Loc: Vancouver, BC Canada
I used to have another B&W G3 that I upgraded with a sonnet G4 500. I gave it to my aunt after I got my mac mini.
anyway.. the sonnet firmware patch has the best reputation as it works well and is the only one that can be removed. I did the cpu upgrade in late 2003 and it still runs perfectly. some of you may remember it as the Black and White G3 mod I did that was inspired by whitlocks Grey and White mod.
its very odd that you couldn't install the firmware patch.
Mac mini C2D 1.83GHz - 2GB RAM - 200GB 7200rpm HD Sawtooth w/G4 1GHz - 1GB RAM - SIIG SATA w/2x1TB HD B&W w/G4 600MHz - 1GB RAM - 2x80GB HD Sawtooth G4 400MHz - 512MB RAM - 40GB HD Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP 20" Widescreen LCD 2.94TB Total Storage
As zen said, most G3s wont hit 450, but some will. I have owned four of them and none made it, even with a voltage bump and large heatsink. I used a firmware from xlr8 and even after taking the G4 zif out, it runs fine on that firmware with a G3.
Right now I have a Beige G3 desktop running a 350E at 400mhz. That beast gets hot, so hot you cant even touch the heatsink. Then again the airflow sux, even with two 80mm fans added.
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