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iMac G5 – Coraline

Saturday, March 24th, 2012


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This was the first Apple product I ever bought. I immediately fell in love with the look of it and I just had to get one – that immediately was given the name Coraline. I went with the large model, 20″ screen, a 1.8GHz processor and ample of storage space. It came pre-installed with Leopard and ran like a dream. It did most of the things I wanted and were always very quiet. And then one day it started to behave strange. The graphics couldn’t keep track of the colors and the startup disk was often lost during reboot. The disk repair application warned me about several serious problems with permissions, the structure of the hard drive and other things that I then tried to repair without any luck. I’d heard of blown capacitors and how this model was prone for trouble like that so I opened the case up in search of just these problems and found… nothing. Absolutely nothing. So I still don’t know to this day what is wrong with it, but I’d say a lot.

Since the hard drive showed so many signs of problems I switched it out for a brand new 500GB one and did a fresh install of Leopard. The computer then worked hassle free for a week or two before going back to the old problems and eventually died on me. The logic board must have some serious faults and the graphic card is probably also kind of screwed.. But it’s to expensive to fix considering how little I have to gain from restoring it. If it’s something we mac users know, it’s that the iMac G5 is a pain in the backside when it comes to reliability.

Specs:
20″ matte display, 1680×1050
G5 1.8GHz
2GB RAM
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 64MB (not sure about the memory on the card)
Bluetooth
500GB HDD

Current to do list:
* Apply new thermal compound  DONE!
* Format and re-install Leopard a third time DONE!
* Try with older OS DONE!
* Maybe ask a friend to check the logic board

Read more about this model on EveryMac.com!

iMac G3 – Clariza

Saturday, March 24th, 2012


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As you can see this is the Snow model of iMac G3 from summer 2001. An eleven years old CRT, awesome! It does have some issues with blurry screen, the top inch of the screen is a bit out of focus but I tinkered with the flyback transformer and made it just barely noticable. The best thing about this beauty isn’t that it came with pre-installed Tiger, a super quiet, big, hard drive and acceptable RAM, but it’s that I got it absolutely free. I didn’t even pay for shipping costs. So that was needless to say a big day for me when it arrived. I call it Clariza in my network because that’s the name it came with.

I have installed OS 9 on it since I was really curious on how the OS has aged since I last used it and after all – this particular iMac came loaded with that OS. After some fiddling around with old update files I got it up to 9.2.2 and everything works great. I had to transfer my Airport card over to my Sawtooth instead so this one now has an ethernet cable plugged in. It’s quite the overkill to have 25Mbit/s when it seems it can not handle much more than 3-4Mbit/s (I checked with different online broadband tests) but what can you do? I also had to switch out a 512MB stick of RAM for a 256MB so now I only have 768MB in total but that’s easy and cheap to change.

I haven’t got so many apps for it right now but I’m currently searching the web for awesome old applications that are compatible with the OS, so the list will probably grow with time. It’s entertaining just to look through old archives of long dead applications but it’s also a feeling of victory when I find just the stuff I’m looking for. Great fun!

All specs in screenshots.


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Current to do list:
* Max out the RAM
* Get original keyboard and “puck” mouse

Read more about this model on EveryMac.com!