Most pimped out powermac 7500 ever?

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Is this the most pimped up powermac 7500/100 you have ever seen?

Specss
200mhz Processor upgrade(603e but I might be wrong) originally 100mhz
348mb Ram
128mb IBM Graphics card
Updated sound card(2.1 or 5.1 I think)
700mb hd(original)
5gb scsi hd
Jazz drive,ezdrive,zio drive+syquest drive
2x cd burner
Kensington trackball 4 button mouse
OS 8.5

I hooked up my brothers old computer which he stoped using 2 years ago. He kept it alive with upgtrades... It actually runs pretty well. Thinking of adding a g3 upgrade if possible.
 

RacerX

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Well, my 7500 has a PowerPC 604e at 225 MHz (with 256k of L2 cache), 512 MB of RAM, 9 GB and 4GB SCSI drives and is running Rhapsody 5.6 (Mac OS X Server 1.2v3). It is using the onboard video with the VRAM maxed out at 4 MB.

I've thought about putting an ATI Rage 128 in it (fastest video card I know that would be supported by Rhapsody 5.6) and upping the RAM to 1 GB (the physical limit for the system, Rhapsody tops out at 1.5 GB), but actually the system is fast enough for everything I do with it. The most taxing thing I do on it is play Quake II and some page layout and web design. Actually it is a little over kill as it stands right now. :rolleyes:
 

andypress

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My 6100 is pretty pimped out considering its a first gen ppc.
Specs: 250mhz Connectiz G3
256mb ram
24x CD
and a lowly 1 gb drive. (btw does anyone have a 50pin drive that they're willing to give away?)
 

Littleodie914

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RacerX said:
Well, my 7500 has a PowerPC 604e at 225 MHz (with 256k of L2 cache), 512 MB of RAM, 9 GB and 4GB SCSI drives and is running Rhapsody 5.6 (Mac OS X Server 1.2v3). It is using the onboard video with the VRAM maxed out at 4 MB.

I've thought about putting an ATI Rage 128 in it (fastest video card I know that would be supported by Rhapsody 5.6) and upping the RAM to 1 GB (the physical limit for the system, Rhapsody tops out at 1.5 GB), but actually the system is fast enough for everything I do with it. The most taxing thing I do on it is play Quake II and some page layout and web design. Actually it is a little over kill as it stands right now. :rolleyes:
:eek: You can play quake 2 with a 4MB onboard GPU? :eek:
 

Mechcozmo

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RacerX said:
and is running Rhapsody 5.6 (Mac OS X Server 1.2v3). It is using the onboard video with the VRAM maxed out at 4 MB.
What is Rhapsody like? It got to version 5?
Care to share a bit about what you can/can not do with it, etc?
 

oingoboingo

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Patmian212 said:
Is this the most pimped up powermac 7500/100 you have ever seen?

Specss
200mhz Processor upgrade(603e but I might be wrong) originally 100mhz
348mb Ram
128mb IBM Graphics card
Updated sound card(2.1 or 5.1 I think)
700mb hd(original)
5gb scsi hd
Jazz drive,ezdrive,zio drive+syquest drive
2x cd burner
Kensington trackball 4 button mouse
OS 8.5

I hooked up my brothers old computer which he stoped using 2 years ago. He kept it alive with upgtrades... It actually runs pretty well. Thinking of adding a g3 upgrade if possible.
Not too bad. Although it has long-since passed into the hands of a new owner, my 7600/120 was similarly pimped out:

CPU: 500MHz Sonnet Crescendo G3 with 512KB L2 cache
RAM: 384MB
Video: Built-in Apple video with 2MB VRAM; ATI Mach64 PCI card with 4MB VRAM. Hooked up to 15" Apple Multiscan CRT and 19" Philips 109 CRT respectively.
HDD: 18GB 10,000rpm Seagate Cheetah SCSI (connected to PCI SCSI card); 2GB Apple OEM SCSI hard drive connected to internal SCSI controller.
SCSI controller: IWill Ultra2 SCSI PCI card (re-flashed PC card with Mac BIOS).
Optical drive: Sony 12x CD/RW SCSI drive
Operating system: Dual boot Mac OS 9.1 / Mac OS X 10.2

That thing ran OS X quite well. I remember doing a bloody huge report with it for work using MS Office v.X running under Mac OS X 10.2. Handled it quite well. A lot of the internal trimmings of the machine were removed to shoehorn in the Seagate drive and the necessary SCSI cabling from the IWill Ultra2 PCI adapter...things like RF shielding and drive sleds. It was a fun project (I bought the 7600 second-hand off eBay, and all the other parts except the G3 upgrade card were from old PCs I had spare. I actually bought the G3 card specifically for the PowerMac). I have no idea how badly the 10,000rpm drive suffered in there with no extra cooling, but it still worked when I pulled it out months later, so all's well that ends well :)

I eventually sold it and bought my current 1.6GHz G5 instead :)
 

bartelby

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I've got a 7500 with:

Sonnet 375MHz G3 processor upgrade
212MB Ram
256K Level 2 cache
4MB Apple Video Ram
a Radius Graphics card
2 x Formac 17" monitors
Yamaha CD-RW
USB card
1GB HD
2GB HD
OS 9.1
and 5 applications:

BackToBasics
TalkBackToBasics
SoundEdit 16
Cubase 3

M$ Internet Explorer

All I use it for is to create sounds and loops for BTB and TBTB, then transfer them to my Powerbook 5300 for gigs!
 

mkjj

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Got a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh running a G3 500 card, 128mb RAM (max) and a network card. Hard drive remains at 2gb though. :)
 

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Mitthrawnuruodo

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My 7500 may not be a contender, but I have performed some surgery:
* 220 MHz G3 processor upgrade (running at 245 (bus-related?))
* Original 1 GB + new 4 GB HD, both SCSI
* 80 MB RAM (6 RAM sticks)
* Double VRAM (cannot remember how much, though)
* 16" Apple Display
* External SCSI Zip drive from IOMEGA

I actually framed the old processor card when I upgraded... (now, where did I put that "picture" when we moved last summer...?)

The 7500 was a real good machine until I got the Pismo, after that I just stopped using it, and it may very well be the last desktop I ever bought for my self (not counting future server buys).
 

keysersoze

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Hi everyone,

I have a dead 8500 logic board, but in it are working 2x128MB 168 Pin Mac 5V DIMM 60NS 4K EDO. This will work in Apple 73/75/76/85/86/95/9600; Compatible Clones and is 100% Compatible with G3/G4 upgrades.


If anyone wants it, I'll let the 2x128MB sticks go for $12 shipped. PM me.

:)
 

andypress

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keysersoze said:
Hi everyone,

I have a dead 8500 logic board, but in it are working 2x128MB 168 Pin Mac 5V DIMM 60NS 4K EDO. This will work in Apple 73/75/76/85/86/95/9600; Compatible Clones and is 100% Compatible with G3/G4 upgrades.


If anyone wants it, I'll let the 2x128MB sticks go for $12 shipped. PM me.

:)
I'll let you know about the ram probaly by the end of tommorrow. I'm picking up ssome 9600's so I'll see how they come equipped.
 

keysersoze

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andypress said:
I'll let you know about the ram probaly by the end of tommorrow. I'm picking up ssome 9600's so I'll see how they come equipped.
Good deal. I have several 8500-compatible hard drives, all 1.2GB. If you need any for your machines (I think they take SCSI too?) let me know.
 

RacerX

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Mechcozmo said:
What is Rhapsody like? It got to version 5?
Care to share a bit about what you can/can not do with it, etc?
Well, first, version 5 is Rhapsody. Version 4 was OPENSTEP and versions 1-3 were NEXTSTEP. Apple/NeXT kept changing the name towards the end.

As for what it is like, Mac OS X in many ways. It wouldn't seem as alien to Mac OS X users today as it did to Mac users of 1997-98. It is quite fast, which is why it runs nicely on older hardware (along with running 5.6 on my 7500, I run 5.1 on an old IBM ThinkPad).

There are a lot of things you can do with it, if you have the software. In that way it is just like any other operating system. I have a lot of software so I can do a lot of things.

One example is web design. I built this web site (here, about Rhapsody) using Rhapsody. I cover a ton of applications and productivity solutions on the site. The software I use is pretty much the same as what I'm generally using in Mac OS X... Create, OmniWeb, TIFFany3, PixelNhance, TextEdit, ToyViewer, OmniDictionary, etc., and somethings that didn't make it to Mac OS X (like PDFView, a very nice PDF viewing app).
 

andypress

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Well, I think my 6150 departed today. I was upgrading the ram to 270mb, and it doesnt start up now with the original. It bongs, but no video, it may need a new battery. Luckily, I have about 12 other 6100's, and the ram works. 270mb of ram in a 12 eyar old machine.
 

jeremy.king

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andypress said:
Well, I think my 6150 departed today. I was upgrading the ram to 270mb, and it doesnt start up now with the original. It bongs, but no video, it may need a new battery. Luckily, I have about 12 other 6100's, and the ram works. 270mb of ram in a 12 eyar old machine.
I thought these topped out at 192MB?

I miss my pizza box...
 

andypress

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kingjr3 said:
I thought these topped out at 192MB?

I miss my pizza box...
I've heard of people with 540mb of ram in them. But 270 works for sure. UPDATE: Well it turns out the 6150 wasnt a 6150 after all; I had misplaced the cover and it happens that another 6100 turned out to be the 6150. I love this form factor, although it's sad to day that they aren't too practical to use anymore.
 

bartelby

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
I actually framed the old processor card when I upgraded...
I did exactly the same thing, I also framed 8 8MB RAM boards.

I plan to make a deep frame to put one of my Acorn Electrons in.
 

jeremy.king

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kingjr3 said:
You know, I might have a 4 or 9 GB lying around. Let me check tonight.
andy, I forgot to check last night - was studying for Java cert test. I will check tonight or tomorrow. PM me to remind me.

Good new though, I am now an officially Sun Certified Programmer (Java 1.4)
 

7254278

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Talking about harddrives anyone have an internal or an external(scsi) drive compatible with my powermac 7500 they would be willing to sell for cheap or give away?
It would be much appreciated.