Powerbook 1400 and system installation CD

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by BigLynx, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. BigLynx macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2012
    Probably this issue was discussed somewhere on the Forum but it seems that I am not lucky. The last Friday was my happy day as I received my PowerBook 1400 in great condition. My 16 years old dream from old times was finally completed and now I am more exited by PowerBook than my very fast and modern MacBook.

    I hope that I will be able to find any sort of peripheral to connect PowerBook to the Net (probably PCMCIA card?) but before I will start to play with the system and driver installation I want to backup the OS. The problem is that I do not have installation CD (my PowerBook is equipped only with CD - no FDD). Is there any chance to download or rebuild installation CD (bootable) with the appropriate OS? What I see on http://support.apple.com/kb/TA48312?viewlocale=en_US is rather full MacOS history than clear picture how to prepare CD for 1400.

    May I kindly ask forum-Gurus for some sort of advise?

  2. MacTech68 macrumors 68000


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    IIRC, somewhere on the original installed OS is a System Software install folder which contains a floppy disk image maker and all the disk images. It may have been deleted or the drive may have been erased. If it's still there, grab a copy of it (somehow). You may be able to make a "Net-Install" of those disk images for a CD install at a later date.

    In fact, grabbing a complete copy of the hard drive's current contents before proceeding would be advisable, even if you believe it's NOT necessary. You never know what folders got moved to where by the previous owners.

    Of course, that will mean getting a PCMCIA Ethernet card or using SCSI Disk Mode. You could even try AppleShare over LocalTalk (serial port), which is damned slow but should eventually get it transferred.

    IIRC, the original 7.5.3 was a special version, and the PB1400 NEVER ran 7.5.5 but did ship with 7.6.1 and 8.0.

    A retail MacOS 8.0 or later should work but the PB1400 was never known to be fast (nor was MacOS 8.0). It will support 8.0, 8.1, 8.5.x, 8.6, 9.0.x and 9.1

    Some interesting reading:




  3. 0ranges macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    I have a Powerbook 1400 restore CD. I backed it up a few weeks ago on another computer. It has some neat stuff on it like "BookCover" templates :D Can someone recommend somewhere I can upload this to? Preferably not something like Megaupload or mediafire. I don't want it to disappear one day. Then I'll put it on the Macintosh Garden.

    It is version 7.5.2 if I remember..I'll check later
  4. 0ranges macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    Whoa forgot all about that. :confused: Hopefully I'll get to ripping that cd tonight!

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