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how to update an iMac G3?

by 102Help / February 9, 2013 5:58 AM PST

i just picked up a G3 Grape Tray Loading iMac for free and i was wondering how i could update it to OS X tiger and also use wireless internet on it

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Free is a good price for that machine
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 9, 2013 11:46 PM PST

but you are going to be disappointed with the rest of the answer.

Yes, you can take that machine of OS X but not Tiger. Best choice of OS X for that machine is 10.3.9 (Panther). While it is possible to go to 10.4 (Tiger), you will find that the machine with only 256MB of RAM and a 333Mhz processor will leave you waiting around for something to happen.

Yes, you can use wireless internet on that machine but, you will need to find a USB wireless adapter or search the internet for an iMac Wireless Adapter and an original Apple 802.11b Airport Card. is what you are looking for. NOT an Airport Extreme.

The problem with finding a USB wireless adapter is that most of the available ones run on a higher version of OS X than your machine does.

It could be a fun project but remember that 10.3/10.4 are not going to be mainstream. The Web browsers available for those versions of OS X are hopelessly out of touch with a vast number of websites.


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by 102Help / February 10, 2013 3:53 AM PST

Where can I find a good copy of panther for cheap? One that works on the G3

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My advice is to zero out the budget.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 1:53 AM PST

Unless you can get parts for free you should not update this machine. It's a fine project machine and my advice is to not invest in it. Just use the canned air to clean the vents and use it as-is, as-found.

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While I agree with Bob in principle,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 7:16 AM PST
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Then there's the Yellow Dog.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2013 6:29 AM PST
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iMac G3 falls into the "used to be supported" category
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 11, 2013 7:18 AM PST

and might still work


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