I'm about to recieve a used G3 from a friend. I'm curious what type of modding is possbile with the G3. Is it possible to switch out RAM (so I could possibly upgrade to OSX)? How about processors or Hard Drives? I'm completely new at macs, so pardon any noobishness I exibit.
it's one of the oldschoolish iMacs. I'm not sure what its exact specs are, but I know it runs a version of OS 9, and it's blue and white. When I actually have it, I'll be able to figure out current processor speed etc. I googled replacement processors and noticed only a few specifically for iMacs, but lots of other ones for other G3s. I'm curious if it would be theoretically possible to fit one one of the upgrades for other G3s onto an iMac. If I modded the case so it would fit, would it run?
ahh yes the G3 iMac...... the processor is Suck on the motherboard (no hope to change that sorry) sounding like blue and white colours, its the indigo imac (like mine) and the processor heatsink is the chassis (great idea) so really there would be no room for a Zif slot or processor thinggy, Ram is really easy to upgrade Mine can have a max of 1Gb, the hard drive is upgradeable, i really have no idea what size can be maxed, but i have a 40Gb in mine my friends has an 80Gb.
Hmm you won't be able to fit an upgrade build to another mac onto the imac. No matter how much you mod it, it's impossible. If the imac has a tray-loading cd drive, then it's the really classic imac, and it's possible to upgrade the cpu on it. If it's slot-loading, then theres no way to upgrade the CPU.
But be warned iMac cpu upgrades are expensive as hell, might be cheaper to just buy a newer imac.
- iMac g5 2ghz, 1.5gb ram. - eMac 1ghz (clocked at 1.27): 1gb RAM, Dual Layer Pioneer DVD +/- RW, 80 gb HD, 160 & 250 external Lacie FW HD´s. And modified cooling. - iMac 600 mhz - b&w in atx case, with sata drives :p - PowerMac g3 b/w - with atx psu - PowerBook G3 Wallstreet
If the unit is a tray-loading iMac, you've got a nice vintage machine. If its a slot loading machine, you're much better off. Tray loads, I wont even get into. I try not to take posession of them anymore. Unfortunately, they just dont re-sell much.
If its a slot, you can throw a huge hard drive in there, toss in a bunch of RAM, and an airport card. You can also put a new optical drive in there and get the thing to burn DVD's if you really want to. Everything after that is paint and lighting. All the plastics can be pulled apart, primed, painted, and clear-coated. Inside, you can usualy wedge at least one, if not two tubes of neon inside, you can put fans on the inside of the dome, with neato grilles on the out, and you can power it all from the hard drive's molex connector.
Electricity tastes good. No, seriously.
Welcom to Macmod eagleboy. Anyway, we need to know what g3 are getting. They are all upgradable. The beige model is kinda iffy on OSX, but it can work. Let me know and I can give you a list of upgrades. You can also check out some of my articles on this site. I have done some on the g3 B/W and plan to do more. -maestro
yup, it's a slot loading one. Thanks you guys, I'll be able to start modding it when I get it, but I'm thinking I might wait to mod it until I buy the mini I'm saving for. Or till I get sick of it in its current state, whichever happens first.
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