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#1 2014-05-23 06:15:56

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TheMacGuy's House of Macs

Having collected Macs for a few years now, I have a "small" collection of Macs. I won't go into great details on each, but here is they are in the order I purchased/received them:

PowerBook 5300cs
Macintosh 512kE
eMate
Power Mac G4 Cube
PowerBook 5300c
PowerBook 165
Power Mac G4 "Sawtooth" Parted out/Recycled
iBook G4 (14" 2005) Given to Friend
Snow iBook G3 500MHz Cannibalized by other machines
iMac G4 17" 1GHz
Tangerine iBook G3
Blueberry iBook G3
Macintosh Performa 200
Quadra 605
Quadra 650 Parted out/Recycled
Centris 610 Parted out/Recycled
PowerBook G4 12" Aluminum 2005
Macintosh Plus
PowerBook Duo 210
Power Macintosh 6500/225
Apple IIe Platnium
PowerBook G3 PDQ
iMac G4 15" 800MHz (OS 9)
MacBook 1,1
Macintosh SE (Radius Accelerator 25)
Indigo iBook G3
Snow iBook G3 500MHz
Snow iBook G3 600MHz
PowerBook G3 Lombard
PowerBook G4 Titanium
PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" (Late 05) (Merged with Parts from a Late 05 to make 1 perfect A1138)
PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12" 2005 Given to Friend to Fix like-model PB
Mac mini 1,1 Deceased
Power Mac G5 Early 05 2.0GHz Sold
Power Mac G5 Early 04 1.8GHz (Disney asset tags)
PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" (Early 05)
Macintosh IIsi
PowerBook 1400c/133
Power Mac G5 Early 05 2.3GHz Deceased, Recyled/Parted out
Macintosh SE SuperDrive
Macintosh SE/30
Blueberry iMac G3 (Gen 1 Slot-Loader)
Power Mac G4 "Sawtooth" Parted out/Recycled
Power Mac 8600/300 Parted out/Recycled
Power Mac G5 Late 05 2.0GHz
PowerBook G4 15" Aluminum Late 04 Bought and still in parts
Power Mac G5 Mid 04 2.5GHz with Panasonic LCS

And I'm sure more are coming soon.

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#2 2014-05-23 08:17:04

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I love the Disney G5....even if it was just an ordinary office machine (which is doubtful given that G5s weren't cheap), its still just awesome.

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#3 2014-05-23 08:22:32

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LCGuy wrote:

I love the Disney G5....even if it was just an ordinary office machine (which is doubtful given that G5s weren't cheap), its still just awesome.

Thanks! I'll have to find the pictures (they are on my hard drive somewhere). Funny, to get it working all it took was a PSU and a 2nd processor. Who knew?


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#4 2014-05-26 01:22:09

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Pictures of the recently acquired SE and SE/30. If you look, the board to the SE/30 is missing, as it is currently out at uniserver's receiving a recap.

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Woah, woah, woah, woah. Hold on.

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WTH? Apple was still making the SE into 1991? I thought they were discontinued in 1990?

The other odd part, I ran the serial through MyOldMac and Chipmunk. MyOldMac said it was manufactured in 1981 (impossible) and Chipmunk said 2000 (also impossible).

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#5 2014-05-26 02:46:12

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I've seen an overhaul of a color classic basically rigging a mini inside. there is just something about the SE design for me though...I'd LOVE to have an SE or /30 with a modern Mini rigged up inside. Seeing your pictures was fun to see. beautiful little comps.

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#6 2014-05-26 05:03:18

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Thanks! What's interesting is the fact that there is no yellowing on the side and very little on the front, however one of the sides and the top are yellowed. The back of the SE is also yellowed, but the SE/30 looks to almost be the original platinum. Looks like the SE also had a school ID or something on the back above the ports, but was scratched out at some point.

Overall, the SE/30 is in the best condition of my SEs.

Interestingly enough the SE has a hard drive and the /30 doesn't. Doesn't even have the Molex connector attached to the analog board, telling me it didn't ship with one. I may just transfer the drive and related items to the /30 as the analog board on SE is having problems. Whenever the drive is being accessed, the screen starts hour glassing and jumping all over.  Plus, with the 000 vs the 030 in the /30, it would be a great candidate to put a 2nd floppy drive (plus, having the FDHD ROMs doesn't hurt either).


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#7 2014-05-26 08:34:10

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Yeah, the SuperDrive SE's were made into early '91.  The FDHD SE's were the 1989-early '90 machines.  My last SE was a 1989 build FDHD model.  Previous machine was a 1991 build SuperDrive model.  With an Asanté ethernet card.  Both had 4MB of RAM.

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#8 2014-05-26 09:38:27

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So I'm guessing Apple continued to manufacture and sell SEs well into '91? Which is odd considering Apple's "replacement" (the Classic) came out in 1990.


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#9 2014-05-26 14:32:36

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Well I figured they would have to, as the Classic was the "consumer" line and it was aweful in performance compared to the SE, SE/30. I do remember as a kid growing up they offered the classic in several game shows as a prize.

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#10 2014-05-29 22:55:59

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Picked up at the recyclers an MDD today. Dual 1GHz, No HDD, no RAM. Added some RAM I had left from a PC I recycled (PC3200) and stuck that in there. Unfortunately (like the paperwork on it said) the PSU was dead, so I'm going to replace it.

While I was there, a PCI card caught my eye. USB 2.0, BNIB. Picked it up for $5 and I'm going to stick it in the MDD when I get it running. It says its plug and play with Win 98SE-XP and Mac OS 8.6 and up. From a company I've never heard of, IOGear. I'm going to try it in the Sawtooth just make sure it 100% working and transfer it to the MDD when its going.


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#11 2014-05-30 00:56:20

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IOGear? Ive heard of them.

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#12 2014-05-30 01:12:58

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I have one of those IOGear cards in my B&W, haven't had an issue with it. (OS 8.6)


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#13 2014-05-30 03:09:25

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Yeah - IOGear used to be a fairly well known brand back in the day.

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#14 2014-05-30 08:30:06

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Really? I've never heard of them. Odd, since they are a local company too.

The card was working great in the Sawtooth. I ended up pulling all my upgrade from the Sawtooth and putting it in the MDD. Now just to get a PSU for it.

Anyone have one they'd be willing to sell?

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#15 2014-06-06 04:07:07

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A friend is going to pickup a lot of 3 Macs I found on CL. I'm getting them on Monday/Tuesday.  This is what the listing says he has but he said he has more parts (including spare cables, CDs, and possibly a printer) because he is moving on Saturday and needs these "old computers" gone.

Slot Loading iMac (I'm betting blueberry 350MHz) with the original hockey puck mouse, keyboard, and software. Also has a stand.
Graphite Power Mac G4. Everything is unknown about this machine except that it is running OS 9.
Power Mac 8600/300. 300MHz, rest is unknown
JAZZ and ZIP Drives + discs and cables.

We'll see what the machines look like once they get there.


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#16 2014-06-07 09:17:28

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It turns out the guy needed to have them picked up today, so I got them. Whatever old Apple stuff he had he gave me, including a good 250-500 issues of MacUser, MacWorld, and other Mac-based magazines. Since I don't have room to store all of them, I picked out the ones that seemed to be worth historical value to hold on to, like when Ameilo was hired, fired, the TAM, and a few upgrade-centric issues.

There is so many cables and accessories mixed in with the cables I need to go through them tomorrow. The first thing that popped out at me was an iMate from Griffin. There is also some networking stuff and other things. I also got 2 external SCSI based JAZ drives, about 6-10 JAZ discs, 1 external ZIP drive and about a dozen and a half of ZIP discs.

Machine wise, this is what I got:

1st Gen Slot Loading Blueberry iMac 350MHz, 35GB HDD and 256MB of RAM. I have since upgraded the RAM to 1GB and I have a AirPort board on order. So far, this machine is in immaculate shape and will find a spot in my collection. Has all the original restore discs in great shape.
Power Mac G4 Sawtooth 350MHz. A carbon copy of my Sawtooth, except this one has dual HDDs. Came with 448MB of RAM, upgraded to 768MB. Added AirPort.
Power Mac 8600/300. 300MHz, 160MB of RAM, 4GB HDD.


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#17 2014-06-07 18:23:27

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It's too bad you didn't snag all the mags for the short term. When I thinned my herd, I did the tear-sheet thing, cutting all the relevant article and advert pages out, stapling them together and saving them for future reference. They wound up in the scan-dump project which came to a screeching halt when we realized I should get permission for uploading the content to iFrog and linking to them at the MLA. hmm

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#18 2014-07-09 08:26:18

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Its been a while because I've been working on all the machines keeping them going. I should log on a bit more often.  I also haven't added anything major it about a month as the "collecting" faze slows down and the "fixing" begins. I will probably be getting rid of about 10 machines over the next month or so to thin the heard for new ones that I might have more use for, for instance remove the PM6500 in favor of a beige G3 or something similar. Otherwise, check up time:

iMac is running great and out of the lot is the machine I will end up keeping. This thing is in the best condition I have ever seen for an iMac G3 so I feel I should hold onto it because I will probably never find another in this condition. The two Sawtooths are looking for new homes ATM, as well as the 8600. If I can't sell it, I may replace the 6500 with the 8600, but I haven't fully decided.

The last G5 I picked up (2.3GHz) died and I have not been able to revive it. I'm stripping it as I type and getting rid of the parts as needed to a friend fixing their 2.7 model (both are early 05s).

Got an ATX PSU transplanted and rewired for the MDD which is working great. As a consequence of using an ATX PSU, FireWire and ADC don't work however I'll take that over a dead MDD any day. Full specs: dual 1GHz G4, 1GB of RAM 250GB 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda. This machine also received the USB 2.0 card along with a SCSI card pulled from a machine I got in the lot of ZIP drives and machines.

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#19 2014-07-09 14:43:07

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What's the missing voltage? I've been wondering about these little doohickeys .  .  .
.  .  .  in terms of 5V or 12V > 3.3V for for general uses like PCI Performa conversions.

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#20 2014-07-10 04:48:02

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jt wrote:

What's the missing voltage? I've been wondering about these little doohickeys .  .  .
.  .  .  in terms of 5V or 12V > 3.3V for for general uses like PCI Performa conversions.

IIRC, its 5v for FireWire. ADC doesn't really matter, but the FireWire would be nice to have back.


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#21 2014-07-13 07:09:30

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Worked out a deal with a friend for a nicely upgrade Power Mac G3 B&W Rev 1. Needs some case work, however for the price and internal specs I could not pass it up. I hope to get it shortly! Specs:

450MHz Fast Mac G4 Upgrade (original 400MHz G3 card included)
768MB of RAM (only 708 seen for some reason)
30GB 7200-rpm IDE and 9GB SCSI HDDs (yes, the SCSI drive was a BTO option from Apple, its on the spec tag believe it or not!)
ATi Radeon 9200 PCI Mac Edition (128MB VRAM)

Question, does anyone have that cable that runs from the SCSI drive to the card? The drive is a 68-pin connector and the card is a standard 50-pin connector. Thanks!

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#22 2014-07-13 18:32:56

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^Yup, some B&W G3's came with the Adaptec 2930 card and the 9.1GB drive.  It might be easier to grab a 29160, which has the 68-pin connector, in addition to the 50-pin connector.  Then you don't need the adapter cable.  It might also be worthwhile to keep your eyes peeled for a revision 2 board.  Those seem to be more reliable with respect to OS X.

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#23 2014-11-16 04:39:50

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Wow I can't believe I have not posted since July! My bad. I've had personal issues come up and had to put Mac collecting on complete hold, although I still have my machines. It's great to be back and see how well the forum is doing!

I scored a deal on eBay for a dual core G5 2GHz, but I have not been able to completely trick it out yet. I actaully need the runway board to hook up my AirPort card to the machine (since the late 05s used the combo Bluetooth/AP card).  To make room, the 2.0GHz G5 was traded at Best Buy because their system had a screw up and was processing large gift cards for G5s of the early 2005 variety (the machine basically paid for my iPhone 6 Plus).

Once that happened I said I wasn't going to get another G5.

Next thing that happened? Another G5. I went to the recyclers again to poke around and see what was up and he had gotten in another pile of G5s. All pretty standard, except for one dual processor 2.5GHz. Something was weird. I knew it had to be liquid cooled, all 2.5s were. It looked like it had been modified to air cooled and my curiosity was peaked so I bought it.

Got it home and tried popping the G5 cover. It wouldn't come off. I looked and found the factory plugger that if missing voids your warranty was still installed so I extracted it and continued on my jorney.

Just like the other G5s I got it was dusty. But I could make out the name on the heat sink. Panasonic. Yes, it is a Panasonic LCS in this G5. I'll see if I can dig up the pics from that day. I was so happy and intrigued to have one. The system is going to need a rebuild as I can hear quite a bit of slooshing around meaning there is too much air in it. Since the Panasonics never really leaked, I was not surprised to see no corrosion in the machine. Still waiting to be able to fix it up and get it going again. Perhaps it'll happen in the near future.

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#24 2016-01-08 07:08:08

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So I haven't been collecting very many machines recently and mainly been dealing with keeping my current ones going. This week however, I found on craigslist an Early 2005 Xserve G5 on the cheap. 5 days later, it was mine. There is a problem with the power supply that it needs to be warmed up before it'll turn on. Cold solder joint I think. I'm probably just going to replace it when I get a chance. Once you warm it up though, the machine works just fine and if you don't unplug it, it'll fire right up. It is the top of the line model Apple made for the G5: dual 2.3GHz G5, 2GB of RAM, 100GB hard drive, video card, etc. The machine was purchased by the last owner used, and he obviously bought it for parts because none the caddies are original to the machine. Top isn't in the greatest shape, but that doesn't really bother me. I have a copy of 10.5 Server on order. Found it new on eBay for a nominal price, complete with a new serial so I'm waiting for that to come in.

Very happy with this purchase!

Also, happy new year everyone!

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#25 2016-01-08 13:25:31

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Might honestly be caps; G5's are notorious for that.

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