macintosh powerbook 170

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have a macintosh powerbook 170, does anyone know what they are worth? and are they good laptops still?
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -linga

    Don't want to dissapoint, but it's worth about $5.

    But, yes, it's still a good machine, just a bit behind.
     
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    It might be fun to keep around as memorabilia but unfortunately you can't really connect it to anything anymore. Those old serial ports have been replaced with USB and SCSI with FireWire on just about all modern peripherals. Plus I don't even think you can get on the internet with it. Still, might be fun to show to the grandkids one day ;-)
     
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    power book 170

    So I have a four year daughter is there anything she can do with it. She already knows how to surf the web on my computer. Are the any existing programs for the powerbook, that she can use?
     
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    Well I had a PB 160 but sadly it just took a nosedive,the old 100 series PBs they are not worth much but there is still plenty that you can do with them.

    First I should point you towards LEM, they are a great resource for making old Macs useful again, go through their archives you might learn something that you never new you could with such old hardware.
    A great place for software is at System 6 heaven, you can find old software there that will work quite nicely on your old PB. I used my 160 as a portable wordprocesser, and to read stories I got from the net.
    Two other places I might suggest is pickle's Low-End Mac FAQ and Jag's House, they may also help.
    I used to have a link to download System 7.5.3 the last free Mac OS Apple released, but now its old and dead, maybe someone around here has it?... most likely it can be found the web sites I just directed you to.
    I hope this helps :)
     
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    Thanks !! You got my hopes up again!! I'll post the outcome.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Even though the PowerBook 170 is older, it's great for playing old games and for word processing. These PowerBooks were built to last. Your daughter should have fun with it. You can find a lot of older games on the Internet (shareware, freeware, etc.) for free.
     
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    I found the link to System 7.5.3 here. It has 19 parts to download. Each part is about the size of a 1.4 MB floppy disk.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank You Again, if it was not for you all, I would have put in my garage to collect dust . I'll keep everyone posted.
     
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    -linga

    Was that a pun?

    I'm glad all were able to help. I do believe, however, you can still network (ethernet) it with your other Macs so you can use it as a portable word processor, etc.
     
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    I have a pb 170, it is still in perfect condition, though the screen does go bright anymore making it rather hard to see sometimes..

    aethier
     
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    The 100 series was before Apple had ethernet standard on all Macs, when my 160 worked I would Localtalk to my 7200, but this isn't an option anymore in newer hardware.
    I haven't done it, but you could use the modem to ftp to your other computers, or you could just buy a USB floppy drive and transfer that way.
     

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