Someone gave me this computer & I thought It might be kinda fun to mess around with it since i've never had a mac, only a pc. I cannot for the life of me figure out where i plug the keyboard in! Or the flash drive(the extended plug & regular plugs on it are far too big for anything on the back of the computer), but everything else is fine.I have googled this to death but maybe I am wording my search wrong. Do you think you can help please?
Re: Mac G3 beige desktop/keyboard/flash drive plugin
This unit does not have USB ports only discontinued ports called ADB, they look exactly like S-video ports, that is where the keyboard or mouse goes, PC keyboards do not work in these ports only specific ADB keyboards and Mice will work here. If you need any more info on the connectors feel free to ask me
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Hi. The Flashing ? means that the mac cannot find a valid start-up drive. Sometimes this can mean a failed Hard-drive but more commonly it is a sign of directory corruption. It's quite possible with an iMac of this age that you could have a failed Hard-drive. However, if you can locate a copy of DiskWarrior you can fix a corrupt directory.
There was no Apple-provided facility prior to Mac OS X that would do this. There may have been third-party facilities to create encrypted archives and the like, but after ten years I really can't recall any, and I can guarantee you nobody is maintaining them any more.
Here's an alternative suggestion: invest in a modest USB thumb drive, put your sensitive documents there, and maintain controlled access to the physical drive.
If the Dell keyboard is a USB keyboard you can use it with a Mac. Just plug it into one of the Mac's USB ports. The keys are different (the Dell doesn't have the special Mac symbols so you'll have to get used to which keys do what) but it will work. (In fact I'm using a generic USB keyboard on my eMac here at work.)
If the Dell keyboard is a standard PS/2 style round plug you're out of luck. There's no place to plug in that style keyboard on a Mac.
OK, put them on the same network (or connect them with an Ethernet cable), turn on File Sharing on both machines, connect from one machine to the other, which gets you access to the drive on the remove machine, and then drag and drop the contents of your Desktop across the link.
wow, that's tough,providing you have maxed the RAM in the machine, and have it running upvtovdate Panther or Tiger ...while using firefox , have flip4mac installed .... give that a go, should work depending on what video. HD will be a nono but most vids should play depending also on how the video maker finalised there vids too..what codec they used etc etc
I had it running on a iMac G3 not too long ago with 1Gb RAM on Tiger .
to help more I'd need to know what OS- how much RAM -which browser/plugins you using ?
You can find detailed specs for your baby here:
Best upgrade is to add as much RAM memory as possible.
Is it worth it? You have to decide that for yourself. I have a lime green iBook 466 MHz that I dearly love, but I don't use it any more. Replacement parts have become too expensive. You can buy a used PowerMac G4 for under $300, and a new Mac mini for $600. It's pretty hard to justify the cost of expensive old RAM chips or defunct batteries.
You'll find like-minded folks at http://www.lowendmac.com
If you can not acquire the password from your friend, and if your CD drive will not physically open: First, try using a straightened paperclip - insert it gently into the hole next to the drive, and push it in firmly and then out. The CD drive should open.
If it does not, the easiest solution is to buy an external CD/DVD drive and install the Mac software with that.
What kind of Mac desktop is it, and what Mac CD did you purchase? If you bought a Leopard DVD, and the Mac desktop is old enough, it will not work.