The Beige G3 is a third-generation Power Mac. It has a new motherboard with a faster system bus than earlier models, a third-generation PowerPC CPU, uses a completely different type of memory, has a different way of upgrading the CPU, and includes a personality card slot. The Power Mac G3 comes in desktop and minitower configurations and replaces the 7300, 8600, and 9600.
The PowerPC 750 (G3) CPU was the first processor designed specifically for the way Macintosh works. Code compatible with the 603e, the G3 was tweaked based on the software Macintosh users ran. This moved the “entry level” chip past the previous powerhouse, the 604e, even at lower clock speeds. Macworld’s SpeedMark showed the 233 MHz is 22% faster than the 233 MHz 604e in the 9600/233.
The 233 MHz model usually comes in a similar desktop case to the 7200-7600. Because of the smaller motherboard, it has room for one more drive – mounted on the bottom of the desktop case itself. (The G3/233 was also available in a tower configuration, but only from the Apple Store.)
The 266 MHz version was available in either a desktop or tower configuration. The tower is a new design, essentially a shorter version of the well-received 8600 case. The G3 tower typically comes with a Zip 100 drive, leaving one free 5.25″ expansion bay for a removable media drive.
For the first time, Apple shipped a Power Mac with a top notch EIDE hard drive that holds its own against SCSI-2 drives. It was a bit of a paradigm shift, but one the Mac OS community eventually embraced, since it made buying bigger, faster hard drives much more affordable. (Although 16.7 MB/sec. IDE was fast in 1997, it’s a real bottleneck with newer drives. To really unleash their performance, consider a faster IDE/UltraATA controller that fits in one of the G3′s PCI slots.)
The CPU with backside cache plugs into a ZIF socket on the motherboard. Curious users have already found ways to boost performance by changing jumper settings.
Considering the cost of an upgrade daughter card plus a 6 MB SCSI hard drive on an older Power Mac or clone, buying a new the G3/233 was a viable alternative to upgrading an older computer. On top of that, it has a faster CD-ROM, handles more VRAM, provides an extra drive bay (vs. 7200-7600), has a faster system bus, uses less costly IDE/UltraATA drives, and supports less expensive G3 and G4 upgrades.
Early Beige G3s could not support slave drives, as these machines (generally) had Rev. 1 motherboards and Rev. A ROMs. Later Beige G3s with Rev. 2 motherboards and Rev. B or C ROMs do support slave drives. Although the inability to support slave drives under the Classic Mac OS is inherent in the Rev. A ROM, OS X has a mechanism for supplementing the ROM code and allowing the use of slave drives.
You can use the Apple System Profiler to identify which ROM version you have:
- Rev. 1: $77D.40F2
- Rev. 2: $77D.45F1
- Rev. 3: $77D.45F2
Because of its issues, we consider the Beige G3 with a Rev. 1 motherboard a Limited Mac.
If you have an IDE hard drive larger than 8 GB, you should partition is so that the first partition is under 8 GB in size (for simplicity, we suggest 7 GB). Failure to do this could eventually result in an unbootable computer, as all system files must be within the first 8 GB of drive space. These Macs may work successfully with larger drives for a while, but once any system files goes outside of the first 8 GB of space, you’ll have nothing but problems. This applies to both Mac OS X and the Classic Mac OS.
Mac OS X
If you have a hard drive over 8 GB in size, you must partition it or you will not be able to install Mac OS X. If you are creating the partition within OS X, it must be smaller than 7.4 GB as reported by Disk Utility (because sometimes a GB is billion bytes and sometimes it’s 1,073,741,824 bytes); we suggest simply setting it at 7 GB to avoid having to redo the whole installation if the partition ends up bigger than specified (it happens). Mac OS X must be completely within the first 8 GB of space on your hard drive or you will not be able to run OS X.
You can only boot OS X from a “master” drive in the Beige G3. This applies to hard drives and CD-ROM drives. If the CD-ROM is set to slave, you will not be able to install OS X. If the hard drive is set to slave, you will not be able to boot from it.
Non-Apple upgrades and peripherals (such as unsupported USB devices, replacement drives, and third-party memory) may cause problems when installing or booting into Mac OS X, so you may need to remove them.
Be sure to read and follow Apple’s “Read Before You Install” instructions to increase the likelihood of getting OS X installed and running on the first try.
The Beige G3 is not officially supported under OS X 10.3 Panther, but it does work with 10.2.8 Jaguar and earlier. Panther can be installed using XPostFacto 3, although built-in video is not currently supported.
New on this model, data on the RAM Disk is lost during a restart. Apple also notes that the 100 MHz Pentium PC Compatibility card is incompatible, although this seems to be due to an audio cable problem. There are also early reports that the G3 will not stay asleep.
Other compatibility issues:
- GeoPort Modem not supported
- QTC and AMC not supported
- Must disconnect LocalTalk if using ethernet
- Needs updated drivers for StyleWriter 4100 & 4500
- Needs new ethernet driver for use on 10/100 autosensing hubs
- LocalTalk printing slow on busy networks
- Apple TokenRing card not supported
Some of these issues were addressed by later versions of the Mac OS.
When buying a G4 upgrade for the Beige G3, make sure it is compatible with this model’s 66 MHz bus. Pulled G4s from Apple’s Yikes! Power Mac G4 and some OEM G4s are specifically designed for a 100 MHz bus and will not work properly in the Beige G3.
Because of the case design, be sure to specify low profile (1.15″ maximum height) DIMMs when purchasing memory for the desktop version.
The Beige G3 supports 256 MB DIMMs, but they must be built using 128 Mb chips. DIMMs built with 256 Mb chips will work, but the memory controller will only see the first 128 Mb of each chip. Compatible 256 MB DIMMs will have 16 memory chips, 8 on each side.
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- Our Mac OS 9 Group is for those using Mac OS 9, either natively or in Classic Mode.
- Our Puma Group is for those using Mac OS X 10.1.
- Our Jaguar Group is for those using Mac OS X 10.2.
- G3/233 introduced 1997.11.15 at $1,999; discontinued 1999.01.01
- G3/266 introduced 1997.11.15 at $2,399 desktop, $2,999 tower; discontinued 1999.01.01
- Code Name: Gossamer
- requires Mac OS 8 or later, 10.2.x officially supported, 10.3.x and 10.4.x can generally be installed using XpostFacto 4
- CPU: 233/266 MHz PPC 750
- bus: 66 MHz
- L2 cache: 512 KB 2:1 backside cache
- CPU performance: 4.5/5.0 (233/266 MHz, relative to 7500/80)
233 MHz: 4.5, relative to 7500/80
266 MHz: 5.0, relative to 7500/180; 826, MacBench 5
see Power Mac G3/266 benchmarks for more in-depth coverage
- RAM: 32 MB (expandable to 768 MB, desktop version requires low profile DIMMs), uses 3.3V unbuffered 100 MHz 168-pin SDRAM, 3 sockets accept 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256 MB DIMMs (some tall DIMMs may not fit desktop case)
- VRAM: 2 MB SGRAM, expandable to 4 or 6 MB, uses 3.3V 83 MHz 144-pin SO-DIMM
- Video: supports resolutions to 1280 x 1024, uses ATI 3D Rage II+ (Rev. 1 motherboard) or Rage Pro (Rev. 2 motherboard)
- hard drive: 6 GB EIDE drive. Maximum IDE drive size is 128 GB without third-party support. See How big a hard drive can I put in my iMac, eMac, or Power Mac? for three options.
- CD-ROM: 24x maximum throughput
- PCI slots: 3
- 1 Personality Card slot (matches Comm Slot II; supports DVD, AV input/output, 128-bit graphics, and FireWire cards)
- microphone: standard 3.5mm minijack, compatible with line-level input including Apple’s PlainTalk microphone
- ADB ports: 1
- DIN-8 GeoPorts: 2
- SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
- ethernet: AAUI and 10Base-T connectors on back of computer
- size, desktop (HxWxD): 6.3″ x 14.4″ x 16.9″
- size, mini tower (HxWxD): 15.2″ x 9.6″ x 17.8″
- weight, desktop: 22.0 lb.
- weight, mini tower: 33.1 lb.
- Gestalt ID: 510
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- upgrade path: G3 and G4 ZIF CPU upgrades (note that maximum CPU speed you can set using the J16 jumper block is 466 MHz – 7 times bus speed – unless the upgrade sets its own multiplier)
Accelerators & Upgrades
- 8x SuperDrive DVD±RW upgrade, MCE Technologies, $149. 8x4x12x DVD, 24x24x40x CD. 2 MB buffer. Requires OS 9 or OS X.
- Review: Sonnet Tempo Ultra ATA66 Macintosh PCI Host Adapter, Dan Knight, 7/28/00. The most economical way to put IDE support in a PCI Power Mac.
- Guide to G4 ZIF Upgrades, Low End Mac
- Guide to G3 ZIF Upgrades, Low End Mac
- 333 MHz, 400 MHz upgrades for Power Mac G3, MacCPU
- see Clocking the G3 for details on tweaking the G3 motherboard
- Best Power Mac G3 deals, updated monthly.
- Picking up a used Power Mac G3 or G4: Is it worth it?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.18. In some cases, shipping can cost more than the computer itself. Where are the best values?
- Best classic Mac OS deals. Best online prices for System 6, 7.1, 7.5.x, Mac OS 7.6, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, 9.0, 9.2.2, and other versions.
- Best Mac OS X 10.0-10.3 deals. Best online prices for Mac OS X 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, and 10.3.
- Best Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger deals. Best online prices for Mac OS X 10.4.
- What’s the best version of OS X for my Mac?, Ian R Campbell, The Sensible Mac, 2008.02.28. Which version of Mac OS X is best for your hardware depends on several factors.
- WiFi hardware compatible with desktop Macs running OS X, MetaPhyzx, Mac Daniel, 2009.03.11. USB, ethernet, PCI, and other wireless hardware compatible with Mac OS X.
- Bringing G3 iMacs and other G3 Macs into the Tiger Age, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2007.12.07. Tips on hard drives, memory, WiFi, and getting Mac OS X 10.4 installed on G3 iMacs and other older G3 Macs.
- Low End Mac’s Compleat Guide to Mac OS 9, 2008 edition, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.05.12. Declared dead by Steve Jobs 6 years ago, Mac OS 9 remains fast and stable, but Classic software hasn’t kept up with Web changes. What Macs support OS 9, where to buy it, and how to update to version 9.2.2.
- Environmentally responsible retirement for old Macs, Rick Lawson, Pioneers in Mac Development, 2008.06.13. After you’ve scavenged what useful parts you can from your old Mac, what’s the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of the rest?
- Know your Mac’s upgrade options, Phil Herlihy, The Usefulness Equation, 2008.08.26. Any Mac can be upgraded, but it’s a question of what can be upgraded – RAM, hard drive, video, CPU – and how far it can be upgraded.
- The ‘better safe than sorry’ guide to installing Mac OS X updates, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.12.16. Most users encounter no problems using Software Update, but some preflight work and using the Combo updater means far less chance of trouble.
- Why you should partition your Mac’s hard drive, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.11. “At the very least, it makes sense to have a second partition with a bootable version of the Mac OS, so if you have problems with your work partition, you can boot from the ‘emergency’ partition to run Disk Utility and other diagnostics.”
- Beige Power Mac G3: Maximum power then, great value now, Leo Titus LeBron V, Collection Spotlight, 2009.08.03. The world’s most powerful personal computer when it was introduced in November 1997, the beige G3 still has a lot to offer anyone looking for a very low cost, powerful Mac.
- Optimized software builds bring out the best in your Mac, Dan Knight, Low End Mac’s Online Tech Journal, 2009.06.30. Applications compiled for your Mac’s CPU can load more quickly and run faster than ones compiled for universal use.
- Tips for installing or reinstalling Mac OS X 10.4 ‘Tiger’, Adam Rosen, Adam’s Apple, 2009.06.10. Mac OS X 10.4 uses less memory than Leopard, supports Classic Mode on PowerPC Macs, and isn’t supported on G3 Macs.
- Is it worth maxing the RAM in old G3 and G4 Macs?, Simon Royal, Mac Spectrum, 2009.04.15. Increasing memory can make your old Mac faster and make you more productive, but it probably won’t improve resale value by the amount you spend.
- The 25 most important Macs, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2009.02.17. The 25 most significant Macs in the first 25 years of the platform, continued.
- Every working computer is useful to someone, Allison Payne, The Budget Mac, 2008.11.19. Whether it’s a PowerBook 1400, G3 iMac, or Power Mac G4, it could be all the computer someone needs.
- How to clone Mac OS X to a new hard drive, Simon Royal, Mac Spectrum, 2008.10.07. Whether you want to put a bigger, faster drive in your Mac or clone OS X for use in another Mac, here’s the simple process.
- Getting the most from your G3 Mac, Simon Royal, Mac Spectrum, 2008.10.03. Most G3 Macs can be upgraded so they can run Mac OS X 10.4 ‘Tiger’ quite nicely. Here’s how.
- Are G3 Macs still viable work machines?, Simon Royal, Mac Spectrum, 2008.09.08. For basic tasks – writing, email, and using the Web – a G3 Mac with Mac OS X 10.4 and sufficient memory provides plenty of power.
- Bumps in the road for G3 Macs, John Hatchett, Recycled Computing, 2008.07.28. MobileMe wouldn’t sync with the Pismo, and Skype’s software refused to install, but both problems were solved.
- The compressed air keyboard repair, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.07.24. If your keyboard isn’t working as well as it once did, blasting under the keys with compressed air may be the cure.
- Opera trumps Safari, flashed video cards for Macs, hacking Leopard for G3 Power Macs, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.07.11. Also expectations for future MacBooks, more power than expected from a CPU upgrade, ADB and QuickCams, Snow Leopard and PowerPC, and more.
- Hacked Leopard on G3 Power Macs, flash memory tips, a smelly MacBook Pro keyboard, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.07.09. Also moving files between a modern Mac and an eMate, Snow Leopard and PowerPC Macs, getting an iMac up and running, old QuickCam won’t work with TiBook, and more.
- Turn your old Mac into a web server with Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise, 2008.07.09. Step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP on an older Mac.
- Turn your old Mac into a website server with free open source software, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise, 2008.07.02. By installing Linux without a GUI, your old Mac can dedicate all of its resources to running Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
- Mac OS X 10.2 ‘Jaguar’ can unleash the power of G3 iBooks, Carl Nygren, Classic Macs in the Intel Age, 2008.06.17. After pulling a bad stick of RAM, the Dual USB iBook didn’t have enough memory for Tiger or Linux. But even with just 128 MB of RAM, Jaguar did the job.
- More G4 upgrade advice, secure disk wipes, 500 MHz iMacs with Tiger in action, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.05.09. The importance of securely clearing your hard drive before you pass on your Mac, Pismo and closed lid mode, G3 iMacs in the classroom, and more thoughts on upgrading G4 Power Macs.
- Macintosh peace of mind, PA Semi and the iPhone, $40 802.11g PCI card, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.05.01. Also Power Mac vs. Mac mini, more on DVD User Op Patch, 12″ vs. 14″ iBook, and VGA for a Power Mac 6100.
- Troubleshooting Eudora, backing up a Beige G3, and why Macs are green, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.05.01. Problems getting help with Eudora, backup options for a Power Mac G3, and how the long-term usefulness of Macs makes them environmentally friendly computers.
- Picking the right ‘Book, clamshell iBook memories, and alternatives to SCSI-to-USB, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.04.23. Choosing a good used ‘Book for Classic, remembering the clamshell iBooks, and alternate options to avoid spending $99 on a SCSI-to-USB adapter.
- Safari 3.1 will be ‘crazy fast’, OS X 10.5.2 update, 20x SuperDrive from $35, and more, Mac News Review, 2008.02.15. Also Security Update for Tiger, Graphics Update for Leopard, Mac mini “as powerful as a larger desktop”, TechTool Deluxe update, and more.
- 3 ways to better YouTube viewing on older Macs, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.02.06. Watching YouTube videos in your browser on G3 Macs can be painfully slow, but there are several ways to improve your YouTube viewing experience.
- WWDC Leopard on upgraded Beige G3, PowerBook vs. iBook, Leopard on an 800 MHz iBook G4, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.01.30. Also MacBook Air points to future notebooks, iPod and iPhone coverage on Low End Mac, changes in Xbench scores, and help with a Mac Classic.
- G3 and G4 Power Macs and Clamshell iBooks still useful, Ben Zalutsky, No Windows for Me, 2008.01.29. Intel CPUs may be blazingly fast, but the old G3 and G4 Macs have plenty of usable life left in them.
- Leopard almost running on Beige G3, Word vs. Pages, overclocking an eMac, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.01.14. Also Compact Flash and the PowerBook 190, beige G3 that won’t boot Mac OS 8.1, Google less than completely Mac friendly, and AirPort drivers.
- Vintage Mac video and monitor mania, Adam Rosen, Adam’s Apple, 2007.12.17. Vintage Macs and monitors didn’t use VGA connectors. Tips on making modern monitors work with old Macs.
- Getting inside vintage Macs and swapping out bad parts, Adam Rosen, Adam’s Apple, 2007.12.14. When an old Mac dies, the best source of parts is usually another dead Mac with different failed parts.
- 8 GB partition issue impacts OS 9, RAM for G3 iMacs, success with Open Firmware hack, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.12.10. Partitions over 8 GB can cause problems in the classic Mac OS, more unsupported Leopard reports, another vote against the iPhone, and millions vs. thousands of colors.
- 10 years since the first G3 Macs, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.11.10. The world’s fastest notebook was soon joined by a 266 MHz Power Mac G3 that ran circles around 300 MHz Pentium II computers.
- Reasons for sticking with the Classic Mac OS, Tommy Thomas, Welcome to Macintosh, 2007.10.30. Whether it’s the simplicity, elegance, speed, or desire not to replace lots of expensive hardware, there are lots of good reasons for sticking with Mac OS 9.
- Interchangeabilty and compatibility of Apple 1.4 MB SuperDrive floppy drives, Sonic Purity, Mac Daniel, 2007.09.26. Apple used two kinds of high-density floppy drives on Macs, auto-inject and manual inject. Can they be swapped?
- AirPort Extreme interference robustness explained, 1 GHz G3 upgrade, new OS X image editor, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.09.14. Also picking the right Mac, Microsoft’s wireless mouse with 1 GB of flash memory, Revolabs wireless microphone with iListen, Opera 9.5 for Mac reaches alpha 3, and more.
- The future of G3 Power Macs in the Age of Leopard, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.09.12. There’s no G3 support in Leopard. What does that mean for those with a Beige G3 or a Blue and White G3?
- Aluminum keyboard complaints, scope of iceBook problems, 2007 iMac value, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.08.13. Also more on Newton’s virtual keyboard, additional info on USB with Beige G3s, and preparing a hard drive before you sell your old Mac.
- iBook ‘Road Apple’ debate, new iMac looks horrible, Apple’s new keyboards, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.08.08. Also how one user rescued a SCSI drive his Mac could no longer mount, troubleshooting an LC 575, and USB issues with the Beige G3.
- Best video card for a G3 Power Mac, upgrading vs. buying a newer Mac, many OS 9 fans, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.06.04. Also iCab is outdated and sluggish, where not to obtain OS 9, installing OS X using FireWire Disk Mode, and troubleshooting a Mac from Linux.
- Installing Ubuntu Linux on the Beige G3 Mac, John Honniball, 2005. Step-by-step guide to installing Ubuntu Linux on a beige Power Mac G3.
- Why Apple must continue G3 support in Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.05.08. “We’re worried about what happens if Apple unchecks that box in Xcode to include the instructions necessary to run OS X on G3 processors at all.”
- Importance of G3 support in 10.5, clever USB/FireWire solution, upgrade options, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.05.01. Also the loss of the PowerBook brand, upgrading to an Intel iMac, Korg and the Mac, Quadra boot problems, and the value of a Mac Classic.
- Format any drive for older Macs with patched Apple tools, Tyler Sable, Classic Restorations, 2007.04.25. Apple HD SC Setup and Drive Setup only work with Apple branded hard drives – until you apply the patches linked to this article.
- Is Apple TV a Mac?, upgrading a Power Mac G4, troubleshooting a Beige G3, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.04.12. Also accessing files on floppies and old Mac on a new Mac, satisfaction and consumerism, and 10th anniversary feedback.
- $25 802.11g card for PCI Macs, drive support for 802.11n AirPort Extreme, Adtron ups flash disks, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.03.02. Also firmware update info for Intel Macs, washable medical mouse and keyboard, TechTool Protogo, and more.
- Musings on low-end SATA cards in PCI Power Macs, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.11.06. Thoughts on why the inexpensive SATA card might almost work in a pre-G3 PCI Power Mac.
- Old Power Macs and SATA not a marriage made in heaven, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.11.03. The PCI SATA card said blue & white G3 or newer and Mac OS 8.6 or later, but maybe it would work in an older pre-G3 Power Mac….
- Is Ubuntu Linux a sensible alternative for Mac users?, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.09.18. If your Mac can run OS X decently, is there any reason to try Ubuntu Linux? If it can’t run OS X well, is Ubuntu a reasonable choice?
- Mac OS 8 and 8.1: Maximum size, maximum convenience, Tyler Sable, Classic Restorations, 2006.09.11. Mac OS 8 and 8.1 add some useful new features and tools, and it can even be practical on 68030-based Macs.
- Is the G3 still a practical choice?, Matthew Jay, Macs to the Max, 2006.08.10. Although the G3 is several generations old, it has enough horsepower for most of the things we do on our computers.
- Customizing Mac OS 9, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.08.01. Fiddling with themes, picking a browser, and making the Classic Mac OS work just the way you want it to.
- The ins and outs of booting Linux on the Mac, Larry Stotler, Linux on the Low End, 2006.07.31. “Old World” Macs can’t boot directly into Linux. They need to boot the Classic Mac OS first, then pass control over to Linux.
- Floppy drive observations: A compleat guide to Mac floppy drives and disk formats, Scott Baret, Online Tech Journal, 2006.06.29. A history of the Mac floppy from the 400K drive in the Mac 128K through the manual-inject 1.4M SuperDrives used in the late 1990s.
- More on the best classic Mac OS browser and video capture options with Mac OS 9, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.06.28. WaMCom as the best classic Mac browser, software suggestions for OS 9 video capture, and two hardware alternatives to having your Mac do the video conversion.
- Making the move from Jaguar (OS X 10.2) to Panther (10.3), Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.04.11. One advantage of Apple’s “no upgrades” policy for OS X – someone can give you their old copy after upgrading without worrying about violating their license.
- What to buy when the old Beige G3 is just too sluggish, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.03.27. When your old Power Mac G3 just can’t keep up with your needs under OS X, it’s time to look at the used Power Mac G4 market. The difference in speed can be astounding.
- Web browser tips for the classic Mac OS, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.01.03. Tips on getting the most out of WaMCom, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, iCab, Opera, and WannaBe using the classic Mac OS.
- The best browsers for PowerPC Macs and the classic Mac OS, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2005.12.16. Two browsers stand out from the pack: iCab 3 is modern and remains under development, and WaMCom brings Mozilla to older Macs.
- How big a hard drive can I put in my iMac, eMac, or Power Mac?, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2005.10.24. A lot of older Macs don’t know how to deal with drives over 128 GB in size. We look at three options.
- Sonata SD, Sonnet Tech, 2004.06.01. First new PCI video card for the Mac in ages sells for just US$99, supports OS 7.5.3 and later plus OS X 10.1.5 and later, works with VGA or old Mac monitors, 16 MB VRAM.
- Beige G3 owner reports on TV tuners, Accelerate Your Mac, 2004.03.26. Solutions for watching television and capturing video on OS X and the classic Mac OS.
- Migration issues in moving from a Beige G3 to a Blue and White, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2004.02.20. Using an older printer and a SCSI scanner, ejecting a CD, and dealing with a system freeze.
- Stepping up from a Beige G3 to Blue and White, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2004.02.16. Why it was time to upgrade, benefits of the newer computer, and troubles caused by the Rev. 1 motherboard.
- Beige G3 (Rev. A) No Road Apple, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2003.05.22. “…we feel that anyone buying a beige G3 should be aware of the Rev. A limitations and choose to buy or avoid that model with their eyes wide open.”
- Slave Drives on a Rev. A Beige G3, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2003.05.19. “Now that OS X disk utilities are starting to ship, there’s less reason to avoid the Rev. A machines for use with OS X – but we still want to be sure users know that they won’t be able to see slave drives unless they’re using X.”
- Choosing between beige G3 upgrade options, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2003.04.25. Thoughts on video cards, CPU upgrades, and more.
- The value and limitations of the beige G3, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2003.03.03. As used G3 prices plummet, has the beige G3 become a best buy, or are there good reasons to avoid it?
- Speeding up a beige G3, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2002.10.28. Pumping up an old G3/266 with a faster processor, faster hard drive, and faster drive controller.
- OS X: 10.1.5 corrects beige G3/Radeon incompatibility, obzorg.org. “…Apple has corrected this problem with one notable limitation.”
- OS X on a beige G3, Kevin Webb, The Mac Webb, 03.25. The old beige G3/300 handles Mac OS X more comfortably than expected.
- Upgrading an old G3, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 03.15. What are the best options for upgrading a beige Power Mac G3?
- OS X: How to get Radeon 7000 to work in a beige G3 with OS X, Accelerate Your Mac, 02.24. You’ll need to log in as root and do some rooting around in the Library.
- Rage at being left behind, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2001.12.24. It’s official – Apple doesn’t plan to support graphics acceleration for any Mac with ATI Rage video.
- OS X and the beige G3, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2001.12.21. OS X runs decently on a beige G3, but also cripples the floppy drive, printer port, graphics performance….
- OS X graphics speedup with early ATI video, Mac OS X: Optimizing for Earlier ATI Graphics Accelerators, 2001.03.09. ATI Rage II+, IIc, Pro, and LT Pro faster displaying thousands of colors, not millions.
- Guide to G4 ZIF Upgrades, Low End Mac
- Guide to G3 ZIF Upgrades, Low End Mac
- Building an ATX G3, Timothy A. Seufert, Accelerate Your Mac!, 3/13. How to drop a Beige G3 motherboard into a standard ATX case. (Not for the faint of heart.)
- G3 Zone, Accelerate Your Mac!
- Hardware: Four ZIF upgrades for Power Mac G3, MacInTouch, 1/27
- Power Mac G3 revisions, Mining Co.
- Hard drive upgrade for the Power Mac G3, Accelerate Your Mac
- 400 MHz upgrade for Power Mac G3, Accelerate Your Mac
- Slower than expected SCSI (MacInTouch Special Report)
- Bare Feats compares G3 performance with earlier Mac
- Accelerate Your Mac describes installing a PCI SCSI card and two-drive RAID array (description is for 7500, but should apply to G3 as well)
- Apple Specs: Power Macintosh G3 Desktop, Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower
- Power Macs earlier than the Quicksilver models do not have built-in support for IDE hard drives with capacities over 128 GB. Without a third-party solution, larger drives can only be formatted to 128 GB in these models. There are three options (as noted on Accelerate Your Mac):
- Intech’s ATA Hi-Cap Support Driver
- A PCI IDE card that supports big drives
- A FireWire enclosure that supports big drives
- Upgrades Put Some Beige G3s in Jeopardy, Macworld, 2000.03.30. Macs with Royal Technology voltage regulator must replace that component before installing any CPU upgrade.
- Apple has discovered the cause of the dim video problem with the audio/video personality card in the Power Mac G3s. Contact Apple or your Apple dealer for a new card that fixes the problem.
- If you have a Revision 2 motherboard (one way to tell: the System CD is blue, not white), your G3 supports up to four IDE/ATA drives (two masters and two slaves). However, it cannot boot from an internal ATAPI Zip drive (which is what Apple installs with the Rev. 2 board) unless the disk has Iomega driver 6.0 or later with Enabler 777 in the Mac OS 8.1 System Folder or a later version of the Mac OS. Earlier Iomega drivers do not support ATAPI Zip drives. (Apple TIL)
- Macs with IDE hard drives do not provide SCSI termination power, depending on external SCSI devices to provide it. For more details, see SCSI Termination Power.
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