Got a new Powerbook Duo 230! Now what?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by gizmobuster, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. gizmobuster macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
    I just acquired a Powerbook Duo 230 and I don't know what to do with it. I would like to actually use it. It's so well taken care of and it looks to be about the size of a 12" Powerbook. It's missing everything, however. My first thought was to post here. Does anyone know where I could get a charger and floppy drive? Anything to make it useful? It seems a big shame to just leave it lying around.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    eBay would probably be a good place to start...
  3. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    I've had quite a few Duos (including a 230) and I am currently using a Duo 2300c as a school system. They are very nice systems.

    As for what to do with it... that depends on a number of factors. First being RAM and hard drive space... When I had my 230, it had 12 MB of RAM and a 120 MB hard drive, which was enough for most of the things I needed it for. These days, I would suggest maxing it out to 32 MB (this is a good place for RAM).

    As for a power supply, they can be found on ebay, and even one from a 3400 would work (here is one place to look).

    I would highly suggest getting a dock. In your case any dock should work because it is a grayscale version (the color versions are thicker and needed a different dock lid). This would give you the floppy drive you need and you would also have ethernet and two Nubus slots.

    The next question would be software. That system should handle up to System 7.5.5 without issue (with enough RAM) and that is a free download from Apple (we had a thread on this for a PowerBook 170).

    Other software can be found at MIT's Info-Mac HyperArchive. I would also suggest Nisus Writer 4.1.6 (free). Also ClarisWorks 4.0 worked great on that system (ebay).

    Other options include upgrading to a 280 logic board (68LC040 at 33 MHz) or a 2300 logic board (PowerPC 603e at 100 MHz), but as you said this is a really nice example, it might be better to keep it in stock condition.

    A nice site for Duo info is

    Anyways, best of luck with your new system. Duos are great little machines!
  4. gizmobuster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
  5. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Congratulations welcome to your Classic Apple!!

    Many of us on here have a mixture of New and old Apple hardware, I hope you enjoy your new toy!!

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