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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:56 pm    Post subject: Upgrading a G3 iBook??? Reply with quote

I have a kinda old G3 700MHZ ibook. It has a CD-ROM (NOT RW/DVD) a regular airport card (11.0MBPS), 256MB RAM, 20 GB HD, Umm. what else...

Anyway, I want to upgrade it.

I am getting some money (Not enough for a new computer, but maybe enough to upgrade this.

What can I do to upgrade it? How much ram will it take? Should I consider another HD? And a DVD rom?

What are some sources to get these??


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:54 am    Post subject: Re: Upgrading a G3 iBook??? Reply with quote

kb3llm wrote:
What can I do to upgrade it?


Maximum RAM is probably 1.25 GB (one 1 GB module plus the 256 MB on the system board). You should replace the disk because of age as well as small size (by today's standards). A 60 GB disk would be sufficient. Then install OS X 10.4 (Tiger). I wouldn't change the CD reader unless it is unreliable. You can add an external writer if you need one.

I don't know how well OS X will run on this however. I have a 550 MHz G4 Powerbook, but I still run Mac OS 9.2. It works great with the original 20 GB disk and 768 MB memory. I got a second computer (Mini) for OS X.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tiger runs fine on my G3 800Mhz 768Mb though really sticking to Panther would have been enough.

There is a mod out there for upgrading to 802.11g by stripping a USB pen and using only the innards - thought I'd got the link from here.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I asked an admin to change my username, which he did, but then I lost the password. Oh well. It's me, the origonal poster. I'm not scamming, lol.

Ummm. I currently have OS X 10.2 on there, and I'd like to get a firewire cable (What kind???) to use the dvd drive of my mini to upgrade it.



Tenex, if you could find that link it'd be cool, but I don't really want to open it up.


Where can I get cheap ram and a cheap hard drive?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Macuser9214 wrote:
Sorry I asked an admin to change my username, which he did, but then I lost the password. Oh well. It's me, the origonal poster. I'm not scamming, lol.

Ummm. I currently have OS X 10.2 on there, and I'd like to get a firewire cable (What kind???) to use the dvd drive of my mini to upgrade it.



Tenex, if you could find that link it'd be cool, but I don't really want to open it up.


Where can I get cheap ram and a cheap hard drive?

Thanks

Standard firewire cable is all you need, but I'm not sure you'll be able to do it that way? My G3 would never install software via an external drive. YMMV

As to opening it up all you have to do is lift out the keyboard (at least that's what it was on my white iBook).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok,. You know of a source of CHEAP!!!!!! hard drives, and ram??

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard drives - no.

RAM I bought from Crucial.

Oh and to avoid confusion when I said opening it up was easy I was referring to the Airport and RAM upgrade. The HDD I have no idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp?Mfr%2BProductline=Apple%2BiBook&mfr=Apple&tabid=AM&model=iBook+%28G3+700MHz%29&submit=Go


Shows that the Maximum is 640?? Is this true?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe so. That's why it isn't worth spending a fortune upgrading. I'd certainly consider an external HDD instead of a new internal.

Also consider these iBooks have a USB 1.1 slot so moving large amounts of data is painfully slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you reccommend SAVING the money, for an iMac? I know thats not portable but I'd love one, lol..


Is that the better choice? The cheapest is $999, so maybe by Christmas, if I sell some things, I could get my self a gift. lol.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a difficult one only you know your needs and budget. I set out to buy a Mini but ended up with an iMac because I got a great deal. If you have a monitor and keyboard/mouse then the mini is a good choice, but if you don't have those items then an iMac makes sense.


Have a look here there are a few posts like yours asking this question see what others have contributed. One thing is different now though, both the Mini and iMac have lower priced entry points.
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Macuser9214 wrote:
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp?Mfr%2BProductline=Apple%2BiBook&mfr=Apple&tabid=AM&model=iBook+%28G3+700MHz%29&submit=Go

Shows that the Maximum is 640?? Is this true?

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Could be. If you have 128 MB on your system board and 128 MB in a slot, then your maximum is 640 MB.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I "Tuned" my 800mhz ibok

maxed the mem to 640.
installed a dvd superdrive. complete with original ibook tray cover to make it look original.
then installed the latest ox. runs nice....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of "tuning" there's a guide on the MacWorld website to tuning OS X for best performance - some of the tweaks are quite useful.
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