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What to do with my old G3 CRT-based iMac Answered

Going through my old stuff i found my old CRT-based iMac G3 it works fine except the screen is a bit green colored. I have the new intel mac and no longer have a need for this what can i do with it? I have no clue about what kinda parts are in this mac or what they can be used for but i am great at following directions... any ideas? - AstroZombie 138

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oddysea682
oddysea682

10 years ago

 Turn it into an aquarium

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mtraven
mtraven

13 years ago

You can load it up with Ubuntu -- see here for morehere for more. I just did this, the result is pretty zippy, although it's not clear what future PPC ubuntu has.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

13 years ago

That's odd... All of your photos are reversed! That Mac still has a lot of life in it. The fact that it has firewire indicates that it will run most current software including Mac OS X 10.4.x. I suggest finding a local kid that can't afford his/her own computer and give it to them. It could completely change that kid's life.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 13 years ago

It's true. They're still nice little computers. My mom still uses ours as her primary computer. Sure, it's a little slow, but it works well enough! :D

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Once again, I think LV has the right idea. That would be a very good computer for home use. When my collection of old computers/monitors/etc grows too large, I'll post a "want ad" on a local community-oriented site and give most of it away. Unless someone is wanting to play high-end games, it doesn't take a whole lot of computer for what most ppl do. . If you're not feeling philanthropic, there is at least one iBle on making an aquarium out of a monitor and there are many web pages on turning the original Macs into aquariums. Should be the same basic principle.

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issd
issd

13 years ago

I have an newer iMac G3. It is really too slow on Tiger. I can't stand to use it much except for email without atttachments. I am looking for some group that recycles them. They'd be useful to someone who has no computer at all if reloaded with an older OSX or OS9 and some simple programs--then some sort of community support (as you won't be able to keep up with mainstream upgrades). That's what I'm searching for now. If you do computing on a regular basis it's really not that useful. Looking on Craigslist you may not be able to give it away. But that's one thing to try.

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astrozombies138
astrozombies138

13 years ago

ah, actually although it has fire wire it actually cannot run OS X 10.4x because it cannot read dvd's. i tried to install it before.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 13 years ago

An external DVD drive would allow installation of OS 10.4. It could also be done by connecting another Mac that has a DVD drive via Firewire, starting up the other Mac in "Target" mode (hold the letter 'T' on startup.) and using it's DVD drive. Yes. This does work! A third option would be to install a slot loading notebook DVD drive. While many other brands would work, I know the Pioneer and Matshita (Panasonic) brands will fit correctly and boot.

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sardines454
sardines454

13 years ago

give it away, if you can't find a taker feel free to PM me about