How useful is a PowerBook 2400c/180 these days?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ljlpdx, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. ljlpdx macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2007
    I came across a PowerBook 2400c/180 that has hardly been used and I'm wondering if it is completely obsolete or if it could be used for basic internet use and word processing. It says the built-in memory is 48 MB, so it seems like it wouldn't be able to handle much, but I know nothing about Macs so I thought I'd ask for input. Thanks!
  2. big macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    I considered getting one for us as a picture display/hall night light
    , not as nice looking as some others, though you could build a nice box around the LCD, and set it on a wall
  3. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    The 2400c is basically the 3400c packed into a smaller case (with no internal CD-ROM drive), so anything that a 3400c can do, so can a 2400c. Even though my 3400c is running at 200 MHz with 80 MB of memory, that isn't all that much higher specs than your 2400c, so anything I can do on my 3400c you should be able to do on a 2400c. The applications I currently have installed on my 3400c include the following:
    Adobe Acrobat 5.0
    Adobe Distiller 5.0
    Adobe Acrobat Catalog 4.0
    Adobe Dimensions 1.0
    Adobe GoLive 5.0
    Adobe Illustrator 8.0
    Adobe ImageReady 2.0
    Adobe LiveMotion 1.0
    Adobe PageMaker 6.5
    Adobe PageMill 3.0
    Adobe Photoshop 5.5
    Adobe Premiere 5.1
    Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.6
    AppleWorks 6.2.8
    Apple iTunes 1.0
    BBEdit Lite 6.0
    ClarisDraw 1.0
    Corel PHOTO-PAINT 8 LE
    Corel WordPerfect 3.5e
    CorelDraw 8 LE
    Fetch 3.0.3
    FileMaker Pro 5.0
    Fractal Design Painter 5.0.3
    Macromedia Flash 5.0
    Mathcad PLUS 6
    Mathematica 2.2.2
    MathReader 4.2
    MetaCreations Bryce 3D
    Microsoft Excel 98
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.7
    Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0.6
    Microsoft PowerPoint 98
    Microsoft Word 98
    Microsoft Word 5.1a
    Mozilla 1.3.1
    Netscape 7.0.2
    Netscape Communicator 4.8
    Nisus Compact 3.4
    Nisus Write 4.1.6
    Opera 6.0.3
    Softpress Freeway 2.0.3 LE
    PiXELS 3D Studio 3.7
    QuarkXPress 3.32
    QuarkXPress 4.11
    QuickTime Pro 5
    QuickTime 6.0.3
    Sound Studio 2.0.7
    SoundEdit 16 2.0.7
    SoundEffects 0.9.2
    Strata VideoShop 3.0
    Strata VideoShop 4.0
    Strata Studio Pro 1.5.2
    StrataVision 3D 4.0
    Strata MediaPaint 1.1.2
    Theorist 2.0.1​
    And as of late, I've been playing around with 3D design and animation on that system. A good example of what I've produced using the software listed above would be this short video...


    ... and I'm sure that it is good for word processing too. ;)
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    It's just as useful as it was when it was new except you can't run the newest versions of software on it. The only thing I would be worried about on it is that web browsing may not work great since there are no modern browsers for it, but you could still browse the web on it just pages may not display correctly.
  5. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2007
    In the Sub-Basement of Solitude
    That sounds good, but does it play doom? (Just had to ask that :D)
  6. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    I don't play many games on it (beyond Hellcats Over the Pacific), but I do have a ton of games installed (mostly for my wife).
    Dark Forces
    Ultimate DOOM
    Final DOOM (Plutonia)
    Final DOOM (TNT)
    Hellcats Over the Pacific
    Hellcats: Leyte Gulf
    Marathon 2
    Marathon Infinity
    Myth: The Fallen Lords
    Souls in the System
    Warcraft II
    Wolfenstein 3D​
    So basically, there are enough games to make it a system that I sometimes have to fight to get back in order to do other things with it. :eek:
  7. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2007
    In the Sub-Basement of Solitude
    Well from that I guess it does play doom...But will it blend? :D
    Edit: Just Kidding...
  8. ale500 macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    Doom used to work well on 33 MHz 486 Machines, even in 40 MHz 386 Machines. Especially with 8 MB of RAM (more were unused).
    A 180 MHz RISC Processor should be more than adequate to run it.

    But the slowdown factor imposed by OS 8 or 9... can change things.
  9. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    Was this post a joke too?

    I've played DOOM on a 33 MHz 68040 running Mac OS 8.1 without issue, so I was wondering if I was supposed to laugh with that post or at that post.

    Additionally DOOM runs great on a 68040 running NEXTSTEP too, but I'm sure that comes as no surprise as DOOM was developed in NEXTSTEP on NeXT hardware and then brought over to DOS.

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