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iMac G4 Q&A (White Half Sphere iMac G4 FAQ)

With the iMac G4 Q&A you can get answers to all of your questions about the stylish "lamp" iMac models that have a flat panel display, a white "half sphere" body, and a chromed "neck". Questions range from "Which iMac G4 models can boot MacOS 9? Which iMac G4 models can only run MacOS 9 applications in the 'Classic' Environment?" to "How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the iMac G4 models?" and cover everything in between.

Please note that the iMac G4 series was discontinued on July 1, 2004, and the iMac G4 Q&A was largely rewritten and "archived" on January 26, 2009.

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Most Frequently Asked iMac G4 Q&As:

How do you upgrade the RAM in the iMac G4 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?

Which iMac G4 models can boot MacOS 9? Which iMac G4 models can only run MacOS 9 applications in the "Classic" Environment?

Is it possible to upgrade the iMac G4 to support a second display in "extended desktop" mode?

How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the iMac G4 models? Which models support "big drives" and which do not?

Which iMac G4 models support AirPort and which support AirPort Extreme? How do you replace or upgrade the AirPort card?

Can the iMac G4 run Windows?

Is the CPU on the iMac G4 upgradable? How is it mounted?

What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the iMac G4 models? How do you replace or upgrade the optical drive?

What are the major differences between the iMac G4 and the eMac models?

What is the difference between the Apple speaker minijack and the headphone jack on the iMac G4? Which jack should be used with external speakers?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of the MacOS is pre-installed on the iMac G4?

Which iMac G4 models can boot MacOS 9? Which iMac G4 models can only run MacOS 9 applications in the "Classic" Environment?

Can the iMac G4 run Windows?

Can the iMac G4 run Linux?

Comparison Q&As:

What are the differences between the original iMac G4 "Flat Panel" models?

What are the differences between the "Spring 2003" iMac G4 "Flat Panel" models?

What are the differences between the final "USB 2.0" iMac G4 "Flat Panel" models?

What are the major differences between the iMac G4 "Flat Panel" and the iMac G3 models?

What are the major differences between the iMac G4 "Flat Panel" and the eMac models?

What are the major differences between the iMac G4 "Flat Panel" and the Power Macintosh G4 models?

What are the major differences between the iMac G4 "Flat Panel" and the iMac G5?

Function Q&As:

Is the CPU on the iMac G4 upgradable? How is it mounted?

How do you upgrade the RAM in the iMac G4 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?

How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the iMac G4 models? Which models support "big drives" and which do not?

What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the iMac G4 models? How do you replace or upgrade the optical drive?

Does the iMac G4 have PCI slots or expansion bays?

Which iMac G4 models support AirPort and which support AirPort Extreme? How do you replace or upgrade the AirPort card?

What type of video processor is provided by the iMac G4? Is it upgradable?

Is it possible to upgrade the iMac G4 to support a second display in "extended desktop" mode?

Connectivity, Networking, & Communication Q&As:

How do I network the iMac G4 to another Mac?

What ports are provided by the iMac G4?

What is the difference between the Apple speaker minijack and the headphone jack on the iMac G4? Which jack should be used with external speakers?

What is AirPort? How much faster is AirPort Extreme?

Which iMac G4 models support AirPort and which support AirPort Extreme? How do you replace or upgrade the AirPort card?

What is Bluetooth? How can I add Bluetooth to an iMac G4 model that doesn't support internal Bluetooth?

What type of modem is standard with the iMac G4 models?

Design, Configuration, & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the iMac G4?

Where can I find the cute iMac G4 commercial with it sticking out its "tongue"?

What is the best way to pick up and safely move the iMac G4?

What are the default configurations of the iMac G4?

Where can I buy an iMac G4?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iMac G4 models? Is one right for my needs?




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