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Cheapest way to get files from here on to a powerbook 520c under $20

What isthe cheapest way im on a budget

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CF or SD to PCMCIA adapter.

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it has an ethernet port?
https://support.apple.com/kb/sp161?locale=en_AU
use the gardens hotline server

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The PB 500 series had a Superdrive floppy.
I would move files that way, if the floppy drive is still in working condition.
Floppies may be written e.g. with your MBP 5,1 running 10.5 Leopard.
(10.5 was the last Apple OS allowing writing to HFS volumes from user land.)
Large files may be chunked and joined by Stuffit, you may need an emulator to use e.g. Stuffit 3.6 on your MBP, but that can be done in software, not stressing you wallet.

Other than that you may use the SCSI (HDI-30), Ethernet (AAUI-15) or Printer/Modem port.
The proprietary adapters and additional hardware may cost more than you are willing to pay, except for a self soldered null-modem cable.
See here, if you do consider a null-modem:
https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/null-modem

Edit:
As you mentioned your MBP 8,1 in the other thread, you may also use a USB floppy there.
The catch is that you need Terminal and dd to write floppies for the PB500.
https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/writing-hd-floppies-snow-leopard-or-higher
Of course you may also go the null-modem way, given you add a USB to serial adapter to the MBP 8,1.
A Terminal app understanding X,Y, Z-Modem is needed too, PuTTY springs to mind again.

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how would i go the null-modem way also i would like to transfer files such as myst among other huge games to test the cpus power

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also i have a iMac Mid-2007 i can put leopard on but which format exactly

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yeah looking into this sadly enough i feel like i have to go the PPC route...

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As for a null-modem, you will need a COM port on sender and receiver side.
A PB 500 has a serial COM port, but with newer Macs a USB to Serial adapter will be needed, plus a null-modem adapter, depending on the cable.
Once you have an app talking Z-Term for file transfer on both sides, you can move files of any size as long as they are in a .sit container to protect the Mac resource fork.

The version of Leopard does not matter for writing files to HFS floppy.
Tiger and Leopard for Intel X86 both have the ability to write HFS volumes.
If you have a way to run Windows XP for example, writing HFS HD floppies is even easier, but as said above, you may always use dd with newer OSX to write HFS floppies on a USB floppy drive.

Great efforts were made in the past to achieve Mac compatibility on Windows XP and earlier.
HFV Explorer does handle Mac floppies, Basilisk II, Build 142 emulates a full featured 68k Mac with floppy, serial ports, SCSI and whatnot.
Emaculation.com has the details.

Best look into emulation of vintage Macs with MiniVMac, Basilisk II, SheepShaver and QemuPPC before handing out money for collectibles. The software is free. Wink

On a side note, m68k is located in Europe too, so the same shipping woes we discussed elsewhere apply to him too. Sad

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what kind of of serial to usb adapter though

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do you think you could find some listing for me i have looked into this and i cant find what youre talking about

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Yes, I´ll have a look. There are plenty.
This is looking good to me. Maybe others have suggestions too?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/StarTech-USB-Serial-RS232-Adapter-DB9-DCE-Cable...
Problem is, you will have to solder a D-Sub9 Female to Mini DIN 8 adapter yourself.
The pin-out is here. https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/null-modem

Meanwhile, if you can afford it, this little gadget would let you connect to a ethernet network, at least electrically. Some FTP connection should always be possible, methinks.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-Farallon-AAUI-adapter-cable-converts-...

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do you know of any listings of a pcmcia module for the powerbook 520c

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CF to PCMCIA https://www.ebay.com/itm/Compact-Flash-CF-to-PC-Card-PCMCIA-Adapter-Card... $2-$4 is a typical price. You just have to budget for a CF card or adapter (see below)

SD to CF adapter: https://www.ebay.com/itm/WiFi-SDHC-SDXC-for-SD-To-CF-Type-1-Compact-Flas...

About $10 is the norm. You can get dual microSD to CF adapters but I can't guarantee that all of those will work. I would stick to the simplest sort. These are just the first two I found on eBay to show you what to look for. Have a hunt around for the best sellers/cheapest price. You might find what you need locally as well.

Stick to older lower capacity SD or CF cards. You would be less likely to hit compatibility issues.

Once partitioned or formatted, your PowerBook will just see the card as a removable volume. You can install to or boot from it.

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does anyone know how trustworthy these batteries are for the powerbook 500 series http://www.power-supplier.co.uk/laptop-battery/207/APPLE/Powerbook%20540...

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I would dig up a SCSI CD and just burn CDs.

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FTP
As a Powerbook 540 owner, I have found it easiest using a Farallon AAUI adapter and setting some sort of FTP between it and another Ethernet-ready mac. I have an iBook G4 that I use, but have also used a 2009 MacBook Pro running 10.6, you'll just need to turn on FTP from the Sharing preference pane. (Later versions of OSX/macOS don't allow FTP). And as long as you're running 7.5 or 8.1 on the PB, you should be able to type in the IP address of the Mac you're using as a bridge from within the Chooser, at which point you can access it via Fetch with the username and password of the host.

CDs
The CD route is a good one. If you're running 7.5 you'll already have CD ROM drivers installed, just need to get an AppleCD or similar. (I have an AppleCD 600). If you go this route, try to burn to CD-R instead of CD-RW.

Zip 100
There's the ZipDrive route, but I have found this to be extremely frustrating, as newer Macs don't seem to like USB Zip 100 Drives very much, although that may just be my experience.

Floppies
For small files, floppy is definitely the way to go. SSW 7.5 will have PC Exchange installed already, in which case you'll be able to mount and read/write from/to PC formatted diskettes, which will have to be the way to go UNLESS you have Mac OS 8.1 installed, in which case you can use HFS+ diskettes instead and not worry about PC formatting. (HFS disks can't be written to on modern Macs, and can't even be read now with Catalina apparently). Regardless of format, make sure to use 1.4MB High Density disks as USB floppy drives don't read/write from/to lower density disks.

The Internet
If you get the Farallon AAUI connector, you should be able to plug your Powerbook into your router directly. If you are running SSW 7.5 or 8.1, make sure that TCP/IP is set to Automatic, and you should be connected (It is possible to connect with MacTCP or Open Transport with SSW 7.1, but is more involved). Once connected, you can use a browser to navigate someplace safe like the Macintosh Garden and still get reasonable download speeds, although navigating is a little iffy. (The site will eventually be upgraded to work more nicely with period machines.)