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My 3lectr1cal Conquests!

3lectr1cPPC

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I saw that @joshc combined all his conquest threads (now lost in the "The Great 68krash of 2021") into one new thread for anyone who may have missed them due to the crash. Since I had a couple, I might as well combine them here, along with a new one that doesn't deserve its own thread due to being intel-related (off-topic: does anyone else think we should make new categories for early intel macs now that Apple is transitioning to the M1?)

To start, in late march I purchased an untested PowerBook 5300ce ($6,800 in '95!) for ~$80 on OfferUp. The guy selling said it worked, but he couldn't find the charger. (AKA, untested, as is). Luckily, it arrived and actually worked! The hard drive however, was very sad. I replaced it with an old drive out of an iBook and one day of frustrating install problems later, I got Mac OS 7.6 to install off of around 16 floppies that I kept rewriting. Overall, it's in very nice condition and works perfectly from what I've been able to test. Oh, and it also turned out to have maximum RAM!
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Next, I found a $9 iMac G3 Graphite on OfferUp locally. As I was on the way to pick it up, I was already thinking about what a good conquest thread it would make, but when I got there, I left with far more than just the iMac. (Which turned out to be a 400MHZ G3 DV SE) Here's a list:
- The iMac
- An apple studio display flat panel with the stand broken off and missing. It works but has some screen blotches due to liquid damage. Oh, it's also extremely, disgustingly filthy. I took the back cover off to clean (most of the gunk was BEHIND the cover), but it's just been sitting partially cleaned like this for a month now as I've been busy with other projects.
- 3 desktops. 2 are Pentium 4 boxes, and the other is a celeron powered vista machine. None of them work, but all of them have given at least one useful part.
- A disgusting apple pro keyboard (the white version, although now it's more of the increasingly common aftermarket yellow version). It works fine, and I'm planning on completely restoring it. It's missing the escape key, but oh well.
- Various cables, parts and accessories, the best of which is a super cool USB trackball that I've been using with the iMacs (I have another G3, a blueberry!). It works great.
This is a bit of a simplification, as the old thread on this was much longer. Here are some images:
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Finally, a much more recent conquest: 2 Free early Intel MacBooks!
Both are special for one reason or another. The first is an Early 2006 MacBook Pro! This was the first one, and was absolutely LOADED in the BTO (Build to order) stage back in the day. Here are its specs (never upgraded until I got to it)
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
2GB of DDR2 SDRAM
100GB 7200 Hard Drive
ATI Radeon X1600 Graphics
I've since added a 120GB SSD and a new battery from iFixit that it shares with my early 2008 MBP. While I was in there installing the SSD I also redid the thermal paste. That combined with Macs Fan Control keeps this guy nice and cool. I've chosen to install Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, which is sadly the newest OS this MacBook can run. Also, the keyboard backlight randomly died on me one day for no reason. Who knows why, it's pretty old at this point...

The second MacBook is an Early 2008 MacBook. It's got a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM, and a 250GB HDD. It was running Leopard when I first got it, but I've since clean-installed a copy of OS X 10.7 Lion, the newest this MB can run. It's really a shame how heavily Apple screwed everyone who bought one of these, discontinuing support just 4 years after it came out, with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2012. I know MacPostFactor exists, but I've never been able to get it to work. (XPostFacto gets the win here for best unsupported mac tool with that style of name for sure). It's also in great condition, with no cracking palmrest plastic. This one is special because it was the last MacBook to come in black! And yes, this is the black one. It's just a real shame it can't run a newer OS than my Late 2006 black MacBook that I already had.

I'll edit this post with photos of the new macs tomorrow.

That's all I've got for now. Unless I get something BIG, from now on new conquests will be added in a reply to this thread instead of a new one.
 

3lectr1cPPC

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Yesterday I got a new laptop to add to my fleet: A PowerBook G4 Titanium! This is very exciting for me as I've actively had this one at the top of my list for a year now. I stumbled across it on OfferUp being listed for only $50! What's even better, it appeared to be in nearly mint condition...

It seemed to be listed as untested. The description read something like this:
"Apple PowerBook G4 laptop. Good for parts or a project. No charger."
After messaging the seller I found this was quite wrong, and in fact it did work. The seller said it was a retired college laptop, and that it had been wiped, and he reiterated that it did not come with a charger. No problem though, as I have a compatible one. I bought it for only $45 and with shipping and tax it ended up being around $57. I asked for the model number, and I identified it as the 2nd revision Gigabit ethernet model.

When it arrived, I tested it out and it booted to the flashing question mark. I popped a Tiger DVD and no hard drive was recognized. I opened it up to install a spare, but found that not only was there no hard drive, but whatever person removed the hard drive also took the caddy AND CABLE out with it. Well, I'm going to have to order one of those now...

In the meantime, I've got it running off of FireWire with the assistance of my iBook G4 running in Target Disk Mode. It runs great, although it does get very hot and it clearly needs to have its thermal paste replaced. All the usual trouble spots are worry free. The hinge is very strong, and the speakers work perfectly. The keyboard has absolutely no wear as well! Besides a couple scratches and tiny chips in the paint, it's pretty much perfect.

The battery also works, and only has 30 charge cycles! Clearly this TiBook was barely used. Still, as expected, the working battery only lasts around 30 minutes on a charge and Coconutbattery currently shows 57% health.

So far I've tested:
Both USB ports
FireWire
The PC Card slot
the headphone jack
and all work! I couldn't be happier. I'll attach images in a little while, I'm currently typing this ON the PowerBook so it would be a little tricky to attach images on such an old computer.

It also has the 667MHz G4, and 512MB of RAM!
 

Byrd

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Looks great - one that has good hinges and no flaking paint is a keeper - must have had an easy life.
 

3lectr1cPPC

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Yeah, it's in pretty good shape! The hinge feels strong, maybe too strong. It has some minor paint wear but it's overall pretty nice. I'm still waiting on a HDD cable that's shipping from the UK.

The main topic of this post is a new computer - an iMac G5! Best part, it was FREE!
It's the 20 inch light sensor model (PowerMac 8,2) and it works great! I got it with the original box, keyboard, and mouse and it was running Tiger. I reinstalled a clean install of Tiger anyway. I'm going to wait on Leopard for now until i upgrade the RAM. It's only got the stock 512MB. It's a very good performer on Tiger though, and the speaker quality is amazing. Even better than my eMac! Even the clock battery still works!

The display quality is also very nice, and it runs pretty quiet too for a G5. I took the cover off, and all the caps look good too. I know that these can have some issues due to the great 2000s capacitor plague. I've got probably 5 Pentium 4 desktops that all appear to be dead due to leaking caps, and another is on its way out.

This is my first flat panel iMac, and I can see the appeal of them now. They're pretty cool machines!

Here are some images:
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3lectr1cPPC

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I just got a huge haul a few days ago...
Not a lot of it is Apple stuff, but I thought I'd share it anyway.
This is what happens when your community has a garage sale...

  1. Dell Inspiron N4110 Laptop (Free) - Dead hard drive, otherwise working fine. It has a 1st party extended battery which is at around 60000/80000 capacity.
  2. IBM PS/Note 425 laptop (Free) - It's dead, but hopefully it will be a fun repair project once I figure out what's wrong with it. Most of these have dead screens due to caps, but mine doesn't POST at all.
  3. IBM ThinkPad 385XD (Free) - Works fine. It has one of those Energy+ batteries and it holds 2.5 hours of charge!!!
  4. IBM ThinkPad R51e (Free) - Battery was keeping it from starting up. Works fine.
  5. HP Pavilion Desktop (Free) - Don't have the model on hand right now. Athlon II X4, 4GB RAM, Windows 7.
  6. Dell Inspiron Desktop (Free) - Don't have the model right now, it's from around 2016 though. 6th gen i5, 8GB RAM, missing hard drive.
  7. 4TB External HDD ($10) - Brand new, works fine!
  8. 1st gen Apple TV (Free) - Works, I need a remote though
  9. Apple iSight camera (Free) - haven't tested yet, but it seems to be fine. I got it with a 3rd party ring light and stand.
  10. Various FireWire cables (Free) - A couple 1st party FW400 cables, a couple 3rd party FW800 cables and an 800-400 adapter.
So yeah, I think this beats out the $19 haul from a few months ago. I'm not even sure I'll ever top it!
I'll attach images later.
 

Byrd

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Lots of fun in that lot - you've covered 25+ years of x86 computing for $19 well spent :)

I recently built up a Core2Duo 9600GT GPU PCIe based system as a Windows XP beast for a friend. Works great and I'm almost sad to hand it over.
 

3lectr1cPPC

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Yeah, I've been having a lot of fun with that late 90s ThinkPad. It's not my first Windows 98 laptop but it sure is my coolest one. :)
Update on the PS/Note: I managed to get it turned on. Once. It POSTed, showed the normal Error 161 and 163 (Yes, even the screen worked!) but then I moved it slightly and it shut off. I was thinking loose connection, so I tore it down and reseated everything, but no dice. However, after I ran it for a bit in its non-POSTing state, I noticed a fishy smell coming out the back...
Sure enough, bad SMD capacitor on the motherboard. I used the twist method to get it off, and while there was no cap juice around it, there sure was a lot under it. I'm hoping replacing that cap will fix my troubles and get that awesome old laptop running again. I saw another SMD cap in the display, but I gave it a good sniff and smelled no fishy smell, for now at least. I'm hoping it stays good for at least a little bit because it's really small, and I don't want to deal with replacing it. This will be my first surface mount repair (and soldering repair in general, I tried to recap a pentium 4 mobo but all the bad caps were on a huge ground plane and it just wasn't happening), but I have watched a lot of YouTube on how to do it, so I'm confident I know the right steps. Wish me luck!

Also, nice Core 2 Duo system :) May your friend enjoy it for many years to come!
 

3lectr1cPPC

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Update: Just ordered the capacitor from Mouser. I'll let everyone know how it goes when they (i actually ordered 3) actually get here.
 
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