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    Default Got a few macs 2day

    I have:
    1 7200/120 POWMAC
    2 6100/66 powermac
    1 6600/250 powermac

    can anyone say whether these are worth keeping or selling?

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    I've found that those new-ish Macs, like the LC-series and early CD-drive models make good kids' computers. That is, if you can load them up with age-appropriate software.

    On one hand they aren't vintage, are very common, and lack modern computing capabilities. On the other hand they're reliable and durable, easy to restore and maintain, and easy for youngsters to use.

    Good Luck!

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    What is a 6600?

    7200's are not very popular and needs a special upgrade for CPU upgrades unlike the rest of the 7500, 8500,9500 systems

    The 6100 is ok for a pizza box, depends if it has any upgrades (PC card, G3, etc).
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    I seem to recall I have a 200MHz G3 upgraded 7600 or something lying around with a Voodoo 3 3000 PCI card flashed with a Mac BIOS.

    These things are a buttload of fun. I'm pretty sure I have a bunch of spare mainboards for these sorts of things, too, and if I recall correctly, one of them is a 250 MHz non-G3 processor with an onboard ATI Rage2.

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    The PCI powermacs and the Beige G3 powermacs that followed are nice machines and very upgradable.

    I have 2x 7500 one with a G3-400, 8500 with G3-400, 8600/300, 9600/350 (6 PCI slot), 9500 (also 6 PCI slot), 3 beige g3 desktops and 1 tower. Plus a 6400 powermac.
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    I have a Power Macintosh 5400/180 that I've spent a fair bit of time screwing around with. I know being an all-in-one machine they're generally not regarded as particularly upgradable. At least, that's what I thought, until I found all those spare Power Mac motherboards lying around at what is essentially a local computer junk shop.

    Specifically, I threw in the 200MHz board from what I think was a PM 6400 or something like that. 256k cache + about 128mb of RAM. That board's in and working flawlessly - the extra 20 MHz wasn't a significant upgrade or anything, but it's a little speedier, at least. I was surprised to see that the desktop boards are plug and play with the all in ones.

    However, that 250 MHz board from a 6500 I've got really makes me squirm - Each and every time I've tried to put it into the 5400, it WORKS, at least for a while. If you do anything graphics intensive (I was trying to see how the 250MHz CPU + ATI Rage2 would run the original Unreal Tournament demo as a test) the system freezes.

    I even tried grafting a larger CPU cooler with fan onto the chip. No such luck. I'm suspecting the issue is overheating, but now I'm thinking less that it's the CPU overheating and more the GPU - perhaps the ventilation in the case isn't good enough compared to the desktop units?

    I digress, though, since I've now turned someone's 'check out my sweet new macs' thread into a 'why doesn't my unrelated mac work the way i want to' thread.

    Dreamcast270mhz, I would suggest you keep the 7200 and/or the 6600 and sell off the rest, unless you have a particular attachment to them. The 7200 is a robust and versatile machine, and I suspect your 6600 is actually a 6500, since I can't find a 6600 listed anywhere. If I'm wrong...well, I'm curious. The 250MHz processor is in line with the 6500, and I'm betting if you pop the case, you'll see that the CPU's got a cute little fan on it, and a nice ATi stamp on the graphics chip. That computer, if it is a 6500, is worth keeping for sure.

    If you can find a G3, or even better a G4, processor daughter card, you're really in business. You might even be able to get an early version of OS X running on it, depending on who you ask and how you go about it.

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    Whenever a "family" of computers like that comes my way, I see what I can do to network them-- even if it's just something simple like file sharing. Most times it proves to be a challenge and I learn a lot. Plus they play games really well.

    Appletalk is worth a look.
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    250MHz CPU + ATI Rage2 would run the original Unreal Tournament demo as a test) the system freezes.
    Did you install the ATI extensions when you used that board? I used to run a 6500 mb in a 5200 and had the same trouble until I installed the ATI extensions.

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    It's a 6500, sorry. The 6100 are PC-compatible,a nd was planning to sell anyways

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    The 6500 is awesome. Keep it. You need to really clean up the 6100s to get them to sell on eBay, if that's your plan. The fact that they are the version with the 486 DX2 will probably result in sales.

    Quote Originally Posted by kvanderlaag View Post
    If you can find a G3, or even better a G4, processor daughter card, you're really in business. You might even be able to get an early version of OS X running on it, depending on who you ask and how you go about it.
    Running Jaguar on a Mac with a <66 MHz bus is excruciating, but the classic OS with a G3/G4 is sublime. Mac OS 7.6.1 is the way to go if you ask me, but 8.1 and 8.6 will offer better capabilities.

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