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CitrusPisser
May 2, 2013, 10:33 PM
Interested to see how long some peoples Mac's have been running.

I've got a power mac G3 that's just passed it's 15 birthday, and while it doesnt see much use, it still works pretty flawlessly! (doesn't wake from sleep sometimes).. Many fun years as a kid with Prince of Persia 2 on this one

http://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g3/specs/powermac_g3_300_dt.html



eyoungren
May 2, 2013, 11:21 PM
Apple IIci.
PowerMac 6500.
PowerMac 7200.

The IIci I got in 2002, the 6500 in 2003 and the 7200 in 2006.

Jessica Lares
May 2, 2013, 11:26 PM
I have that same Power Mac G3. :D My oldest living Mac too. Used to be my PowerBook 180c, but that one got left outside in the heat.

Jethryn Freyman
May 3, 2013, 01:36 AM
I've got a summer 2001 blue iMac I picked up on eBay, works perfectly. Sits in the corner not doing much though, but I still have working my old 466Mhz G4 tower from the same year which spent six months or so in 2011 as my main machine. Works perfectly, maxed out memory, USB 2 ports and all that fancy stuff now. At some point when I've got free cash I'm going to stick a 64GB SSD in it and a 1.6GHz CPU [or whatever I can find.]:apple::apple:

lucasfer899
May 3, 2013, 06:02 AM
How I long for an iMac G4. I just don't have the space. :(
I do have a Sawtooth G4, from 1999, turns 14 this year ! :D

eyoungren
May 3, 2013, 08:23 AM
Hmmm…we have a circa 1999 G4/350 PCI that's been in continual service at work since it was bought. Being used as an Applescript server right now. Running Tiger.

My coworker also does the same job I do (graphic design) on a G4/450 AGP. It's running Leopard.

Hrududu
May 3, 2013, 01:33 PM
The oldest mac i still have running is a Macintosh Plus.

archtopshop
May 3, 2013, 03:05 PM
Power Macintosh 6100/66 DOS Compatible (1995). It's been serving as a print server for my HP 4MP laser printer (1994) since Apple eliminated the Appletalk ports on the G4's in 2000. Works great! I only need to remember to replace the battery every couple of years.

My oldest Mac is a Mac Plus I purchased in '87, but it's been stored since about 1990.

Hrududu
May 4, 2013, 01:33 AM
Power Macintosh 6100/66 DOS Compatible (1995). It's been serving as a print server for my HP 4MP laser printer (1994) since Apple eliminated the Appletalk ports on the G4's in 2000. Works great! I only need to remember to replace the battery every couple of years.

My oldest Mac is a Mac Plus I purchased in '87, but it's been stored since about 1990.
Thats incredible! I used my Performa 6115/66 (basically the same system) as the LocalTalk Bridge so I could still use my LaserWriter Select 360 for several years. I later got a LW 12/640PS with Ethernet, so I didn't need the Performa daily anymore, but its funny how you did the same thing. I still love that little machine though.

MisterKeeks
May 4, 2013, 07:54 AM
iMac G3 DV SE (400MHz, Graphite). Hopefully, a Power Mac G3 AIO soon.

Goftrey
May 4, 2013, 09:03 AM
233MHz Bondi-Blue iMac. Came complete with box, OS 8 discs, puck mouse, keyboard - the lot. Currently used as a Jukebox.

666sheep
May 4, 2013, 09:11 AM
http://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g3/specs/powermac_g3_300_dt.html

My oldest one is that very same spec'ed Beige but in Minitower form factor. Second oldest one I have in everyday use is Clamshell 466.

BTW, here is similar thread if you're interested: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=932720

DaKKs
May 4, 2013, 11:35 AM
Powerbook Pismo, 500mhz, 1GB ram, 60 Gb 7200rpm, AM-superdrive

Came out of retirement a few hours ago. Still trying to make it usable with Tiger...

MultiFinder17
May 4, 2013, 03:04 PM
My oldest that I still use with any regularity is a Macintosh SE; I mostly just play old games on it these days :)

AnonMac50
May 4, 2013, 03:49 PM
I have a Macintosh SE FDHD from 1989 still running nicely. It has an Arabic localized version of System 7.1 (quite rare).

CitrusPisser
May 4, 2013, 07:47 PM
233MHz Bondi-Blue iMac. Came complete with box, OS 8 discs, puck mouse, keyboard - the lot. Currently used as a Jukebox.

Haha, Classy :cool:

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My oldest one is that very same spec'ed Beige but in Minitower form factor. Second oldest one I have in everyday use is Clamshell 466.

BTW, here is similar thread if you're interested: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=932720

Ah sweet, thanks for the link!

davidinva
May 4, 2013, 08:50 PM
The oldest mac i still have running is a Macintosh Plus.

I replaced my IIe with one of those. OS on one floppy disk and files on another if I remember that long ago. Then on to a SE.

Retrosonic
May 5, 2013, 10:05 AM
I use a G4 MDD machine for my itunes/ipod and for browsing. Works just fine.

XpandaX
May 5, 2013, 07:29 PM
233MHz Bondi-Blue iMac. Came complete with box, OS 8 discs, puck mouse, keyboard - the lot. Currently used as a Jukebox.

Do you have the music internally or externally? if so, how did you move the library over to the external drive?

Goftrey
May 6, 2013, 09:18 AM
Do you have the music internally or externally? if so, how did you move the library over to the external drive?

CD's man! The hard drive is way too small to fit even a tenth of my library on there - so I don't bother importing any of it. Long live physical media!

seveej
May 6, 2013, 09:53 AM
A tuned up MDD (anno 2002) as general purpose server and a G3 iBook 600 (anno 2001) for whenever I travel in rough country. Both in full working order (the iBook's battery gives me 3,5 hours when I'm careful).

RGDS,

Mac Hammer Fan
May 6, 2013, 03:20 PM
A G3 Beige Minitower with a G4@533 MHz processor upgrade, 768 MB RAM.
Runs OS9 and 10.3.9.
I still have an older Mac in my attic: a PowerMac 7300.
Gone are an SE 30 and a Performa 600 with Daystar Turbo 040 R.I.P. and a PowerMac 7100 :)

MisterKeeks
May 6, 2013, 07:45 PM
CD's man! The hard drive is way too small to fit even a tenth of my library on there - so I don't bother importing any of it. Long live physical media!

Why not just upgrade it? It's not much of a large upgrade, and IDE drives are cheap now.

Goftrey
May 6, 2013, 07:53 PM
Why not just upgrade it? It's not much of a large upgrade, and IDE drives are cheap now.

I just haven't got round to it.

And there's nothing like having 100's of CD cases racked up alongside your 1997 iMac :)

aPple nErd
May 6, 2013, 09:47 PM
my uncle still uses an apple Iic. not trolling! he uses the Iic monitor too lol. hey, to be fair, he just uses it for his church files, so its not
tTHAT bad, and he still uses an early 90's eMachines, dial up, and an 8 bit sound card :D Windows 95 lol

Frost7
May 8, 2013, 02:47 AM
My Mac SE still runs!

LOLZpersonok
May 8, 2013, 08:43 PM
Mine is my 13 year old iMac G3. I know it's nothing special, but you asked.

jbarley
May 9, 2013, 12:05 AM
It appears my G4 Cube was built in 20001, and has been running like a swiss watch ever since.

PPCREBEL
May 9, 2013, 12:16 AM
1999 B/W Power Mac G3. I upgraded the processor to a 1GHz G4 in 2003, and put an ATI Radeon 128MB PCI card in the graphics slot in 2005. I also put 230GB worth of HDs in the early 2000s in a concatenated disk configuration (that's the largest it can take). Wireless card + a USB 2.0 card.

It runs the last O/S it can run - Tiger 10.4. It's my iTunes and backup server. I use it every day and I will use it until it cannot be used anymore. I'm shooting for it to be my iTunes server for 20 years! So, 2019. It's beat all the odds already, so...

jbarley
May 9, 2013, 08:57 AM
I'm shooting for it to be my iTunes server for 20 years! So, 2019. It's beat all the odds already, so...

Sweet!!! :apple:

magilla
Aug 8, 2013, 08:46 AM
Interested to see how long some peoples Mac's have been running.

I've got a power mac G3 that's just passed it's 15 birthday, and while it doesnt see much use, it still works pretty flawlessly! (doesn't wake from sleep sometimes).. Many fun years as a kid with Prince of Persia 2 on this one

http://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g3/specs/powermac_g3_300_dt.html

I have 2 original 512 Macs - one still running (when I want a ride in the Wayback Machine) - the other one's been gutted & fitted with a small glass aquarium tank - like an original screensaver only live.

My other old pyramid of doom is a PM8600 fitted with an aftermarket G4 processor card that I use on a daily basis to run a photo processor in my darkroom.

Plus I still have a circa '07 ][+ thats sitting around still in working order.

mike457
Aug 8, 2013, 10:03 AM
I still use my Cube from time to time. I've replaced the hard drive with an SSD and upgraded the video card. It's great for writing, because it's absolutely silent.

Goftrey
Aug 8, 2013, 11:32 AM
Not a PowerPC Mac - well, not a Mac at all! I've got an Apple IIc, built in 1983. It was bought without a power supply & was sold as untested. I got my old crocodile clips out, found the pin-out for the power supply, hooked it up to the car battery - et voila!

Anonymous Freak
Aug 8, 2013, 02:02 PM
My oldest Mac that functions: My 1983-manufactured original Macintosh.

My oldest Apple product that functions: Newly-acquired Apple ][+, manufactured 1980.

My oldest "used on a fairly regular basis" Apple product: iMac G4 (mid-2002, 17", 800 MHz, the last iMac that could boot into OS 9.) It sits right next to my "daily use" computer, a mid-2007 Aluminum iMac.

tom vilsack
Aug 8, 2013, 10:23 PM
I still use my Clamshell on a daily basis for writing.

macgeek88
Aug 9, 2013, 01:25 AM
iBook Indigo Clamshell.

gavinstubbs09
Aug 9, 2013, 04:37 AM
My oldest is a Early 1999 400MHz PMG3 B&W. Runs fine. Pull it out every once in awhile to screw around in Tiger for a bit!

Razzerman II
Aug 9, 2013, 04:47 AM
Hello,

At work we have an old Power Mac 9600/200. It never gets switched off and is used most days for an old version of Art Pro to vectors bitmaps sometimes. Must be about 17 years old, it'll be a sad day when it conks out.

Cheers,

Ray

rabidz7
Aug 9, 2013, 08:00 AM
A G4 Sawtooth

SkyBell
Aug 13, 2013, 12:53 AM
I've recently discovered that a RAM chip has gone kaput in my Macintosh Classic. :( So, that means my oldest working Mac at the moment is a 14-year old Clamshell iBook G3.

(But I do have an Apple IIc from '84 in perfect working order, if that counts. :D)

Jalopy
Aug 16, 2013, 11:38 AM
I still use my eMac with Jaguar. But it runs even better with OS 9.

DaKKs
Aug 16, 2013, 11:56 AM
I'm currently installing Panther on a 266mhz PDQ. Just got it the other day. Pretty snappy with OS9, but i dont have the correct disc. A Powermac install runs like crap on the PDQ.

rjcalifornia
Aug 16, 2013, 12:01 PM
I still use my Clamshell on a daily basis for writing.

nice

DrakkenWar
Aug 16, 2013, 10:56 PM
I guess I will put mine in here as well! First up:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_classic/specs/mac_se30.html

next:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_classic/specs/mac_colorclassic.html

Both are in full working order, but I am lacking an keyboard and mouse for them both, so for now they sit on either side of my desk running screen savers when I turn them on.

Then we jump to this:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook_g4/specs/powerbook_g4_1.5_15.html

Which is my main laptop. I wish I could get it to 2 gigs, but I think it has a bad ram slot.:mad: Does not matter what make/speed chip I try to throw in, I will see 1.5 gig or 2 gig for a few days and then back to 1!:confused: But she still works beautifully, and I scored 2 after market batteries for under $100 bones that should be here in the next few days. So that is awesome.

I miss my older kits, My first was a IIc, I ran threw the pizza boxes, the performas, I jumped to the 8600, a G3/333 mini tower and on to a DA Dual/533 I still wish I never got ride of. A dual G5. 1.8 that was a great machine to my current 1.83ghz mini and the other rigs in my sig.

I had a pb 180 and 180c, 520, 540, 540c, 5300, 1400cs, wally, lombard, iBook G3/500, 800 and 900 ( I really miss that little beast.) PB G4/500 and 550.

Never had the chance to play with the clamshells or the MMD series much, though I had a few QS's along the way. All fun times ;)

Thanks for the thread, it was nice to remember it all, think I might take a look at eBay for a keyboard and mouse for my bookends, it would be fun to get them up and going again ;)

crammedberry
Aug 17, 2013, 02:55 PM
I'm still using my iBook 600 from 2001, in fact I just wrote this post on it.

Now, it's no MacBook Pro, but when it comes to browsing I use webkit for 10.4 and it works great. Unfortunately TenFourFox brings this G3 to its knees.

I also have a 17in iMac G4 that actually still works great, was playing youtube videos on it the other day, 360p works well... anything else and it starts to slow down. Using leopard webkit on that one as well as it allows me to use Safari extensions to block ads and use H.264 for youtube videos.

MrPilot
Aug 17, 2013, 07:20 PM
I'm still using my iBook 600 from 2001, in fact I just wrote this post on it.

Now, it's no MacBook Pro, but when it comes to browsing I use webkit for 10.4 and it works great. Unfortunately TenFourFox brings this G3 to its knees.

I also have a 17in iMac G4 that actually still works great, was playing youtube videos on it the other day, 360p works well... anything else and it starts to slow down. Using leopard webkit on that one as well as it allows me to use Safari extensions to block ads and use H.264 for youtube videos.

or try xbmc with youtube plugin, I can run perfect smooth HD content on it on my powerbook. Best of all, it uses .flv so you get ALL youtube content.
At least 420p should be fine on a 1Ghz machine

I got a 2004 PowerBook 15" 1Ghz and a 2005 PowerBook G4 DLSD/HR 1.67Ghz. Love 'em...

bluebird3
Aug 20, 2013, 10:41 PM
G4 MDD. 2 GB RAM. HD Capacity 76.69Gb, available 2.96 Gb, used 73.73 Gb on disk. Ruining OS 10. 5.8. Dual processor 1Ghz, power pc G4, 1 Mb L3 cache per processor.

ati radeon 9000 pro, chipset model ATY,RV250, Cinema display 1680 x 1050, depth 32 bit color.

Not really sure what's all those means are but running good. The fan is loud, had to replace one after it died, mmmm missing plug in, and can't update to use some Web page....

I'm thinking about buying Mac book pro to replace this however... then thinking of what to do with the G4?

crammedberry
Aug 20, 2013, 11:57 PM
G4 MDD. 2 GB RAM. HD Capacity 76.69Gb, available 2.96 Gb, used 73.73 Gb on disk. Ruining OS 10. 5.8. Dual processor 1Ghz, power pc G4, 1 Mb L3 cache per processor.

ati radeon 9000 pro, chipset model ATY,RV250, Cinema display 1680 x 1050, depth 32 bit color.

Not really sure what's all those means are but running good. The fan is loud, had to replace one after it died, mmmm missing plug in, and can't update to use some Web page....

I'm thinking about buying Mac book pro to replace this however... then thinking of what to do with the G4?

You could try linux on it... I have Debian running on an old iBook G3 and it works great, especially considering it's from 2000. Only problem I can't get past is 3D Graphics Acceleration in the old 8MB ATI Rage Mobility 128 it has. Though given that it's such a weak card, I can't imagine it being that big of a game changer. The last OS that could run on my iBook is Tiger, albeit much slower than Debian runs, even without 3D graphics acceleration.

kaielement
Aug 21, 2013, 12:27 AM
I have a Macintosh Performa 550 still runs I think it has os 7 haven't used it in sometime

53kyle
Aug 21, 2013, 12:48 AM
My Performa 6320CD from '96-97 still works and I can play all of the old mac games on it which I was never able to enjoy while they were still "big"

robertosh
Aug 21, 2013, 10:54 AM
I have a late 2004 iBook G4, that i've bought early current year..through ebay. I've maximized it and put an SSD. I use it everyday in my work, it's a great machine.

CubeHacker
Aug 21, 2013, 05:54 PM
This thread needs more pictures

Goftrey
Aug 21, 2013, 07:23 PM
This thread needs more pictures

My IIc (I really think this thread to be moved to the Collector's forum, as half of these posts aren't PowerPC related)

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc371/Niall_Boxhall/ScreenShot2013-07-06at162446_zps3f2aea0f.png

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc371/Niall_Boxhall/IMG_0039_zpse9db8a8d.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc371/Niall_Boxhall/ScreenShot2013-07-06at162530_zps9330243c.png

Anonymous Freak
Aug 22, 2013, 03:02 AM
Okay, if you want the oldest running PowerPC Mac, I have both one of the original PowerPC Macs, a Power Macintosh 7100/66 (the initial-release model at the lower speed, runs Macintosh System 7.1.2,) as well as the original PowerPC portable, the PowerBook 5300c. My 5300c runs System 7.6 off a PCMCIA flash card (precursor to Compact Flash,) instead of a spinning hard drive, and has a WaveLAN card. Connects to my AirPort network just fine, browses the web with iCab. (If I was masochistic, I could run OS 9 and Classilla, but it doesn't have enough RAM for those to run well.)

SuperPolli
Aug 24, 2013, 08:46 PM
I've got an iMac G3 from Summer 2000 that just turned 13. She works perfectly. I got her last Summer and she wasn't doing too well. (Yes I refer to her by gender because she can be quite feisty!) When I got her she had a 10 GB HDD with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and 192 MB of RAM mismatched at a 128 MB stick and a 64 MB stick. I maxed out the RAM at 1 GB with dual 512 MB sticks, and kept the hard drive and OS just wiping most of the drive and trying to start as fresh as possible because I couldn't find a Panther install disk. I spent a lot of time cleaning her out and opening her up. I also installed a Wi-Fi card that the previous owner bought but had been unable to properly install. Now she runs incredibly well. The version of Safari is obviously a bit old so it works about as well as it can. Also I have some music on there and I use it as a stereo once in a while. She spends most of the time sitting there powered off but when I turn her on she purrs like a kitten.

xTRIGGER092x
Aug 24, 2013, 11:49 PM
I have a 1995 Performa in my basement. I haven't turned it on in about a year, but it worked then.

havokalien
Aug 29, 2013, 01:49 PM
I have a Mac 128 that boots on 4.2 I play with it from time to time.

KeegM480
Nov 19, 2013, 10:57 AM
I use my iMac G3 daily, mostly just for MacRumors & Craigslist, but it is either running those sites or using Fliqlo as a Clock, my iMac G4 also Runs Great! I cant believe how good the G3 still runs though with only a 400MHz Processor

abtekk
Nov 19, 2013, 11:07 AM
I have an 11 year old powerbook. It's new to me, but an old device. Works like a dream though.

Graveyard
Nov 20, 2013, 01:50 AM
I just found a PowerBook 3400c at a local market here. The seller was really convinced and was trying to convince me that it's not a computer. It's a pda of some sort... Dumbass... Anyway, i got it for a good price. Something that translates in about 20 us dollars. It has the fdd and the cd drive, the 128 MB ram card so it's upgraded to the maximum of 144MB of ram. Also the original manual in German and the original power brick. It has the 200MHz PPC 603e cpu. It had the original 2.1GB hdd but i replaced it with a 60GB one. I'll keep the original as a backup because it has a fresh install of MacOS 8.5. I installed 9.1 on it and it purrs like a kitten. If it was't missing the latch that covers the ports on the back, it would be in mint condition. Funny thing is that the battery still works and keeps the darn thing alive for about 2 hours. Amazing is all i can say.
If any of you guys are interested in the little bundle of joy, give me a message. I don't intend on keeping it for long.

bobnugget
Nov 29, 2013, 05:54 PM
I've got a 2000 Powerbook G3 (Pismo) - used every day as an iTunes jukebox but gets occasional real use as it has Office v.X, Appleworks and TenFourFox on it (for sllooow browsing). Still on its original battery, but has been upgraded to a 500 Mhz CPU card, 1 GB of RAM and an 80 GB HDD and a Belkin 54g card. It also has a prototype Airport card. The HDD made the most difference to performance.

rocknrotty
Nov 29, 2013, 06:34 PM
Not a mac at all but Runs a 6809 chip set sort of half brother/cousin lol
1984 i think coco III hacked into a XT case and power supply with a disto 4 in 1 controller card, 20 MG HD, VGA monitor, Running the original OS9 (Tandy) operating system, 5" and 3.5" floppy drives. can only have 8 windows open at once really over powers the 1.7 Mhz cpu with any more. The tech in that thing is amazing for the year.

Buddygor
Nov 29, 2013, 09:11 PM
My original iMac G4, still on Tiger, looks and runs like new! It's got maxed 1GB RAM, and 160GB HDD. Use my MacBook more, and my iPad even more so. But it's still my Spotify machine, with the privilege of being hooked up to my Logitech Z4s :D

Caramac
Dec 12, 2013, 05:30 PM
My oldest is a G3 iMac 266 tray loader Lime, 268MB RAM, 6MB HD from 1998, Panther 10.3.9.
Amazingly, this was a relative's main computer until 2005.

Youtube 2005 was 320x240 with easier to process video codecs.
Quicktime Pro will convert to those: Sorenson or H263 or std MP4.

On the G3 iMac 400 DV, 1 GB RAM, 40MB HD - Panther 10.3.9
Working Apps:
Adobe Reader 7...........................iPhoto5
Amadeus II..................................iTunes 7
Camino 1.6.11............................OpenOffice 2.2
Firefox 2.0..................................Photostudio 4
Flip4Mac 2.2049.........................QuickTime Pro 7.5
Garageband 2 (limited)................VLC 0.86c
iMovie 5


I actually use it as a backup for when the other computer is busy - updates, high cpu use programs,
and to also receive email just in case I screw up.
Check email, craigslist, web searches, ebay Watch list
Stream iTunes radio for hours while display sleeps.
Manage photos on camera memory.
Use Garageband 2 on Record with a Stadium sound effect to continuously process TV audio input to the speakers, analog version of 5.1 surround.

Reading up on the damn BSOD from the D*ll on the other side of the desk.