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sarkye




msg:979944
 6:19 am on Nov 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

I figured this was the best place on the site to find Mac users and I know nothing about them so here goes...

I'd like to buy a used Mac to make sure my web sites look the same as they do on a PC.

If I'm going to be using it for nothing else, what should I look for?

Thanks in advance for your help :)

 

Macguru




msg:979945
 12:15 pm on Nov 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi sarkye,

3 thinghs:
screen size
performance
software package

If you can live with a maximum screen resolution of 1024 X 768 you can go with the cheapest IMac. (799.00 $)
( I know It's new)

If you need more screen space you have to go for a high end professionnal G4 starting at 1699.00$ without monitor.

You could also go for a used G3 tower model with 17 " monitor that support up to 1600 X 1200 for around 1k.

I advise not to go older than a G3 if you go for a used one. Also do not try a used IMac except if you pay less than 500$.

The best stuff is a beige G3 with at least a 17" screen and crammed with software. Also they come with a decent keyboard and mouse. (new ones stinks)

If you need more info about a used Mac for sale in your local small adds, feel free to ask here about the deal.

The main difference between Mac and Wintel boxes for displaying Web pages is in the font size. Mac displays 2 pts smaller. So I make platform specific CSS.

john316




msg:979946
 2:20 pm on Nov 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

If you are going to buy used, make sure you meet these minimum rquirements if you want it to run NN 6:

Mac OS 8.6 or later
*PowerPC 604e 266 MHz or faster processor, or G3
*64 MB RAM
*36 MB of free hard disk space

sarkye




msg:979947
 6:32 pm on Nov 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thank you both for your advice.

>>If you need more info about a used Mac for sale in your local small adds, feel free to ask here about the deal.

and thank you macguru for this offer.

:)

tilt




msg:979948
 2:10 am on Nov 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

Also, modern macs and pc's can use the same type of monitor, so if you have an extra pc monitor, it's possible that it will work with a mac and you could save some money by not buying a new monitor.

Macguru




msg:979949
 2:37 am on Nov 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hello tilt,

I did not have the opportunity to welcome you here. So welcome to WmW tilt, and a very warm welcome, since you know about Macs!

tilt is absolutely right. You can fit any PC monitor with recent Macs.

sarkye I just need to insist on looking for a used Mac at least originally equipped with a G3 processor. It is the minimal requirement to run Mac OS X.

This OS is just plain lovely!

sarkye




msg:979950
 6:04 pm on Nov 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

>if you have an extra pc monitor, it's possible that it will work with a mac and you could save some money by not buying a new monitor.

That's *really* good news Tilt, I just spend $3k on another new PC last Thursday so I have a total of three monitors I could hook it up to and saving some cash right now would be a treat.

>This OS is just plain lovely

I've heard a lot about it Macguru :) seen lots of screenshots and tuts on how to recreate those smashing buttons :)

I'm looking forward to being able to try it out!

Thanks again for your generous help everyone.

EliteWeb




msg:979951
 8:30 pm on Nov 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

Id spend the money on a nice new mac with display. Sure right now you will use it to just see how the sites look. Soon you will use it for your graphx design, web surfing, file server and more then it turns into your main machine.. Atleast thats what happened with me =)~

minnapple




msg:979952
 4:21 am on Nov 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have a PC and Mac and use an a/b switch to share a 21" Trinitron Monitor. The switch was cheap and you can switch on the fly. Keeps the physical desktop space down.

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