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Upgrading my iBook G3 500Mhz

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:47 am    Post subject: Upgrading my iBook G3 500Mhz Reply with quote

My iBook G3 500 is as expanded as I can get. I added 512MB of RAM, in addition to the 128MB on board.

I added a new battery,

And an airport card.

Is there anything else that can be done?

Can a faster PCMCIA card give me faster wireless? Will the G4 iBook keyboard swap in, I like the opaque look of them better than the semi-transparency look of the stock one. If not, are the keycaps at least swappable?

Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put that horse out to pasture, son. Time for an upgrade! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL!!!
this is used for more of a backup than anything else. Hurricane Ike blew through, it let me stay in touch.

I listen to internet radio and podcasts on it and browse at the coffee shop, etc.

It's NOT my main system!

I'd just like to be able to give it a little shot in the arm!!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're adventurous and handy with a soldering iron, you could always overclock it to 600MHz! I did this a few years ago with a 500MHz G3 iBook motherboard I was going to use for a car PC. But to be honest, I did it more for the "because I want to" factor. Any performance from a 100MHz CPU increase will most likely be minimal. Though it does raise the bus speed from 66MHz to 100Mhz if I remember correctly, which could also help a bit I suppose.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bigger faster HD is always welcome.....
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
Bigger faster HD is always welcome.....


The person I bought it from had already put a nice 40GB drive in it! So that's more than enough space for a backup system.

I am still curious about the wifi. I would LOVE to be able to wring more out of it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK lets get you started.

HARD DRIVES:

G3 max hard drive 120 gig's you can upgrade to a even larger hard drive just remember to get past the 120 gig limit you will need multiple partitions.


MEMORY:

Max on most g3's not all of them are 768 Meg's of ram


Fan mod's

There are several dont recommend them though.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will adding a 7200rpm hard drive inside a G3 iMac speed it up more? What size drives does the iMac use?

I'm not too thrilled with this G3 running a minimum debian install. It is sluggish for my taste. I already upgraded the memory to 512mb.

Would running Panther or Tiger have it running smoother?

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