Unfortunately, the unit I have would get power, would turn on, there’s some noise from the optical drive, but that’s it. As soon as I’ll get an external monitor, I’ll give another shot at having some fun with this. Until then, only some external photos.

The iBook G3/500 (Dual USB - Translucent White), features a 500 MHz PowerPC 750cx (G3) processor with a 256k “on chip” level 2 cache, 64 MB or 128 MB of RAM, a 10.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive, a tray-loading CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive, 2X AGP ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of VRAM, and optional AirPort (802.11b) packed into a compact translucent white case with a 12.1" TFT XGA active matrix display (1024x768 native resolution).

The iBook G3/500 (Dual USB - Translucent White) is quite different compared to the iBook models that preceded it. The “Dual USB” model includes two USB ports – as one would expect given its informal name – but also is equipped with a faster processor, faster memory, superior graphics, VGA out, an internal microphone, a higher resolution display, stereo speakers, and the option of more capable optical drives. It also uses a substantially smaller and more conservatively clad “translucent white” case compared to the more outlandishly coloured cases previously offered.

Apple debuted the next-generation iBook G3 at a press conference in Cupertino, California, on May 1, 2001. The previous bold colours and bulky form-factor were abandoned, as were the handle, latch-less design and additional power connectors on the bottom surface.

The resulting iBook was available in white only, hence the name “Snow” and incorporated transparent polycarbonate in its casing. It was 30% lighter, and occupied less than half of the volume of the model it replaced, being smaller in all three dimensions. Despite that, it added an extra USB port and a higher resolution screen. Apple claimed the compact design did not sacrifice durability, saying it was “Twice as durable” as the previous model.

With this revision, Apple began transitioning to translucent and white polycarbonate casings in most of its consumer line, such as the iMac and the eMac. In contrast, most of its professional products used an anodised aluminum finish. Near the end of its run, the Snow iBook G3 case became opaque and white instead of translucent white and magnesium.

Despite the age of this system, there’s a lot of upgrades that this computer supports, the RAM can be upgraded, and the HDD can even be replaced with an SSD.

More info about it: EveryMac | Wikipedia | iFixit

Manuals at Apple.com