Some cruel soul threw out a perfectly working Powerbook 520

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by everett1911, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. everett1911 macrumors member

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    You bet I picked it up, there was even its charger! The screen's backlight shimered but some very precise percussive maintenance made it stop doing that.

    I have a feeling the hard disk's on its way out but otherwise everything else works. It doesn't have the PCMCIA adapter and both batteries are dead but hey, free vintage powerbook!

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  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Possibly Goldbloom threw it out because only the 5300 could hack the alien mothership. :p
     
  3. MacTech68 macrumors 68020

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    One of the better appointed 68K Powerbooks IMHO, and the first with a 'trackpad'.

    A great find, indeed. :)
     
  4. everett1911 thread starter macrumors member

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    Just curious, are there scsi to compactflash adapters for these old kinda laptops?
     
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    Is that a trackpad or a fingerprint reader? Great find!
     
  7. everett1911 thread starter macrumors member

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    Naw it's just where the lid mechanism latches, but yes this is a trackpad. These were the first powerbooks with a trackpad!
     
  8. everett1911 thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha yeah almost like clockwork, the HDD died.

    No biggie, this thing takes 1.44mb floppies so I can get myself a system 7 floppy installation or something until I can get a scsi to sd adapter or something!
     
  9. Evergreener1971 macrumors newbie

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    I know this thread is old but I have a screen and 160 MB Hdd. I would be willing to mail them to you at my own expense if you are interested. I can be reached at cpck4@live.com


     
  10. everett1911, Sep 30, 2018
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    Really? Is there a catch?
     
  11. Evergreener1971 macrumors newbie

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    No catch. I have a tremendous respect for all things old. I hate throwing things out. And I have hung on to this stuff for a few years wondering what to do with it. I was searching for information on the value if I sold it, and ran across your post. Problem solved. It could take a few days to get it in the mail, I'm ill, and I have to wait until I'm not having weird histamine reactions to everything but I get out every four to five days. Just pm me or send an address to the email I posted in my first reply, and I will send those to you shortly.
     
  12. makr macrumors regular

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    Wow the trackpad is tiny compared to the ones we have today. :D
     
  13. weckart macrumors 601

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    You should see the size of the hard drive. Mine was a whopping 80MB before I replaced it with a humungous 270MB behemoth.
     
  14. CooperBox macrumors 65816

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    Kudos to you! It's great to see vintage parts being donated. I've done the same myself on occasions and it's a great sense of satisfaction knowing that another vintage Mac still lives on and performs as designed.
     

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