To Athos-mn: Thanks, I'll google for those and explore the possiblility.
To Roue: Thanks, but I do NOT have the capital for just outright buying a new Mac. The ones I have were gifts from friends and the only upgrade path I have available at this time is to gradually and slowly upgrade one part of the system at a time. A G3 or G4 CPU replacement would be really cool, as this old 120 MHz CPU is a real slug. I would guess that part of the sluggishness is due to low ram size as well.
Thanks y'all, and PLEASE keep the upgrade tips coming.
I have a PowerMac 7600/132 that I upgraded to a G4. I installed a Sonnet® G4 card. (It will run OSX with a software called XPostFacto, but my bookmark to the site no longer works. It was a while back but it may have been IO that turned me on to that download.) Anyways, Now I run only OS 9.2.2 on this box and use it for pre OSX gaming. Upgrading the CPU definitely made a difference. Hope this helps.
Thanks, 2Dog, That's very helpful information. I'll google for it and see what I can find. A G4 upgrade would be awesome. As for the OS, if I can just get up from version 8.xx to version 9.xx I imagine that that would be a big help.
I also want to upgrade the RAM. I wonder if either the Crucial website or the Kingston website have a list of the available RAM upgrades I would want to do. Or does the CPU upgrade have RAM mounted on it as well?? Or were/are they seperate?
Cool, 2Dog. Thanks.
I would suspect that if you want to upgrade from 8 to 9 then you should start out with 9.0 and subsequently upgrade from there.
Can anyone here confirm or deny any of this, in terms of upgrades available or not for this model? I would love to boost the CPU speed and the amount of RAM available. It's been my experience with MSFT Windows that the faster the CPU and the more RAM I give it, the better it performs. Might this be true of the Mac OS also?
Please pardon my ignorance as I am just beginning to move away from MSFT Windows after over a decade on the Intel\Windows platform. I would like to upgrade this Mac as much as possible, as it seems to be the best of the ones that I have.
Well, Ig and Ladyhawke, you both hit the nail right on the head. At this time, I am owning and repairing an old 1991 Subaru wagon with over 200K miles on it. Why? Because financially I have no other choice at this time.
Same thing with the Mac - At this time, I can barely afford food and gas, so small incremental upgrades are, at this time, more financially feasible than buying a better Mac outright, even a used one.
And after I had posted the message about the slow network, I realized just what you have said - my Comcast cable modem is rated for like 6 which is obviously less than 10, but I DO in fact like to pass files around on my lan via my 10/100 hub, so Yes, in the long run, either a scsi external Iomega zip-100 drive or a 10 to 10/100 netcard upgrade would be really nice. Transferring files from machine to machine at 10 is dog slow, but floppies are, in fact, even slower.
Idget: RE: the machine you and/or my sis gave me, can it's floppy drive read and/or write in IBM PC 1.44 MB format? Right now, I do NOT have any other way to transfer files, unless of course I burn a CD on the PC and then pass that to the Mac. But the same would NOT work in reverse because, as far as I know, the Mac's CD is read-only, true? And is there anything like NERO for a Mac, in case I upgrade the CD drive to a CD-RW ?? What other methods might I use?
Again, Thanks SO much for all the feedback. It is GREALY appreciated. :-)
Because "We're not messing around any more, Bill Gates..."
Oct 1 2005 1:44pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
It's kind of like putting money into repairing an old car!
I dunno, I love my cars. I've had computers far longer than I've had cars and I've never loved any computer.
Ditto. I love my car. I use my computer. Upgrading or replacing computers is not sentimental for me. One is often as good as the other, if not better.
But replacing my car with another would be an emotional as well as a financial issue.
"Do not secure-delete any configd or configd.plst files EVER AGAIN!"
I have recovered because I'm lucky and I have the know-how; but I really emphasize the lucky part!!!
I thought the whole shmoo was going to be a gonner (is that a word?) for a few days....
My mouse finally crapped out on me. Yes, It died. I tried all the usuals and actually found the best deal at the Apple Store®. I am seriously thinking of sending the broken remains to Animal so he can incenerate them in a glorious explosion. (fucking things)
As far as I can tell it was the lack of insulating rubber condom/sleeve/doohickie where the cable enters said mouse that allowed the wires/cable to fray - thus a shorted out mouse.
Anyways, Apple has made it iincredibly convenient that I cannot order an original replacement mouse through their store. Now I get to order a Pro-Optical mouse from Kensington® (which has been good in the past) but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed. :^)