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I inherited an imac g3.....

Can I upgrade to a newer os? If yes, how?

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That Mac will run 10.4 Tiger, but I would recommend 10.3 Panther. You can download all updates through sofware update after the install is complete. You should be able to find installer disks on eBay for cheap.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

  • Scott Griswold Aug 14, 2008

    My reason for recommending Panther is that it is available on CD. Tiger Installers are generally on DVD. I have not seen them on CD and this machine would require a CD installer.

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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.

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How to Add Life and Pep to an iMac G3


The old iMac G3 desktop was an excellent machine in its day. Today, it can still be a great little computer to scoot around the Internet, create graphics, manipulate photos, and do schoolwork or almost any other use you can imagine.

If you haven’t already upgraded to OS X 10.4 (Tiger), you should deeply consider doing this. Currently, this version of the Mac operating system is the earliest still being supported by major browsers, and is the newest that works well on the iMac G3. If you can’t upgrade to Tiger, consider using Panther (OS X 10.3).

After you update your operating system, download the latest version of your favorite browser. Remember; Microsoft stopped including Macintosh in its updates of Internet Explorer when Mac launched Safari, so all Mac versions are sorely out of date. Firefox, Opera, Camino and, of course the default Mac browser, Safari, are the best browsers for your iMac. If you can only use Panther, the Opera browser is the only one still including Panther in updates. Also, if you enjoy using Yahoo! Messenger, Panther and earlier are not supported by Yahoo! Messenger either. Unfortunately, time has marched on. You can, however, use the web version of Yahoo! Messenger through your browser.

Update your software using the Software Update feature found in the System section of the System Preferences dialog box. Changes to Java, QuickTime and other frequently used components have more than likely occurred since your OS was created and updates are important to keeping your machine running on today’s web.

Replacing your CPU is not suggested due to the difficulty level, but a quick fix of RAM can give your elderly machine a big boost of energy. The later G3’s can handle 1 GB of SDRAM, just use two 512 MB sticks. You can find these for a good price on eBay.

Once you have all these upgrades and updates, your little iMac will be the fierce web adventurer it once was. Happy computing!
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on Mar 13, 2010 | Apple iMac G3 Desktop

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I am running OS X 10.4.11 and would like to upgrade my operating system?


Please provide more information.
To what would you like to upgrade it?

Since OSX Mavericks was just announced, I'm going to assume that's what you're wanting to upgrade to.

Not all Macs can run Mavericks.

Mavericks Capable Macs

Mavericks, like its predecessor Mountain Lion, requires one of the following Macs with at least 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of available hard drive space:
  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

If your Mac isn't one of the ones listed above, you won't be able to upgrade.

If you have an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini model that was originally released in Early/Mid 2006, the latest version of Mac OS X your system supports is Snow Leopard.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

Oct 23, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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A printer error has occurred. See your documentation


What are the system requirements for using this printer? A: PC Compatible Requirements
- An IBM (r) compatible PC with at least a 486/66 MHz (for Windows 98) or Pentium (r) 133 MHz (for Windows 2000) processor (Pentium or higher processor recommended)
- Microsoft (r) Windows 98 or Windows 2000
- At least 16MB (for Windows 98) or 32MB (for Windows 2000) of RAM (32MB for Windows 98 or 64MB for Windows 2000 recommended)
- 50MB of free hard disk space (100MB or more recommended)
- VGA or better display adapter and monitor
- CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software
- USB connection: a computer running Windows 98 or Windows 2000, with a Windows-compliant USB port and a shielded USB "AB" cable up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) long. Using an improperly shielded USB cable-especially a cable more than 6.5 feet (2 meters) long-may cause the printer to malfunction. Apple Macintosh Requirements
- An Apple (r) iMac (tm) series or Power Macintosh (r) G3 or G4 with USB port
- For iMac: Mac (r) OS 8.5 or later (Mac OS 8.5.1 or later recommended)
- For Power Macintosh G3 or later: Mac OS 8.5.1 or later If your iMac is running OS 8.1, you need to upgrade your operating system before installing your printer software. To find out which operating system your iMac is running, select About This Computer from the Apple menu. If you're running OS 8.5 or 8.5.1 on your iMac, Apple recommends that you install iMac Update 1.1. Download the update for your system from Apple at http://asu.info.apple.com. Contact Apple if you have problems installing an update.
- 16MB of available RAM (more recommended)
- 50MB of free hard disk space (100MB recommended)
- VGA display or better
- CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software
- A shielded USB "AB" cable up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) long. Using an improperly shielded USB cable-especially a cable more than 6.5 feet (2 meters) long-may cause the printer to malfunction.

Oct 27, 2010 | Epson Stylus RX580 InkJet Photo Printer

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I have mounted a new 40GB on my imac G3 and wanted to install OS ssw 9.0.4 on it, but at start up from the CD, it booth up to where it suposed to show the os type having this icon like a human faced pc at...


Thank you for contacting Fixya Support, I am glad to assist.

The "human face" icon is an indication that your hard drive is not being recognized by your iMac G3 because the hard drive is not formatted to read the Mac OS 9 software.

What you need to do is initialize your hard drive so you can
it can read the Mac OS 9.0.4 software.

Below, I have provided a link with simple steps to properly initialize (format) your 40GB hard drive

Initializing a hard disk, cartridge, or optical disk

Follow these steps and you will be able to successfully install Mac OS 9.0.4 to your Mac G3 hard drive.

I hope this helps.

Regards,

-Mactechtrainer

Aug 28, 2010 | Apple iMac G3 Desktop

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This is a question from a friend of mine who recently was given a used imac. Any ideas what he can try doing? when I plug it in and turn it on I get a grey screen with a little icon in the middle (looks...


What your friend is seeing, is an indicator that the Mac 333 Mhz, is not able to boot up to recognizable Mac OS volume. This means that Mac OS volume is either damaged or has some how been corrupted.

Apple advises the only fixes for such an issue with this class of their "legacy computer" series is to back up the data on the hard drive if possible and reinstall the Mac OS version is was operating with, or simply go a step further and upgrade to the highest version of the Mac OS X family of operating systems, that this iMac G3 qualifies for.

Here is a link from Apple support for resolving this issue for this legacy mode;
Macintosh starts up to Grey Screen

If your friend is interested in knowing what is the highest version of Mac OS X he can install on his iMac 333,, it would be Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

This version is the highest upgrade for the iMac 333 because Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger will only work with Macs that have a built-in Firewire port.

Here is the technical specifications link from Apple for this model:
Technical Specifications - iMac 333 Ghz (1999)

This should help.

Regards,

-Mactechtrainer

Jan 30, 2010 | Apple iMac G3 (1999)

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I need a new os for my imac g3 333


apple store, ebay, craigslist, depends on what OS you want on it. What are you trying to do? If it is web surfing look on Ebay for like OS 10.1 or 10.2.

May 30, 2009 | Apple iMac G3, G4 USB Keyboard 9224078

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Videos play slow and choppy but sound is ok


The video is choppy because your computer is not powerful enough to decode the video. The imac g3 was a great computer in its day but it was never designed to run the graphically intensive programs of today. OS 10.4 already places a lot of demands on an older machine. Adding youtube video only exasperates the problem as there simply isn't enough processing power or memory to run the pretty aqua user interface of OS 10.4 and decode video at the same time.

Adding more ram may help (256 MB is not very much these days) but truth be told I don't think you will see much of an improvement given the low power of the G3 processor. Sorry to say it, but if you want to watch flash videos (youtube) with any level of reliability you are going to have to look for a newer machine. You probably could find a used imac g5 for a good price on ebay or maybe treat yourself to a new imac. Rumour has it Apple will be coming out with a new model in the next few days (weeks) so keep on eye out for that if your thinking of buying new.

Feb 28, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Imac os 10.4


It sounds like the common firmware issue, can you read it at all?, if so download the latest firmware from apple and follow the instructions to install it, get back to me if you have difficulties

Nov 06, 2008 | Apple iMac G3, G4 USB Keyboard 9224078

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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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