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Figured I would start my own Conquest thread.  I just made what is probably an impulse buy, but for the condition and the price I just couldn't resist.  For $60 I picked up a working Powerbook 5300c.  I know the bad rep this model has, but I decided to take a chance on it.

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They're great 'Books, the "C" models I honestly feel were made better than the passive grey and colour models.  The active LCD is a joy to work on.  You can overclock the 100 to 117Mhz pretty easily, boot off a CF card in a PCMCIA slot.  It does make for one of the slowest PPC models made, and 68K emulation is pretty poor in tow, so you need to be choosy with your apps on the 5300C.

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Computer arrived yesterday.  The computer works, though I decided to change the OS on it.  I appreciate that the seller took the time to do a clean install of OS 9.1, but I think this OS is overkill on this machine.  I decided to downgrade it to System 7.5.5.  It starts up a bit quicker now, it's not a night and day difference but it's pretty significant.  Even better though, I now have more free disk space.  The HDD is 800 MB and OS 9 took about half of that.  With System 7, I now have about 600 MB free.  I love the screen on this computer.  Much better than the passive matrix one on my Powerbook G3 Main Street.  I had the two laptops side by side because I needed to make System 7 floppies and the difference between the two screens is night and day.

 

The floppy drive works well with both 1.4 MB and 800k disks, so I might use the 5300c as my bridge Mac instead of the PB G3.  I'm thinking about getting a CF to PCMCIA adapter and using the CF card to transfer files between my PC and my Macs.  In the pretty likely event that I run out of space on this HDD, I might buy a second CF card for use as a second HDD. I think System 7.5.5 can read and write CF cards right?  Or do I need OS 8 for that?

 

As far as programs go, it will be interesting to see what will run on here.  Wolf 3D runs fine on here, but when I tried to install Word 5.1, the installer froze halfway through.  I have Word 6.0.1 coming in the mail though, so there's that.

 

I guess I should get a SCSI CD-ROM too at some point.  Should I be looking for an Apple CD-ROM drive or would a third-party drive work?  

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Remember how I said things were going well with the 5300c?  Well now they are not.  The laptop randomly shuts off and I found out it has something to do with the solder joints surrounding the power supply connector on the logic board.  I lack solder capabilities and this seems like a very easy thing to screw up, so for now the 5300c is out of commission.

 

I also decided to buy a Powerbook G3 PDQ with active matrix screen because the passive matrix Wallstreet I currently have is a pain to use because of the screen.  I had to use it a lot to make 800k disks for my SE, so that's probably why I have become so bothered by it.  I originally intended to make the 5300c my new bridge Mac (I would transfer files between the 5300c and my PC using a CF card), but I already stated what happened with that computer.  Hoping the PDQ will work out better.  It doesn't come with a charger, but I think I can use the Wallstreet's charger if I'm not mistaken.  

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The small barrel connector on the 5300 almost always breaks, it can be re soldered or I've heard of others putting the much larger DC connector from a Duo.  Practice soldering on some old tech you don't want, then move up to the 5300 - it's not a difficult procedure.

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On 1/21/2018 at 12:09 AM, Byrd said:

The small barrel connector on the 5300 almost always breaks, it can be re soldered or I've heard of others putting the much larger DC connector from a Duo.  Practice soldering on some old tech you don't want, then move up to the 5300 - it's not a difficult procedure.

Thanks.  I'll keep what you said in mind.  

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I recently bought a 1998 Powerbook G3 DVD-ROM Expansion module used in the original box for $25.  It came with the DVD Video PC Card thankfully (the card by itself goes for like over $60 on ebay these days.)  No drivers to install, just swapped out the CD-ROM and replaced it with the DVD-ROM, inserted the included PC Card and viola!  I used this on my PDQ and the picture and sound is good.  Did I need this upgrade?  No, but I felt it was appropriate for the machine.  I have many devices that can play DVDs.  Some DVDs I have have trouble playing on my PC, I wonder if these will play better on my PDQ?  Wouldn't that be something?  A 1998 Mac laptop being better at playing DVDs than my 2017 PC?  That would be pretty funny.  

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Well, I thought I would update this thread since I have since added two computers to my collection.  First, is a Compaq Deskpro EN.  It's a P3 1.0ghz with 384 MB of RAM and a 20 gig HDD.  I go it because I figured since I have old Macs why not have an old PC?  It's got Windows 98 SE, my favorite Windows OS.  I'm mainly using it for Windows exclusive games.  Might upgrade it to a DVD-ROM/CD-RW at some point and maybe add a video capture card because these are things I always wanted back when 98 was my daily driver, but never got.

 

More recently, I added a Classic II to my Mac collection.  It's got 4 MB of RAM and a 40 MB HDD.  Main reason for getting this was because it was already recapped and it has a superdrive.  At some point I may upgrade the HDD and max out the RAM and see how 7.5.3 runs on it (I like experimenting with different system/OS versions on my computers).  It currently has 7.0.1 on it, a version of 7 I hadn't used before.  It's pretty much the same as 7.0 to me and the Classic II runs 7 faster than my SE did when it had 7 on it.  Both my SE and  Classic II have the same amount of RAM.

 

 

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On 3/14/2018 at 7:58 PM, itsvince725 said:

Oh, I love Deskpro ENs! Mine is the same, but with 512MB of RAM and Windows 2000 and an...80GB HDD? I don't honestly remember.

I liked Windows 2000.  I used it on a IBM ThinkCentre which managed my music collection back in the late '00s.  It's a good Windows OS.  

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Good catch on the DVD card, I rarely ever see those in the original box. They don't pop up too often by the card itself. I always wanted the WallStreet when I was much younger; always thought the design was so classy and well defined. It's insane to think how much they were worth brand new at the time! 

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19 hours ago, Charadis said:

Good catch on the DVD card, I rarely ever see those in the original box. They don't pop up too often by the card itself. I always wanted the WallStreet when I was much younger; always thought the design was so classy and well defined. It's insane to think how much they were worth brand new at the time! 

Thanks.  My Wallstreet/PDQ actually plays DVDs better than the 2017 Lenovo laptop I am currently typing on.  I have DVDs from 15+ years ago where the video stutters on the Lenovo, but plays just fine on the PDQ.

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I recently bought a Power Macintosh 7500/100.  It was an impulse buy.  I was interested in it due to the AV input and the aesthetic of it.  The thing that frustrates me is that the plastic broke and fell inside the machine.  The power button broke off too.  Must have happened during shipping because no plastic was broken in the auction pictures.  I'm weary of turning this thing on, so what I think I'm going to do is just salvage the drives and the RAM.  I paid $60 including shipping, which I consider a bargain in today's world where every old computer is considered "rare". 

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I just received a 1999 Power Macintosh G4 AGP Tower in the mail.  It has an upgraded CPU (1.5 ghz) with 1 GB of RAM, a SCSI card, DVD-Rom, internal ZIP drive and two HDDs.  It's pretty awesome!  I'm typing this post from it right now via TenFourFox on OS X 10.5.  Only thing not awesome about it is the rust on the vent covering the fan.  I also can't seem to install OS 9 using my retail 9.2.1 CD that I use on my G3s.  Was kind of hoping to install OS 9 on the second HDD.  Is there a way to do this?

 

Pretty happy with this machine overall though.

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Got a random assortment of CD-ROMs, mostly Mac shareware compilations, from 1994-95.  Haven't had time to try them all since there's a lot of stuff crammed on these CDs.  I also got a TV output PC card for Mac and Windows laptops.  I don't really need it, but it was cheap and I thought it would be interesting to try out.  Also bought an NIB USB 1.1 video capture device that works with OS 8.6. 

 

Got an LC II recently as well.  It was an impulse buy I made because I got outbid on a Centris 650 from the same seller.  I actually quite like the LC II, it's smaller than I thought it would be, which is good because of my limited space.  I have it hooked up to a NEC 1970 NX Multi-sync montior using an adapter. The settings I use on the adapter is 1,2,3,4 on and 5, 6 off.  The LC II is pretty similar to my Classic II speed wise.  The LC II has the RAM maxed out to 10 MB and has an ethernet card.  Only plans I have for the LC II so far is just the usual writing I do on my other Macs and also running color 68k software like I have on those shareware discs I just got. 

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Nice! I have a soft spot for late 80s and early 90s shareware. Would love to see a pic of the CDs if you ever get around to it, I wonder how many of them I have in my own collection.

 

The LC sounds like a good deal, maxed out at that price. I have an LC (II or III?) sitting in my project pile and I am not sure of its working status. I know I should get to recapping it sooner rather than later - got to keep practicing my soldering skills.

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On 7/12/2018 at 1:05 PM, commodorejohn said:

If you get the chance, could you image those CDs and post them to archive.org and/or Macintosh Garden? Old shareware CDs are always interesting, and Mac ones are harder to come by.

Haven't gotten around to all of them yet, but I have started imaging them.  I did three today.  Once I upload them to the garden, I'll post an update in this thread.

 

Wow, I haven't updated this thread in awhile.  Since my last post the only mac-related things I've been acquiring are upgrades for the Sawtooth G4.

 

Here's what I have done to it so far:

-added USB 2.0

-upgraded the VRAM to 64 MB

-added a gigabit Ethernet card

 

I ordered a Radeon 9000 card thinking it was the 128 MB version, but it turned out to be the 64 MB one instead.  I then ordered a NIB Radeon 9000 that should hopefully be the 128 MB version.  I installed the gigabit Ethernet card (TrendNet TGE-PCITXR) today.  Not much of a difference between that and the old built-in Ethernet port, which surprises me.

 

I did have to downgrade the OS X HDD from Leopard to Tiger because iWork '09 wasn't working due to only having 32 MB of VRAM at the time (though I might try Leopard again after I get my new Radeon 9000 in the mail).

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Added a Centris 650 to my collection.  It works great, but there were some issues.  The floppy drive stopped working, so I had to replace it with one from my broken LC II.  I noticed something was off with the Centris' floppy drive when I put a disk in and it was a very tight fit getting it in the drive.  It still read the disk and ejected though.  I figured maybe the case wasn't lined up with the drive (that's happened to me before).  I removed the PRAM battery while I had the case open.  It wasn't leaking, but I didn't want to take any chances.  Anyway, when I put the case back on, I couldn't even insert a disk at all into the drive.  I readjusted the case and re-seated the drive multiple times, but to no avail.  I noticed that when I inserted a disk, it kept bumping into this metal tab in the drive.  I bent the tab down using a flathead screwdriver and the disk could be a inserted (again, a very tight fit), but it couldn't eject when the case was put back on.  Then I took the drive out and held  it up so it was level with my eyes and inserted a disk.  When I did that I noticed the disk wouldn't go down onto the spindle.  Not knowing how to fix this, I replaced the drive with a working one from my LC II.  I can insert and eject disks normally now.  I stored the broken drive inside the LC II.

 

Another thing that happened in the process of opening and closing the case was that I accidentally broke off the head of the captive screw.  The case will close without it, but it is not as secure as it used to be.  I'm gonna try and glue the head of the captive screw to the rest of the screw tomorrow and see if that works.  If it doesn't, is it possible to replace the captive screw?

 

After all that, I decided to put in a 512KB VRAM SIMM from the LC II, but I'm not sure if it worked because I can't run Apple System Profiler (I guess it's a PPC app?).  After messing around with the jumper settings on my Mac to VGA adapter, I tried some settings I found in an old post here and got 256 colors at 640 x 480, which is good enough for me (as long as none of the programs I want to run require 800 x 600).  The settings I use are 1, 4, 5, 6 ON (my adapter only has six dip switches).

 

I ordered 2 32MB RAM SIMMs from ebay, hopefully that works out.  There's currently 16 Megs of RAM in the system.  There's an 8 MB stick occupying one of the slots and the rest is the built-in memory.  Should I keep the 8 MB stick or remove it?

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