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  1. #1

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    Default Vintage WTB: 68K Powerbook

    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

    Thanks

    -Oldmacs
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    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.

    Old an rare working Apple Powerbook 150 | Laptops | Gumtree Australia Central Coast - West Ulverstone
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    Thanks
    I'd love it but I doubt they would post and its well out of my price range :/
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    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.
    Last edited by Orestes; 14th April 2013 at 07:26 PM.
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    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 and that can run system 7.5.0 and 7.1!!
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    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldmacs View Post
    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 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.
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    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 ..



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    How much would you want for it?
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    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?
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    I'm in sydney ...

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

    I'll send you a PM
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    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.

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    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!
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    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!

    JB

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    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!!!!!!
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    Agreed, echo what he said. Anyone reading - don't ever leave any batteries in anything!! PowerBooks, compact Macs, Newtons, whatever! Remove all batteries!!

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    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.
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