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Want to know what can I upgrade my power machintosh G3 to

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What G3 is it? as long as it is not an iMac then you can go to G4, try other world computing for what is on offer, then try eBay for a deal.

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I am on my g3 and it is very slow


The speed performance of any computer is affected the amount of RAM memory and the amount of space of the primary hard drive that contains the operating system. So, check both items and upgrade both to the maximum that can be had. Back in the day, RAM was expensive so as configured by apple, iMacs came configured with minimal size. With RAM upgraded, the operating system more applications could be opened, which includes processes that run in the background. With the minimal RAM, OS 8, would hit the hard drive to swap pages of memory, rolling them in and out. Over time, the area used on hard drive would fragment, causing several read operations to assemble a page of RAM memory. This I believe was the era of using disk utility tools like Norton Disk Doctor to de-frag the hard drive. Also Tech Tools. So the easiest is to upgrade the RAM on the G3 iMac / Power Mac. Once you have upgraded the RAM, then you can then begin to upgrade the hard drive to the maximum size that your OS is capable of using. It has been so long ago I have forgotten what that value might be. I believe that the latest version of OS 8 was at revision 6 (8.6). In the latter days of the G3 power macs / iMacs, it was OS 9 (9.2). Some G3 CPUs could run OS X (10.2). The point being to upgrade RAM, hard drive space, and the Operating System. The larger capacity of the hard drive should delay the onset of fragmentation. Something to consider when upgrading the hard drive is to determine if your G3 computer is capable of using a solid state "hard drive". If you are able to do so, the speed performance is very impressive. Boot times are phenomenal. What may have taken a minute to accomplish now only takes 30 seconds. Go to www.youtube.com enter keywords Mac G3 SSD. View several videos that others have posted about their experiences. There is a video demonstrating this guys upgrades on a G3 "Graphite" IMac, boosted to 1 gig of RAM, and a 60 gig SSD. Impressive this old Mac. Take note of MacRumors dot com website, a great resource. In general, I check YouTube videos in addition googling any particular subject. I would suggest to upgrading to "Tiger" just as he did. As it relates to your WIFI, it is possible that your WIFI card is defective or is missing. If you are running OS 9, then you have to do some investigating. If you are running OS x, then go to to the pull down menu and select "About this Mac" then select "more" the begin to see if you show an airport card. It is "iffy" whether your internal WIFI card would be able to connect with the wireless routers of today. Something to consider is to acquire an old airport base station unit and have that connected to where you currently are connected directly to your Mac. Alternately you might want to scan the forums like at MacRumors for any discussion surrounding vintage Apple products as it relates to WIFI. The limiting factor then become the graphics co processor. The OS will offload processing work to the graphics card. The greater the memory capacity of the graphics card, the faster the performance. Another website I go to is: www.macsales dot com. The have technicians you can speak with concerning upgrades. I wish you success as you seek to increase performance to the maximum. You have an excellent opportunity to do most if not all of the upgrades yourself I normally go to www.ifixit dot come. To get instructions on proper tear downs on my G5 / intel iMacs.

Dec 11, 2014 | Apple iBook G3 Mac Notebook

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Hi, I just purchased a Garmin Approach G3 in New Zealand. My local course, Rangitikei Golf Club, should be loaded according to the Garmin web site but its not showing on my unit. Tried finding the course...


  • you may have to upgrade map data........how old is this unit?
  • have you loaded current firmware upgrades? more info would be appreciated......meder's tv service

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Can the HP ML370 G3 be upgraded to windows server 2008


Unfortunately hp does not have drivers for ML370 G3 on windows 2008 this OS cannot be installed in this server, i attached the os matrix so that you can confirm.

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ML370 G3 OS

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Can I upgrade the operating system on the g3?


OS X 10.3 supports your machine... you may have problems if your hard drive is too small.... It looks like this OS will work with your G3 IF you have ample hard drive and memory..

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Monitor is blank


HI there,

Problem : no power
Action : * Make sure power button or switch is ON.
* Make sure A/C power cord is securely connected to the LCD display.
* :Plug another electrical device (like radio) into the power outlet to verify that the outlet is supplying proper voltage.

Problem : Power is ON but no screen image.
Action : * Make sure the video cable supplied with the LCD display is tightly secured to the video output port on the back of the computer. If the other end of the video cable is not attached permanently to the LCD display, tightly secure it to the LCD display.
* Adjust brightness and contrast.
* If you are using an Macintosh older than G3, you need a Machintosh adapter.

Hope this helps.
Have a goo day.

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Monitor does not come on at reboot.


this iz due to some loose connection of ur cables.
try 2 figure it

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How to install MEMORY IN A IBOOK 700 G3?


Look at the keyboard, in the row of Function Keys at the top are two clips, located about an inch in from each side of the keyboard, use your fingernails to pull the clips towards you and lift off the keyboard, the memory door is located under the keyboard.

Oct 16, 2008 | Apple iBook G3 Clamshell (M2453B) Mac...

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IMac G3 unable to boot up


OSX isn't compatible with the older G3's.

Mar 26, 2008 | Apple iMac G3, G4 USB Keyboard 9224078

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IBook Clamshell Startup problem after Upgrade


Given that the "power ring" no longer lights up, I am wondering if the DC-in board is mis-connected in some way. No light = no power going to logic board, and no power going to charge the battery.

An alternative test would be to borrow a charged battery from another clamshell. If the machine boots, you know that there's something askew with the DC-in board.

BTW, there are excellent take-apart guides for iBooks at iFixit.com

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Ibook G3 questions


Wireless maybe upgraded if you find USB 1.1 wireles b/g wireless adapter, unfortunately you cannot upgrade USBs to 2.0

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