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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by macEfan, Sep 12, 2005.

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    Have an old mac? What do U use it for?
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    wrc fan

    I have a Mac Classic. I use it for a footrest.
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    A 520c PowerBook; My nice paperweight... Oh and I just got a cube that will be my "MediaMac" not all that old but definatly classic.
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    Mac SE/30 (1989) Converted into a fishtank after the CRT finally went out last year. Before the fishtank I had it in my den as a word processor/old-school game machine.

    PowerBook Duo Dock (1992) acts mainly as a paperweight/conversation piece - occasionally as a word processor/old-scool gaming machine.

    PowerBook 5300cs (1995) (see duo dock desciption)

    Power Computing PowerTower Pro 225 (1996) (upgraded to a 450 G4/1 GB RAM/Dual 15K RPM RAID) acts as video/audio server and scanning station. Runs 10.3. I had another one of these that I gave a minor upgrade to and gave to my grandmother who uses it for emailing and websurfing.

    PowerBook G3/400 (1999) Gave to cousin to use for high-school - he still is using it 2.5 years later. I had another one of these that I up

    My father gave me an old PM 6500 (1997) that acts as a web surfing station/office machine in our guest room.
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    mad jew

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    Here is a list of my Macs (and what they are doing currently):
    Macintosh IIcx In storage, has System 7.0.1 on it (the last I recall). It has 8 MB of RAM, an 80 MB hard drive and an MC68030 processor running at 16 MHz (along with a MC68882 floating point unit).
    Macintosh IIci Running with System 7.5.5 and has an MC68040 upgrade card (running at 25 MHz) in it. It is currently in storage.
    Macintosh IIsi In storage. It has 5 MB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive and an MC68030 processor running at 20 MHz.
    Macintosh IIvx In storage. It has an MC68030 processor running at 16 MHz (along with a MC68882 floating point unit), but beyond that I haven't fired it up to see anything else about it.
    Macintosh LC II In storage. Haven't run it either.
    Macintosh Quadra 700 Has A/UX 3.0.1 installed, is part of my main set of systems, but doesn't see much action (mainly used for pre Mac OS 8 apps). It has 20 MB of RAM, a 500 MB hard drive and an MC68040 processor running at 25 Mhz.
    Macintosh Quadra 950 One of my favorite systems, it has three 21"
    monitors attached, a CD burner, a 9 GB hard drive and has been upgraded with a PowerPC 601 upgrade card at 66 MHz with 1 MB of L2 and 136 MB of RAM. It is one of my more active systems. Currently running Mac OS 8.1.
    Power Macintosh 7100 Not currently in use, this one was replaced by my 8100. It has a G3/266 upgrade with 1 MB of L2 installed.
    Power Macintosh 8100av My main old Mac OS system (running Mac OS 8.6. It has two Apple 16" displays attached (one via the AV card, and a second via a 24 bit Nubus card), a G3/500 upgrade with 1 MB of L2 and 208 MB of RAM. It is connected to a scanner and a ZIP drive.
    Power Macintosh 7500 One of my Rhapsody systems, this system is running Mac OS X Server 1.2 (Rhapsody 5.6) and is currently acting as a server (it has been replaced as my main Rhapsody workstation). It has 128 MB of RAM, a 9 GB hard drive, a PowerPC 604e at 210MHz with 256k of L2 and I maxed out the onboard video to 4 MB.
    Power Macintosh 8500 In storage (mainly a parts system).
    Power Macintosh 8600 My main Rhapsody system. This system is running Mac OS X Server 1.2v3 (Rhapsody 5.6) and is (now) where I spend most of my time while using Rhapsody. It has two 17" displays running off two ixMicro TwinTurbo 128M video cards (8 MB VRAM each). It has 416 MB of RAM, a 9 GB hard drive and a PowerPC 604ev at 300 MHz with 1 MB of L2 cache.
    iMac 350 This system is currently running Mac OS X v10.2.8. It has 512 MB of RAM and a 30 GB hard drive. It serves as my back up Mac OS X system, my iTunes stereo (it is connected to an equalizer and some nice speakers), my gaming system, and the print server for my network.
    PowerBook Duo 280 In storage. This system has 12 MB of RAM and an MC68LC040 processor running at 33 MHz. The hard drive died, so it is waiting for a replacement.
    PowerBook Duo 2300c This system is currently running Mac OS 8.6 and is my main school system. I maxed out the RAM to 56 MB. It has a 1.2 GB drive and a PowerPC 603e at 100 Mhz. I have a full suite of apps on it but it's main reason for being used is that I can run both Theorist and Mathematica on it while at the library.
    PowerBook G3 Wallstreet This is my primary system (I'm typing this out on it right now). It is currently running Mac OS X v10.2.6, has 512 MB of RAM, an 8 GB hard drive and 4 GB drive (in one of the expansion bays), a G4 upgrade at 500 MHz with 1 MB of L2 and the CD-ROM drive has been replaced with a CDRW drive (other expansion bay).
    PowerBook G3 Pismo This system is running Mac OS X v10.3.9. It is my wife's system. it has 384 MB of RAM, a 10 GB hard drive, a G3 running at 400 Mhz and a DVD-ROM drive.​
    Non-Apple systems running Apple operating systems:
    IBM ThinkPad 760 ED This is my main mobile system (my Wallstreet rarely leaves home). It is running Rhapsody 5.1 on a 6 GB drive and OPENSTEP 4.2 on a 2 GB drive. I only use the OPENSTEP drive while at school, most of the time it is running in Rhapsody as that is where all my work related documents are. It has 80 MB of RAM, 2 MB of VRAM and a Pentium processor running at 133 MHz with 256k of L2 cache.
    PowerTower Pro 225 This system is currently in storage, but I was running Mac OS X Server 1.0.2 on it (Rhapsody 5.5) for a while. It has a 2 GB drive, no RAM right now, and has a PowerPC 604e processor running at 225 Mhz.
    DEC Celebris XL5133 This was (long ago) my main Rhapsody workstation. It was running Rhapsody 5.1. It was originally running with two Pentium processors at 133 MHz, but I took it down to one Pentium processor at 166 MHz as Rhapsody 5.1 can only see one processor. This system is currently in storage.​
    I think that about covers it on the Apple related systems I own.
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    Collecting dust in the attic:
    Mac SE
    Mac LCII
    Mac G3 233 Desktop

    Still in some use:
    Cube 450
    TiBook 400

    My first Mac was the G3 desktop, the LCII I traded for a pint, the SE was £4 at a scrap yard store. The chap behind the counter thought it was an old monitor only :)

    I plan to get the SE on the net when I have some time.
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    What do I use my old Macs for? My PowerMac 5400 keeps a closet in my parents' house from floating away--very important (at least, until the next "free computer recycling day"). And I use my G3 iMac ("only" 5 years old) for taking up precious desk space until someone in my company notices it listed for sale and buys it. :D I just don't have space to keep them around, and as much as it would be neat to unbury the iMac in 10 years and gush over it for a while, I'd rather get some cash for it now and simplify my cluttered life. :eek:
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    I've got a dead SE/30! I want to fishtank it! How! Tell me!
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    It's too last now, but I wish that I had kept my Apple IIe.

    My old Mac now is my current Power Mac G4 dual 450. Really like the look of the case. This one I think that I will keep it as long as possible.
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    I have a 1st iPod. I guess since nobody knows about it at my school, it's pretty old.
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    hahaha- have an old 520 (no colour) that serves the same purpose.
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    Originally Posted by geese
    I've got a dead SE/30! I want to fishtank it! How! Tell me!

    Busy at work today - otherwise I'd get all the links for you. Just Google MacAquarium. There is a company in Iowa that sells kits. Their website is being updated but they are still taking phone orders. It's a tough job to do - lots of Dremmel action - probably took me 10-12 hours to complete.
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    I work in a computer museum so we have more old macs than you can shake a stick at :). But here are a few of my favourites.

    Apple Lisa II - I still can't believe how advanced this system was for it's time

    Apple IIc - Apple's first "compact" computer :)

    And my absolute favourite - we have one of the original powerpc developer transition boxes (from when apple were changing over from 680x0 to PowerPC). It contains a 60Mhz 601 and a custom motherboard with special patched BIOS. The best thing is that since it is a development box you can hit a keystroke and it will drop into some sort of developer mode and allow you to manually manipulate the registers of the CPU on the fly. It even still has the "Property of Apple Worldwide Developer Services" on the front, although that may just dissapear if apple ask :rolleyes:.

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    I have a Macintosh II. It has a 40 MB hard drive with System 6.0.8 on it. Occasionally gets turned on to play old games. Recently I've been using it to transfer the contents of several hundred 800K floppy disks to Zip disks so that the data on them doesn't get lost. The floppies contain documents, pictures and audio recordings from as early as 1987. Some of them are very important to me and my family.

    After I get all those transferred over, I'm going to try putting System 7.5.5 on it just for fun.
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    WOW U have a ton of macs!
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    Powerbook 540c (Dust collecter?)

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