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Jun 21, 2014, 12:02 PM
My wife was given a Blue Clamshell iMac from a friend. What is the most ram I can install in it and what is the highest version of OS X I can install. It has one USB and one Firewire port. It has a 10 GB hard drive but I have a larger one laying around but I think there is a limit to the size that will work on this model.

Is there a good version of Linux that would run on this too? I mainly want tinker with it. It is in perfect condition and it brings back memories to my first Mac which was the very first iBook.
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Jun 21, 2014, 12:05 PM
That will go up to 576MB of RAM tops. The drive is a 2.5-inch ATA model, and is non-trivial to get to. You've really got to be dedicated to old hardware to do this.

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Jun 23, 2014, 02:56 AM
The maximum HD size is 128 GB (what hard drive manufacturers like to call 137), and the maximum official OS X version is 10.3.9.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
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Jun 24, 2014, 06:39 PM
Originally Posted by P View Post
The maximum HD size is 128 GB (what hard drive manufacturers like to call 137), and the maximum official OS X version is 10.3.9.
Actually the maximum OS is 10.4.11 (Tiger) I don't recall if you have to partition the drive so that the boot disk is within the first 8GB or not? It's been a few years since I worked on a Clamshell. I know it's ATA-2.
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Jun 27, 2014, 10:54 AM
The worst part of this computer is the 800x600 screen resolution. Many apps will not be useable, or will simply refuse to run at all with such a low resolution. It could be fun to play around with, but there really won't be very much this machine can do usefully.
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Today, 10:57 PM
To install 10.4, you have to hook up firewire to a laptop that has a DVD drive. 10.3.9 will run much faster. Even with 10.4, you will have a kind-of fast computer that will not play Flash videos and you have to have a little patience when going on the internet or looking at 50 pictures on Preview, but is definitely still usable. If you wait a while, you might see an Intel Core 2 Duo version of the Clamshell come out.
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