Powerbook 1400c/133

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  1. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

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    So I recently aquired a Powerbook 1400c/133

    Specs:
    133Mhz 603e
    32MB of RAM
    1.3GB HD

    I'd like to know as much as possible about this unit. Anyone have one? What Mac OS would you reccommend? Is it easy to upgrade the RAM? Is it possible to run OS X? (slim chance, I know). What about upgrading the Hard drive, anything of note? Thanks so much.

    Also, Do you think this machine would be adequate for word processing / instant messaging / webbrowsing, and what classic mac os would be best for these purposes? Thanks
     
  2. Sly macrumors 6502

    Sly

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    You have there one of my favorite classic Macs. I have a number of these in various configurations. As you have the 1400c not 1400cs you have the lovely active matrix screen, much better than the dim & fuzzy dual scan CS. The 133mhz model sits in the middle between the 117mhz & the 166mhz. Along with the 166, the 133 has 128k of L2 Cache that the 117 doesn’t so is significantly faster.

    Upgrades are a breeze on these ‘Books’, they have the easiest HDD to swap of any of the Powerbooks ever. RAM is almost as easy, and a processor swap for a fast G3 takes no more than 5 mins (assuming you can find one cheap). RAM maxes out at 64MB the sticks are getting harder to find, ebay is your friend, you will need 2x 24MB sticks to max it out (and you should).

    OS X, no way even if you put a quick G3 in it you have the 64MB RAM ceiling problem and the 800x600 screen is too small. OS 8.6 is the way to go, I have tried OS 9 but due to its size and RAM requirements I would recommend 8.6 every time. You will have no problem running MS Office 2000. Wireless internet connection is easy with a 16bit 5V PCMCIA wifi card.

    Enjoy it its a great little computer, the changable covers are fun too :D
     
  3. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

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    Thanks!

    I just recently purchased a Dell 1550 truemobile PCMCIA wireless card on ebay (for only 33 bucks shipped) after reading that its the exact same orinoco/lucent card and can easily use the excellent orinioco drivers for Mac OS 8.6. The machine currently has 8MB of RAM (soldered on) and then 8MB on the mobo stick and 16MB on a passthrough card, so I was considering purchasing a 32MB stick to go on the passthrough to bump it up to the max ram ceiling (64MB) Would this work? Also, do you happen to have any transparent covers for it? I can't seem to find any on ebay or online and I'd really like one :D
     
  4. Sly macrumors 6502

    Sly

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    Your Dell TruMobile card is the same one that I'm running, it works great, I have stuck an Airport sticker over the Dell badge as it pained me to see a Dell product sticking out of my Powerbook. :rolleyes:

    You will find the Powebook 1400 is quite picky about RAM combinations, it likes to have matched pairs. If you want to go the cheap route get another 16MB stick to make a total of 48MB, which is fine for OS 8.6. or the more expensive route of 2 x 24. If you find a 32MB stick see if you can try before you buy.

    I have a spare clear cover and some orignal artwork inserts, but as I'm in the UK thats not much help. You must be able to find what your looking for on ebay, they are quite common, look for someone who is breaking one for spares.
     
  5. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, at least on ebay.com (not.co.uk or whatever) I cannot find one :(. How much do you think it would cost you to ship it to PA? That would be really cool :D
     
  6. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Also, has anyone installed the entire Mac OS + programs onto a compact flash card/PCMCIA adapter? Is the install difficult? Is there anything special to not when installing? Thanks!
     
  7. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    Hey there... I have a clear cover on my 1400cs. (Which of course, has that fuzzier screen than you)

    I would trade it for your regular cover, if you want... Otherwise, I will just be selling the whole system on Ebay shortly.
     
  8. Maxwell Smart thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

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    Sure! that sounds great. Do you have any inserts for it as well? Anyway, I'll PM you and hopefully we can make a trade! :D If anyone else knows about any of the questions I asked please feel free to respond. I got a Dell Truemobile 1150 card and it works great and I was acutally surfing the web and IMing on a 10 year old machine 0_o
     

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