Macs I have owned

Macs I have owned

15/02/11 | by admin [mail] | Categories: Hardware, Mac

For a while (about 6 years) I was buying and selling on eBay to earn a little cash, and indulge my interests in hardware. As a result, I managed to own, for periods of time, a variety of Macs.

It's just a list. And I must admit, I feel a little like this guy.

Interesting, is that I've only ever owned 1 68k Mac (I have a long standing project on the backburner to get MacOS 8.1 running on a 68060 Amiga).

Centris 610

Quite a few nubus Macs. At one point I was going to build a Beowulf cluster of 6100s, inspired by this guy. But discoved that only 2 of the 5 I had acquired worked, so not much of a cluster. I upgraded one of them to a G4, making it one of the slowest G4 macs in the world (I think 300Mhz, on a 66MHz 6100), and scored some 128Mb SIMMs to upgrade it to 264Mb. There are rumours of 256Mb SIMMs, but I've never seen one.

Power Macintosh 6100
Power Macintosh 7100

I had a quite a few PCI Power Macintoshes, and various bits and pieces for them, including a ZIF carrier card and a few G3 accelerators. I had one with the AV card, and used it a few times for live video capture. I wouldn't mind getting a 9600 (or maybe a 7500), and upgrading it a bit to get OSX running on it. I think, theoretically, you can get 10.5 running on one.

Power Macintosh 7300
Power Macintosh 7500
Power Macintosh 7600
Power Macintosh 8500
Power Macintosh 8600
Power Macintosh 9600

And quite a few beige G3's, which were good back when G4s were still too much. The Beiges allowed you to use IDE drives, the CPU was on a ZIF and easily replaceable/overclockable, had built in everything plus 3 PCI slots. I had one running a Voodoo5 at one point, as well as Radeon 7000, firewire and USB2.

Power Macintosh G3 desktop
Power Macintosh G3 minitower

PowerBook G3s. I managed to get a near mint PowerBook G3 Pismo back in 2004. I still think it's the best laptop Apple made. The case design is far more beautiful (sensuous even) than anything else they've made, had most of what you'd want in a laptop for its time (and quite a few years after, too), and could be relatively easily upgraded. It had a cool feature which allowed you to swap out the optical drive for another drive (floppy, zip, hard drive) or second battery. And had a CardBus slot for expansion.
I upgraded it to 768MB RAM, 500MHz G3, 80GB hard drive, and a CardBus Airport compatible 802.11g card.
I sold it to pay for an overseas trip, and regret it still.

PowerBook G3 Wallstreet
PowerBook G3 Pismo

Very briefly had a 5 flavours iMac G3 tray loader. The only G3 iMac I've owned, and only one of two iMacs I've owned.

iMac G3 tray loader

Nearly every PowerMac G4 they made, except the later Mirror Door and Firewire 800 models which never seemed to be good value for money. The PowerMac G4s were the computers I started the transition to Mac from Windows on. I bought an AGP, which I upgraded and sold, then bought a Digital Audio, which I upgraded and sold, and then ended up with 933MHz Quicksilver, which I kept until I got my G5. I managed to upgrade from the AGP to the G5 without ever spending more than I sold the old computer for.

The Digital Audio was what I kept the longest. I had a 733MHz model, which was the top end in its day. The DA had a few advantages, basically the same as the QS (QS 2002 supported drives larger than 128GB), cheaper, a 133MHz bus, gigabit ethernet and a 4x AGP slot which meant more upgrades possible for the Video card. The only downside was the 3 RAM slots, although in its day 1.5GB was more than enough. I got around the 128GB drive limit by using a SATA card, with SATA drives.

There were quite a few upgrades along the way, flashed and modified G5 Radeons, SATA cards, PCI airport compatible cards, USB 2 cards, CPU upgrades, dual screens. I think I ended up with dual 21" screens. I still have a couple that have I got free or very cheap. Currently, I am upgrading a Gigabit with dual 7447a CPUs.

PowerMac G4 PCI
PowerMac G4 AGP
PowerMac G4 Gigabit
PowerMac G4 Digital Audio
PowerMac G4 Quicksilver
PowerMac G4 Quicksilver 2002

PowerMac G4 Mirror Drive Door (bought dead for parts, and never worked)

1 eMac, briefly. At the time I bought it I had a G4 with a 21 inch screen, so 17inch was not so impressive.

eMac 1GHz

Another bargain. All it needed was a new power adaptor. Kept this for some time, until I got a cheap, slightly faulty, white MacBook.

PowerBook G4 1.5GHz 15"

Mac Mini's are good a 2nd and 3rd computers. The G4 had a couple of flaws, some of which persist, firewire 400 and one 10/100 NIC. I think the Mac Mini's could benefit from dual NICs and maybe eSATA, although USB3 might do the trick on both counts, particularly in the server version.

Mac Mini G4 1.42GHz

Very cheap Xserves. I still have the G4 Dual, but had to scavenge the PowerSupply to repair another Xserve G4.

Xserve 1.33 G4 Dual

The dual 2GHz G5 was my first G5, and I had it from late 06 to late 07. No major upgrades apart from a 9800Pro, 4GB RAM, airport/bluetooth, and several hard drive upgrades. It was bought faulty, and repaired. I sold it anticipating the rev B Mac Pro was imminent, but ended up buying a very cheap 1.6 a month or two later to use until the 2008 Mac Pro arrived.

PowerMac G5 1.6GHz
PowerMac G5 2GHz dual


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