iMac G3 Slot-Loading DV SE 400 Hz Revision B 1999

The iMac G3 DV SE is identical to the iMac G3 DV in everything but hard drive storage capacity and RAM. It got a larger 13 GB drive and larger 128 MB RAM from the box. With emphasis on home video editing, the iMac G3 DV SE has got a more powerful 400 Hz processor, a VGA-port, a DVD-ROM slot loading drive and two FireWire 400 ports. The in iMac G3 DV supports an optional AirPort but in all the other aspects its hardware is identical to the Revision A. For example, not only system bus and hard drive ATA standard remained the same, but also a video processor, so in video editing a user should rely on the central processor performance only. This iMac also sports the fanless cooling system that makes its operation almost silent. The iMac G3 DV is available in only one color: Graphite.

iMac G3 Slot-Loading DV SE 400 Hz Revision B 1999

Introduced on: October 5, 1999.

Specifications

  • Processor Speed: 400 MHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC 750 “G3”.
  • Cores: 1.
  • On-Board Ram: 128 MB (Expandable to 1 GB (512 MB supported by Apple).
  • Video: 15-inch (13.8-inch viewable) shadow-mask CRT screen with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
  • Graphics: ATI Rage 128 Pro with 8 MB of SDRAM.
  • Storage: 13 GB, 5400-rpm ATA-3 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 2x USB 1.1, 2x FireWire 400 2x Headphone mini-jacks. Analog audio input mini-jack. Built-in stereo speakers.
  • Optical drive: 4x DVD-ROM.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 11 Mbit/s AirPort 802.11b (adapter required), 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 56k modem 4 Mbit/s, IrDA.
  • OS: Preinstalled OS: 9.0.4. OS max. upgrade: 10.3.9, 10.3.5.
  • Dimensions: 15.0 x 15.0 x 17 inch.
  • Weight: 34.7 lb.
  • Colors: Graphite

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Order number: M7668LL/A. Model No: M5521 (EMC 1821).

Discontinued: July 19, 2000.

Price: $1499.

What If You Have a Problem?

If the computer won’t respond or the pointer won’t move:

First, make sure the mouse and keyboard are connected.

  • Unplug and then plug in the connectors and make sure they are firmly seated.

Then try to cancel what the computer is doing.

  • Press the Command (x) and period (.) keys at the same time. If a dialog box appears, click Cancel. If that doesn’t work, hold down the Option and Command keys, then press the Esc key. If a dialog box appears, click Force Quit. If you return to the Finder, restart your computer. If the computer still doesn’t respond, restart it.
  • Press the Power button on the computer.
  • If that doesn’t work, hold down the Control and Command (x) keys, and then press the Power button on the computer.
  • If that doesn’t work, press the Reset button.
  • If that doesn’t work, hold down the Power button on the computer for 5 seconds. After your computer turns off, press the Power button on the computer to turn it on again.
  • If that doesn’t work, unplug the power cord from the computer.
  • Then plug the power cord back in and press the Power button on the computer to turn it on.

Then do the following:

If the problem occurs frequently when you use a particular application:

  • Check with the application’s manufacturer to verify that it is compatible with your computer and the version of system software your computer is using.

If the problem occurs frequently:

Choose Finder in the Application menu. Then open the Help menu and choose Mac Help. Look at the section on how
to prevent and solve problems. You may need to check for extension conflicts or reinstall your computer’s system software.

If the computer “freezes” during startup or you see a flashing question mark:

  • Turn off system extensions.
  • Start up your computer while holding down the Shift key.
  • If that does not work, start up using the software install CD.
  • Insert the software install CD that came with your computer and start up while holding down the C key. (Make sure the Caps Lock key is not engaged.)

Then do this:

After the computer starts up:

  • Make sure that the hard disk that contains the System Folder is selected, or highlighted, in the Startup Disk control panel.
  • Then open the Help menu and choose Mac Help. Look at the section on how to prevent and solve problems. You may need to check for extension conflicts or reinstall your computer’s system software.

If you notice that the background picture is different:

  • You probably started up your computer using the system software on a CD instead of your hard disk. If this is the only way that you can get your computer started up, you should reinstall the system software on your hard disk. Look for instructions in Mac Help or use the Installer application on your software install CD.

Miscellanea

  • With FireWire ports, the iMacs G3 can support external hard-drives, such as Apple iBooks. This make them a stylish and slightly vintage choice for a home desktop or server. If you don’t want to mess up with external wires, the desktop can support up to 128 GB of internal hard-drive, though in this case you have to use iCloud for extra storage.
  • The slot-loading models were given the Apple Pro Mouse to replace the round-puck modification.

Links

  • Sell your old iMac to iGotOffer and save for the new gadget: Sell iMac to iGotOffer for Top Dollar!: Sell my iMac online now!

iMac G3 2,1 400mhz Tangerine Slot Loading Disassembly Guide. Obsolete Mac Fan. Published on Oct 20, 2015. A short video I made detailing how to remove the outer casing and Hard Drive/DVD Drive Tray from a Slot Loading iMac. Useful if you need to change your Hard Drive or DVD Drive.

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