Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 8th Jul 2006 08:07 UTC
Apple A few months ago Thom bought and reviewed an iMac G3 333 Mhz while it was running Mac OS 9. I was always fond of the looks of the classic iMacs. They were just too cute to not want one. Recently Geeks.com restocked their Mac line with refurbished iMac G3s. They sent us one in, a 400 Mhz DV model (first released in October 1999) and we tried out not only Mac OS 9.2.2 but also the latest Mac OS X, v10.4.7. Read more as to how this old good classic iMac G3 performed.
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G3 Powerhouse
by vogelar on Sun 9th Jul 2006 05:43 UTC
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2006-04-03

I used to have the exact same model as in the article. Instead, mine spec'd at G3/400, 512MB, 80GB 7200RPM, and Airport. And I must say, it was a great TV on my desk.

DVD playback in OS 9 on the machine was horrid (the DVD Player was Beta only back then) but in 10.3.9 it was perfectly smooth. One thing to note is that you can also max this model with 1GB of RAM, which makes a huge difference, along with a high RPM drive.

My favorite part of this particular machine is the utter lack of fans. The only motor in the entire system is the hard drive, which means the iMac is pretty much silent compared to my Athlon box.

I installed OS 9.2.2, OS 10.3.9, NetBSD, OpenBSD, YellowDog, and Gentoo on the hardware at least once in it's lifespan and they all ran quite fine. The slowest part (aside from compiling sources) was when applications loaded from disk, as you would expect with any machine.

This thing is ideal for a first Mac, but if you can get a G4 CRT model, go for it. They take up so little space and you'll be the hit of the party!

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