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What the hack! My current Powerbook 170 Setup

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What  we see is a Powerbook 170 with an external Apple Studio Display, Radius SCSI PowerView graphics adapter, NeXT keyboard, black ADB mouse, TouchPad, QuickTake 150, SCSI PowerCD, Port Juggler, ADB-doubler, SCSI EZ 135 drive.

 

The computer is networked via appletalk / Ethernet (IpNetRouter). You can surf the Internet, send e-mails, download data via FTP, etc. My goal was to set up the Powerbook 170 so that I can still work productively with it after 27 years:

 

Write texts in Microsoft Word and save them in a file format that can also be read on modern computers. Challenge: The earlier Word format is not compatible with the current Word format.

 

Receive and send mails, for example to send the Word documents. Challenge: Today's mail servers require SMTP auth when sending, most of the old mail clients do not support this protocol.

 

You need a large screen to work relaxed. In addition, the palettes of the programs should always be accessible. Challenge: The Powerbook 170 has no connection for an external monitor.

 

The data is to be exchanged via the Ethernet network with modern Intel Macintosh with OS X. Challenge: The current OS X no longer supports the "old" AFP protocol.

 

There were also a few more hurdles to overcome. Starting with the large number of serial ports required (printer, network, QuickTake, etc.) or the number of ADB ports required.

 

To make it short! All problems have been resolved. The Powerbook works, I can write texts, send and receive emails, surf the Internet, exchange data on the network and import images from the QuickCam. And all at the same time!

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I love thoughtful "ultimate" setups like these - and no beige in sight, well done DeeNam! :)  What's the performance of the Radius PowerView like - does the PB170 handle dual displays relatively well?

 

Yesterday I installed a "new" 500MB 2.5" SCSI drive in my PB170 - plugged into my SE/30 under SCSI disk mode.  Had some odd behaviour with SCSI disk mode though, with both machines choosing the PB hard disk to boot from - at the same time!  I tried two different SCSI disk mode adapters, switch set but both did the same thing.  Anyhow, once going my next step will be to strip down the LCD and get some clumps of dust/dirt out from under the panel.  Such a nice machine - the large, crisp LCD makes for a much nicer road warrior than comparable colour 1x0s of the time.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Byrd said:

I love thoughtful "ultimate" setups like these - and no beige in sight, well done DeeNam! :)  What's the performance of the Radius PowerView like - does the PB170 handle dual displays relatively well?

 

Yesterday I installed a "new" 500MB 2.5" SCSI drive in my PB170 - plugged into my SE/30 under SCSI disk mode.  Had some odd behaviour with SCSI disk mode though, with both machines choosing the PB hard disk to boot from - at the same time!  I tried two different SCSI disk mode adapters, switch set but both did the same thing.  Anyhow, once going my next step will be to strip down the LCD and get some clumps of dust/dirt out from under the panel.  Such a nice machine - the large, crisp LCD makes for a much nicer road warrior than comparable colour 1x0s of the time.

 

 

It's ok for normal use, but not for gaming. The amount of colors will reduce the RAM from the powerbook. You can see it in the Screenshot That means less colors are better. You can use two diplays, one Monitor at each port. Right now I try different setups. Ok for Text. But all the extensions will blow up the System.

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Wow. Talk about a fancy setup! Hate to think about how much all that would have cost back then..

 

Any time I see stuff like this I wish I could see the reaction on some modern Apple employee's face to 1) the fact that all that stuff existed back then and 2) that someone is actually using it for anything practical. There's got to be at least a few people who don't have a clue.

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Wow, that’s impressive! I really need to get my 170 fixed up. Mine has an almost perfect screen, with no tunnel vision and only one dead pixel. Really is a beautiful LCD with that nice “green” tint to it and all. Just needs a hard drive and some case plastics replaced.

 

The 145B and 170 are my favorite of the first-gen PowerBooks, with the 165 and 180 being my favorite of the later 100-series PowerBooks.

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