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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #1
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U/G a 400 MHz iMac G3 to Tiger?

My GF has a iMac which is now all ready for UG to OS X. It's a slot loading DVD-ROM model so presumably 400 MHz CPU. Has 576MB RAM (up from 2x64MB originally) + original 10 GB drive.

Will the computer be too slow to run Tiger? Will be doing mostly websurfing/internet, some photo editing, MS Office suite stuff.

Would upgrading the drive to a bigger, faster one help?
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It will do fine tho a better drive would help.



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What MacDoc said. Even my little ibook is amazing on Tiger. Can't wait to upgrade my mom's iMac!
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With what she is doing it should work okay except for the photo editting possibly. If the size of the photos (in MBs) is small and she's not using photoshop it should be okay. The drive is a little on the small side - a bigger, faster one would be nice.
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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 05:09 PM   #5
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Thanks. I've just bought a WDC 120 GB drive for it. Hope 8mb cache 7200 rpm is o.k. (not too hot).
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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #6
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I just upgrade my b/w G3 350Mhz to Tiger. It feels better in Tiger than in Panther. It still has the 16MB video card (doesn't seem to be an issue for internet/word processing). The UI in Tiger has so much more snap to it than Panther.

I just added another drive as a slave to store all my media on, but Tiger is on the old tiny HD. I just through a superdrive in as well. $63 at canadacomputers.com for a pioneer DVR-109(OEM)
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If you upgrade the HD, be sure to stick to a 4300 or 5400 rpm drive. 7200s can overheat inside the G3 iMacs.

Tiger runs 'alright' on the G3 iMacs we have in the testing lab at my work. Just stuff it with as much ram as possible if you are planning to use more than one application at a time.
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If you upgrade the HD, be sure to stick to a 4300 or 5400 rpm drive. 7200s can overheat inside the G3 iMacs.
Do certain 7200rpm drives run cooler? I put a Seagate 7200 rpm into my girlfriends mom's computer two year ago. It has run fine ever since.
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Do certain 7200rpm drives run cooler? I put a Seagate 7200 rpm into my girlfriends mom's computer two year ago. It has run fine ever since.
Not sure... it would make sense though. All I know is that we had some troubles in our testing lab at work because of 7200 rpm drives in G3 iMacs. Then again, they were pretty damn cheap 7200 HDs.
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I've had a WD120 7200 HD running in my iMac G3500 for over a year now with no problems. It's quieter than the original, a Maxtor that died after only 2 years.
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