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jasong Apr 6, 2002 09:04 PM
What is your oldest Mac in use?
I have an LC III running System 7.6, packed with 12MB RAM, and a 120MB Hard Drive (running Norton Double Space, which has cranked the usable area up to nearly 200MB), that was in daily use by me until I got my Beige G3/233 in 1995, and then by my ex until we got her a new iBook last October. It is currently pulling duty as a Fax/Answering Machine.

I got this baby in the summer of 1992 (it was replaced by the LC 575 before I even got it, so you people with back-ordered iMacs can just sit down and shut up), and the only problem it has ever had was the motherboard battery died. I replaced it for about 3 bucks at Radio Shack.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary!

-- Jason
Paco500 Apr 6, 2002 09:41 PM
Mac Classic

Basically s toy for my son to bang on (10 months)

bluedog Apr 6, 2002 10:28 PM
MacSE 4MB RAM, dual floppy drives (800k) with an added internal 230MB hard drive. Running System 7.

Installed version 1.0 of photoshop, illustrator and quarkxpress.
<CityGuy2003> Apr 6, 2002 11:22 PM
is it limited to just Macs? i still have an Apple IIe all set up and in good working order...doesnt get used that often....
cenutrio Apr 7, 2002 01:01 AM
We have an original macintosh for the laboratory chemical inventory. Not a single crash in 5 years. They used to know how to make them! :)
seanyepez Apr 7, 2002 03:06 AM
My 500-megahertz PowerBook G3 with 512 megabytes of RAM and a puny, 12-gigabyte hard drive is about to bite the dust. :(
gumby5647 Apr 8, 2002 12:23 AM
i used to use my SE/30 and Duo 280 Regularly
cpt kangarooski Apr 8, 2002 01:27 AM
Now that I think about it, Seafirst Bank in the Seattle, WA area was chock-full of original Macs, with weird external hardware to tie into their network. They were bought up by Bank of America, but still retained those things for some time. If they decided to get rid of 'em, there'd be many _hundreds_ getting tossed.
seanyepez Apr 8, 2002 04:05 AM
I don't think old 68K machines are practical anymore. Even for simple routing purposes, it's more effective to buy yourself a stand-alone Linksys router for a hundred bucks than wasting the time rigging up an SE/30 with a network card and the software to run an Internet gateway.

Old Mac hardware pisses me off. OS X makes this even worse; my Pismo is almost useless for any intensive work because it doesn't have a G4 processor. On the Mac, hardware is getting outdated faster than ever, and new programs require new hardware. It seems as if I might need to upgrade to a TiBook when they release a new one in July. PC's, however, are lasting a lot longer; a 400-megahertz Pentium II opens and closes folders in Windows XP is very usable for office applications and AIM. The 233-megahertz iMac that was released at just about the same time can't run OS X worth anything (if you can get it to run X at all). Opening an IM window in OS X takes three seconds, but it appears instantaneously on the PC. OS X needs to be streamlined before they start adding more features to bog down my poor old machines. Then again, this might be just the transition from OS 9 to OS X; all the aforementioned Macs run OS 9 perfectly. Alas, last-generation hardware has go sometime.
willed Apr 8, 2002 05:00 AM
My Performa 5400/180 is the only machine I have that still works with my UMAX SCSI scanner, so I fire it up occasionally.
Captain Obvious Apr 8, 2002 09:51 AM
IN USE.. a Performa 630CD

But quite a few more sitting around in the basement that are working but not used.
mrsld Apr 8, 2002 12:53 PM
I have an SE (4mb RAM, internal 40mb HD, external 20mb HD). The external HD is an old 20mb drive mounted in an old smoked herring box with a PC power supply. The 20mb drive has system 6.0.8 and the 40mb drive has system 7.1. Using Startup Disk, I can choose which OS I want. I use it for playing very old games and tinkering. This computer can see most of my network with a few limitations.

The SE is networked to an SE/30 using PhoneNet. The SE/30 (20MB RAM, 330MB HD, ethernet card, system 7.5.5) is also connected to a 4-port ethernet hub. I use Localtalk Bridge to see both networks. I use this computer as a networked floppy drive for my iMac. I also play old games and basic word processing. I ALMOST got an mp3 to play on it using "MpegDec 2.0". Any suggestions?

The hub is also connected to my primary computer, an iMac 266 (256MB Ram, 60GB HD, ext USB 13 GB HD, scanner, printer, Tablet, mp3 player and Zip 100). And a found PC (486-66, 160MB HD, Windows 95) which I rarely use.

I also have an Apple II with dual drive and printer and a Timex/Sinclair (non-Apple) with 16KB memory pack. They both work but I don't use them.
mrsld Apr 8, 2002 01:06 PM

[ 04-08-2002: Message edited by: mrsld ]
<alphamatrix> Apr 8, 2002 02:49 PM
A PowerMac 7200/75 doing RC5 24/7. :D
<kalleboo> Apr 11, 2002 05:43 PM
A Centris660AV used as a router between:
Localtalk (printer and old macs) &lt;&gt; Ethernet (macs, pcs) &lt;&gt; Modem (internet)

So that they can all see each other. Also it is a small file/backuo server (only 60 megs).
himself Apr 11, 2002 06:55 PM
still in use...

souped-up 8500 (G3 400 [overclocked], 384M ram, 18G and 2G scsi harddrives, cheap MacAlly firewire/usb combo PCI, ATI Mach 64 graphics card

collecting dust (but still working)
Quadra 840AV
Apple IIe I would fool around with this one, but I don't know how to get the software onto those 5.25" floppies, or at least from one mac to the IIe
Lateralus Apr 12, 2002 04:52 PM
iBook - 500MHz G3, DVD, 30GB Hard Drive, 640MB of RAM, OS 9.2.2 & OS X (10.1.3)

Macintosh 512k - 8MHz 68000, OS 6.0.8
LCIII - 25MHz 68030, 160MB Hard Drive, 16MB of RAM, OS 7.5.3
Mac IIsi - 20MHz 68030, 80MB Hard Drive, 8MB of RAM, no OS
Performa 600 - 32MHz 68030, 48MB of RAM, 150MB Hard Drive, OS 7.5.3
Centris 610 - 20MHz 68040, 250MB Hard Drive, 32MB of RAM, OS 7.5.3

And soon to be arriving...

PowerComputing-PowerCurve - 120MHz PowerPC 601, RAM ~ Unknow Amount, Hard Drive ~ Unknown Size, OS 8.5

The 512k boots 1/10 of the time, I get a "System Error" the other 9 times...

[ 04-12-2002: Message edited by: PowerMacMan ]
Secret Vampire Apr 12, 2002 05:16 PM
I'm using a Performa 475 to prop up my monitor (it doesn't have the tilt/swivel base) does that count?

In somewhat regular real use I have a PowerBook 5300c with 32MB/2GB, with a PowerCD and/or Color OneScanner hooked up to it's SCSI port.

I've got a PB520 too, but I broke the floppy cable so I can't actually do much with it right now...
austeros Apr 12, 2002 07:12 PM
in use, powerbook 190cs. as a poor college student, i have i use it for presentations, running os8.1 and quicktime 4. still works like a charm, just really really slow =)
Gene Jockey Apr 12, 2002 10:17 PM
Mac IIfx, 250 Meg HD, 32 MB RAM, 2X Floppy Drives, running 7.5.5

I've got an Asante Ethernet card in it too, so I can hook it up to the network. I can surf the web on the most expensive Mac ever using Netscape's pretty cool. Besides that, I have a PowerBook 180 I take on the road to write sometimes when I don't want to bring my TiBook. Has Word 5.1...faster than Word X on my Ti... :rolleyes:

<Hash Pipe K> Apr 13, 2002 02:45 AM
performa 575
power mac 7200/90
iMac g4 800
powerbook 190 runnin nothin but snood!
tomfrog Apr 13, 2002 10:43 AM
PowerBook 170 - still a really nice screen - running 7.1
PB 180 12 Mb plus RamDoubler, 80 Mb disk 7.5.3

but mostly,
Rev C (266) iMac w. 192 Mb (9.2.2)
g3 minitower 333 256 M, 40Gb OS X10.1.3
iBook 500 384M OS X 10.1.3

Somewher in the basement I've got a Classic which I should
boot up and see if it still runs. Still have copies of the MacPaint/MacWrite disks that came with my 128K Mac in 1984...
cdhostage Apr 13, 2002 10:49 AM
LC 575 running 7.5.5. Amazingly slow machine. I wonder if I should just take it apart to see how it works or what - it doesn't do much else. Maybe I'll give it to my little cousin with a copy of Kid Pix.
Agent Flowers Apr 13, 2002 12:36 PM
My UMAX 603e 200Mhz still works fine. Bought it in 96 or 97 I think, 32 RAM and a whopping 1.3 GB HD.
Now I've got a dual USB iBook, 500 combo. It's a little faster than old Max.

WebOliver Apr 13, 2002 12:40 PM
My oldest Mac in use is a 8500/180 bought in 1996. It runs MacOS 9.1.
hadocon Apr 13, 2002 01:13 PM
We are using a Mac SE/30 with 4MB ram, and an internal 30MB HD - this puppy has some serious screen burn-in as it has been in use from 9 to 5 since 1987. It currently serves as a terminal for quick access to patient info in my father's Dr's office.

My brother is using my old 7200/90 with 56MB ram and a 500MB HD to surf at slow speeds and email.

Sometimes my girlfriend uses my old Duo/2300 with 16MB ram and a 750MB HD when she is away collecting data in a forest.
emilesc Apr 16, 2002 04:42 PM
Up until a year ago I was using a Mac Plus with 800K and an external floppy drive, which has no hard drive, so I had to boot it up with System 4.2 every time I turned it on. I got it during college in '89, and I was using it for word processing only. I would have kept using it if the screen hadn't died and produced a Mac face with 2 Xs for eyes.

Top that.

Emile :D

[ 04-16-2002: Message edited by: emilesc ]
xmishx Apr 17, 2002 11:07 AM
I still have an LC II with a big 10 megs of ram and 80 meg drive. Picked up a 520 laptop also. The LC II is sitting on the shelf, but we're hoping to utilize the 520 for something. It is so damned cute.

GORDYmac Apr 17, 2002 02:16 PM
Performa 630 CD

32MB, System 7.5.3

Works perfectly!

EDIT: Oh yeah, and a PowerBook 165. I gave it to my (then) 8 year-old nephew to use. To my surprise it still works, though the battery is shot.

[ 04-17-2002: Message edited by: GORDYmac ]
redhot_nyc Apr 17, 2002 03:14 PM
Macintosh LC 575
36mb RAM
250mb HD

Running OS 8.1, Photoshop 1.0, Netscape 4

still in use daily!
samslaves Apr 18, 2002 02:27 AM
A SE/30, 8MB Ram + an old Apple 13" monitor and a color video card; just for "68K Assembler Mind Masturbations". :cool:


[ 04-18-2002: Message edited by: samslaves ]
bluedog Apr 18, 2002 09:28 AM
Originally posted by bluedog:
<STRONG>MacSE 4MB RAM, dual floppy drives (800k) with an added internal 230MB hard drive. Running System 7.

Installed version 1.0 of photoshop, illustrator and quarkxpress.</STRONG>
Just an appended note: This machine doesn't get daily use, but is intended as a demonstration of early computer design and 'where it all began' in computer assisted graphic design.

For daily use, I use an 8500 w/g3 400mHz upgrade for a scanning computer, and a 7300/200 as a web/fileserver.
sproutsie Apr 18, 2002 12:52 PM
i have a 7500 with a 604 processor on the way- i have already scavenged around for all sorts of extra crap to throw into it. my other supercomputer is a 667 tibook, 48 gig, 768 ram combo drive honey named clyde. heh. my 7500 will be used to run basic programs my tibook can't do in OSX. it's hard for me to stop trying to upgrade the 7500 (and i don't even have it yet!), i find, because i have spent so much time on all of my earlier macs trying to make them faster, larger, etc. the whole point of buying the 7500 was to spend as little as possible to get a workable desktop for my particular needs, and i have to keep stopping myself from buying a new processor card to push it up to a g3, which i *really* don't need, since my tibook does everything else i want it to!!!!

is this some sort of disease? upgradosis? anyone else with this problem?

oh, and to the first poster whose LCIII was replaced before he got it- that happened to me, too! it took forever to get the thing and it ended up costing more than the newer computer. eleven years later, or whatever, and i'm still pissed about it...sort of....

[ 04-18-2002: Message edited by: sproutsie ]
BillyB Apr 19, 2002 10:01 PM
Originally posted by himself:
<STRONG>still in use...

Apple IIe I would fool around with this one, but I don't know how to get the software onto those 5.25" floppies, or at least from one mac to the IIe</STRONG>
Connect the Apple ][ to the Mac by means of a standard Mac-modem-cable. You only need TXD (pin 2 on a standard DB-25 connector), RXD (pin 3) and GROUND (pin 7). If such a cable doesn't work, then interchange the wires at pins 2 and 3.

BillyB Apr 19, 2002 10:12 PM
Forgot to mention that we're still using a Quadra 800, Centris 650, PM7500, Beige G3 Tower, & Apple ][GS ( OS 6.0.2 ).

-- "Apple ][ Forever!"
Zigmanx001 Apr 20, 2002 12:42 AM
Performa 630 CD! 33mhz, 8 RAM, 250 meg hard drive... But its kinda sitting in the corner... and the monitor is blurry and shrinking... I use it to connect things to my newton 120! YAY NEWTON! ...It also has old stuff I've done on it from a LONG time ago (1994). Good computer, it's my love...
PeteWK Apr 20, 2002 02:52 AM
My old office still has an LC III going strong for basic word processing. I think we got it in 1993.

D'Espice Apr 20, 2002 04:50 PM
I got a PowerBook 1400c/117 running for my work at university, and a PowerMac 7300/166 at home. I'm planning on upgrading this PowerMac with a G4-Upgradecard or at least a G3-Upgradecard and max out the RAM, so it'll be OS X-ready.
sdchef Apr 25, 2002 06:12 AM
got a 280c in a duo dock sitting next to the new flat panel. I keep telling my wife i'll get rid of it but i just can't bring myself to do it.
OddManOut Apr 28, 2002 11:42 PM
Lc 475. Use it for occational scanning with my old Umax Astra SCSI scanner. Will give it away now as I'm buying an old 8500 or 9500 as a second home computer. Both have SCSI of course
VRL Apr 29, 2002 03:38 AM
Performa 550. The home gym computer.
Performa 630. The home automation computer. :)
Dennis Travis Apr 29, 2002 12:30 PM
My oldest Mac is an SE with 4 Megs RAM and 120 MB Maxtor SCSI HDD running OS 7.0. I actually use it sometimes to check email with Eudora. It does not have enough ram to do the Web though but for email it and even some chat clients it works!

Also in use are a Quadra 700 with 20 Megs RAM and 500Mb HDD and OS 8.1

Powerbook 170 running OS 7.6.1 and 250 MB HDD.

8100/80 with 120 Megs RAM and 2 Gig HDD running Mac OS 8.6 and cracking RC5

8500/120 with 256 Megs RAM and 3 Gigs HDD running Mac OS 8.6. Do video work with it and surf the web and crack RC5. :)

Had an origional Plus that still worked great but it got lost in my move around 8 months ago. :(

[ 05-04-2002: Message edited by: Dennis Travis ]
OddManOut May 2, 2002 07:10 PM
Originally posted by Dennis Travis:
Had an origional Plus that still worked great but it got lost in my move around 8 months ago.

Wouldn't put a smile after that sentence :( Anyway, as I just bought an 9500/200/160ram I've now ditched my Lc475. The 9500 is a great machine and I'll use it for years to come. Along with my new Macs of course :D
ValVashon May 5, 2002 09:31 PM
A PB 520 upgraded with a Newer Technologies 117MHz processor card. Running OS 8 & Word 98, this machine gets booted up twice daily; once when I'm working in the TV satellite truck I operate and again when I get back to the TV station to check my work e-mail and print out truck reports, etc. It's a reliable but somewhat slow machine. It got babied during it's first 6 years of life and now I'm making it see some action! Co-workers are always amazed to see me working on that thing when there is a fast DELL in the next room I could use. Yes, but this one's at my desk and the IT guy can't go in and see where I've been on the web!

hypermac May 5, 2002 11:24 PM
Still have my 8500 in daily operation. Upgraded to G3 - 300 some time ago, added hd space and cdrw, now a general machine and mp3 station. IMS Twin Turbo 128 8MB PCI and onboard video. Amazingly, apart from high end 3d games, seems to run everything out there. But, outdated for editing home movies, etc.
boticario May 6, 2002 07:30 AM
We have an Apple Macintosh Classic (with 4MB of RAM, 50MB SCSI HD) at the entrance of our Apple store in San Sebastian, Spain.

Everyone looks first at it instead of the new computers.

[ 05-06-2002: Message edited by: boticario ]
andreas_g4 May 6, 2002 10:10 AM
My father sometimes writes an article on my old SE/30
GregZ28 May 9, 2002 12:21 PM
I still have my original 512KE,
a Mac Plus given to me,
my original LC,
and LC 475,
a powerbook 5300c,
and a 7300/200 (runs BeOS also).

I just can't bring myself to get rid of them. Thats the good thing about Macs. They have such good quality and they still serve a good purpose. It seems that my x86 computers are disposible after a year or two.
I'm waiting for the G5's to come out for my next mac.
scottiB May 9, 2002 01:11 PM
A IIci that was my computer while attending college. I still use it for writing; I prefer Word 5.1.
cenutrio May 9, 2002 04:35 PM
Hola Boticario,
We used to have those at the University of Navarra.
Es bueno saber que todavia se usan Macs por casa.
Un saludo

Cenutrio "el wisconsarra"

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