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#1 G_Player

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 02:01 AM

What is your oldest piece of Apple equipment that you still own? And does it work?

My first Apple product I bought was an Apple II plus. I even put in the 16k RAM card myself which brough it up to a whooping 64k of memory! But I donated it many years ago.

I did find an original 128k Mac sitting in an office corner collecting dust. After about a year of asking about it they said, "Just take it. We use all PCs now." I still have it but its in storage. It worked when I put it in there. Don't know if would work now as the start-up disk is probably bad.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:51 AM

I have a //c in active use in the basement as well as a centris 650. There is a semi working 578 that is pretty beat up and cracked all to hell but it does power on and boot. I keep it around incase I come across a 57x in better shape but needs parts.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:39 AM

I have a 1992 vintage PowerBook 100 from my grad school days. The power connector in the case is broken, but this could be fixed easily enough. I've no idea what condition the hard disk is in. I wrote my thesis on it, so I don't have the heart to get rid of it.

I also have a turquoise toilet seat G3 iBook (which replaced said PowerBook) from around 2000 or so, this still works.

I've given away or sold my old desktops and other laptops, with the exception of an AGP graphics G4 which is too pretty to pass on.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:15 AM

A Power Mac G4 Quicksilver keyboard. That and a Snow Leopard DVD are the only Apple branded things I have left.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 03:37 PM

My Early 2008 Mac Pro is not the oldest thing I have, but it sure feels like that sometimes.

I have a rainbow-Apple sticker somewhere, scavenged from my father-in-law's Apple ][ box. That would be the oldest thing. :-)

I long ago got rid of the old Macs I actually used, but I do have a 1998 Macintosh PowerBook G3 I got hold of a few years back. It works fine.

Poking around for something older, all I found were some floppies:
  • "Macintosh CD ROM Setup version 5.0". Copyrighted 1994 Apple Computer, but the label looks kind of homebrew, no Apple logo on it. Huh?
  • "Express Modem" ; "Disk Tools for System 7.5" Copyright 1993
  • "Disk Tools for Quadra 660AV" (which was not a machine I ever owned, so double-huh?) Copyright 1993

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:20 AM

First iPhone. Saved that sucker in the box. Now if I can just remember where I put it.....
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:13 PM

View PostAtticus, on 06 March 2017 - 09:20 AM, said:

First iPhone. Saved that sucker in the box. Now if I can just remember where I put it.....

Try calling it.
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Posted 07 March 2017 - 04:49 AM

A Sonnet G3 upgraded PowerBook 1400c, still works (last time I checked).

I kept it as it had little value used and I thought at the time I might want to run some old classic software. In reality I never found the need to.

All my other Macs got passed on to family members or sold to hep fund an upgrade.
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Posted 07 March 2017 - 07:45 AM

I have a Macintosh SE/30, which I bought used a couple of years ago, simply because I wanted to have such a classic Mac. Still works fine, but I'd have to change the buffer battery.

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:53 AM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 05 March 2017 - 03:37 PM, said:


Poking around for something older, all I found were some floppies:

"Macintosh CD ROM Setup version 5.0". Copyrighted 1994 Apple Computer, but the label looks kind of homebrew, no Apple logo on it. Huh?

I think I know what might be going on here.  Either it's a backup disk you made or... back in the early days of the Mac there were no elegant solutions to system upgrades.  I remember going to computer stores that sold Macs in order to get updates.  They either overwrote your old system disk or gave you a copy on a disk you provided as long as you had the original.  This one place I went to made labels you could slap on your duplicate or old system disk.  Perhaps it is some combination of the above.  Mix and match.
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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:59 AM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 06 March 2017 - 09:13 PM, said:

Try calling it.

Lol. Why didn't I think of that?
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:13 AM

My Mac Portable (original!) and Mac SE are my oldest Macs. Mac SE still works. Portable will start up but gets a dead Mac icon on it. Never bothered to fix it when that started happening as even back then I couldn't get any parts for non-absurd prices.

Other vintage Macs are a 1997 PowerBook G3 Wall Street that died sometime around 2010 and I resurrected in 2014 as a fun project, a 1996 UMAX SuperMac S900 Mac clone, and a 2001 PowerMac G4 Digital Audio 733 that has been hotrodded to hell and back. Also the 2001 PowerBook G4 I have in my signature which I will nurse back to health for as long as possible because IMO it's one of the best laptop Macs Apple ever put out. Great screen for its day, enormous power, the battery lasted a LONG time despite having a desktop CPU in it, etc. I even retrofitted it with an SSD in 2013.

Actually had a second UMAX SuperMac but the lithium battery burst and poured acid all over the CPU, motherboard, PCI slots, drives, and frak-all last year. Yes, I was pissed. I take the PRAM batteries out of all my Macs now.
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:34 PM

Wow… talk about a walk down RAM memory lane!

Lots of interesting tales could be told of the many things we used to do with those old Macs. It's good to read that many of them still work.  : )
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