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  1. PB145B

    Macintosh Performa 5200CD

    Man, I’d kill for one of those! Always loved the look of that particular AIO style.
  2. I agree! I’ve seen so many people say to use acetone to fix broken ABS, but I tried it on some junk PowerBook plastics once with disastrous results.
  3. PB145B

    You can never have too many storage options...

    Very cool! I will +1 for the Syquest; that’s my favorite (most reliable) removable storage I have found for Macs so far. I do like Zip too, but as we all know, they can be iffy. I remember a couple of years ago, I had two Zip drives fail in two different PCs in the same week. I’ve had better luck with the external units so far. I’d like to have a Bernoulli drive for my IBM PCs and XTs. They are pretty hard to find unfortunately.
  4. If it feels fine, I would agree that leaving it alone is probably the best bet. But, if the hinges are actually stiffer than they should be, that can be a real issue. I’ve had several laptops with stiff hinges that I decided to leave alone, and inevitably, it started to crack the plastic. Now when I get a laptop in good shape with stiff hinges, it gets pulled apart and fixed immediately. Not worth the risk of destroying the hinge mounts. I’ve found that on the “sealed” hinges, spraying liquid-wrench on the and then following that with some regular oil loosens them up pretty well.
  5. PB145B

    G3 Pismo Dead in the water; Ideas?

    Did that fix it?
  6. 8MB really isn’t anything too special for an SE/30. Most seem to prefer at least 16MB. The ehternet card on the other hand is a very good selling point.
  7. PB145B

    G3 Pismo Dead in the water; Ideas?

    The Pismo will not start with a completely flat PRAM battery. Unplug it and I bet it’ll come right to life. I had the exact same issue with my Pismo when I first got it.
  8. Nice find! Keep in mind that the Xceed is for the SE/30, and won’t work in an SE. Unless there’s some older model I don’t know about that you’re after?
  9. PB145B

    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    I absolutely love my 190cs. It’s one of my favorite PowerBooks. I still need to install the NOS display housing I bought for it. As Trash said above, having an IDE hard drive and PCMCIA is quite nice. I actually still run the stock 500MB IBM drive in mine because it’s big enough, and I like the sound it makes. I’d actually like to have one of the black and white models too.
  10. PB145B

    Found some Lisa diskettes

    Exactly. People weren’t thinking about “collectibility” with these in 1984. They were thinking about reliability and functionality.
  11. PB145B

    Powerbook 145b

    I see you all are takin’ about me! Back to seriousness: have you tried unplugging the hard drive? I’ve seen times where a corrupted hard drive could cause a sad Mac (happened on my 145B).
  12. PB145B

    Apple Set Top Box

    Wow, this is cool stuff! I’ve always been intrigued by these things.
  13. PB145B

    ABD Keyboard and Mouse Options?

    Also to add, I haven’t had this thing since new. I’m far too young to have had a machine like this when new
  14. PB145B

    ABD Keyboard and Mouse Options?

    The one I posted a pic of is the stock SE keyboard. It’s the “Apple Keyboard” model M0116. According to MacTracker, it was introduced in March of 1987. Mine came with my SE FDHD which I believe is from ‘88 or ‘89.
  15. PB145B

    ABD Keyboard and Mouse Options?

    I actually think that this one look the best with the SE/30: Obviously, it’s from the same era, but to me it most certainly matches it the best. It is what I usually use with mine. All boils down to personal preference though.