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#1 2018-07-28 19:31:16

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Advice for my Trash Picked Power Mac G3

Hello everyone. I registered just to get some opinions about my plans for this Mac. My neighbor was throwing it out on trash day and I decided to rescue it out of curiosity. I don't know much about old Macs, but after opening it up I could see it was complete except for missing RAM (and being extremely dirty). I decide to buy $12 of RAM on eBay to see if it would boot up and to my surprise it is still completely functional. The previous owner didn't remove the HDD or even wipe any files before tossing it out on the curb. Apparently the previous owner was a student because there are still saved graphic design files labeled as school projects. There are even family photos still on the drive. I run a small YouTube channel strictly as a hobby and it's focus is on modding PC's. I posted a couple videos featuring this Mac and outlined my plans to gut it and replace the hardware with more modern PC parts. This didn't go over very well with a few viewers that thought I should keep it original. I do see their point of view but this Mac isn't really a collectors item (yet) and sells for $50-100 on eBay. I felt fine with just thoroughly testing the parts and "recycling" them on eBay to people that needed them for restoration purposes. I am not a retro computing person and I'm not an Apple collector. To sum this up, I do feel bad about gutting the Mac and there is a part of me that wants to preserve it in it's original form. But it will literally sit on a shelf and not be used at all if I go this route. It has much more value to me personally as a fun YouTube project but wanted to reach out to an Apple community before making my final decision. I figured I owed that to the Mac G3 and the commenters that were lobbying for it's preservation. I really do want to hear any opinions that the "Think Classic" community might have and look forward to possibly gaining a new perspective on the "value" of this Mac. Thank you in advance!

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#2 2018-07-28 19:41:17

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Re: Advice for my Trash Picked Power Mac G3

Got linkage to the YouBoobTube vid? What model is it? Beige, iMac or Blue and White handled tower.?

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#3 2018-07-28 20:00:22

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Re: Advice for my Trash Picked Power Mac G3

It's a 400MHz Blue and White handled. Here's the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzRcdIVTHW4 Be nice with my video, I'm an amateur! smile

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#4 2018-07-28 23:37:38

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Re: Advice for my Trash Picked Power Mac G3

Vid's not bad at all.

First things first, you've got a Maxell Bomb installed in the PRAM (MacSpeak for CMOS) battery holder. If you haven swapped it out, remove the Vicious little Red thing IMMEDIATELY! They explode, sliming the nearby interior with acid.

If you haven't figured it out, you've got the Zio Drive upgrade, not a FDD.

The ServiceSource (repair Manual) should be easy enough to find online.

Started watching your craigslisted MicroDell vid. I've got one just like it from craigslist. I've thought about putting a current board in there. Love the full size Optical and HDD.

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#5 2018-07-29 01:22:44

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Re: Advice for my Trash Picked Power Mac G3

Well I'm glad you found the video watchable! I'm slowly getting better with my content and editing. I ordered a replacement battery and never installed it because it booted without swapping it. Thank you very much for the heads up, I just took the Maxell out and put it in my battery recycling canister. Hopefully it doesn't blow up and cause a chain reaction with the other half dozen batteries that are in there lol. I haven't checked out the hardware much and just assumed it was a floppy drive. I didn't even realize that there was zip drives back then. Did it take a proprietary Apple flash card or something? I guess I should find the manual and do some reading. It's good information to know even if I never put it to use.

That little PC looks really cool, it grabbed my attention immediately when I saw it on Craigslist. I'll be upgrading it soon with a new ITX board, probably a new AMD setup.

Here's a picture of that replacement battery, hopefully it's not complete junk
IMG_20180728_175857335.jpg

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#6 2018-07-29 04:43:24

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Re: Advice for my Trash Picked Power Mac G3

Excellent, I'll be watching you work on the little guy with interest. I took it to a store and eyeballed a couple of tiny mobos. Pick one with good ubuntu support for your upgrade videos and it'll make me very happy. cool

Zips are mid-nineties, B&W late nineties. If your door won't stay latched because of the broken plastic tabs, you can wedge the locking handle on the back and it'll keep the metal can locked as tight as you please.

http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/powermac … .white.pdf

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