Anybody got a 512Ke running system 6?

tevion5

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I have a 512Ke running system 2 or something underpowered for its hardware. I hear it can theoretically run system 6 because it is essentially a macintosh plus with less ram and different ports. I know the plus has 2mb.

But will 512k ram be enough to handle system 6?

Does anybody have such a machine here?

Or will I need to upgrade the ram if I wanted to do that.
 

Hrududu

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As long as its a 512ke, then yes you can run System 6.0.8. Its been a long time since I've played with a Mac that old, but I can't imagine it would run very well. That said, you can't hurt anything by giving it a try.
 

Anonymous Freak

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Simple answer is: If it has an 800K drive, it can boot System 6. (Quite a few 1.4MB drive-equipped systems can boot System 6, too; but no 400K drive systems can.)
 

tdiaz

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I would say it more like, "if it supports 800K, HFS .. " it can boot System 6.

I've seen concoctions that have only 400K drives in them, and still have the Mac Plus ROM.
 

Anonymous Freak

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I would say it more like, "if it supports 800K, HFS .. " it can boot System 6.

I've seen concoctions that have only 400K drives in them, and still have the Mac Plus ROM.
True, I can successfully load a System 5 finder (Technically Finder version 6.0) by first booting to an HD20 boot floppy (which enables both HD20 support *AND* support for an external 800K floppy drive,) on my 512K (non-e,) but I cannot boot System 6, because that truly requires the 512Ke/Plus or above ROM.