Reacquired Pismo

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by spectre51, May 6, 2011.

  1. spectre51 macrumors 6502

    spectre51

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    Just reacquired a Pismo Powerbook 500mhz. It only has 128mb "currently". I do love the design of this laptop though its amazing. Gonna see if I can find more ram for it and perhaps get a bigger/faster HD (only has a <20gb drive in it) Currently doing a clean reinstall of OS 9. I need to see if I still have any of my old OS 9 software.

    No clue what I am gonna do with this thing but at least it will be fun to play with for nostalgic sake. The system is in near perfect condition and the battery is surprisingly still strong.
     
  2. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

    pacmania1982

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    I just sold my Pismo on eBay and bought a 15" TiBook 867MHz. It was the last PowerBook (the 1GHz varient too) that booted OS 9 and also runs 10.5.8.

    I had 512MB RAM in my Pismo and upgraded the original 6GB drive to 20. I partitioned it and ran Tiger and OS 9 on it. I went a bit retro a bought a whole bunch of software from eBay. Got 9.0.4, Office 98, Corel Draw 8, Virtual PC 4 and Photoshop 7.

    Upgrade the RAM and put an airport card in it. The only problem with Tiger is the lack of web browsers. Safari 3 (?) is OK but not the best.

    Enjoy it!

    pac
     
  3. iLucas macrumors 6502

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    You can use Opera up to 10.51 on the powerbook.
    Opera is the best browser i have on my powerbook
     
  4. spectre51 thread starter macrumors 6502

    spectre51

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    Haven't used opera in years. I'll have to give it a try on the pismo.
     
  5. spectre51 thread starter macrumors 6502

    spectre51

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    that's all I need to do. Was thinking though if I can find the extra cash to get a bigger hard drive too. The airport and ram are the big things though.
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Pismo's are fantastic machines; I use mine frequently for a wide range of tasks. Dual swappable bays are an excellent feature.
     
  7. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    TenFourFox will also work on it.
     
  8. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

    pacmania1982

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    I have 600MHz iMac G3 in the spare room that I got for £20 and tried TenFourFox and its brilliant! Thanks for mentioning it! The only thing I don't like is the icon lol.

    pac
     

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