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Anyone have an iBook g3(clamshell)?

Hey guys! Long time no see, huh! Wink.

Anyway, I'm gonna buy an iBook g3 clamshell, hopefully from ebay.

Does anyone here own one? Do you have any advice for me?

Thanks Smile!

ADD: If anyone has one they want to sell, contact me! Maybe we can work out a deal.

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I have an indigo 366MHz with firewire. It's a great laptop. As far as advice goes, make sure the power supply is good. The one mine came with had a worn wire just at the strain relief on the connecter on the iBook end and I had to rewire it. Looks like junk but it works. Also, if you are going to use it with an Airport card, make sure you have at least 10.3.9 on it so you have more wireless network options. I don't think anything below Panther will use WPA. Also, try to put as much RAM on it as you can. I'm running mine with 320MB. It's okay for light surfing and apps, but could use a little more RAM, especially if I ever put Tiger on it. Other than that, I can't really think of anything. They're great little laptops. Last I checked you can get an okay price on a new battery from Other World Computing if you plan on using it on the go a lot.

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Good to hear from you again, nmz502! Hope you are doing fine?

First thing that came to my mind when I read your question regarding the good old Clamshell was this recent article by LEM author Austin Leeds. Check it out, he wrote about the resurrection of his beloved iBook G3 in this series of articles. It has some good info in it.

Here is the link to part1: http://lowendmac.com/ed/leeds/11al/clamshell-resurrection.html

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Thanks for the advice Smile!

I don't really plan to use it for anything other than mac os 9 stuff. I just want to play classic mac games(OttoMatic, Bugdom, Oni, Ambrosia SW games, etc.) and do/use classic mac stuff.

Does anyone know of a good place to buy an iBook G3 ClamShell? I looked on ebay but they were a bit expensive.

I posted on LEM. Still waiting for my post to be approved though.

EDIT: @Bolkonskij, thanks Laughing out loud! I've been doing fine - I've just been busy programming flash games/sites and I hang out on a forum for a service called "Mochi".

But I miss my classic mac Sad. Which is why I'm planning to get an iBook.

I'll take a look at the link you provided later.

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I've bought two ibook g3's I picked up on lem for 85$(including shipping, 60$ before shipping). One is an indigo ibook and the other is a lime green ibook cover with a blueberry ibook's internals. Also included is one airport card, two yoyo's, and a set of recovery disks!

Let's see how this turns out!

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Hi there. Are you still on-line? Smile Do you still have those recovery medias?

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A long shot after such a time period I would think. But he may respond quicker, if you click his user name (takes you to his guestbook) and leave a note to him there. His account is set up to receive guestbook entries as email, so if the email address he has given is active, then he would at least see your message.

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In case you need to get inside an iBook Clamshell, and you haven't done it before, here's my favorite disassembly guide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCdO4eaE4xE

I have an Indigo iBook G3/366 (Firewire/Clamshell), Apple Model Number M6411. The M6411 models replaced the original M2453 models and added a single Firewire port -- as the informal name implies -- as well as a faster processor with on chip level 2 cache, a larger standard hard drive, superior video, and different color options. It also introduced a new hybrid A/V port that provides composite audio/video out capabilities.

Even though the M6411 models are in many ways superior to the original models, I see them going for about the same price on eBay. I would recommend looking for an M6411 rather than an M2453, especially if you're going to really use it. If you're patient and persistent, you can probably buy one on eBay that works for between $50 and $100. Maybe even less, if you're willing to do some repairs yourself.

Best of luck, and happy hunting!