If the 1 gig of RAM is working fine under 9.2.2 or 10.1.x and you have the latest firmware for the B&W G3, Jaguar shouldn't cause grief. I think the main issue is that you do need to flash the latest firmware of older machines to be able to run OS X. That's what caused the RAM failure problems a while back.
One possibility is to test your chips in a friends machine that's already running Jaguar. Of course, that depends on you having a pal running Jag.
There is a freeware utility available to check the compatibility of your RAM called DIMM First Aid *-* 1.2. If your DIMMs aren't compatible the utility will tell you and you have the option of letting the utility "fix" the DIMMs to work with the new firmware.
Just a quick question brought on by the preceeding posting...the tech notes I dowloaded from Apple regarding the b/w G3, the one I just bought, says that the maximum RAM is 384m. 3 slots at 128m each. Was this a limitation of the time when the G3's were introduced or software related? Can I max out the 3 slots?
Please don't add to the confusion when you don't know what you are talking about........
Beige G3 towers and desktops are equipped with Gossamer motherboards - have 3 RAM slots, can use up to 768 megs of RAM and are clockable to 550 mHz at up to 83 mHz bus speeds.
Beiges with a RevC ROM chip can handle two drives on the IDE bus.
Beige G3s with high clock G3 chips run X fine but you should get a video card to do so.
G4 chips in a beige are great on OS9 but not on X due to architecture issues altho it can be done it is not recommended.
Another limitation is the drive speed as its a 16 meg per second limit on the ide bus. A $100 ATA cd fixes this and drives will run up to 50 megs per second.
Blue & White G3s are equipped with Yosemite motherboards and came in Rev A and Rev B with the latter being far better and more stable. The only way you can tell for sure is to check if the ide controller has a -402 designation - that indicates a REV B.
Drives trays on the most REV A's were awkward but there were some late Rev As that used the separate drive bays.
Rev B and Yikes G4 motherboards are interchangeable. B&Ws are excellent G4 upgrade boxes.
ALL B&W G3s need to be firmware modified to
a) use OS 9
b) use a G4 chip - these are separate steps.
B&Ws are easily capable of 600 mHz G4 upgrades with some reporting 700 with the 7410 G4 chips. They are very nice X boxes especially when equipped with the 32 meg Radeon 7000 altho on a 17" the stock 16 meg Rage 128 is very fast.
B&Ws keep the adb port and with the 66 mHz PCI bus for the video card are by far the least expensive boxes than can run X really well.
After all this your only concern is really that certain 256 chips either PC100 or PC133 will only show half their RAM value. X is not likely to give you a problem unless you have some very old scsi or pci specialty cards.
If you are local we can do the RAM and the OSX and any other upgrades for a civilized price. Instead of a gig of RAM 512 with a G4 upgrade or the Radeon 7000 upgrade might actually be a better speed bump. We love Blues...but not REV As.
In Australia and the web site is out of date.
Lots of good deals on Retinas, previous high end MacPros and current MacPro 6 core bundles in stock. [email protected]
I have a 300mhz G3/AV with 256meg RAM. If I understand correctly, even to run OS 9 I need to do a firmware upgrade. Something I can do? When 9.2 fullfillment arrives I am planning to wipe the hard drive, partition and install X on one drive, 9.2 on the other. Would the Drive Setup software on the 9.2 CD accomplish this?
If not I guess I'm looking at a trip to Mississauga right?
You can use the drive setup on either the OS 9 install CD or the OS X install CD, but you will probably have a much easier time of it if you use the OS 9 CD. Things go much easier if you get 9 installed first also.