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#1 2014-05-18 05:32:41

LCGuy
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LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

So I thought I'd make a post of my collection as it currently stands. This only includes what I have in my apartment here in Sydney. It doesn't include all my other machines which are still at my parents' place up in Queensland. (for now)

Anyway, to start things off, here's my daily driver, my MacBook:

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Late 2007 "Santa Rosa" MacBook. Bought this one brand new in late 2007. Was my first brand new Mac in 10 years, and it was my introduction to the wonderful world of Intel, modern OS X, and all the awesome things that could be done on machines more mighty than a tray load iMac 333 with 160MB of RAM. It started out in life as a midrange white 2.2 Ghz MacBook, base config with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. Over time it got upgraded to 4GB of RAM and a 500GB drive in 2009, then in early 2011 it had a BlackBook conversion, and later on got upgraded to 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. This machine's been through a lot with me, having been my main Mac for the past 7 years, lets just say that if it could talk, well, it'd have some stories to tell.

My HTPC, early 2006 Intel iMac:

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Found this one on the side of the road at the end of council clean-up in late 2012. Council wouldn't take it because they don't accept eWaste, and clearly nobody else wanted it either. It had a busted LCD, which I'm guessing is the reason it was chucked. It was one of the first of the Intel iMacs, with a 2 Ghz Core Duo. After I disconnected the internal display I found that it worked perfectly on an external display, much like a big, fat Mac mini. The Core Duo was replaced with a 1.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo that I salvaged from an Acer craptop thing that I ran over with the car, and the RAM was upgraded to 3 GB, after which a fresh install of OS X was installed. With Plex, and an Apple Wireless Keyboard and MS Bluetooth mouse, as well as an Apple remote (not shown) it makes a rather fine HTPC.

Power Mac G5:

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Picked this up on MacTalk for $50. Its a Dual 2 Ghz G5 with 8GB of RAM, ATI Radeon 9650, and dual HDDs (160GB and 750GB). When I got it it had everything except for the HDDs, which were spares that I installed. I generally use it for playing around with Photoshop and other PPC apps that require a fast PPC.

Beige G4:

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Picked this up on eBay a couple of years ago. When I first got it it was a Beige G3/300 with 192MB of RAM, a 20GB HDD, Whisper personality card (audio only), and was basically stock apart from the RAM and a USB/FireWire card. It now has a Sonnet G4/500, 768MB of RAM, a SuperDrive (well, two - the standard floppy drive, and the optical type), a Zip 100 drive, and a 500GB SATA drive on a Sonnet Tempo SATA card. It runs OS 9.2.2, and only 9.2.2 - sadly no matter what I do, I can never seem to get this machine to run any version of OS X. It does make a fine OS 9 machine though.

TiBook 500:

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Was given this by a mate in early 2012 in non-working condition. I can't remember what I did, but I got it working, after which I upgraded the RAM to 1GB and installed a 80GB hard drive. The machine triple-boots OS 9.2.2, OS X 10.1.5, and OS X 10.5.8.

PowerBook 1400c/166:

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Got this one as a 13th birthday present from my parents back in 1997. Brand new. It was my main Mac from then up until 2001, when I started using the iMac 333 that my parents bought in 2000 initially to do their taxes on. It had a lot of repairs done via AppleCare back in the day, and has had a couple more since then, but it lasted for most of the time I was at boarding school (in a dorm full of teenage boys who hated Macs, and hated me, and hated me even moreso for having the Mac and would've loved nothing more than to smash it, nonetheless), and has certainly withstood the test of time. It has a full 64MB of RAM, an 8GB CF card, 12x CD-ROM, 8 bit video out card, and WaveLAN card. One day I'd love to get my hands on a G3 for it, not counting my chickens though.

PowerBook 520c:

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An impulse buy on eBay in 2011. Was just a 520c that was stock apart from having 12MB of RAM, nothing special. Since then its grown up to have a full 36MB of RAM, a 500MB HDD, and a Rev. B PC Card Cage (while its not a Rev. C, I'm still glad to have one, especially for the price I paid (exactly one US dollar at WeirdStuff), and it looks awesome installed, even if its not currently being used)

Mac SEx:

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This started out in life as an original SE, with 1MB of RAM and a 20MB Rodime. When I got it about a year ago it was a very sad little machine indeed, with a dead Rodime, and rusty insides. Since then it has had a full rebuild. The chassis was replaced with a non-rusty one. The rusted out 800k drive was replaced with a NOS SuperDrive. The dead Rodime was replaced with a SCSI2SD card with a 4GB microSD card. And of course, the very rusty and very dead SE board was replaced with a nice recapped SE/30 board from eBay, with a full 128MB of RAM from OWC. This is pretty much as close as you can get to having a new SE/30 these days, and with that, and the machine generally being as maxed out as it is, I have decided to call it the Mac SEx for obvious reasons. Mac SE, expanded. smile

And of course, no collection is complete without a good complement of iThings (and some from before they became iThings):

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Top to bottom, left to right: iPad 4th gen 64GB (daily driver), PowerCD (with remote), iPod Nano 1G 2GB, iPod 4G 40GB (my first iPod), iPod Mini (hotted up with a 16GB CF card and a NewerTech battery), original iPhone 8GB, iPhone 3GS 8GB (my first iPhone, and my daily), QuickTake 100

And, saving the best to last, my LCIII:

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This machine is back at my parents place in QLD, this is a photo I took of it when I gave it a run while visiting over Christmas. Special machine, this one. This was not only my first Mac, but also my first computer, which we got brand new in 1993, and was the reason I got into computers in the first place.

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#2 2014-05-18 06:42:24

mcdermd
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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

Very nice, sir. I was lucky enough to buy an LC III in the box a few years back so I can pretend it was my first wink


Daily Drivers: 27" iMac 2.8 GHz Quad-Core i7 (Late 2009), 21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Quad-Core i5 (Late 2013), 11" Macbook Air 1.6 GHz i5 (Mid-2011)
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#3 2014-05-18 06:45:51

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

Thankyee. smile And very nice! Sadly the boxes for the LCIII were tossed back in the day. I still have the boxes for the 1400, iMac 333 and MacBook though. And while they're at my parents' place, my parents know that even though they're just boxes, I would be, for lack of a better way of saying it, "rather unhappy" about having them get disposed of. smile

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#4 2014-05-18 06:54:36

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I'm a complete and utter sucker for original packaging.


Daily Drivers: 27" iMac 2.8 GHz Quad-Core i7 (Late 2009), 21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Quad-Core i5 (Late 2013), 11" Macbook Air 1.6 GHz i5 (Mid-2011)
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#5 2014-05-18 06:59:47

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Oh, so am I. I have the original packaging for almost every computer and device that I bought new, that I still have. Unfortunately in 1993, neither me nor my parents dared to dream that one day I would become a vintage Mac enthusiast.

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#6 2014-05-18 07:16:46

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Mk.558 and I were gathering some equipment for him to borrow today. I found an FDHD Upgrade Kit in the box that I found in the trash can and realized it was still factory sealed. So, we got to break that packing tape for the first time today. Kind of weird when you open a 25-year-old, brand-new item.


Daily Drivers: 27" iMac 2.8 GHz Quad-Core i7 (Late 2009), 21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Quad-Core i5 (Late 2013), 11" Macbook Air 1.6 GHz i5 (Mid-2011)
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#7 2014-05-18 08:05:25

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

You found a sealed FDHD Upgrade Kit in the trash can? I want to know which trash can this was lmao. But yes, I hear you - I've broken the seal on a couple of vintage NIB things, its strange, yet cool.

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#8 2014-05-22 19:06:06

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I broke the seal on an ibm model m space saver keyboard several years ago. Wish I would have kept the packaging though...

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#9 2014-05-22 21:13:23

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Yep, I try and keep as much packaging as I can...it takes up space, yeah, but in some cases its worth it.

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#10 2014-05-24 01:20:46

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That TiBook is in like new shape! Damn, beautiful machine when you can find one in good shape!


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#11 2014-05-24 01:31:46

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It looks a lot better in that pic than in person, but it's still a beautiful machine and I'm glad I have it.

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#12 2014-05-24 01:35:13

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Looks a heck of a lot better then mine. The plastic around the palm rests has no paint left, but, hey it works!


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#13 2014-05-24 20:31:39

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The Tibook is my second favorite laptop design, second to the G3 PB (particularly with the bronze keyboard). So Dave, I will likely be crossing the ocean again in July...feel free to throw it up to me as I pass by. I promise to love it.

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#14 2014-05-24 23:44:29

LCGuy
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I don't like to throw Macs, they deserve more love than that.

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#15 2014-05-25 02:34:40

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Nice collection.

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#16 2014-05-25 20:09:48

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Have you ever checked out XPostFacto to get the beige G4 MiniTower to install OS X. My best guess is since the processor was upgraded the OS X installer is seeing a mismatch between the model ID and processor. I used it on beige G3s to get Panther to install on stock beige G3s. They worked quite well.you can also tweak the FSB by moving the jumpers on the board too if you want to OC the G4. Nice collection as well. The PB 520 is one of my favorites as well.

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#17 2014-05-25 21:13:50

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Yeah - I've tried XPostFacto - and actually all my attempts to install OS X were made with the original G3/300 CPU. For whatever reason its just never liked OS X. Lol.

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#18 2014-05-25 21:32:39

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Dave, I remember that my dad had used XPostFacto in the past on his beige G3/333 to install a few different versions of X. I'm curious as to why your attempts with the original CPU wouldn't work as I'm sure nothing major is different between your machine and the one my dad has. Have you figured out what the problem is?

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#19 2014-05-25 21:33:48

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No idea, I've just given up and consoled myself with the fact that I have other machines to run X smile

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#20 2014-05-25 23:56:33

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These 3 are the best looking machines I own.

The rest are in shoddy or "eh.." condition.

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Nothing special.

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#21 2014-05-26 02:40:00

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Ooh, Duo 270c/280c - NICE

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#22 2014-05-26 04:06:17

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its a frankenduo, it was a 280 that had a bad tunnelvision B&W LCD. So, I replaced it with one from a junked 270 that had a bad logic board, and missing rubbers/plastics.
I also picked up an Asante ethernet microdoc that flew under the radar on ebay because it was mislabeled. I did the same with the etherwave appletalk printer adapter. flew under the radar.

So, if I am using the Apple duo minidock, ill use the Etherwave. But if I am just getting on the network only, ill just use the Asante ethernet dock.

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#23 2014-07-18 12:52:43

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So I picked up a cheapie 540c on eBay this week, which will be donating its sexy active matrix display to the 520c.

Stay tuned.... :evil:

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#24 2014-07-18 14:34:34

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Very nice, but it's a sin to call that 5xx abomination one of your "best" looking Macs. tongue

If anyone else will be paying you, or Oz, a visit from the USA, do you still need a serviceable lid for the 1400?

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#25 2014-07-18 14:50:42

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My 1400 is back in business as per the pic in my OP. In one of the pics you can see the parts 1400 that i stripped for said lid. (which I believe was delivered either via AusPost UAV, or hopeless postie)

BUT...if a US based ThinkClassic member is considering a trip to Sydney, I think a ThinkClassic meet is in order! yikes

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