.

I'm hoping to switch her as well

How bout that crons and stuff, is Mac Janintor a free download???

How much is it worth (AU), Have I overpaid so far??? ($450 AU)
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Is 10.1.5 still a stable, better than XP operating system???
Absolutely. All versions of OS X are UNIX-based and rock-solid.

Oh, and the iMac looks nice, but IMO seems a bit expensive, so you might want to consider shopping around before you commit to this one. It's obviously all up to you though. Good luck.

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Keep in mind it's in AU currency, Padawan, or is it still expensive for AU currency???

I will soon upgrade to Panther if I get the machine.
I have a few Q's:
1.is the update from 10.3 to 10.3.4 free? I asked this question i another forum but can't find it.

2.Are the specs of the machine good enough to run Panther fairly well. I don't expect it to open things the minute I click them, but I guess it would run Panther fairly well.
3.Is Panther faster than 10.1.5 and

4.are there that many incentives to upgrade???

510.2 is Jaguar, 10.3 is Panther, 10.4 WILL be Tiger, whats 10.0 and 10.1???

Thankyou for your help everyone, every comment is appreicated Thanks Avalon for you welcome
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Keep in mind it's in AU currency, Padawan, or is it still expensive for AU currency???

I will soon upgrade to Panther if I get the machine.
I have a few Q's:
1.is the update from 10.3 to 10.3.4 free? I asked this question i another forum but can't find it.

2.Are the specs of the machine good enough to run Panther fairly well. I don't expect it to open things the minute I click them, but I guess it would run Panther fairly well.
3.Is Panther faster than 10.1.5 and

4.are there that many incentives to upgrade???

5 10.2 is Jaguar, 10.3 is Panther, 10.4 WILL be Tiger, whats 10.0 and 10.1???
Actually, after reading it over again, and doing the currency conversion, $450 AUD seems pretty fair. Just double-check with the seller to confirm that it does indeed have all of the features listed.

1. Yes, the Panther updates are free downloads.

2. Definitely. You shouldn't have any problems running Panther on that machine.

3. Yes, Panther generally runs faster than previous versions of OS X.

4. I guess it depends on the person. Panther isn't completely revolutionary compared to earlier versions of OS X, but it's much improved, and I'd definitely upgrade (and in fact I did upgrade my iBook from Jaguar to Panther when it was released).

5. OS X 10.0 is Cheetah and OS X 10.1 is Puma.

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And the Jaguar mentioned by Padawan is 10.2 ;-)

10.0 Cheetah
10.1 Puma
10.2 Jaguar
10.3 Panther
10.4 Tiger

after that...maybe Lion?!?

EDIT: Every new Mac user is welcome, Matt ;-)
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Hehehe running out of cats... maybe have to make 10.5 Garfield :p
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I wonder how Apple will call the "next generation"

Mac OS 11, Mac OS XI?? :-)

Anyway, that won't be anytime soon I guess ;-)
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