PDA

View Full Version : Beige G3 Revision A?



AnubisRex
10-28-2001, 01:18 AM
Hello Everyone,
I have recently filled up my current drive and desparately need to buy a larger, and hopefully faster, one. The thing is this: I have a Beige G3 233 Mini Towerand have only today learned that there were a few versions of it, A, B, and C.
How does one tell what version one has? I got this thing used, so all documentation and information from boxes is long gone. This is important because I'd like to keep the current drive and run it as a slave off the new one.
To be honest, I'm more interested in getting a scsi drive, but I'm not sure what my computer supports. Is there information here somewhere that maps out the specs of this computer?
Thirdly, and I'm sorry just to throw a whole bunch of questions out there at once, how might one physically install the drive? The whole latch thing is quite clever and reveals the motherboard well, making memory upgrads easy, but I have to admit, getting at the drives seems to be a bit more difficult.

Thanks in advance,
Christopher

ChrisYip
10-28-2001, 10:37 AM
Hi...
This link might help re: installation... http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/G3-ZONE/IDE/

As for the SCSI...Well - shouldn't be a problem - internal or external?. You have the external narrow SCSI port and internally, if you have an open PCI slot, you can install a SCSI card to drive a SCSI hard drive - your machine having IDE drives and IDE controllers built-in)

Here some logic board info:
http://www.macgurus.com/beta/mbppcg3mini.html

As for big drives, depending on the version of your machine, you could just bolt in another IDE drive and set it up as a slave off your master one.. or..in the case where you only have the one controller (and it's driving your hard drive and CD-ROM), you will need to get an IDE controller card...

HTH

Chris

ricks
10-28-2001, 06:06 PM
Just so you know,the article at XLR8 your mac says the revA won't take a slave. The only way to add a slave is to swap out the motherboard rom chip for a later revision one. http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/G3-ZONE/IDE/

I would say the easiest way to add a drive would be to add a PCI host card if you have the space. SCSI or ATA, they are both easy to do and you can ACCELERATE your computer with the faster bus/drive. You won't believe the difference when you put something reasonably fast in there.

Maybe a Miles2 and a 10k cheetah? That would rock. Even the new Barracdas are fast.

Rick

[This message has been edited by ricks (edited 28 October 2001).]