Macintosh Centris 650

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Xexis, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Xexis macrumors member

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    I may come into possession of a fully working great condition Centris 650, any idea what they go for nowadays?
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Probably about $1.50. To my knowledge those are neither rare nor particularly interesting from a collector's standpoint, so they have little value. I'm pretty sure I recycled the one I used to use at work recently, so actually it probably was worth about -$2 to me since it costs money for ewaste.

    Not saying they're useless, just that they're not worth much. I could be wrong, of course.
     
  3. AtariMac macrumors regular

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    The Centris 650 is the same as the Quadra 650 if I recall correctly. If you are the adventurous type, find an old copy of Apple A/UX to run on it. A/UX was a hybrid Unix/OS 7 that had a short life span in the early 90's.

    As an alternative you can find the developer release of Copland which was Apple's aborted OS 8 with preemptive multitasking. You really cannot do much with it, but might make for an interesting look into Apple's darkest days.
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    The biggest difference between the two is that the Centris 650 is 25Mhz vs 33Mhz for the Quadra 650. On the low end the Centris 650 had 4MB RAM instead of 8MB, a smaller 80MB HD and did not include a CD-ROM or AAUI-15 Ethernet as standard equipment. Higher end versions of the Centris 650 were identical to the Quadra 650 except for the CPU speed.

    But yea they are not worth much at all. If it is in mint condition with all original manuals, software, boxes and peripherals and they are all in mint condition you could probably get a respectable price.

    Personally I would use it as a badass gaming rig for 68K Mac games. Like some King's Quest and Prince of Persia. Plus with a network connection you could use it as a bridge Mac to make software disks for older Macs or Apples.
     
  5. Xexis thread starter macrumors member

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    I was hoping for some Super Munchers. But he has a box full of the mauals and software with original boxes and also he OS install/restore discs probably OS 7 though.
     
  6. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    I sold a Centris 650 last summer for $15. I included an Apple 14" monitor, Apple Keyboard II and Desktop Bus mouse. I think I installed 8.1 on it. Sold right away too, so I might have gotten more had I asked.
     
  7. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    I thought that Copland never came to fruition? A/UX was Apple+HP's Unix no?
     
  8. davegoody macrumors 6502

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    How about a mint condition MacPlus ?

    I have a mint condition MacPlus, with minimal yellowing, perfect screen, original keyboard, mouse, box, manuals and disks. Anybody here reckon it is worth anything ? Could always turn it into a mini Macquarium if not ??
     
  9. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    I've got one too, but missing the manuals and disks. Prices for compact Macs have skyrocketed lately with even chunky old SE's going for some coin. I'd either sell yours now if you can't hold onto it any longer or continue to keep it as is and see what value does. I'm holding onto mine for now.
     
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Copland was never released, but there are developer previews floating around on the 'net.

    A/UX was an Apple UNIX that was completely its own beast. UNIX core, with a Macintosh emulation layer on top, so you could run standard Mac applications or X Windows applications (in addition to CLI UNIX apps, of course.) It was based on UNIX System V, which was also the core of HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, and Unixware, but they all came from System V, none of those were directly related, other than through System V.

    A/UX was 68k-only. When Apple later released the "Apple Network Server" series of PowerPC machines, they ran a slightly-modified IBM AIX, and could not run Macintosh applications at all (nor boot the regular Macintosh OS, unlike A/UX-compatible machines, which could all run plain old Macintosh OS with no problems.)
     
  11. brendu macrumors 68020

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    I used to have a quadra 650... I remember the day we got it I thought it was the most amazing thing ever...
     

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