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    Hi,

    I'm a big fan of 68K macs - still - and wondered what 68x00 based Mac are people's favourites, or even, if you have some in your collection

    I'm still a little undecided, it's a toss-up between:

    - IIfx: one of the most expensive Macs of all time, could beat later model Quadra's with a good graphics card. Very expandable, great case to work from, overclockable 030 @ 50Mhz.

    - SE/30: IIx power in a compact design with inbuilt screen. Still a great server for many tasks, and has a good upgrade path.

    - Quadra 840AV: Fastest 68K mac with two independant DSP chips for AV acceleration: came with filters for Photoshop acceleration. Easily the most advanced DSP from any machine during it's reign, including PCs.

    For that matter, what didn't you like in the 68K range of hardware?

    JB

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    Have a Performa 580CD with 28mb ram which I occasionaaly use, put a 4G HD in it (3 partitions) & run OS 7.6 & 8.1.
    Have a LC630, currently out on loan, & until recently a Mac Classic II, sadly deceased.
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    Hmm, my favorite 68k mac's would be...

    1. LC575 /w 68LC040
    2. LCIII
    3. Mac Classic

    Mostly for sentimental reasons...

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    me has Mac Classic (68000?), LC630 DOS (68LC040+80486)
    I'd rather be posting from an Apple //c

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    Of course, all those LC designated '040 models can be upgraded to full '040 CPUs (that is, with an FPU) if you can get em ...

    I can't stand Mac Classics I/II's (excluding color classic), if only because they're the only ones I find in droves! You can't upgrade them (esp. the Classic II, which is half the speed of an SE/30 due to a hobbled 16-bit bus). LC I/II's I don't care much for either - but at least the RAM and VRAM can be used elsewhere, along with any PDS cards.

    My main 68K 'beast' is an LC630, full 33MHz '040 overclocked to 40MHz, 132MB RAM/3GB disk, DOS compatible card with 586-160MHz CPU! Phwoar.

    Also have a LC475 @ 33Mhz, 36MB/1.2GB disk. Both are great as 68K LAN machines

    JB

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    well the classic was my first ever Mac. before that i'd only owned (and still do) an Apple //c.

    my first two macs (the classic and the LC630) are BOTH on the top 10 worst macs of all time list (see lowendmac.com for details) !!!!!
    I'd rather be posting from an Apple //c

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    I owned a 4Mb/20MbHDD Classic and loved it, it'd still do basic wordprocessing and DTP without a hitch (the guy who bought it off me for his daughter still uses it for a club newsletter)

    A mac-nut friend of mine has had various SE-30s, II's and IIfx's, all of which were loved and loveable machines.

    And while I grew to hate the IIvi I bought 2nd hand when I sold my Classic (mainly due to the 68k's succession to PPC), I look back fondly on the work it let me do - I published a local cycling "rides guide" on it, built Bicycle Tasmania's first website on it, and discovered the MP3 phenomenon (albeit VERY painfully) with the old bucket.

    All of the above worked eminently more reliably than the succession of *hit-heap PCs my employer has inflicted on me, including the latest in the line.
    If it can be imagined, their is already porn based on it.

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    I tossed my last 68k mac about a week ago. so sad. if it had a real 040 chip in it i would have install and run linux but it was a quadra 605...

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    http://www.danamania.com/605/ <-- web server running from a 605 all about the 605.

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    Argh - do you know you can switch the LC040 with a full &#39;040 little difficulty? Mind you, my overclocked 475/605 needs a little heatsink on the CPU now, as it gets a little warm ...

    JB

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    yeah. i did. it was taking up too much room. sad but true

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    Well, pizza box Macs are pretty common finds out there - not the greatest loss.

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    I tossed my last 68k mac about a week ago. so sad. if it had a real 040 chip in it i would have install and run linux but it was a quadra 605...
    Awww. Nicest looking 68k there is.

    http://www.danamania.com/605/ <-- web server running from a 605 all about the 605.
    *peeks to the right at the 6100 now running danamania.com*

    Yes I&#39;m slow to update things, but it *WAS* run on a Q605 for about 18 months. Not a bad effort for the little 68k. I managed to get a bit lazy, never wrote the gallery app for showing off photos that I wanted for the site, and resorted to the gallery app already done in PHP, which isn&#39;t quite quick enough on a 68k.

    Still, enough excuses from me. I like most of the 68ks, especially Quadras. I have a 630 much like bYrd above (hello btw&#33, and it&#39;s a nifty one too. My IIci with daystar 040 in is another favourite. Just cool... =)

    be well,
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    dana - hi&#33; Hmm how did you learn about this site?

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    Originally posted by bYrd@Jan 31 2004, 06:37 PM
    dana - hi&#33; Hmm how did you learn about this site?
    By peeking through referrer logs of the server, and seeing links from this thread .

    (and then I signed up when I saw... ta-dah... your post about it on 68kmla.net

    dana

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    Hmm....i&#39;m not sure really. I&#39;d have to say ALL OF THEM, but I do have a few favourites, in no particular order...

    Original Macintosh: The original&#33; Plus, it was my first Apple collectors item
    LCIII: My first Mac. Need I say more?
    LCII: First Mac I ever saw and used
    LC475/Q605: Kickass power and good looks
    Quadra 950: Its the Holden one tonner of computers&#33; Big. Old. Powerful. Cool. Need I say more?
    IIfx: Its code name says it all...WICKED FAST&#33;
    Quadra 840AV: Self explanatory
    SE/30: The fastest, most expandable compact Mac out there
    IIci: Fast and compact, with a good upgrade path
    PowerBook 550c: Do I really need to explain?
    PowerBook 190cs: Poor man&#39;s PB5xx
    LC/Performa/Quadra 630: Its an LC. Its extremely expandable. It looks good. It fits into your loungeroom.
    Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick two...

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    My favorites are the Quadra 840av and the Mac IIsi, Iused to run A/UX on the IIsi, and do some light AV work (mostly playing video through to my AUdioVision) on the 840av. I also find that the 840av is one of the best general working computers I&#39;ve ever had, it did everything I could ever want it to. I had the old adobe acrobat pro installed and I often wrote stuff with word and pdf printed it for people to read who didn&#39;t have word (I did alot of general writing and pdfprinted it and brought it to school)

    I had my 840av configured as follows
    2x Apple 300i
    14" Apple AudioVision™ monitor
    Apple Adjustable Keyboard
    64mb memory
    500MB hard drive (usually)
    Mac OS 8.1
    AppleWorks5
    Microsoft Office 4.2.1
    Supra Express 56k external modem (*totally borked one of my serial ports, so nearer the end of it&#39;s life with me, it had only one serial port)

    Near the end of it&#39;s lifetime, I found an ethernet transciever for it.

    It died of &#39;performaspeakeritis&#39; (stupid speaker blew something on the mobo which blew something else which borked the PSU, or something....)

    It often was my main machine instead of the iMac 233/32/4gb

    If I had not borked it with that stupid 6200&#39;s speaker, it would to this day be within the core of my mac fleet.

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    Originally posted by danamania@Jan 31 2004, 07:06 PM
    *peeks to the right at the 6100 now running danamania.com*
    Nice site&#33; Very clean and min.
    If it can be imagined, their is already porn based on it.

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    I loved my LCII as this was my first mac. I could do anything with it.

    I then upgraded to a Performa 5200CD and loved it more. It had a built in CD ROM drive, more CPU power, HDD and RAM. Just too boxy and big.....and beige.

    But my most favorite was the LCII. Just so magical being my first PC at the age of 14.

    Currently own a 900Mhz iBook.


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    A lot of 68k&#39;s were great in their day, but not so hot now. The ones I selected are those that are still desirable today for various reasons.

    best 68k macs:

    se/30 - powerful workhouse portable
    colour classic - nice trinitron screen, you can use lc575 motherboard to make this into one mean portable&#33;
    lc575 - nice format, coupled with decent power, upgrade to full FPU and you are set. I liked it anyway.
    lc630 - IDE makes this one worth it today, fairly quick too.
    q840av - As fast as it got for mac 68k.

    Ive got a soft spot for my q950, but too noisy (I should replace the fan with a pabst silent fan), too slow (30 pin ram) and too heavy all count against it. A fully upgraded one would be nice however.

    The champion for the moment is probably the q630, as the 840av is also noisy.

    Now only if I could find a greyscale card and 8x 16mb 30 pin ram to max out my se/30&#33;

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    Kreats> Have a soft spot the the Q950 myself - Applebits in Oakleigh have one for &#036;20-ish, but I&#39;m put off by finding rare-as 30-pin SIMMS greater than 1MB. Along with high-capacity SCSI-2 hard disks. The only way I&#39;ve been able to beef my SE/30&#39;s RAM up to 32MB is from salvaging memory from LC/LCII&#39;s found in my local hard waste collections&#33;

    Didn&#39;t know the 950 was that noisy - but then again, I&#39;ve never seen one in the flesh&#33;

    Greyscale card for SE/30 - mmm If only a schematic was put up on the web - it doesn&#39;t look that complex a device to build.

    JB

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