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14th April 2013, 04:10 PM
Hi All
I am looking to buy a 68K Powerbook in working condition (Apart from the 190CS as I have one already :P )
I don't have much of a budget but I'm still keen :D

Thanks :)


14th April 2013, 06:37 PM
There's a 150 on Gumtree but its on the northern tip of Tasmania in Ulverston. It would be mint if it were a 150 colour. They have the older style trackball as well which is spiffy where the 190 has a trackpad. The 150 also has a full processor rather than the LC. It should by rights be marginal quicker than a 190.

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14th April 2013, 06:45 PM
Thanks :)
I'd love it but I doubt they would post and its well out of my price range :/

14th April 2013, 07:13 PM
Funilly enough I've got friends in Ulverston but these things thar can't even boot OS 8.1 are simply to old for anything much useful for my concerns. A PowerBook 280c or 540c would be something else however.

14th April 2013, 08:38 PM
I have just pretty much 'fallen in love' with these older PowerBooks!!! I want a powerbook that makes the same startup tone as my 475 :D and that can run system 7.5.0 and 7.1!!

14th April 2013, 08:55 PM
woah, 100 bucks! Is that the going price for a 150 now? Not the most desirable of powerbooks (clunky case, underpowered and a sub-par screen), and I wouldn't call it rare, I've seen/have a few of them. Then again, all old macs are getting harder to find, so maybe 'rare' is justified?

Though I do suppose portables would command higher prices than the equivalent desktop models by default

14th April 2013, 09:27 PM
Don't go near a Powerbook 150 - the only thing going for them is they can take a 2.5" IDE hard disk (so you could put in a CF card), but they are cheap and nasty models with stripped down expansion options. Most are 4MB RAM because you'll never find the RAM adapter that lets you plug in a Duo compatible RAM card.

Look out for nice models like a 5x0, Powerbook 170, with active screens - the passive LCDs in Powerbooks are terrible.

And don't spend any more than $40 on one :)

14th April 2013, 09:28 PM
I have just pretty much 'fallen in love' with these older PowerBooks!!! I want a powerbook that makes the same startup tone as my 475 :D and that can run system 7.5.0 and 7.1!!

They were certainly neat... in the late 90s I did work for a small Apple Authorise Reseller, Ramifications. I set a couple of PowerBook 100s up. Apple has always had cooler laptops than the PC equivelant even back then, the one thing that frustrates me particularly with notebooks is having to hold down the mouse button on the finder menu! It became simply frustrating on a PowerBook with a trackball.

14th April 2013, 10:28 PM
I have an powerbook 100 (dead unfortunately) which you can have or swap for something..

i've been meaning to put up an EOI as it was an old project that i realised i'm never going to get around to ..

it doesn't power up and the case is not great (some sticker residue and a crack along the hinge) but it comes with the system disks and external floppy ..



14th April 2013, 10:38 PM
How much would you want for it?

14th April 2013, 11:13 PM
tbh i'd be happy to swap for something, just not sure what lol ..

you don't have an old 1.33 12" powerbook logic board lying around?
cause that's my other 'project' which is rapidly tipping into the 'never going to happen' basket .. $ value PB logic board is prob not equal to PB100 anyway .. :)

where are you btw?

14th April 2013, 11:16 PM
I'm in sydney ...

I don't have a Powerbook logic board sadly- I don't have much else to trade either :/

14th April 2013, 11:22 PM
hey if you want to pay postage you can have it .. i was looking to offload it locally (adelaide) but hey, you asked for it and motivated me to get it gone so ..

not sure what postage would be .. never posted something so heavy before

14th April 2013, 11:25 PM
Thanks very much :)

I'll send you a PM

15th April 2013, 04:30 PM
Nice score with the PB100!!

I've told myself I WONT collect PowerBooks but the 100 (and the 190) are two that I would definitely like to own.

Good luck with it.

15th April 2013, 04:40 PM
I'm very exited !!!! I now have parental permission !! :)

I will next need to try and fix it! That will be a task and a half!

15th April 2013, 05:10 PM
The PB100 is a great little machine to work on, kind of fitting the first PowerBook is constructed so well. First thing to check is the seating of the CPU daughter card, RAM (remove what's there first, it will likely be a 2MB module with 2MB onboard) and display cable. Remove the batteries, the little coin cells too, while trying to power it up. The displays often die due to age too, but they will show signs of life and don't forget to fiddle with the contrast/brightness dials which often go a bit weird over time. The chargers too aren't infallible, they too can die.

Good luck!


15th April 2013, 05:19 PM
Thanks :)

I will be taking out ALL BATTERIES- after getting my PB 190CS with a battery that exploded I will not leave a battery in it!

Hoping that I can get it to work!!!!!!

15th April 2013, 11:35 PM
Agreed, echo what he said. Anyone reading - don't ever leave any batteries in anything!! PowerBooks, compact Macs, Newtons, whatever! Remove all batteries!!

15th April 2013, 11:54 PM
Yep. As some of you will know, I moved interstate last year and had to leave just about all of my collection back in QLD, its still at my parents' place. You won't find a single Mac of mine back at home with a battery still in it. Before leaving I pulled out all batteries and disposed of them (apart from PowerBook batteries, obviously - they're stored seperately to the machines), even batteries that were still good. Its just not worth the risk.

16th April 2013, 12:04 AM
And if you acquire macs that have had a battery recall make sure that your computer is not affected or has had the battery replaced under recall - EG those iBooks that got recalled and the Powerbook 5300 (I think). No matter how new or old the PRAM battery is I remove it- Other wise this can happen.........




16th April 2013, 09:46 AM
Umm looks like that LC has been out in the wilderness for a while before the battery even cause a problem :D

16th April 2013, 10:05 AM
That's sad :(

16th April 2013, 02:33 PM
In other news - what's the worst condition Apple/Mac you've had in your collection?

I had a IIGS that had been assumedly stolen from a school and fished out of a river. There was nothing salvageable left of it, even the plastics were stained (rust/tannins).

However, I do wish I'd kept it. The patina would have made it a nice garden ornament!

16th April 2013, 03:53 PM
My 190CS with the two batteries exploded everywhere!!

16th April 2013, 06:07 PM
I have an LC that was much like the one in the pictures, not quite as far gone (the PSU and a few other bits were salvageable) but I wouldn't think of getting it to boot...

I did get a Centris 650, covered in possum stains and mostly rusted out, but the motherboard just seemed dusty. Brought it back, tidied it up and it powered on. I even got a happy mac before it froze up.

I've got a few LC's for 'parts only' that were left effectively to the elements for years, covered in dust and possum droppings. Nearly all of them booted.

16th April 2013, 08:16 PM
That sounds nasty..... :P

17th April 2013, 10:23 AM
Yeah, true. Just about everything I picked up from Howards was thick in dry dust and possum wee/poo.

As I unloaded the pallets into the carport, I gave everything a preliminary scrub with hot water and soap before even putting it into the shed. The OneScanners were THICK in shit... Literally... But they both got the preliminary wash/wipe then total disassembly and dunk into the laundry trough.

So long as the wee/poo didn't seep too much inside (which some definitely did), they were really diamonds in the rough.

I find a lot of desktop Macs have rust on their internal shielding these days. Don't be too put off, just clean them up as best you can and a light wipe of WD40 will make sure it doesn't get worse - quite common in machines like Q800/Q840 PM8100/PM8500's 7x00's etc.

17th April 2013, 11:26 AM

By the way- I'm also on the look out for a PB 500 series or 170/140/160 :D
I've got PB fever !!! (The 68k equivalent of gold fever) :P

17th April 2013, 11:58 AM
Oldmacs, I might have a PB 165 for you in future, but need to get the data off it, might be a couple of months until I get the chance to do it. It needs a charger, but is a very nice unit.

17th April 2013, 12:01 PM
I'd love that!!!

How much would you want for it? :)

21st April 2013, 01:40 PM
I may have a 165c. I'm just trying to locate it. Will let you know.

21st April 2013, 11:06 PM
That would be great

However I may have to be on a long term waiting list :/ I will PM with more detail if you do find it :)

25th April 2013, 04:35 PM
Sadly, it appears to have been thrown out - I gave it to my daughter, who left it at her mother's place when she moved out and it's apparently not there anymore. Sorry.

25th April 2013, 05:07 PM
Ok thanks for looking :)

Still looking for PowerBooks :)

25th April 2013, 05:58 PM
Tangent23, Is your PM working?
If you don't want to go through with the Powerbook please let me know :)

25th April 2013, 07:50 PM

2nd May 2013, 12:11 PM
lol finally sent it ;)
check your pm's

2nd May 2013, 06:03 PM
Thanks so much!!!!!

Checked my Pm and sent a reply :)

4th May 2013, 09:50 AM
You still looking for a PowerBook 150?

4th May 2013, 11:17 AM
Yes :)

4th May 2013, 11:45 AM
I have one here in Melb that used to belong to Byrd. I'll have to check if it still works if so you can have it.

I was going to hang on to it as it was my "first" Mac but I figured emulation is good enough =)

4th May 2013, 12:16 PM

That would be great....
I will however have to find a way to sneak it past the parents...... :P

4th May 2013, 12:31 PM
Its yours for the price of shipping. Probably $15 - $20 and probably can only be shipped via road because of battery

17th July 2013, 08:11 PM
Bump :)

Looking for 68K and PPC Powerbooks :) (But still limited in approval factor and money ;) )