Blue & White Power Macintosh G3/300-450
code name: Yosemite
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Bold best summarizes the blue & white G3. With an entirely new minitower case design and huge graphics on the side, this Mac would stand out even without the bright color.
In a big step forward, these models have 4 PCI slots, one more than previous models, and the B&W G3 was the first computer to ship with copper CPU technology (used in the 350 MHz to 450 MHz models).
With a tip of the hat to the iMac, the B&W G3 doesn't have a built-in floppy drive.
The keyboard and mouse also come from the iMac. Users had mixed reactions to the round mouse; fortunately, there are plenty of good alternatives. Likewise, although the keyboard has a nice feel, it is missing some keys that Apple has provided on full sized keyboard for years (see iMac's Keyboard: The Missing Keys for a full list). The availability of standard layout keyboards from Apple and others means you don't have to live with the stock keyboard.
As on the iMac, USB has practically replaced ADB, but Apple left one ADB port on the B&W G3 for legacy peripherals. The addition of FireWire provides a fast alternative to the missing SCSI. (SCSI PCI cards are readily available, allowing access to SCSI hardware.) Although this model has FireWire and USB ports (see Apple Knowledge Base Article #58430, USB Info and Benefits of Dual-Channel USB), it cannot boot from either. Also, it does not support FireWire Target Disk Mode.
Unfortunately, this Power Macintosh G3 shares the same product name as the earlier, very different beige Power Macintosh G3. You'd think Apple might have learned a thing or two about product name confusion with the PowerBook G3/PowerBook G3 Series situation, but that isn't the case.
The Rev. 2 B&W G3 uses a different motherboard, has an additional drive bracket, incorporates a new IDE controller chip (marked 402) that supports UDMA-33, and includes a faster version of the ATI Rage 128 video card. 350 MHz and 400 MHz models may have either motherboard; 450 MHz versions only shipped from the factory with the Rev. 2 board. The improved IDE controller supports the standard master/slave drive configuration and solves a drive corruption problem. The Rev. 1 board isn't stable with many modern hard drives on the built-in IDE bus because the controller doesn't support UDMA (Mac OS X does an end run around this problem by disabling UDMA on the Rev. 1 motherboard).
A common suggestion in the old days was to put the hard drive on the 16.7 MBps ATA-3 bus used by the optical drive, but the Rev. 1 motherboard doesn't support booting from hard drives on that bus. See the Wikipedia article about the Blue & White G3 for a lot more information about Rev. 1 failings.
When buying a blue & white G3, insist on getting a Revision 2 system. The best way to make sure you're getting a Rev. 2 motherboard is the "402" marking on the CMD646 IDE controller chip. See Accelerate Your Mac! for more details on differences between these motherboard revisions.
Although this model doesn't support drives larger than 128 GB on its main 33 MHz drive bus, the 16.7 MHz bus used for the optical drive supports multi-word DMA 2 and may support larger hard drive.
- G3/300 introduced 1999.01.05 at US$1,599; discontinued
G3/350 introduced 1999.01.05 at US$1,999; discontinued 1999.08.31.
G3/400 introduced 1999.01.05 at US$2,999; discontinued 1999.08.31.
G3/450 introduced 1999.06 at $2,519; discontinued 1999.08.31.
Replaced by Yikes! and Sawtooth Power Mac G4.
- model ID: PowerMac1,1
- model number: M5183
- part number, Rev. 1: M6670 (300), M6668 (350), M6665 (400)
- part number, Rev. 2: M6657 (350), M7555 (400), M7553 (450)
- Rev. 1 requires Mac OS 8.5 through OS X 10.4.11; Rev. 2 units shipped with Mac OS 8.6 and require 8.6 through OS X 10.4.11.
- CPU: 300/350/400/450 MHz PPC 750
- L2 cache: 1 MB 2:1 backside cache (512 KB on 300 MHz model)
- bus: 100 MHz
- RAM: 64 MB or 128 MB standard, expandable to 1 GB using PC100 SDRAM (3.3V, unbuffered, 64-bit, 168-pin, 100 MHz) in 4 DIMM slots; not compatible with double-sided DIMMs
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 169 (300 MHz), 186 (350 MHz), 223 (450 MHz)
- BYTEmark: 9.85 (300 MHz), 11.51 (350 MHz), 13.31 (400 MHz)
- MacBench 5: 926 (300 MHz), 1144 (350 MHz), 1323 (400 MHz), 1484 (450 MHz)
- GPU: ATI Rage 128 on 66 MHz bus, supports resolutions to 1600 x 1200 with 32-bit support, VGA output (replaces older DB-15 port Apple has used since 1987). Rev. 1 runs graphics processor at 75 MHz, while Rev. 2 uses faster 90-100 MHz clock. Some educational units came with a Rage Pro video card that supported video capture.
- VRAM: 16 MB
- hard drive: 6 GB or 12 GB UltraATA/33 or 9 GB Ultra2 SCSI hard 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, Power Mac, PowerBook, or iBook? for three options.
- optical drive: 24x maximum throughput CD-ROM, DVD and DVD-RAM optional; uses 16.7 MBps UltraATA bus.
- internal Zip drive optional
- 4 PCI slots (3 are 64-bit 33 MHz, one is 32-bit 66 MHz and is used for the video card)
- ADB: 1 port
- USB: 2 USB 1.1 ports
- FireWire 400: 2 ports
- FireWire 800: none
- ethernet: 10/100
- modem: optional internal 56k modem
- microphone: standard 3.5mm minijack, compatible with line-level input including Apple's PlainTalk microphone
- size (HxWxD): 17.0" x 8.9" x 18.4"
- weight: 30.0 lb.
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- upgrade path: ZIF CPU upgrades
Accelerators & Upgrades
- 8x SuperDrive DVD±RW upgrade, MCE Technologies, $149. 8x4x12x DVD, 24x24x40x CD. 2 MB buffer. Requires OS 9 or OS X.
- Guide to G4 ZIF Upgrades, Low End Mac
- Guide to G3 ZIF Upgrades, Low End Mac
- upgrade path: G3 and G4 ZIF CPU upgrades (note that some early CPU upgrades did not support the 100 MHz bus)
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- 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.
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- Many G3 Macs now considered vintage, Mac News Review, 2006.03.31.
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- 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.
- Is that old Power Mac G3 still useful in the workplace?, Charles Webb, PowerBook Beat, 2006.01.10. The number of ways you can use an old Power Mac on the office network is nearly unlimited.
- 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.
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- How Big a Hard Drive Can I Put in My iMac, eMac, Power Mac, PowerBook, or iBook?, 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.
- Mac OS X and the Blue and White G3 firmware update problem, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 2005.03.01. "Catch-22. The firmware update requires that you be running the Classic Mac OS, and the Classic OS won't run until the firmware update is installed."
- Upgrading a Power Mac G3 from Mac OS 9 to Panther, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2004.12.03. Is this 1999 Power Mac really up to the task of running OS X or it it too slow to be useful?
- 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.
- 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.
- Why Apple's blue & white G3 is a best buy, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2003.03.04. Apple's blue & white Power Mac G3 has become very affordable in recent months. The mix of features and value make it a best buy.
- Upgrading a Blue and White G3, Evan Kleiman, Mac Daniel, 2002.07.10. Looking at the memory, hard drive, overclocking, CPU, and other upgrade options.
- Ode on a Blue G3 (dead link), Niko Coucouvanis, MacAddict, 2000.12.26. "That's right - I use a machine that's nearly two years old, and I love it, Moore's law be damned. "
- Review: Sonnet Tempo Ultra ATA66 Macintosh PCI Host Adapter, Dan Knight, 2000.07.28. The most economical way to put IDE support in a PCI Power Mac.
- QuickDraw 3D acceleration in B&W Power Mac G3, Apple TIL 25020, 2000.10.13. summary: No 8-bit support at any resolution, no Portrait support, supports 16- and 24-bit video to 1280 x 1024 and some higher settings.
- Review: Power Macintosh G3/450, Macworld, 1999.09, p. 47
- New G3 features, Accelerate Your Mac! Information on Rev. 2 motherboard.
- Blue and White G3 Tips/Information, Accelerate Your Mac!
- Opinion: A new G3 generation, Ric Ford, eMediaweekly, 1999.02.01
- Yosemite CPU Speed Settings, Accelerate Your Mac, 1999.01.14. Complete guide to overclocking the blue and white G3.
- Apple has 3 different PCI SCSI cards for G3 Pro, Apple TIL
- IDE slave drive in a G3 Pro, Accelerate Your Mac
- G3 Pro compatibility issues, MacFixIt
- PC100 memory prices, ramseeker
- G3 Pro: good enough?, Mac Musings
- iMac Envy, Macworld
- Apple Spec: Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White)
- Power Macs earlier than the 2002 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 (supported on B&W G3's CD/DVD bus but not on Ultra33 bus)
- A PCI IDE card that supports big drives
- A FireWire enclosure that supports big drives
- Units that shipped with OS 8.6 cannot use OS 8.5, only 8.6 and later versions of the Mac OS.
- To distinguish the Rev. 1 and Rev. 2 logic boards, check the number printed on the CMD chip at location U1. On Rev. 1 boards, the number is PCI646U2. On Rev. 2, it will read 646US-402.
- The G3 Pro can use all three types of PC100 DIMMs: 3-2-3 (the slowest), 3-2-2, and 2-2-2 (the fastest). It will recognize which you have and set timing to match the slowest installed memory. For best performance, use only 2-2-2 DIMMs. And be sure to specify unbuffered memory.
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