Sweet PowerBook 150!!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by katie ta achoo, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I'm guessing this is the right forum, but I got two FREE PowerBook 150-s (bringing my total number of free Powerbooks up to.. tHREE!!)

    but I have NO IDEA of what do do with them!

    One of them runs (I played the scuba diver, learn how to use your mouse! game) and the other has "sad mac" when you start it up.

    What can I do with them?

    overclock them to 50 MHz? Take them apart and see if I can successfully put them back together? Take them to the Apple store and ask for help, just to bother the clerks? (I can see that Genius Bar request: "hey.. I have a PowerBook 150. Can I put an 80 gig HD in it? What about AirPort? Please help!!")

    Any ideas will be utilized! Thanks. :) :)
     
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Get a TON of old mac classic games like pacman, etc. and make a cool wooden arcade type thing with a mount for the powerbook. Then cut like a screen hole and stuff. That would be awesome! Just think, you have 2 tried. Sad mac just means no OS. I have a Powerbook 150 that I tried to make an arcade with, but once I took the cord out of the screen, it would never work again (just stayed ON with no signal of the Mac OS coming in). Stinks!
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I like your idea about taking it to the Genius Bar and asking if you could swap in a 80GB HD. While you are there check to see if you can add an internal 16X Dual-layer DVD burner. They will probably just stare at you with a blank lifeless look on their faces while thinking, "Oh God, this person is an idiot." ;)
    Now you just need to work on getting someone to give you a free 1.67GHz PowerBook G4. :)
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Or you could just go and do this.

    Nice suggestion ITASOR.
     
  5. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    I used to have a couple of old powerbooks like this, a 150 and 165c i think, they're great for taking quick notes in a hurry, and when i left one in a basement when i was wiring an office, i didn't worry about it. i lost my good ethernet crimper in the bag, and i was more bothered by that, but still didn't care enough to drive over.
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I also had a PowerBook 165c (used to work - I think the logic board got fried :( ). Now it just sits under my desk collecting dust.
     
  7. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    No, the clerks at the Apple store know who I am (all too well) and know my stupid questions (all too well... hehe). They'd just say " :rolleyes: It must be thursday again!!"

    Hmm.. I already got a free 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4, but I'll take another one!!
    (I have a semi-secret goal of going to the next few OS release parties, and getting a new computer or something from each one.. My saying: "Three OS's, three free PowerBooks." May be put into jeopardy when I get a job at the Apple Store.)

    I LOVE THIS!! I think I will! ROCK!!
    But how can I get the Games to the PB? It has no CD drive... I'm thinking dial-up on this thing may be deadly slow. (2400 baud modem, anyone?)
    I'd USB it over, but.. NO USB!
    Only the 3.5" disk drive. (advertised as 1.44 MB SUPERDRIVE! I looooooove old ads!!!)

    Hehe, I opened it up and I was soo confused as to why I couldn't connect to my AirPort Express! :p
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Free 1.5GHz PowerBook G4...wow :eek:

    Sorry to hear that the clerks already recognize your face ;)
    Guess that I will have to go in there and ask those questions for you.
     
  9. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    No, it's cool. I have no shame when it comes to stupid Apple questions. (well.. there are no stupid questions, just stupid people. :p :p )
    When I had my iBook G3, I was always asking "can I solder a G4 in there?" "what about slot loading? this tray is stupid!" "can I put a DVD burner in there?" "Why can't I run fifteen bazillion applications at once?" "what about 802.11g in this 'book? It'll work, right?"

    the PB was from Tiger night. the clerks still make fun of me because I cried. :eek: :p (punks!!)

    MAN, I love the Apple store and how much they put up with me.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well, I would have probably cried to if I had won that awesome laptop (or at least passed out from such overwhelming shock). The Apple Stores and their employees are great, understanding, and slow to anger.
     
  11. MacTruck macrumors 65816

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    How about using it for a grocery list. I am sure textedit still loads. That way you can put it in the card and mark off you food as you get it. If the battery is dead then go to home depot and get a 300ft extension cord and find an outlet at the grocery store to plug into. You should be able to make it all the way around the store with that. Make sure nobody trips over it though. You might need to get some cable covers for the floor to keep the cord down. :D
     
  12. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    well I'd definatly crack into the sad mac one just to see what makes it tick.
     
  13. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Use disks then! They'll hold all those little apps. Use your powerbook G4 (the free one, the one you won, from the Tiger night, on which you cried over it) and get a USB drive in walmart for like $35 or one from anywhere like ebay. And then get the games onto a disk, plop it in the pb150 and yay!
     
  14. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    The employees are awesome. If they weren't who they are, I'd TOTALLY not be there every week. There's this one guy who was in the Tiger night line (before he worked for Apple) who gets faux-mad at me, saying I stole his PowerBook (but I don't care because he has the most beautiful blue eyes... ) :eek:
    another one gives me guff about being there so often
    Well, they all do.
    And I have my most favorite clerk ever recording my senior recital for me for FREE. (I'm paying him in food at the reception)
    I love you, Apple Store!!


    Hmm.. While I do LOVE causing accidents in grocery stores, it has NO battery. And shopping lists are what iPods/Post-its/slips of paper/my memory/the back of my hand are for. :)

    OOooo, and it's not TextEdit, it's SIMPLE TEXT! Oh, nostalgia for something I've never used... How I love thee. :)

    I'm way ahead of ya, buddy. :) *evil "I'm taking apart Macs laughter"*

    HHHHmmmMMmmm...
    If I do it on a windows machine, will it write it in a format le PowerBook understands?
    I don't like to spend money.
    I haven't bought anything that cost full price for 4+ years. (ohh yeaaaa!)
    I'd totally be on windoez for 10 minutes to get hours of monochrome pack-man* fun!

    *notice the spelling? It's not copyright-Protected "Pac-Man"; It's PACK-MAN! Everyone's favorite Pac-Man rip off! Hoooraaayy!!

    Maybe I can bum a drive off the Genius bar for 10 minutes.. muahahhaha.
    But I'll have to buy disks...

    Quick! To my time machine, to 1992! *zooms away*
    :p :p ;)
     
  15. aussie_geek macrumors 65816

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    Get some old OS

    To get that one that has a sad Mac working, download some system software from . System 6 or 7 should do nicely. here.

    Good luck!!

    aussie_geek
     
  16. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    Oooh, Groovy !
    I'll post pics when I'm all done! :) :) :D
     
  17. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    No, on that one. I *think* it has to be formatted in HFS, but I'm not sure. All I know is that Windows will not read Mac drives without third-party software.
     
  18. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    Grr!! Off to the Apple Store, then! :) :) :)

    KT: Hey.. I need to .. borrow a disk drive for a while
    Genius bar: you can't have more free stuff..
    KT: oh, come on! please? I'll give you a cookie!
    Genius bar: *while chewing* here ya go.
     
  19. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    They are going to start charging you when you walk through the front door katie ta achoo. ;)
     
  20. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    I think they like me enough that they don't charge me for air.. hehehe

    :p :p
     
  21. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well thats good.

    BTW what is the going rate for good ol' oxygen?
     
  22. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Legal, or on the street? Around here, oxygen is a controlled substance. Seriously.
     
  23. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    I sell it for $3/oz.


    Pay up!! :) :) :p :D
     
  24. jiv3turkey748 macrumors 6502a

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    oh dude i remember like 10 years ago whenmy school had macs we had that scuba game i think it was called mouse practice i loved that game
     
  25. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

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    Someone should write that for os x.

    I need to learn to use my trackpad! hahaha

    "point to all the animals with your flashlight!"
    *points to whale, starfish, squid, and crab*
    "now, help me 'drag' this treasure to the chest"
    *click, drag, click drag, done in 3 seconds*
    "very good! do you want to go again?"

    *hovers over scuba diver*

    I was SO surprised when it was TALKING to me!! I thought computers that old could only beep noises.
    When I got a voice, I was like "omgqtfbbq! PowerBook 150 can talk?!"

    then, I got on my PB G4 and turned on "read my IMs for me"
    the surprise and awe quickly wore off, hahaha.

    :) :)
     

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