View Full Version : Are (really) old powerbooks useful?

9th February 2010, 03:36 PM
In doing a cleanup I've come across 2 old powerbooks.

One is a powerbook 180 and the other is a powerbook 145b
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 180 Specs @ EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook/stats/mac_powerbook180.html)
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 145b Specs @ EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook/stats/mac_powerbook145b.html)

Both of them work although I only have one power supply. The 180 also has a laptop bag that seems to be made for it.

useful or landfill? Both of these machines are getting on 16 years old now.

9th February 2010, 03:52 PM
I doubt it. Even though the systems could probably still word process and the like, the connectors and other I/O wouldn't work with any current model devices, and getting data in and out of them is becoming increasingly difficult.

Someone may want them, but I doubt they're useful anymore.

9th February 2010, 04:22 PM
Not useful, but not landfill either. They are fun machines to tinker with and I'm sure a collector would gladly take them off your hands.

9th February 2010, 06:34 PM
They are incredibly useful for Shufflepuck Cafe :) Apparently writers like old Powerbooks because they provide no online distraction, the screens can be seen easily in daylight, and in their day provided great battery life over a RAM disk (with backlighting turned off).

Someone will want them (I'd love to play with the 180), but for modern day use they're absolutely useless.


9th February 2010, 07:55 PM
Well they are fun to tinker with. I guess 'useful' is subjective but even then I wouldn't imply use for a daily task. For starters the batteries are shot...

Will move to the FS thread with some pics....but essentially whoever can pay post can have them both.

9th February 2010, 09:29 PM
I second the others - for modern day use, they are totally useless, but to someone with an interest in the older Macs, or who needs to run older software (for example, a teacher with older educational titles, there was some really good stuff done for machines of this era), they are very useful.

Just...whatever you do - don't throw out that 180 - that has to be the only PowerBook 180 I've seen in years that doesn't suffer from "tunnel-vision". (an issue with PowerBook 170 and 180 displays that causes the screen corners to go dark after the machine has been running for a while)

9th February 2010, 11:13 PM
Could be useful if you need to access floppy disks.