I'm wanting to know if I'm doing right by updating the OS 9.1 to OS 9.2.1? And then later to 9.2.2? Dumb question, what's the difference?
Also added Yahoo Messenger and iTunes and updated StuffIt to 7.0.3. Is there anything else that I might need to update?
On a side note: I remember one saying that this "dinosaur" computer wouldn't be able to do much. But I've been able to do more with this 10 year old computer that my Windows XP based system couldn't do. Granted, the G3 can't play games like today's PCs and Macs, but what games and programs it can play are a very warm welcome and work better than their PC counterparts. Now, if someone will help me to unpack that DOOM game I got from the Gardens, that would be nice. Would also be nice to be able to play someone online with one of these games since I've never been able to before.
Sure, 9.2.2 is likely the best version of OS 9 for the G3s, so that is good, Im not sure what the best web browse is for OS 9 anymore, it has been a while since Ive used it, you can check out Low End Mac: The Mac Experience for more tips on using OS 9 or G3 Macs.
There is a free Wordperfect for OS 9 and about 3 different web browsers, tons of good old games, and really quite a lot of legacy software that should run quite nicely on a G3.
The friend who helped me reinstall my OS from 8.6 to 9.1 used a USB 40 GB Hard Drive. Was curious if maybe a USB CD-RW might could be used with the iMac G3s? I've already used my new digital camera on it and it took very well even without any software installations. I'm trying to just add to, not replace. I'm happy with everything this system has now, and the only real hardware upgrade I made was from the 32MB RAM to 128 MB PC-100. Very fast!!
If you know of some websites that might have application software for the machine for free downloads, let me know please.
You can indeed use an external CD-RW drive with your iMac. Keep in mind that it will have to be USB interface and as your iMac has USB 1.1 and everything is now USB 2, you will not see the as advertised transfer rates. It will work, albeit slow, but certainly usable - had a LaCie drive hooked up to my 350 Mhz iMac for a few years and it worked well.
20" iMac C2D 2.16 2GB, Macbook Black C2D 2.16 2GB, iMac G3 350 Mhz 512MB (in a PC tower).
If you are not planning to install OS X and run things in Classic mode (which would be pretty slow on your iMac), 9.2.1 is all you need. 9.2.2 was just some fiddly changes to make Classic mode run smoother under OS X.
I like the fact that my iMac is recognizing my new digital camera and mp3 player. And without installing software or device drivers! I'm am officially an iMac only user. Bye Bye Windows!
My little G3 is really proving itself...and very well. Granted most of the software is now obsolete, but the things it does which would take a lot to do in Windows (if Windows even let you) are priceless.
I don't need OS X, eventhought I've seen it as my church uses nothing but iMacs for music, video and live internet feeds, I'm very happy with OS 9. It's clean, works and I haven't had any problems with it.
Does anyone here have a Recoil GamePad and knows if it will work with iMac?
If you get any external drives, pay a few bucks more and get combination USB 2.0 / FireWire 400 ones. The difference in cost is minimal, but the functionality when you upgrade to a modern Mac will be well worth it.
You can run almost any USB game pad, mouse, keyboard, whatever if you install a shareware program called USB Overdrive. There should still be an OS 9 version available.
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I got my iMac G3 just over a month ago. It was a castoff from one of the local school boards. It came with 64 megs of memory, a 10 gig hard drive and OSX 10.3.9.
I found it quite slow accessing the internet so I upgraded the memory to 1 gig. It has a CD player but not a DVD player. I bought a case that I could put a DVD player/burner in. It has both USB and firewire. I connected the DVD to the iMac via firewire (much faster than the 1.1 USB speed).
I have purchased OSX 10.4 ( which will be upgraded to 10.4.11). I intend to upgrade my hard drive to an 80 gig hard drive.
I think that should do it. Yes I know I have spent a few extra dollars on a slow computer but hey, it is my first Mac and I love to play with it. My main beast is a PC in which I have invested a lot of hardware and software. I don't want to duplicate what I have on the Mac.
My iMac will be used mainly for emails and surfing the net (slowly).