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I currently run a fleet of four Macs, because I kinda hate getting rid of things that are still working.

- Powerbook G3 Pismo, 500MHz, 512MB RAM, 32GB HDD, dead battery and non-functional optical drive. Has Mac OS 9.2.2, 10.2.8 and 10.4.11 Server installed. Can also boot 10.1.5 and 10.3.9 from an external FW400 drive. I use it mainly to run pre-OS X games and apps and also for development and testing, as it can run every OS X version up to 10.4.11.

- Powerbook G4 12" 1.25GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, also has a dead battery. Runs 10.4.11 and can also boot 10.5.8 from the same FW HDD as the Pismo. It has a mix of OS X and Classic games and hasn't seen much use lately. It has both Sheepshaver and Basilisk installed, but my experience with it hasn't been good, it crashes a lot.

- Mac mini (mid-2007), Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz, 1 GB RAM, 80GB HDD, dead optical drive. Runs 10.6.6, but I intend to fix its optical drive, get a large HDD, increase the RAM and repurpose it as a media center/file server, probably rolling back to 10.4.11 Server. I currently only turn it on to sync my iPod.

- MacBook Pro 13" Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD. Runs 10.6.6. It's my main machine, but I don't run many Garden apps on it because the Powerbooks are better suited to the task.

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No longer on my G4 DP 533 digital audio Sad

My favorite Mac died last night - R.I.P Crying Crying Crying

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Waaaaaay back in Feb 2011, I'd entered in this thread:

No longer on my G4 DP 533 digital audio Sad



My favorite Mac died last night - R.I.P Crying Crying Crying

Resurrected again this week! ITS ALIVE!!!

It had been sitting in my garage all this time with a blown PSU. I had tried to get a replacement power supply for it but it was proving too difficult & expensive to warrant. That and I also have a Quicksilver 2002 1GHz DP G4 which helped keep me lazy on the DIY fix-it side.

However; Two weeks ago my Quicksilver 2002 also died. Same condition, a dead power supply.

Enough was enough. I bit the bullet and followed the directions found mainly at ATXG4 dot com and cobbled together, soldering iron in hand, two sets of ATX adapters (which ended up looking very similar to the ones on the ATXG4 pages). I made one for the DA & the other for the QS 2002 and connected them to spare ATX PSU's, which I had already at hand.

So now both my DA & QS 2002 are purring along happily. I'm pretty happy with the results too. Its great to have the DA back, it is sweet machine. I'm only going to run OS 9.2.2 on it, the QS can have Tiger all to itself.

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i use 400 mhz imac dv os 9.2.2

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I have a Power Mac G4 Tower here (I think 400MHz or something like that) but I never boot it up, I prefer to run the games in an emulator. Sad that emulating the Mac is still quite bad compared to other (rare) systems. Because of this I play most games in their DOS version, but some games like Wolfenstein 3D or Prince of Persia just suck in DOS as the Mac version is far superior in graphics and sound.
I would love something like Boxer for Mac emulation. Sad

ps: got an error on posting "user warning: Duplicate entry '9707' for key 'PRIMARY' query: INSERT INTO user_titles_posts (uid, posts) VALUES (9707, 1) in /var/www/html/sites/macintoshgarden.org/modules/user_titles/user_titles.module on line 307." this should be an update statement I assume.

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I have a few macs that I use to run Macintosh Garden games on. Firstly for real vintage games I use an Apple Powerbook 145b with a 25mhz Cpu, 4mb ram, 40mb hdd, Mac OS 7. Next up for games like wolf 3d etc my Powermac 7200/90 with 96mb ram, 1gb hdd. And for storage and OS 9 apps I have a real nice Powermac G4 467 DA Gigabit machine, 16mb rage 128 pro etc...

Edit: Replaced 'xxx7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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I use an eMac G4, 1GHz, 1GB RAM, full Mac OS 9 compatibility. I have OS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.4.11 bootable on the same 60GB internal drive.

Easily one of the best Macintoshes you can buy for OS 9 and OS X use. Laughing out loud

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Ahh you just talked me into buying an emac! So I did just that Laughing out loud one just like yours once ive put a new HD and RAM placement in. Hopefully the monitor wont damage in the post : / never owned an emac before.

Thanks for the advise hehe.

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I added a LCIII to the family a few days ago. My second 68k Mac and the first with colour. Some of the games I've tried seem to be hardcoded for the old 512×342 screens and run windowed as I can't get my monitor down below 640x480. Is there any util that can either stretch the video up to fullscreen or at least blank out the desktop behind the game?

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I run a variety of applications on any of the following macs; 2xIIfx's (one for AUX and one for 7.5.5), II, IIx, IIci, 4xQuadra 700s (I think these are one of the best looking macs ever designed), quadra 900, quadra 950, 2x quadra 840 AV's (one of which is fully loaded with RAM), quadra 610, a couple of LC III's, SE30 (our first mac when I was a kid, this still works and is in daily use for various applications), SE (FDHD), Macintosh plus, Mac 512k, 2x Mac Classic, 2x powerbook 180's, powerbook 3400c (240 MHz), 5x powermac 4400's, 2x powermac 9600's, powermac 9500, powermac 8500, powermac 7100, powermac 5400, 4x performa 6300's, 3x powermac G3 beige machines, 2x powermac G3 B&W's, powermac G4 cube, powermac G4 quicksilver and 2x MDD's (both dual cpu, one 1.25 and one 1.42), powerbook G3's (2x kangas, 2x wallstreets, a lombard and a pismo), powerbook G4 titanium (1 GHz one), finally a powermac G5 quad. I run classic applications on most of these and the SE30, IIfx, quadra 950 and G5 are in daily use. The pismo is my weapon of choice as a laptop, this one I saved up for when it was new and I was a university student. In my opinion the pismo has to be the absolute pinnacle of powerbooks and I always use this in preference to the tiBook. All of this lot is served by a Silicon Graphics Challenge L (HQX rules!!) with an external fibre channel array (which is also mirrored on the G5) using the SGI implementation of appletalk. I have tons of old SGI's as well ranging from an old power series twin tower and a crimson to the last of the octanes and an OnyxII (there are also a couple of VAXen kicking around here somewhere!). I still find that I use OS 9.2.2 as my main OS (along with IRIX and Mac OS 7.5.5) and find that I don't really need anything else really. I use the really old macs for system 6, the IIfx and quadras for Mac OS 7 and 8.1, the powermacs tend to run 8.1 upwards to 9.2.2 depending upon their spec. The MDD's and the G5 run 10.4. I also love getting together with old mates, stringing a few of these together with appletalk cables and having a good Bolo session, just like the old days. I also have tons of old printers and apple displays as well just to complement the collection.

As a warning to anyone thinking about getting into old macs; they are addictive! You will get locked into a serious collection, have no space and a massive power bill (and hopefully have lots of fun too)! Smile

Edit: Replaced 'xxx7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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What can I say? I am jealous and note that you are playing the Civilization strategy to Mac collecting. I am of the opinion that the SE/30 is the best mac designed. It has the iconic Mac form, it has the power to run System 6 + 7 apps well and if you're lucky enough to get your hands on a video PDS for it, then you'll get the mac II experience as well.

How much RAM do your mac IIfxs have? Did they come with it and, if not, where did you get the 64-pin SIMMs? I have 32MB myself, but am looking to max out my IIfx if I can. RAM disks, I have discovered, are faster than SCSI drives on a Nubus FWB Jackhammer.

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One of my IIfx's has 32 Mb (for AUX), the other one has 64 Mb for Mac OS 7 which runs very nicely with very good performance burning CD's over SCSI using toast. I would like 128 Mb as fitted to my 840 AV but I can't find the SIMM's. The AUX system uses an Apple 8.24 GC graphics accelerator whereas the main IIfx uses a custom e-machines card with matched 16 inch monitor for reasonably high resolution display. Both have 1 Gb hard disks as the main system disks with external Seagate Wren 9 2Gb full height drives in enclosures as secondary disks (these suck tons of power when they spin up!). In all honesty I used to have three IIfx's one of which was bought of e-bay as a non-functioning machine, allowing me to upgrade one IIfx from 32 Mb to 64 Mb. I wouldn't have a clue where to find the 64-pin SIMM's, I think your best bet would be to look around for non-functioning machines or other working machines and strip them for parts, unfortunately most of them were never upgraded to the full 128 Mb, it would have probably cost the same as a luxury saloon car or something at the time. You can often find some fantastic bargains on e-bay, only last week I paid 35 UKP for a powermac G4 and 17 inch studio display advertised as 64 Mb with a 400 MHz CPU; I got this home and it was 1 Gb with a dual 500 MHz CPU, definitely worth looking around!

The SE30 is a fantastic machine, I have many fond memories of this thing and try and use it as often as possible; it's a fantastic machine for LaTeX typesetting using Oztex 4 and easily outputs to both of my networked laser printers.

Edit: Replaced 'xxx7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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Oh well, I was hoping that you'd found remote distributor who still had some stock. Ebay is my current stomping ground for Mac upgrades. There was a fellow in Germany selling a maxxed out IIfx a while back. It came with a Radius Rocket, 128MB RAM as well an Apple 24•GC card. He also wanted €300 for it. That and the overseas shipping proved to be a bit too much.

I'm using 640-MB MO disks and RAM-disks for everyday work. i'm still trying to work out how I can get an 18GB 80-pin SCSI drive to be recognised in my mac. I have the relevant adaptor but I just have to figure out the magic of the jumpers.

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Usually the SCSI ID of those 80 pin SCA drives was set by the bus of the computer itself, the adaptor should have a set of jumpers that you can bridge to set the ID, use 0 or 1 and you should be in business. If you are trying to use it with anything less than 8.1 you may run into a problem; if you are on a IIfx you will be limited to Mac OS 7.6 which only supported HFS, not HFS+, and will be limited to 2 Gb drives. Furthermore, unless it was originally an apple disk it will not have an apple ROM and will not be recognised by disk utility or apple SCHD setup. There are workarounds; the best thing to do would be to get hold of a copy of HDSC setup for AUX which you can get from one of the apple software restore or utilities CD's mirrored on this site. HDSC setup for AUX was not limited by the ROM on the drive and will format almost anything that spins, you will still be limited by the 2 Gb size limit of the 16 bit filesystem if you are on Mac OS 7.6 or earlier though, it will initialize the disk but you will be stuck at 2 Gb. It's a good idea using SCA drives though, they are cheap, usually fast and you can get very reliable small 2 Gb ones that were shipped with SGI O2's for almost nothing on Ebay these days, they make great drives for older macs where 50 pin drives are now getting quite scarce it seems.

Edit: Replaced 'xxx7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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an iMac G3 and a Powerbook Duo 280c

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I have multiple. Right now a purple G3 iMac 333MHz. Also a Powerbook G4 Titanium 500 MHz. I used to run some applications via Classic on a 1.25GHz Powerbook G4 but have since installed OSX 10.5 on it. I also have a Powerbook 520 in a box which I might dig out later. Also a G3 Pismo Powerbook but unfortunately it has a weird problem which I *think* is related to overheating, so I bought some new thermal paste but I haven't had time to apply it yet.

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@Temporary Joe once mused:

For my Mac Garden downloads, I use an iMac DV SE (Summer 2000) running Mac OS 9.2.2. - ... It has no Internet and no working internal optical drive. The monitor also gives off bright flashes occasionally...

I've just acquired from an "op-shop" a Summer 2001 500MHz iMac. It cost me a whole NZ$5 so I couldn't resist taking it home Wink - Like yours, the slot loading CD drive is not working and the monitor gives occasional flashes of light. I wonder if this is typical of this generation of iMac? Despite this, it runs really well, so I'm having a lot of fun with it right now.

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I recently added a snow leo machine to my collection. It is the fastest host for SheepShaver I have got, despite of the fact that it is a E5700 cpu only.

soudesune:
I thought I was the only one, still using 3.5 inch 640MB MO drives. If you should run out of media,
I think I still have some untouched Sony OW´s. I am also keeping a heap of used 40MB Syquest cartridges from the days of my MacII, whatever it may be good for.

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@24bit: I may yet be in touch about your MO-media. I have so little time at the moment and a recently acquired Civ 1 addiction hasn't helped matters. Thanks for your reply nonetheless.

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hehe, I've still got a ton of MO disks... all in 128mb and 230mb size, though, if I recall correctly. Or was it 320mb? Nah, I don't think it was that much...

Anyway, I just picked up an LC 475 and SE/30 last weekend so I've been getting those guys set up. The SE/30 is a seriously awesome machine! I don't know why I didn't pick one up earlier. I love the design and the small screen does not feel too small at all. Such a cool computer Smile

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I'd love a SE/30 too. Someday...

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I once owned an SE/30... Crying
Moral of the story. Never install RAM not known to work in this wee beast...

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I had an SE/30 for all of 1 day about 10 years ago. I bought it on eBay, and it arrived DOA. Sent it back, got a refund, and gave up on that. That's right about when I got my Quadra 950, also an eBay buy, still running to this day.

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First I used a 5500 to play all the good old stuff, but last year I replaced it with a Twentieth Anniversary Mac with a 500MHz G3. To me, this is the perfect retro playstation Smile

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I have a PowerBook 540c which I noticed recently, to my pleasant surprise, to still be in working condition (though it needs a new clock battery). Any suggestions on finding one of those PPC upgrade chips...? Wink

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My iMac G3 400mhz DV. It boots Os 9 and OSX 10.4.11. I love the little machine. Got it at a flea market for $5, on my birthday too! All the original parts are in it too. All working perfectly. My favorite computer by far! Bought an SE with a 20 meg drive on eBay a couple of days ago. Can't wait to see what I can run on that!

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This is excellent news. I still kept hold of my spare (fully operational) DA 466 just in case you changed your mind on the offer of its PSU. Office had a clearout of one floor recently, so, nothing exciting, I managed to salvage 4x 40GB IDE drives and a stack of PC133 and DDR 2700 RAM, mostly 512MB sticks. Useless to anyone else, but ideal for my DA's. Also got a slim-line Asus with XP to stop my MP being used for BootCamp.

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Hi bertyboy, I think I'd decided to go the way of the ATX power adapter back when you offered me your PSU. It took the QS to die before I finally got around to attempting it. RAMs always good to have at hand and even 40GB drives can be useful at times. I do love office clearouts - and street cleanups, junk shops & auctions. Now if only I could visit themacmeister's tip in Tasmania Smile

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I run PPC X on my B&W G3 500, PPC 9 on my WS G3 300, PPC 7.6 on my 5300ce, 68k 7.5 on my Duo 270c, and 68k 6 on my 32mb SE/30.

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I'm trying to get used to my B&W PWG3.

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Just recently gave away my G3 iBook, to concentrate on my original "sunflower" G4 iMac (700MHz) Smile

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I actually use 3 computers. My IIsi running OS 7.0.1 and 6.0.8, a PowerPC 6214CD running 8.5 and a iBook Clamshell (Lime) running 9.2. It's kind of neat to see the same program operate on all three OS’s sometimes.

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For MikeTomTom,

Well my DA dual 533 PSU croaked some time in the last month, just wouldn't start. I'm sure some little hands (and maybe feet) contributed to the cause. So my old DA466 has been cannibalised. PSU into my DA533, salvaged the RAM, HDD, optical drive. Dead PSU to recycling and the DA466 case is now my sons (cool) bed side table.

If anyone needs stuff from the guts of a working DA466 (except the PSU) please ask.

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ps. There's a spate of QS macs on sale here, do you need a PSU for that ?

pps. There's also two more X-Serve's (dual 1.33GHz G4) for a good price, tempted but my wife would leave me.

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Bertyboy; Your missus is a saint. So I don't blame you for not pushing yer luck Laughing out loud

Good to hear you were able to resurrect the dead 533 DA. I wasn't so fortunate... my attempts at ATX conversions for this one also died an early death... (caught fire) ouch.

Why do I get the feeling Dual QS's and Dual DA's had underpowered PSU's? Maybe its because I've now owned half a dozen and four out of six have died because of PSU failure Sad

I currently have 1 QS, a single core 800 Mz and ditto for my dad-in-law. Both are the only remaining G4 towers in good working order (touch wood, esp. re: dad), in my collective maintenance sphere...

Lately my "beige G4", a CPU upgraded beige G3 does the bulk of any native "Classic" software running for me. - It has a nice old 350w ATX PSU, and now lives in an excellent no-name ATX case. Beige G3's being the only Mac ever to be so easily adaptable (without need for any hackery/mods and un-toward "burn-outs").

I wish it didn't have the G4 upgrade tho'. Its a Sonnet G4 400MHz chip and its really fussy as to the OS it will run - 9.0.4 - anything else and it just croaks. The upgrade isn't mine, I bought the upgraded G3 on ebay a couple of years back for $20 or so. The ATX upgrade to it is mine tho'. I suppose I should try some more recent Sonnet drivers and see if I can get 9.1 (at least) on it without it going belly-up...

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I wish it didn't have the G4 upgrade tho'. Its a Sonnet G4 400MHz chip and its really fussy as to the OS it will run - 9.0.4 - anything else and it just croaks. The upgrade isn't mine, I bought the upgraded G3 on ebay a couple of years back...

My on-going "beige G4" saga...
Thought that I'd re-visit the OS upgrade route. Installed OS 9.1... got random hangs, simply altering memory allocations into an application's Memory dialog. Upgraded to 9.2.1... memory dialog issues went away, now it randomly hangs reading any SimpleText "ReadMe" document. Upgraded to 9.2.2... Now hangs at random moments in any application... sigh.

I'm actively seeking (an Apple distributed "stock-standard") G3 zif cpu for my beige Mac.

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Ah, didn't know your poor dualie was gone, I always kept a hold of the spare DA incase you changed your mind, and for other spare parts.

I shall take note about the underpowered PSU, I have 3 HDDs, CD, Zip and all 4 PCI slots full + AGP Graphics. Next time I open it up I'll remove the HDDs and cards I don't need. Storing cards inside the Mac has always been my preferred long term storage solution - my sons new DA-styled bed side table even has all my old 20GB / 30GB HDDs in the base for ballast. Having underpowered PSUs would explain why the MDD dualie PSU was so large, 400W, with it's associated noisy fans.

Despite the pain of being stuck with OS9.0.4, that's a great deal on the "beige G4", I turned down the chance of one for sale here, with a Sonnet 1.42GHz G4 upgrade, think they wanted $200. It sold so I was suprised.

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I do like your innovative bedside table and disk drive storage solution Smile

Thanks bertyboy. It was always going to be awkward with me mostly in Australia. I really did like my G4 duals too, but the way their PSUs died suddenly was not good. I have a Centris 660av that still has its original PSU and its still going strong. Its 20th year birthday is on the 29th of next month according to everymac.com

I had to check my auction records - My "beige G4" set me back $22 & 20c - and I got to pick it up myself. It was one of those rare occasions where I was the only bidder.

I wonder how it would go with a faster G4 in there? 1.42GHz and can read/write floppy disks. Woo Hoo Wink I'm not seriously considering it tho'. I'm considering instead another (300 - 333MHz) beige G3 for spares, using its CPU and ditching the Sonnet. Speed, AltiVec or OS X is something I'm not requiring in the beige.

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Have slowly migrated from Mac to Mac, starting with an G3 iBook SE 466MHz, to a G3 iMac DV 400MHz. Had a few G4s (Powerbook, eMac and Mini) but the lack of OS9 boot was simply uncivilized.

So finished with a great Catch-All - G4 MDD Dual 1.42MHz (was a SP 1.25MHz - Boots OS9, but then just add the DP 1.42 and it works GREAT - You should see Quicktime Pro, Cinema 4D and Photoshop and other Multi-Processor Classic programs run in style). Pretty competitive with a G5 or other modern DP Linux/PC box for most current OSX stuff. The Geforce Ti 4600 is STILL a great videocard. Runs Open Arena/Cube/World of Padman faster than all my friend's x86 systems AND still makes Laura Croft look like a million bucks in OS9!!

Highly recommend one of these to anybody who wants to still do modern stuff but have a good, solid foot in the past. Just remember classic mode is BAD for both OSX and OS9. Much better to have separate partitions/discs for each. Oh, and Leopard sucks donkey-balls. 10.4.11 and 9.2.2 are all any rational being needs to be happy ;0)

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My 2x1Ghz Quicksilver 2002 died of heat, so I've gotten the B&W G3 w/ XLR8 600Mhz G4, ATI Radeon 9200 PCI mac edition, Sonnet ATA/133, and firewire 800/400 and USB 2 cards out of storage again.

Swapped the expired PRAM battery for the Quicksilver's. Pulled the Firmtek SATA card and two SATA drives from the Quicksilver, set up a 20GB Raid 1 for booting OS 9.2.2 and a 440GB Raid 0 for apps and data. Got a DVI-HDMI adapter and connected it to a USB-HDMI KVM to share monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers with my 2010 mini (8 GB RAM, OS 10.6, 750GB Seagate Momentus XT -- and let me say that hybrid drive is just as good as an SSD for most things, most of the time, although the upgrade was a little scary. It would be easy to break the motherboard in the step where you pull it out with two screwdrivers through two holes.)

Discovered Mouseware stopped recognizing the mouse through the KVM so I installed USB Overdrive.

Not quite as nice as the Quicksilver, but will run everything I want to just fine, except for Warcraft III, which the mini runs better than the Quicksilver anyway.

Actually, it runs one thing better than the Quicksilver in OS 9: Master of Orion II. Master of Orion II needs ATI graphics hardware, and my Quicksilver has(had) an NVidia GeForce4 MX (MOO II will run o.k. though in OS X Classic mode on a Quicksilver with NVidia graphics.)

And the B&W isn't nearly as loud. I do not miss the QS noise.

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Dang Mike, you should have told me sooner. I had two 750's from dead machines, with MASSIVE heatsinks, from 7300 & 7200. May not have been the speed you were looking for, but then again? One was 180MHz.

Sad They are gone now...

PS. These were the large slot-loading heatsinks, so probably not ZIF daughterboards Laughing out loud

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I could never guess at just what you're going to find on your way home, TMM. So if you happen to stumble across a wrecked Beige G3 or B/W G3, keep me in mind Wink

I'm specifically wanting a G3 Zif socket CPU, preferably 300 MHz or faster. It can come from either a beige or a B/W G3 as they're compatible.

Say, if anyone wants a Macintosh Color Classic, boxed and in MINT condition (looks brand new), with all of its original keyboard, mouse, software, etc, there's one for auction on ebay right now. Caveat: the auction is in Perth Western Australia and its "pick up only". It looks gorgeous, ebay au in the Vintage section.

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Just picked up Mac 18 or 19, a PowerBook G3 Series 266MHz. Came with everything, 320MB RAM, a ton of software (installed and on discs), Macally cardbus USB card, DB15-VGA adapter, VGA-DB15 adapter, exchangeable floppy bay, 12G disk, ADB cables and mice, old Apple laptop bag, what looks like an HDMI-VGA adapter. Screen is still bright and clear. Clearout in my office, I mayhave to pay them $20 for it tho'.
Watching an Xserve G5 on TradeMe, only $100 now, finishes on Thursday. I think I'll stop at 20 Macs.

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Very very nice score, bertyboy. Is that one of the 1st G3 PB's? The one still with SCSI and ADB? Sounds like its the one with L2 cache too (not a road apple).

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Hi MTT, it's a PDQ, the ones between the WallStreet and the Lombard. When I first saw it, thought it was a Lombard - like the one I used to own - but it's a LOT thicker. Still good for OS9, maybe a 2nd partition with OS8.6. I'm gutted that I ditched my old 20GB and 100GB PB drives before I emigrated, they would have been a free major upgrade.

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Oooh very nice. I am extremely envious now, you must realise <-- note the UK spelling Wink
So true about the xGB PB drives, bertyboy.

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I use:
1: Performa 6400/200 (takes more RAM than the PM 6400 series Smile ) with a 6GB ATA/IDE HDD, the original CD-ROM, 136MB RAM, and no network card (so it is stuck offline).

2: Macintosh Plus 4MB, 1 external floppy, and a 20MB HDD, and a home made Keyboard (People seem to charge more for a Macintosh m0110A KB than an entire Macintosh Plus is worth now [the cheapest I have seen is $20 and it only costs $5 to make a compatible Keyboard]) .

3: Apple IIgs ROM 1, with 1.25MB RAM, 1 External 800KB Floppy.

I use the Macintosh Plus the most out of the Macs, and the IIgs about as much. I am stuck using a PC/Trash computer for internet Sad. I have a G4 Quicksilver 2002 that has a dead power supply, though I do not like PowerPC Macs, I strongly prefer 68k Macintosh Computers that correctly support 24-bit addressing.

I want to get a color 68020/68030 Macintosh that will run the earlier SSW versions.

I also Want to get a SCSI Card, ZIP 12MHZ accelerator, an Ethernet adapter, and a few other addons for my IIgs.

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Joined: 2009 Jun 1

Power Mac G3 (Beige minitower 266 MHz)

And working on:

  • Power Mac G4 (Quicksilver 2002 800 MHz)
  • SE/30

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Well so far Mac Garden files have been run, decompressed on, tested on:

A Mac Plus, Mac SE/FDHD, Mac SE/30, MacIIsi, Quadra660av, Powerbook Duo 280c w/duo dock, Powermac 6100/60, PowerMac 7500/100, Powerbook Wallstreet, iBook G4 12" 1.33, and a recent powerbook 1400cs that a friend gave me for free.

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I'll disgust Balrog by confessing I've wantonly trashed three Macs so far: an LC475, an 8100AV and a G3 MT 266. If I'd known about this site...
Current lineup is all PBs. The most recent was a G4 1GHz Tibook, which I use for banking. I really wanted to do audio on it but the fans are too annoying - they start as soon as you ask it to do a slice of toast or post a letter, anything. My favourite is a PDQ like Bertyboy's. It's a 300MHz and has been unknown to turn a fan armature except on switchon (I believe this is because it's got no battery fitted.) With a recently fitted cheap-n-cheerful SSD it offers completely silent computing: nirvana for me. The remaining machine is a quite pleasant Pismo. Were it not for the fact that you have to use an i-Mate to run my audio program, this would be my main man.
I'm also a fan of Wacom tablets. I treated myself to an Intuos 2 for the G4, but I still prefer the old ArtPad, which is the perfect in-your-lap controller.
So the Garden stuff runs on the PDQ under 9.2.
Oh, I forgot to mention a Mini that I bought from my son. I've never installed it, though: I just can't muster any enthusiasm for OS X in any of its forms.
Thanks to everyone who's contributed to stocking this site with such marvellous stuff. Long may it run!