I got a classic iMac

Thom bought a 333 Mhz classic iMac G3 a few months ago and wrote about it on OSNews. I always loved the looks of the classic iMacs and so I got a second-hand one too: a purple 400 Mhz iMac DV with 320 MBs of RAM. I received it a few hours ago. It originally came in with 64MBs of RAM, the latest firmware 4.1.9f1 and Mac OS 9.2. I updated Mac OS to 9.2.2 and installed an extra 256 MBs of SDRAM before the machine was ready to get Mac OS X 10.4 in its 10 GB drive, plus 350 MBs of software updates. A few drawbacks:

iMac 400 Mhz

– The ethernet jack is broken. I have to literally push the cable inwards to get an internet connection. I have to find either an Airport card or maybe OSX might recognize my USB-to-Ethernet RTL-8139 stick. I need to search in my office to find that stick though.
– Part of the graphics card’s memory is a bit fried. There is a white vertical line following the mouse cursor and anything that uses overlays looks b0rked.
– Of course, I had to disable Dashboard in order to get memory consumption down. After a clean reboot, OSX now uses 165 MBs of RAM. Which is not bad at all, considering. Fedora and SuSE require as much too but they perform slower than OSX 10.4 does on a 400 Mhz machine. Don’t forget that the G3 is as slow as a Celeron at the same clock speed (and maybe even slower). Apple has optimized their OS quite a bit since the early OSX days, even its DVD Player doesn’t drop frames while most PC-based DVD players do on a Celeron 400 Mhz.

Other than the ethernet problem, I love this little machine. I will be writing an article about it soon. Update: Article is up.

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memson wrote on July 8th, 2006 at 1:07 AM PST:

I got given a Mac Classic a while back. I must say, it was a really fun little machine to play about with. If I could network it, it would be even more fun!


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