PowerMac 6500

Ih8reno

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I have the opportunity to get an old powermac 6500 for $10 including a sony screen, mouse and keyboard. Not sure if there is any use for this besides a lamp stand. Anyone have any experience in using this? Or had a use for it?
 

jrsx

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That's a great deal, if everything's in working order! Do you know if it has an operating system installed on it? Of course, if it does it is probably Mac OS 9, but if you are a collector, this is a you-can't-miss-out item for this cheap, especially since they're getting rarer. I would pick it up, but that's just me. I love vintage stuff, I don't know if you're that kind of person. ;)
 

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I have the opportunity to get an old powermac 6500 for $10 including a sony screen, mouse and keyboard. Not sure if there is any use for this besides a lamp stand. Anyone have any experience in using this? Or had a use for it?
I have a 6500 in my garage. These are great Macs. The logic board is on a tray in the back. Just unscrew and pull out. It's got PCI and you can use PCI cards in it. I have a USB PCI card that allows me to have USB on this Mac.

If you use the Old World ROM helper app thing you can get 9.2.1 installed on it. That's as high as it can go. I've got a 20GB hard drive in mine and since it has an ethernet port (10Base-T only though) you can hook it up wired to internet. If you use Classilla, you'll be good for internet. With OS9 you can run Outlook Express and use email too.

I used it at work for a few years as an Applescript server.

It's still a viable Mac.
 

Ih8reno

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Thanks for the great replies! I emailed the guy and will pick it up in a few days. He says it worked last time he used it (5years ago) and I'm very curious to see what it can do. I am a bit of a collector these days. Got a few ppcs and think they're all great. Hopefully this will be a great addition to my collection.
 

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If it hasn't been plugged in for 5 years, it might have a dead PRAM battery. Not necessarily a death sentence, but annoying nonetheless.
 

Ih8reno

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Powermac 6500

So far so good. Boots to os 9 and runs great. Needs a bit of a cleaning as the tower is very yellow. Here are some pics. It's far from the prettiest mac.


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More pics

 

eyoungren

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It's far from the prettiest mac.
I disagree. Compare it to the 7200 or any of the other "desktop" Macs of it's era and you'll see that it's a good looking Mac.

The 8000 and 9000 series share it's form factor. The 9500 has some sort of sidecar thing even.

Incidentally, that round circle in the front above the volume button is an IR sensor. The 6500 was a multimedia Mac so it came with a wireless controller. I don't have one, but that's my understanding of that.

Oh and the ZIP drive. Can't beat that! :D
 

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For those older 1990's Macs, you can use a Sony remote to control them. The power, volume, and channel buttons all work. The play, pause, back, next, and stop button might also. I believe use of it requires the Apple TV extension to be installed.
 

Ih8reno

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Gonna try and get it online but only connection is via modem. I'm hoping an Ethernet card from my old PC will work. Any way to bridge an internet connection through the modem? Oh and I don't have a phone line in my home.
 

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You could try to track down a "Comm II" ethernet card or try to find a compadable PCI network card. (realtek 8139 chipset has os 9 support but i'm not sure if the driver is still available.)

EDIT: I forgot about this little site. I've used it a couple of times and bought some stuff here.
http://stn2.headgap.com/resale/FMPr...ield=SortID&-Max=40&category=networking&-find

The first item seems like the card you need. :)
 
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Ih8reno

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Wow, thanks guys. Today so far I've tried some old school games. Duke Nukem 3D is always great. If I get the internet to work I'll update you. Hopefully the card I have will install, can't wait!
 

eyoungren

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Wow, thanks guys. Today so far I've tried some old school games. Duke Nukem 3D is always great. If I get the internet to work I'll update you. Hopefully the card I have will install, can't wait!
So your 6500 did not come with an Ethernet port? Mine did, which is why I'm asking. I guess I just assumed they all came with a built in ethernet port.
 

Ih8reno

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It's Canadian if that changes anything. Here is the back of the mac.


Connection on the bottom only fits telephone lines, not Ethernet.
 

eyoungren

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It's Canadian if that changes anything. Here is the back of the mac.Image

Connection on the bottom only fits telephone lines, not Ethernet.
Yep that does change things. It's not a US model and according to the Mactracker app (my screenshot) it's only the US models that had this. That blank spot to the right of the modem port is where the ethernet port should be (where it is on mine). I don't have a modem on mine. Sorry, didn't know.

Hopefully though you can find a card to work with it.
 
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Ih8reno

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Thanks. Probably try taking one from an old PC tomorrow. So far not a bad way to spend $10!
 

SkyBell

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Gotta agree there, these "vintage" Macs are being harder to find these days, especially for bargains like that one. Glad you picked it up, and seem to be enjoying it. ;):)
 

Ih8reno

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Gonna have to hold off buying more, collection is getting a little too big. Thing is I get them cheap or free and have a blast upgrading/finding uses for them.
 

Ih8reno

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Turns out the pieces aren't interchangeable. Guess I'll have to figure out another way to go online.
 

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