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#126 2015-08-06 04:24:52

volvo242gt
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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

cc333 wrote:

Of all the 9x versions, I always thought that 98SE was the best, most stable of them.

c

98SE was good, as was 95OSR2.1, don't get me wrong...  But, I've always preferred NT versions, since they seem to be a bit more polished than the old GUI on top of DOS method of doing things that MS did with 95, 98, and ME...

-J


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#127 2015-08-06 07:12:48

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

True. The main advantage that NT has, besides being autonomous (not dependent on DOS), is that it was fully 32-bit from the start (whereas Windows-on-DOS started life as a 16-bit environment and slowly evolved to be a sort of 16/32-bit hybrid), and that contributed greatly to it's more "polished" feel (and it was excellent for its stability as well).

ME was kinda the Vista of its day: it was slow and buggy at first, which gave it a bad reputation, but it got better. And despite getting better, it couldn't shake off that bad reputation.

c


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Secondary Macs: Early '08 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 15"
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#128 2015-08-06 15:16:19

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

LCGuy wrote:

On machines of that caliber I like Windows 2000. I have a Toshiba Satellite from the same era, I think its a Celeron 400, with 256MB of RAM it runs Windows 2000 rather nicely.


wouldn't happen to be a Satellite 1625CDT would it? I used one of those for quite awhile past it's prime as my main machine.

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#129 2015-08-08 04:12:40

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

So I'm trading the Mini for four laptops.

233MHz PDQ, 14.4" display.
266MHz PDQ, 14.4" display.
400MHz Lombard.
1.42GHz iBook G4.

The G3's are untested and the Lombard has no hard drive, cage, cable, or keyboard. The iBook works perfectly however, and it's got a full 1.5GB of RAM and a nice WD Scorpio 160GB disk. And since its Core Image capable I have great expectations for it.

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#130 2015-08-08 15:03:40

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

If you need a drive cage and cable, I have several spares you can have (you'll need to get your own screws somehow, though).

I meant to get a spare keyboard of mine to someone in the UK, but I'm not sure he waited (sometimes I require patience, as I tend to procrastinate a bit). I'll look into it, and if it looks like he backed out, that can be yours as well.

c


Main Macs: Early '09 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 13"
Secondary Macs: Early '08 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 15"
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#131 2015-08-14 17:05:12

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

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Got that from mcdermd, who was upstanding as expected.

OmniBook 800ct, 166MHz Pentium MMX, 95 OSR1, etc. Fun little subnotebook.

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#132 2015-08-14 17:22:27

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

That wonky mini-mouse is whack! Hopefully you can find a floppy cable and a battery to complete it!

I think I mentioned it to you but it is certainly an interesting entry to the notebook field from a time when the form factor was in constant flux. The PowerBook 520 won.


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#133 2015-08-14 17:29:52

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

The sad thing is someone had the floppy drive and the CD drive on eBay for $25 each. They are now gone however.

My plan is to try CF-PCMCIA storage with the slot and see if I can't transfer stuff on and off that way. It's at least got CardBus support but 95OSR1 doesn't do USB.

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#134 2015-08-14 19:07:57

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Oh, you haven't lived until you have a Libretto. I have a delightful little 70CT and an NOS battery.


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#135 2015-08-22 04:36:09

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Picked up a 17" iMac G5 ALS at the thrift store today. 2.0GHz BTO model, 2GB RAM, 250GB disk. Even had both restore discs with it. It has distorted video however, and one of the caps on the logic board has burst the top vent, so I'm going to verify it's not the LCD before I go ahead and recap it.

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#136 2015-08-24 02:18:16

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Yesterday I picked up a Pismo at the same thrift store. It worked for about five minutes before freezing and now it won't fully boot anymore. I've got ideas on what to try and replace to get it working however, so I'm hopeful.

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#137 2015-08-24 15:59:16

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

I'd say the first thing to do with a Pismo is pull the PRAM battery. A dead one causes all sorts of problems.


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#138 2015-08-24 17:33:04

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

PRAM battery came out the minute I got it home.

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#139 2015-08-29 22:32:31

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Turns out the Pismo's issue was bad RAM. Unfortunately I only had 32MB and 64MB sticks, but 96MB is good enough for OS 9 and Word. I won't try to put Tiger onto it until I get more RAM however.

Today I also got the aforementioned laptop bundle; unfortunately the postman messed up with the parcel locker keys and the PDQ box is locked up in someone else's box. hmm

No guarantee I'll get it.

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#140 2015-08-29 22:58:20

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

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Seems to work just fine, and it's in good shape, with even the port door and IR lens still there. DVD-ROM and battery in the bays. 500MHz model.

Oh, yeah, it was $5. smile

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#141 2015-08-30 00:24:10

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Nice Pismo! Hope you get the PDQ...the post can be pathetic at the best of times. Like when 'StrayaPost lost my 3400, kick up a fuss with them till you get it.

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#142 2015-08-30 00:30:00

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Yeah, very cool.  Pismos are great machines to this day.  I use mine regularly as a nice portable self contained machine for all sorts of retrobridging tasks.

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#143 2015-08-30 01:45:39

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Thanks.

It's actually two PDQ's, a 233 and a 266MHz.

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#144 2015-08-30 05:22:40

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Put Rhapsody on the PDQs if you can. The Wallys are the best Rhapsody laptop.


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#145 2015-08-30 21:39:51

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

That's definitely on the table

The iBook was giving me issues but I believe I've solved them; I read that the Reed switch can cause random sleeps, and when I checked to unplug it I saw it was halfway plugged in. I plugged it in all the way and it wacked out, so I unplugged it completely and it's happy and behaving well.

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It's fairly dirty, and I may just replace the keyboard rather than try to clean it, but I now have the fastest iBook ever made, and Core Image support is gravy. smile

It has a genuine Apple battery with 205 cycles so it still holds a good charge; I might be using it in the field regularly.

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#146 2015-08-31 01:00:54

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Schweet! Good luck on the PDQ front.

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#147 2015-08-31 04:14:51

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Always a fan of the late model iBook G4s. Tough, reasonably functional, more durable than the PowerBooks of the same generation, and other than the HD and optical drive not impossible to work on. Parts are cheap too.


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#148 2015-08-31 14:59:26

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Yeah, I'm torn on taking it apart because the SuperDrive doesn't like to let discs go and I have spares, but...it does not look like fun to take apart. I'd regoop it and probably replace the Reed sensor then. Just have to set aside some time.

Thankfully it's had the hard drive replaced with a nice WD Scorpio 160GB at one point.

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#149 2015-08-31 15:01:08

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

No, they are not fun to disassemble. At least the RAM, AirPort, battery and keyboard can be easily swapped, of course.

I wish laptops were still as easy to work on as the 1400.


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#150 2015-09-01 01:43:55

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Re: Falcon's Nest o'Macs

Agreed...the last machines that came close, in my opinion were the plastic MacBooks, even though they had a soldered CPU. Still, to my way of thinking they were the last Apple portables that were really easy to work on and upgrade. Battery can be replaced in 5 seconds, the HDD and RAM are hidden behind a cover that comes out with 3 screws, and the rest of the machine is accessible by taking off the top case. Very different to Apple's current designs with soldered RAM and glued in batteries.

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