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What can I do with a Performa 550?
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Jan 5, 2002, 10:06 AM
 
A school recently updraged its eclectic array of old macs with PeeCees and I managed to scarf up a few systems. Here's the list:

Performa 550: (all in one) System 7.1, 20MB ram, 33MHz 68030 processor, 120MB, HD, CD that can't even play audio disks.

Performa 635CD, OS 8.0 installed, 16MB RAM, 3X MHz 68040 processor, 240MBHD, 2X CD

Performa 6205CD, OS8, 16MB ram, 75MHz 603PPC, 1GB IDE HD, 4X CD

All have SCSI ports. I have a SCSI burner, but Toast requires 7.6 minmum, but doesn't gurantee operation.

My question is what can I possibly use these things for? The hard drives are small, all have sound in/out. Is there any cool old software or game I can download and put on the 550 (snood?). Is there a fishtank screensaver? The screen on the 550 is beautifully clear and crisp. It would be a shame to toss it out.

Please help keep nostalgia alive!
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Jan 5, 2002, 10:20 AM
 
Some thoughts: I use my 550 as a in-house mail server (SIMS) - OS 7.5.5. Works like a champ. Network cards are real cheap on eBay - just got one for $10 (including shipping).

Other things I'm doing with older Macs:
Home automation (www.shed.com)
Cookbook
Web, FTP (CrushFTP, Quid Pro Quo)
Home Gym computer (workout spreadsheets)
Automotive database
Fax machine (just downloaded FaxElite Network, but haven't tried it yet)
Router (using IPNetRouter)

Have fun
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Jan 5, 2002, 12:16 PM
 
OK, i just loaded snood and it "runs".

Or should I say it "limps". This bugger is sslllllllooooooooooooowwwwwww. I can draw faster than this machine can play snood.

But the screen is so COOL!
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Jan 6, 2002, 11:52 AM
 
can someone provide me with some infor regarding the network card? Like a model number or something? I will try to find one...

This machine was networked via Appletalk and the serial port using those phone line thingies. I'm not gonna do that cause I don't have anything with a serial port (All G3s and G4s)!
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Jan 6, 2002, 04:03 PM
 
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Jan 6, 2002, 07:35 PM
 
Oooh! Thanks for that link!
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Jan 6, 2002, 07:36 PM
 
Try to get a copy of Dark Castle. Heheh.
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Jan 6, 2002, 07:48 PM
 
OK. I'm bidding on a network card. Can anyone suggest a few games that can play on a 33MHz 68030? Let's start a list.

Shareware, freeware, and anything I can download that won't tick anyone off. I got this machine for free, you know!

[ 01-06-2002: Message edited by: Dan Szwarc ]
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Jan 6, 2002, 09:03 PM
 
I used to have a PowerBook 540c, which ran at around the same speed. I had a long list of games for it, both shareware and full-version. I'll give them to you for the heck of it. I ran System 7.1.


FULL-VERSION GAMES (Demos may be available)
Glider PRO
Marathon
Marathon II: Durandal
Doom II
Step On It
Falcon MC

SHAREWARE GAMES
Dirt Bike
Pac-Man
Bloodsuckers
Glider 3.14
Slick Willie II
Slick Willie III

I'll name some more later.
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Jan 12, 2002, 12:26 AM
 
Could you turn it into a print server?

Sorry, I don't know many games.
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Jan 12, 2002, 02:24 AM
 
I dunno about the print server stuff. I'm sure it's possible, though. My father's business has always used networked Macintosh computers (even back in the eighties). However, the best games are not necessarily the new ones. The best game of all time is Dark Castle. By far.
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Jan 18, 2002, 06:11 PM
 
You should play Test Drive 2. If you are able to switch to black and white mode
     
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Jan 22, 2002, 03:34 PM
 
If I were you, I would go to Low End Mac, a great web site about older macs (defined as pre-B&W G3 these days). They talk about all sorts of upgrades and uses for old 68k macs. In the past few years they have run several articles on games that work well on a 68030 Low End Mac Gaming. I would highly recommend that you check it out.
     
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Jan 22, 2002, 04:43 PM
 
I'll check out Low End Mac for the Gaming info. I have some old Mac Addict cds from 1997 (#13 and up) and I have found a lot of shareware and demos that will run on the P550. Some of them are really fun even though they are patheticly simplistic.
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