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    Buying an old PowerMac G3 to do Mac browser tests?

    Hi:
    I'm wondering, can I get an old PowerMac G3/300 (OS 9.2.2) to install/run all the latest Mac browsers, whether Safari, IE, Firefox etc to do browser tests? Is the computer fast enough in general, and more importantly, are the latest Apple browsers even compatible in this OS?

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    Hi George
    I've got a Powerbook G3 300mhz/192mb ram and it ran OS X and the latest version of firefox, safari and mozilla ok (bit slow at times) until it packed up

    However, I don't think teh latest version of safari is supported by OS 9.2.*. Btw, it won't be that fast, ok for general site testing etc. IE Mac is just about dead now, or so I heard.

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    You'll need to buy OS X, I recommend waiting until Tiger is announced, as Safari requires OS 10.2, Firefox OS 10.1.5, IE 10.1.0, but if you wait till Tiger, you'll get Safari 2.

    OS X'll need more RAM, and you could also upgrade it to a G4. OS X costs $179 Canadian Dollars, and then you'll need more for RAM...

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    Ok thanks guys. So I guess even just to run some of the latest browsers like Safari, I will need something more modern than G3. In that case, I'll definitely wait until Tiger comes out, which supposedly is this month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WA
    Ok thanks guys. So I guess even just to run some of the latest browsers like Safari, I will need something more modern than G3. In that case, I'll definitely wait until Tiger comes out, which supposedly is this month.
    Probably for the cost of upgrading a PowerMac G3, you could get a Mac Mini As for Tiger... Some of us have wanted it since July last year Personally, I think it'll be announced at NAB, along with apps which require it

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    I'd personally get a mac mini...they are extremley good value for money and seriously small

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    We use a G3 with 256mb of ram for exactly this purpose at work. It's not the fastest loading machine in the room, but it runs all the browsers just fine.

    I take no responsibility for the above nonsense.


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    I only bought my G3 Powerbook to test my sites and stuff in Safari etc...

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    How many MHz Andrew? There's big difference between the last 800MHz ones, and the 300MHz ones...


    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    I only bought my G3 Powerbook to test my sites and stuff in Safari etc...
    I only have a Dual 2.5GHz to check my email, surf the web, instant messaging, do my homework, make web sites, test my websites on localhost, Mac browser testing, designing images in Photoshop, making software in Xcode, video editing in Final Cut Pro, DVD burning in DVD Studio Pro, some stuff in Motion, play some games, listen to music, muck around with the command line (well, not mucking around ), testing my sites on Windows in Virtual PC. Heck, basically everything, been more than 4 months than I booted up my real PC
    Last edited by gsnedders; 04-09-2005 at 02:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Error 404
    I only have a Dual 2.5GHz to check my email, surf the web, instant messaging, do my homework, make web sites, test my websites on localhost, Mac browser testing, designing images in Photoshop, making software in Xcode, video editing in Final Cut Pro, DVD burning in DVD Studio Pro, some stuff in Motion, play some games, listen to music, muck around with the command line (well, not mucking around ), testing my sites on Windows in Virtual PC. Heck, basically everything, been more than 4 months than I booted up my real PC
    God dude, you make it sound like it was a PC that a granny would use "just to check emails and surf the web"


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