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Dec 12, 2002, 06:40 PM
What was your first Mac? A lot of Mac users seem to have fond memories of their first mac.

The first one I ever owned was a Performa 6116CD complete with a 500MB HD, 16 MB RAM, 66 mhz PPC and a 640x480 monitor.

Mr. Anderson
Dec 12, 2002, 06:45 PM
PowerComputing Power Tower Pro 225 - 4 Gig hard drive, 256 Megs RAM, internal Zip and CD, 20" Sony Monitor.

That was the first I owned, the first real mac I used was at work in 94, Mac 8100A/V, with the first PowerPC Processor. I think that was when I started learning photoshop 2.5 :D


Dec 12, 2002, 06:46 PM
Arn just did a poll on this same subject, here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15490).
Mine was a 400Mhz G4 PowerMac (AGP).

Dec 12, 2002, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by edesignuk
Arn just did a poll on this same subject, here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15490).
Damn, oh well. I just got nostalgic after seeing the Performa 6116cd thread.

Dec 12, 2002, 07:06 PM
a pizza box...

or as you all might better remember, an LC.

I loved that thing, when my dad got a IIci, he gave me the pizza box and I became a mac freak in two days on the floor of my room.

although my first apple was a //e

Dec 12, 2002, 07:37 PM
Mac LC with 2 megs ram, standard apple display (forget the size, i was so young back then :) ), IIe card in the LC slot, LaserWriter, and KIDPIX! wOOt! :D

Dec 12, 2002, 08:05 PM
Powerbook Ti 500 - 30 gig - 512

Got it a month ago!

Dec 12, 2002, 08:05 PM
My only.

300Mhz Blueberry iBook.

Dec 12, 2002, 08:07 PM
The first mac I ever used was the first mac ever. My dad bought it for his company, it booted from disk since it had no hard drive. Still a cool little machine to boot up sometimes. Don't know the exact specs on it though.

The first one that was in my room was a Mac Classic and the one I have now, officially my own Mac, is an iBook.

As you can see I come from a family of Mac users, we have never had any other type of computer in our household except for a Mac
SE/Classic-->Quadra 630-->Beige G3-->Wallstreet Powerbook. We skipped the 603, 604 era because of the high prices and the fact that our trusty Quadra could do anything and everything :) . Im hoping that a new G4 tower comes next in the line of Macs in my house, but I guess we'll see.

Dec 12, 2002, 09:26 PM
my first mac was an old IIci with a pretty good ricoh laser printer a friend of my dad gave both to me for free...

my dad bought a 14" crt which we later used on a then brand new G3 266 and a macPicasso for dual screening... I produced our class of '99 yearbook on that one (haha, with x-press 3.11 and photoshop 3...).

the G3 is still around and when I go back to Germany after college graduation in may, I will probably use it as a server for my flatmates and me... it even has a voodoo1-card in it

I wonder what happened to the good old IIci... my dad probably gave it away (he's hooked on windowz), sad that...

Dec 12, 2002, 09:36 PM
It was an Atari 1040ST. After using the original Macintosh at work, I was disappointed. A year later, Atari started selling their 68000 line and I felt better. When they offered 1 MB memory for less than $1000 with monitor. It seemed a better deal than $2499.

I wanted the Spectre GCR so bad. It was a cartridge in which you put Mac Plus ROMs and you could boot System 6 and use floppies and all that. It also ran faster than a Mac Plus...WooHoo! :D

Dec 12, 2002, 09:43 PM
Strawberry 333MHz iMac. Still got it, just love it!

Though the first computer I ever used was my father's Apple][ at work, back in the days...

Dec 12, 2002, 09:51 PM
Powerbook G3 400 Pismo
current is dual 867
love em both

Dec 12, 2002, 09:58 PM
A MAc II Vi, then a Performa, then a 7200 (at the office) then a 350 mhz B&W, since now upgraded to 550 mhz G4, he he he.... now a 400 mhz iBook & a 700 mhz 14.1" iBook....

all lovely machines, though my B&W is a little slow, can not wait for another five years......I really would love to buy a new one, but I like to pay in cash....

Dec 12, 2002, 10:21 PM
I don't remember the exact model but it was a performa with a cd-rom drive, 8mb of ram, 250 hard drive, system 7, that I picked up(okay my parents) in 93 or 94 at Circuit City and i have had two macs since.

Dec 12, 2002, 10:47 PM
Apple: ][e c1986
Mac: Original 128k c1986

First 'Mac': Umax Pulsar (s900) 233mhz 604e 1998

love my iBook

Dec 12, 2002, 10:56 PM
First Mac 512 enhanced
Second Mac SE
Third Mac IIci
Fourth Power Macintosh 7100
Fifth PowerBook 1400
Sixth and Seventh Power Macintosh Beige G3 MT
Eighth Power Macintosh G4/867 Quicksilver
Ninth iMac DV
Tenth iBook Dual USB

Yikes. Lots of money but lots of fun.

Happy holidays all,


Dec 13, 2002, 02:34 AM
powerMac 6100/66 DOS Compatible (w/486 card).

Realized my mistake a week later -- should've got the 8100 w/virtual PC w/DOS, then added Windozzzzzzz 3.1 to it.

And maxxed out the RAM (though it was ungoshly expensive back then).

Favorite programs? MacWrite Pro & Filemaker 2.1. Got lots of stuff done with those two.

Fave games? Can't remember the name of it, but it was a Harrier attacking East Timor, and the Marathon series.

REALLY REALLY HATED -- System 7.5.3: the most crash-worthy OS ever invented. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

Dec 13, 2002, 04:43 AM
My first and only iMac 350 MHz which I got on summer 2000. 23rd august to be exact :D
I'm still stuck with it :(

Dec 13, 2002, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Megaquad
My first and only iMac 350 MHz which I got on summer 2000. 23rd august to be exact :D
I'm still stuck with it :(

Hell & dagnabit! I bought a 500mhz iBook after reading dumb comments about the dentability of tiMacs over on the MacAddict boards -- and, had I waited a month or two, could've had a 667 (or something) tiMac.

And now? Am hoping the new year brings nifty new powerMacs to play with, as Photoshop & Carrara Studio would run much better on it.

Dec 13, 2002, 09:01 AM
TiBook 1GHz, 1GB RAM, Superdrive.

Dec 13, 2002, 09:31 AM
Let's see.....

Mac SE with 9" BW screen [?mhz]
LC pizza boxes [15mhz I think] sucked
Mac IIci [20mhz] great!
Centris 650 [2] [25mhz] sucked
7100 [60mhz 601] wow at the time!
7600 [132mhz 604e]
PowerCenter Pro [195mhz 604e] still use it at home!
beige G3 [266mhz] sucked
digital audio G4 [667mhz and 533mhz] !!

and a sprinkling of Quadras, BW G3, 8500, 8600, 9500, 9600 and workgroup servers

Dec 13, 2002, 09:35 AM
Originally posted by monkeydo_jb
TiBook 1GHz, 1GB RAM, Superdrive.
*sigh* you bastard :D ;)

Dec 13, 2002, 11:43 AM
I used a mac classic back a long long time ago, :)

Dec 13, 2002, 12:43 PM
First mac used - Mac Plus + external HD (20 meg, I think!) that my dad used for his doctorate circa 1986.

First mac owned - Colour Classic that I had for Christmas. I must have been about 13 or something. (40 meg HD internal, 6 meg of ram? definitely a 68030 processor of some description - 25 MHz maybe). It's a very collectible machine now, in the far east. They mod them to have G3 processors. Look it up in a search engine....

Second mac owned -LC475. This was the boy at the time. a 68040 processor, and I upgraded the machine to 12 meg of ram, from what I remember. It also had its own co-processor, which meant it worked quite fast. I played Marathon 2 and the original Escape Velocity on this machine a lot. It was superb for its day.

Third mac owned - PM5500. Upgraded several times - not an amazing machine. I liked the TV card and everything that came with it, and it was my first machine with an internal CD-ROM drive, but it wasn't that impressive. It seemed to crash a lot more than the LC475.

Fourth mac owned - PM6500. Bought it because it was cheap and upgraded it to hell with a Voodoo 1, then Voodoo 3 graphics card, 10/100 ethernet card, extra ram, and now the ethernet card has been replaced by a USB card. Also took out the original lvl 2 cache chip and put in a Sonnet G3/400MHz upgrade card with 1meg of lvl 2 cache. This machine is used daily by my little brother to do school work and play Oni.

Fifth mac owned - Lombard Powerbook G3 (333MHz). The machine I'm typing on now. It has been a VERY good computer for my first portable, and still feels quite usable 3.5 years after I bought it. It now has 320 megs of ram, a bigger and faster IBM hard drive and a firewire PCMCIA card. A cool mac connectivity-wise because I've got USB, SCSI and Firewire. It does tend to crash quite a lot though. It might be because I push it too much. Apart from the Public Beta, I've never installed OS X on here because I seemed too slow to do the job properly

Sixth mac (soon to be) owned - ordered 2 days ago. A PM Dual-867. This will be the first really professional mac I've ever owned that wasn't a portable. I'm looking forward to Christmas greatly


Dec 13, 2002, 12:58 PM
First mac ever used was a DV Special Edition Graphite Imac G3 500, 128MbRam and I think 10Gig HDD. That was at work.

First and only one I've owned I bought 3 weeks ago. Ibook G3 700, 256Mb Ram, 30Gb HDD, 14.1" monitor and the combo drive. I am seriously in love with this machine....seriously.

I've never owned anything this sleek, beautiful and so sexy.

Dec 13, 2002, 12:59 PM
first Apple computer: Apple //c (1984)
first Macintosh computer: Macintosh LC (4mb ram/20mb HD/12" color monitor) (1992)
current computer: G4 Cube (2000)

Dec 13, 2002, 04:34 PM
The first one I ever used was when I was five in 91'. Checking apple-history.com, it was a Mac Classic.

The first one I ever owned was a snow white iMac 600/256ram I use now. Jaguar runs like a charm on it! Suits my needs perfectly.

Anyone remember a program called hyperstudio? I use to use that program like it was an extention of my brain. heh

Dec 13, 2002, 04:38 PM
wow, have any of you "newer" power users ever even seen system 7.6?

Dec 13, 2002, 05:14 PM
My first Mac was a Mac+ It was one of the frist all-inones... Black and white screen and external HD.

Then I moved on to a Mac IIvx...

From there... I got an Origional Bondi Blue iMac. I later installed a 466G3 in it.

I now have a 867G4 QuickSilver

Dec 13, 2002, 05:25 PM
1. Mac SE with a full page monocrome CRT
2. Performa 450 & color Apple monitor
3. Performa 550 all-in-one
4. Performa 575 all-in-one
5. Performa 6400/180 (PPC) & Sony 15" Monitor
6. 350 B&W G3 with 19" Viewsonic PS790
7. Hopefully a IBM 970 based machine sometime next year...

Dec 13, 2002, 06:26 PM
I don't know if this counts...

The first mac I (my family) had was a Macintosh SE with 1 MB Ram, 800 K disk, and a 20 SC (MB) Hard Drive and a 9" Black and White screen. I was 3 years old whe we got the mac in 1987. I was also the first one in the family to learn how to ues it. I still have all the manuals. I believe it originally ran OS 5.8. Originally had an old dot matrix but upgraded to a StyleWriter II.

It still works! PERFECTLY. I would like to see a wintel comp. work after 15+ years.

later machines included:
Macintosh LC ( i believe it was nicknamed the pizza box)
then a Performa 6300
and a 6360?? melted in a fire...
now I have an iMac G3

Dec 13, 2002, 09:49 PM
I used to use a Mac every day, back when my school had them. In elementary, we had some LC 575's, I think with 7.6, but we used At Ease. We also had some Apple IIe's. Later on, we had some PM 5200's and G3 AIO, with Zip drives. Then I middle school we had the G3 AIO's, 5200's, G3 B&W's, and some Graphite iMac DV+'s. Then the district bought some iBooks. Last year, they began replacing the Macs with Dells running Win2K, and this year Dells running WinXP Pro.

I had a Newton MP 120, soon to be replace with an M1000/OMP.

Hopefully, I will have my 14" iBook or 17" iMac soon, but I'm holdong out for a PowerBook.

Dec 13, 2002, 10:04 PM
1983: Apple 2 e
1987: Apple 2 GS
1993: Centris 660 AV
2000: Powerbook g3 lombard
2001: switched to the dark side
2002: switched back to the mac: Powerbook g4 w/ superdrive =)

Dec 13, 2002, 10:39 PM
My iBook 500 with 384MB ram (soon to be 640), 10GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive.

So sleek, so sexy, so reliable.

I even convinced my former Windows-loving friend to buy an iBook 800 as her first Mac. :D

Dec 13, 2002, 11:07 PM
All except for the last two were purchased by the parents.

Elementary School:

Apple //e: They paid $750 for a used one. It came with Arknoid and Ghostbusters, as well as Math Blaster, Logo, and a lemonade stand game as I recall.

Apple Plus: This introduced me to the wonderful world of MacPaint, although it was a pain having to use two floppy drives. Space Quest was pretty cool, though.

Performa 476/25: Bought from Costco in 1991 by the 'rents. It cost around $2K and came with a 13" monitor, 200MB HD, and 4MB RAM. We recently gave it away, but it worked really well (when using ResEdit, Armor Alley, Simcity 2000, or Clarisworks, anyway).

Junior High:

Performa 6400/200: I remember when this thing used to be good, with it's 1MB of VRAM, 603e processor, 64 MB RAM, 2GB HD... wait, it was never a good deal.

High School & College:

Powerbook G3/233: It served me well for the past 4-5 years, until it died in late October 2002 due to unknown causes. :( It still works though... Barely.

Dell Something-or-other: Not worth mentioning. :o

iMac SE/500: While this was a nice computer, it wasn't portable, and the DVD player sucked. Sold.

Upcoming in a week or two: Powerbook G4/1GHz/SuperDrive... :D

Dec 13, 2002, 11:45 PM
A dual 867, Radeon 9000 for my fiance's design workstation. We are waiting to see if there is a 19" widescreen before buying a display. I get to order myself a portable in the next couple of weeks, but I'm waiting until after the 6th to order mine just in case something freakish happens. We'll put the two on an Airport network.

Both ADC :D

Dec 14, 2002, 12:02 AM
The First Mac I owned Was A Quadra 605. With External HD and CD. It ran Warcraft II Great, and I loved Running Sim City 2000 on it.

Then I Got my 500 Mhz TiBook, I love it. I just wish Warcraft II was Compatible with classic, but alas because of the multisession CD-Rom, OS X Mounts a data CD and an Audio CD so the program is confused.

I'm hoping that with my new job I can at least get some more ram for it, and maybe even an iMac to Accompany It.


P.S. Don't replace a Newton 120 with a 1000/OMP, you will be going backwards, get a 130, a 2000 or a 2100 that would work better.

Dec 14, 2002, 12:12 AM
1: Dual 800 tower, 1.5 GB, utraSCSI HDs, Superdrive, 22" cinema display. upgraded GPU (GeForce4)

2: 667 MHz TiBook

3: Inherited a 500 MHz cube, 1.12 GB, 60GB HD, DVD, 15" studio display

4: Dual 1.25 tower, 1.5 GB, Superdrive, GeForce4, 22" cinema display

I do a good deal of 3D rendering... and waiting for 970 or whatever.

First mac I used was the classic mac in high school to do MIDI projects.

Dec 14, 2002, 12:40 AM
1: Dual 800 tower, 1.5 GB, utraSCSI HDs, Superdrive, 22" cinema display. upgraded GPU (GeForce4)

2: 667 MHz TiBook

3: Inherited a 500 MHz cube, 1.12 GB, 60GB HD, DVD, 15" studio display

4: Dual 1.25 tower, 1.5 GB, Superdrive, GeForce4, 22" cinema display

I do a good deal of 3D rendering... and waiting for 970 or whatever.

First mac I used was the classic mac in high school to do MIDI projects.

Dec 14, 2002, 12:43 AM
IIsi with 20mhz chip and a whopping 8mb or RAM and 80mb drive. My parents got it for me for XMas. I remember being really ticked that it wasn't like the Apple IIe's that I had learned to program at school 8).

I still have it. My brother has my replacement 6100/60 AV. A buddy is holding my 9500/132 w/ 266mhz NewerTechnology G3 chip. He also has my 7500/75, for safe keeping. I am holding my old Graphite, 500mhz and typing on my new wind-tunnel. Now, all I need to do is find a replacement 5300cs and my collection will be all original.

BTW - I was lucky enough to buy another IIsi and two pizza boxes for $25 over the summer 8).

Here's a link to specs on that powerhouse of a starter machine, the IIsi.


Happy Mac'ing

Dec 14, 2002, 09:37 PM
my first mac is a performna 6116cd. i posted a thread on it. cant wait for that wierd looking video cable to come monday so i can hook it up to a monitor and see what goes on inside a mac os. i had to rebuild the fan asssembly on the power supply though. i also cleaned it out completely inside and out including keyboard and mouse. i hear that the unit is very upgradeable.here is a link on upgrading the 6116i . http://www.kan.org/6100/
i am a pc tech who made the switch.

Dec 15, 2002, 07:46 AM
All Macs I bought myself :eek:

1994: Performa 450
1996: Performa 5300
2002: PM Dual 800 (bought it dead cheap!)

1998: PowerBook 1400
2000: Performa 6500
2001: PM Beige 266 tower
2001: PM B&W 350

And for my collection:
Mac Plus
Mac SE
Mac IIsi
Mac IIfx
PB Duo 230 + dock
PM 8200

Dec 15, 2002, 03:37 PM
1983 - Apple ][e
1985 - Mac 512KE
1992 - LCII 8/80
1993 - Performa 5260
1994 - Newton Messagepad 110
2000 - G4 Cube 768Mb/20GbHD/DVD/CDRW/15"LCD

...and the adventure continues...


Dec 15, 2002, 08:09 PM
My first Mac was a used Macintosh Classic.

I've bought it when I was a high school kid and I traveled to LA. I brought it back to Japan and got a copy of Japanese OS on it. I remember playing Microsoft Flight Simulator in black & white.

I've used it for some couple of years by upgrading the CPU, memory and hard drive. It was such a beautiful machine. I still keep it in my office just to look at!

After the Classic, I bought a DUO 210, 2 PowerMac 7500s, 2 PowerBook 2400s, a a PowerBook G3, a Cube, 2 PowerMac G4s, and 2 PowerBook G4s (400 & 800). I've never counted it, but it's a total of 12 Macs, wow! No wonder I've always been poor.

I'm a typical Japanese tech junky! I admit it. I also have like 7 Palm PDAs, 4 MP3 players and 6 digital cameras. Oh noooo, do I have a serious problem going on????

FYI I use them for my design biz (I think).

Dec 15, 2002, 09:17 PM
Originally posted by yamadataro

... I also have like 7 Palm PDAs...

Personally, I'm still chuggin' along on a nearly 3-year-old Handspring Visor Deluxe...

...whilst coveting a Palm Tungsten. (Shhh. It's a secret.)

Dec 17, 2002, 03:28 PM
My first was a performa 550. i loved that thing...

Dec 18, 2002, 06:59 AM
Performa 630 - I loved that machine. Still regret I sold to buy a

Performa 7200 wich was quit faster than the 630. I still have it. Than I bought a

iMac 400 DV blueberry wich I had for about 2 years. 3 months ago I bought a

iMac 700 flatpanel wich imho is the best machine I ever had besides the processor and stuff.

Dec 18, 2002, 09:10 PM
My first Mac and personal computer was the Macintosh IIsi in 1990.

Two years ago, it died. Oh well. I've had another IIsi [given from aunt], died as well. A friend gave me a IIsi recently that is still surviving.

Dec 19, 2002, 12:05 AM
By "died"... do you mean the PRAM battery is dead? You can replace those, ya know.

Dec 19, 2002, 06:15 AM
Originally posted by pimentoLoaf
By "died"... do you mean the PRAM battery is dead? You can replace those, ya know.
Nope, everything died. I've tried many different things.

Oddly enough, I had two IIsis at the time (first one and aunt's) and a Quadra 950... all died at the same time.

Perhaps it was a b0rked out surge strip that didn't do its job.

Quadra... what a wonderful name. Why don't we call the next generation Power Mac "Quadra 5." :D

Pete W
Dec 20, 2002, 02:21 PM

See my posting on the newbies' thread on 'Community Discussion'.

Pete W
Dec 20, 2002, 02:34 PM
Originally posted by pimentoLoaf
By "died"... do you mean the PRAM battery is dead? You can replace those, ya know.

Not too bad if the battery is in a holder. Somewhat more difficult if it's soldered in to the Mobo. I've got an SE with a soldered-in battery (though I can claim soldering as a personal skill).

And first, catch your replacement battery! If you buy it as an 'Apple component' the price here in the UK can be high. If you look for it as a generic battery the component shops only stock them if they shift xx units per month.

Some years ago, I was talking to a battery salesman who was trying to pursuade us to incorporate Li battery technology in our (then) current project instead of the (then) traditional NiCad. He kept emphasising that Li was a 'Hi-energy technology'. Then it came out in conversation that the battery company's development labs had burned down! 'Well, I did tell you that Li is a hi-energy technology!'!

Dec 20, 2002, 02:45 PM
Macintosh Plus

Dec 20, 2002, 06:51 PM
dual 1.25 GHZ PowerMac
and so far it's all stock but waiting to have 2TB inside to match the eventual 2GB of Ram


Dec 20, 2002, 07:27 PM
anyone has experienced the macintosh portable? i think it's a pretty cool comp.... only seven kilos... i have to get it out of the cellar and try to boot...:D

Dec 21, 2002, 12:04 PM
Originally posted by superkatalog

anyone has experienced the macintosh portable? i think it's a pretty cool comp.... only seven kilos... i have to get it out of the cellar and try to boot...:D

Came within minutes of buying one, 'cept the store had some crappy support policies, and a salesguy with other people didn't know squat regarding a different Mac model. (The local Apple-only store salespeople were rather snide towards non-business folk.)

Had an A2e and wanted my first Mac to be portable, so I could watch TV whilst HyperCarding and whatnot. And the batteries could last over 10 hours.

Maybe they'll bring it back -- for old times sake? :eek: