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Should I get this 5260?

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#1 agent_js03

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:53 PM

There is someone in my city who is offering a working Power Macintosh 5260 on craigslist for 25 dollars with keyboard, mouse and original software.


I know this is one of the road apples, as they call them, but I wanted to mention that I have a 6500 motherboard that I had bought for my 6300CD, and if it will fit in there then I might be wanting to get it. So my first question is, will the motherboard fit and work, and my second question is, with the newer motherboard, will I be able to get a screen resolution above 640x480? If not, then I don't want this computer. But I do like the all-in-one form factor so I am tempted.

#2 TheWhiteFalcon

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  • LocationArizona

Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:00 PM

The thing with the Road Apple designation is that it was more relevant in 1998 than in 2017. You're not looking for a good used computer to use on the internet and for production today, so do some performance quirks really matter all that much? 

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#3 mraroid

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  • LocationIbarra Ecuador (formally from Portland Oregon USA)

Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

Wow!  $25.00?  I think the price is right..  Looking at low end Mac, it says you can put up to 64MBs of RAM in it.  It has a IDE hard drive so you could swap that out for a solid state IDE hard drive for $39.00:


https://www.amazon.c...eywords=IDE SSD


But it looks like it will only do 640 X 480.  It is suppose to take OS 7.5.3 to 9.1.  I wonder if you could install 9.2.2 on it??



#4 Trash80toHP_Mini



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:06 PM

How could you pass that up? The mouse and KBD alone are probably worth the asking price. I used one as my VHS movie server until my 20" Radius TPD got fuzzy enough at high resolution that I needed a replacement. Fun "little" machine, I've still got some of the plastics in a storage box.


6500 board swapped in there should run just fine. I used to keep a 15" NEC MultiSync around with thoughts of hacking its Trinitron level quality and high resolution into the 5260. But I never got around to doing anything but size up the parts. 6500 board/G3 and hooking it up to a KVM to use it as a monitor for playing with other Macs was to be the point of that one.

Edited by Trash80toHP_Mini, 11 June 2017 - 10:07 PM.

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#5 unity

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  • LocationGreen Bay, WI

Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:37 PM

I'd get it.

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#6 AlpineRaven

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  • LocationMelbourne Australia

Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:18 PM

The 6500 board will fit but the back plate and double PCI riser card will not fit as its too tall.

One of these macs I would kindly avoid really, unless its a Black Macintosh 5500 series.



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