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Starting a generic thread because I have a feeling it's going to grow.

 

Time for the first entry in 'tales from Paulie's living room floor'.

 

So it was a productive weekend in terms of beige Macintosh acquisition. After losing out on a decently spec'd but overpriced LC475 on eBay due to the seller refusing to actually let me have it for the winning bid (that's a story in and of itself), I decided to reinvest the money in something else. Not very long later I found a Power Macintosh G3 (of the beige variety) a reasonable distance away. Three hours later; I had it in my possession.

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Condition wise; it's in excellent condition considering it's age. According to the label on the back, it started life as a G3/266, but thanks to a Sonnet thingy it's now a 366. Which is nice. Got 512MB RAM, which in theory could go to 768MB if I was determined enough. Has a non-original 80GB Seagate IDE HDD, Apple IDE CD-ROM, floppy (which works, amazingly), and a Zip drive which I haven't tested yet due to lack of disks.

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I've chucked 9.2.2 on it, seems appropriate for the age and spec. Technically it could handle OSX, but I think it would start to struggle.

 

Here it is running. 

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That was Saturday. On Sunday, I had a visit from joshc, who had sold me his 8200/120 that needs some help.

 

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For the uninitiated, the 8200 is basically a 8100 in a tower case, that wasn't sold in North America. This particular one has seen a little too much time near the sun, and has what I'm calling Plastic Leprosy. Anything plastic is very brittle, and Josh supplied me with a bag of plastic parts that have already fallen off. 

 

The reason I have it is that the PSU is toast (literally, see Josh's thread), and Josh has too many other projects on the go to give this one the love and attention it deserves. Originally I was considering building some sort of ATX swap arrangement for it; but luckily I found a PSU (from a 9500 which appears to use the same one) on eBay, so have snapped that up and waiting for it to arrive. Honestly it's unknown if this thing even works, but if it does, I'll tidy it up (including gluing some of the plastic bits back together), and I think 8.6 would be appropriate. Still not ruling out engineering a ATX adaptor for it, though, especially since I have the dead PSU to harvest the wires/connectors from.

 

Check out the size of this PSU. Absolute chonker.

 

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Good catch. The 8200 is one of the few Power Macs I still need for a complete collection. Sadly the only one I have seen in person was in rough shape like yours and I didn't realize they were basically Euro-only models and so difficult to find, so I didn't buy it. Oops. Not that anyone is missing much by the fact that they weren't sold in the States: as you notice, it's just a 7200 board in a terrible tower case. I have seen very few of the Q800-style cases with their CDROM bezels still attached and power buttons intact. Maybe we could ask @maceffects to mold us some new ones.

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8 hours ago, Franklinstein said:

I have seen very few of the Q800-style cases with their CDROM bezels still attached and power buttons intact.

I do have the power button and the CDROM bezel, except they require some attention from some glue. I'll put it all back together properly if the machine turns out to work.

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I had to replace my 8500 case over 15 years ago because of brittle plastic (especially the power button), the replacement still works but I rarely use it.

 

The Beige G3 MT along with the 8600 and 9600's are great cases and mine at least don't seen to fall apart like the 8500/9500 do.

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15 hours ago, joshc said:

My former 8200...ehh, all I can say is good luck ;)

Let's see if it works first. That'll decide it's fate. Then I can go about making it look pretty less beaten up. 

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And now for something I really didn't need and spent too much money on.

 

SE/30 in 'extra mature' yellow. 4MB RAM, 20MB HDD (working!), currently running 6.0.8 but that'll change. It's a little 'used' cosmetically but nothing above some light scrapes and general yellowing. The seller claims it's been recapped too, so I can't complain too much.

 

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I've rather overspent on the vintage Macs this month so I won't be doing anything particularly drastic to it for now. Next month, however, I'll up the RAM to 32MB and get looking for an A/UX-compatible network card.

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