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I’ve decided to start a single thread for all of my conquests, so stay tuned! You never know what I might dig up :) 

 

Today I scored a sad looking iMac 17” late 2006 CD (AKA the 5,2 or the “educational model”) for $4. This is the one with a CD/RW/DVD-ROM drive, no Bluetooth (the logic board has no previsions for it either), a 1.83GHz core 2 duo and intel GMA 950 integrated graphics! I was very excited when I found out that this machine used integrated graphics! Why are integrated graphics better than the dedicated ones? Because they are reliable! The ATi X1600 GPU in the other 2006 models are very failure prone. 

 

As I said above though, this machine is in pretty bad shape. It has many scuffs, scratches and dings on the case and a cracked screen (see pics below). I think it’ll look a lot better after a good cleaning, though. The machine seems fully functional. It has 10.7.3 on it, which I’ll be updating to 10.7.5 soon. 10.7 is one of my personal favorites BTW. I’ve just always loved that version.

 

I’m going to be replacing the screen eventually (which isn’t terribly fun on these IMO, but it’s doable). Might upgrade the optical drive too. 

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That looks a lot like some sort of insect with a very long tail.

 

It's actually kinda neat!

 

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3 minutes ago, CC_333 said:

That looks a lot like some sort of insect with a very long tail.

 

It's actually kinda neat!

 

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Are you talking about the crack in the screen?

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In case you're not already aware, you can get an adapter board from realmacmods that allows use of a non-Apple replacement panel in your 17" iMac, including a higher resolution 1680x1050 or 1920x1200 panel.  I bought a kit that included plastic mounting rails/adapters from them.  I sourced a used a 17" 1920x1200 matte panel from an Alienware laptop on eBay.  I like the extra real estate, and it was way less expensive than finding a working Apple replacement part at the time.  My late-2006 Core 2 Duo 17" machine dual boots 10.7.5 and Debian nicely.  I'm fortunate not to have too many X1600-related problems after reapplying thermal compound.  I expect the GMA 950 would be even easier to configure in Linux than the X1600.

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2 minutes ago, rsolberg said:

 

In case you're not already aware, you can get an adapter board from realmacmods that allows use of a non-Apple replacement panel in your 17" iMac

 

I’ve heard about these. About how much do they cost?

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Found something I have been after for a long time today! A 486 Packard Bell! This particular one is a PB660CD with a 75MHz 486 DX4. I know some people hate Packard Bells, but all of mine have been very good to me and I love them. 

 

This machine is in decent condition, but it’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. It’s also missing the grey, cosmetic plastic piece on the left side, but that’s not a big deal to me. It also had the original keyboard and monitor with it and while I did get the keyboard, the monitor was completely destroyed, so I had to leave it. :( It had many cracks on it and the picture tube had broken off of it’s mounts inside. It was also so yellowed it was almost brown! I believe that had something to do with why it was so brittle.

 

The keyboard is also very badly yellowed. I’m tempted to try some retrobrite but I’m afraid it might ruin the Packard Bell sticker on it. And I don’t think there would be any way to remove the sticker without destroying it either. 

 

The computer itself actually isn’t too badly yellowed, so I’m just going to let it be. It also POSTs too, so that’s a great start. It had a 3.2GB hard drive in it, but I have already removed it as it’s not the original drive. I’m going to put a more proper drive (in the 1GB range or less) in it and build it up with Dos and Windows 3.11, which is what it shipped with originally. I may even be able to find a Windows 3.1 era Packard Bell master CD image that will work on it.

 

This machine needs a hell of a cleaning too. I’ll post some more pics after that’s done.

 

I also found it quite amusing that the keyboard didn’t get any yellowing behind the keys. Never seen that on a keyboard before.

 

BTW I’ve only got $4 in this entire machine!

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You know, that's rather similar to my Pavilion 5040! I wonder if Packard Bell used the same/similar chassis?

 

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I found this a few days ago.

 

This is a copy of Windows 3.1 on high density 5.25” disks. You don’t see this too often. The box is not in very good shape, but all 7 disks are present. 

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Man, that's one filthy Packard Bell! I've been looking for a desktop PB of that era though (especially a late 486 like yours) to go with my PMMX Packard Bell tower. People on eBay want way too damn much though!

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5 hours ago, itsvince725 said:

Man, that's one filthy Packard Bell! I've been looking for a desktop PB of that era though (especially a late 486 like yours) to go with my PMMX Packard Bell tower. People on eBay want way too damn much though!

Yeah it was pretty dirty. But it’s looking a lot better now! I’ll get some more pics of it later. 

 

And yeah, I agree with you about those eBay prices!

 

Edit: BTW this is actually my 4th Packard Bell. My other three are a Legend 3550, Legend 2440 and a Multimedia C110 (all Pentium 1 machines).

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9 minutes ago, itsvince725 said:

I can guess that at least one of those is a Pentium 75 or a Pentium 90!

The Legend 2440 is a Pentium 75 :) 

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Whoa. This touches so many memories. I remember when I was a kid, I would browse around Wally World with my brother in the electronics dept. and drool at all the computers lined up there, and the PBs they had on display demoing Doom! 3D blew my mind. System looked like yours, but I would have no idea what model; that, and there was a minitower version on display. And the computer section on the JCPenny catalogs! What a trip through memory lane. 

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2 minutes ago, Charadis said:

Whoa. This touches so many memories. I remember when I was a kid, I would browse around Wally World with my brother in the electronics dept. and drool at all the computers lined up there, and the PBs they had on display demoing Doom! 3D blew my mind. System looked like yours, but I would have no idea what model; that, and there was a minitower version on display. And the computer section on the JCPenny catalogs! What a trip through memory lane. 

Glad this brought back some good memories for you! :)

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On ‎6‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 12:00 AM, PB145B said:

I know some people hate Packard Bells, but all of mine have been very good to me and I love them. 

Packard Bells weren't too bad as far as name brand PCs went in the early 90s, at least until they got busted putting used parts in machines that were marked as new.  This was also around the time their quality started to go downhill (mid-late 90s I want to say).  All that being said, I've seen some that were rock solid reliable and I've seen others that could be outdone by a custom built PC using a PCChips motherboard.  For $4 though, you got a solid conquest.

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4 hours ago, EvilCapitalist said:

a custom built PC using a PCChips motherboard

Weren't PCChips motherboards notoriously buggy and unreliable?

 

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That they were, and they didn't get any better when they merged with Elitegroup Computer Systems.  I've heard they're not as bad today but I will never trust anything that has PCChips or ECS markings anywhere on it. 

 

I had a custom built machine that had a PCChips motherboard (M571) and it had some of the absolute strangest quirks I'd ever seen like not supporting RAM it was supposed to support, only recognizing part of a stick of RAM (My 128MB of RAM ended up being between 96 and 112MB depending on the day), random crashes tracing back to the SiS chipset, and a front side bus that wouldn't work reliably at 75MHz (though it was supposed to) but would work at 83MHz (which it wasn't supposed to) but only at certainly multipliers.  That was one machine that when it got retired it got recycled instead of being re-used for something else.  It was that atrociously bad.  Then I had a late model Gateway machine that didn't seem to play nicely with all the Core 2 Duos it was supposed to support, had some strange quirks with what memory it would recognize (only 2.5GB of my 4GBs of RAM being recognized at the BIOS level), and was generally an unstable machine...lo and behold it was an Elitegroup motherboard OEM'd for Gateway.  Really a shame what happened to them, they were IMHO one of the best PC vendors until they bought eMachines at which point they started a very quick slide into low end junk which ended when they got bought by Acer (Acer -> Always can expect repair) and finally, thankfully, Acer put the brand out of its misery.

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