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gmjhowe - Apple Fanboy Answered

Well, I made a purchase this sunday just gone.

I have bought one of the original Macintoshes from 1984, the model I bought was the Macintosh 512k, called the 'Fat Mac' due to its upgraded ram from 128k to 512k. It was the second model of Macintosh released.

The Specs are as follows,
  • Processor Speed: 8 MHz
  • System Bus Speed: 8 MHz
  • ROM Size: 64k
  • Data Path: 16-bit
  • Standard RAM: 512k
  • Built-in Display: 9" Monochrome - 512 x 384 1-bit
  • Avg. Weight: 16.5 lbs.
  • Introduction Date: September 10, 1984

So, now the question is, what do I do with this? The spec makes it useless as a machine, and I have no OS disk.

So far, I have three options,
  • Gut the inside of the mac, and install a new mini-itx system, and make it into a Hackintosh.
  • Gut the insides. Try and fix the free ps3 thats heading my way, install linux on ps3, install inside of mac
  • Gut the insides, and use it as the shell for a 'companion' tower for my iMac, housing back up drives, USB devices, and my small USB powere 7" mimo screen.

Let me know what you think, or suggest new ideas!

- gmjhowe

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2009-11-02
I, personally want one of these   LOL
 

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Rainbow_Han (author)2009-06-11

hmmm...I see your hugging it rather tightly - think Ive got competition! xxx

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Rainbow_Han (author)Rainbow_Han2009-06-11

btw - Tidy your room! :-P

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gmjhowe (author)Rainbow_Han2009-06-11

Nah, your a bit more cuddly than the mac. Plus you hug back, which is always good.

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robots199 (author)2009-07-20

Hold Down option+Shift+K to do this  I would like to inquire about where you bought that mac

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=SMART= (author)2009-07-18

I like the keyboard that came with it

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Elliot says (author)2009-07-07

Its beautiful Macs are best I recently bought a new apple macbook and I love it. Don't gut it its to good for that, get a cheap laptop or a pc mac whatever plug it in and use the old mac as a monitor hide the pc in cabinet. Win Win. It looks good it would be powerful and you could sell it on.

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gmjhowe (author)Elliot says2009-07-07

I have already gutted it, but, all the parts are intact, and it could be reassembled.

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ReCreate (author)2009-07-07

Perhaps sanding it with high grit sandpaper would make it look nice and white again?(yeah that was random...)

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ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-07-07
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gmjhowe (author)ReCreate2009-07-07

Im working on making some retr0bright to clean it up.

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ReCreate (author)gmjhowe2009-07-07
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Labot2001 (author)2009-06-13

I've got an idea, but it's a bit outlandish... Make a portable (ha-ha) computer out of it. Seriously though, you've got the room. Tiny motherboard, a hard drive, RAM, etc, then you need a PSU and battery, you can be fairly flexible with the battery seeing as how you have a load of space, although you may want to watch its weight (this wouldn't one of my concerns, but you might, depending on how you'll use it). Add a handle and replace the floppy drive with a slot-load DVD burner for lulz and bonus points. And install Windows 7 on it, of course :D Not extremely practical as a portable PC, but it would be fun making it. Good luck with whatever you do, and nice find!

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gmjhowe (author)Labot20012009-06-13

I do like your idea of adding a battery! Perhaps if i can get a cheap laptop that would make it an easy solution?

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Padlock (author)gmjhowe2009-06-15

You could always use a car battery... (I'd like to see someone dragging it around... lol!)

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fwjs28 (author)Padlock2009-06-18
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ReCreate (author)fwjs282009-06-23

Still would be pretty awkward...

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fwjs28 (author)ReCreate2009-06-23

oh yes, most definelty but still EPIC!!!!

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ReCreate (author)fwjs282009-06-23

O RLY? You mean Epicly Hard to take upstairs...

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fwjs28 (author)ReCreate2009-06-23

oh, you didn't get the message about a hover board attachment?

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ReCreate (author)fwjs282009-06-23

Yeah i got it...but when i saw the price...whew, don't even think about it :P

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fwjs28 (author)ReCreate2009-06-23

oh, i see...i hear in october hover-usa is releasing a new hover board the size of the average cellphone for about 20$

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ReCreate (author)fwjs282009-06-23

Yeah, I heard it can hold about 2 grams of weight, if you put more weight on it you void the warranty :(

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fwjs28 (author)ReCreate2009-06-24

o.....well then....that screws our plans....

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ReCreate (author)fwjs282009-06-24

Yeah, Not to mention you can't control it, you just let it go and hope for the best...

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ReCreate (author)fwjs282009-06-24

Yeah, Its Controlled the The Government...It is remote control, Via Satellite, The Government can control its movements...

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Labot2001 (author)gmjhowe2009-06-14

Cheap laptop sounds good, but how would you define "cheap"? Any 9" netbook would do, that way you could use the LCD too. But those are about $300 USD, roughly 183GBP.

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BrianKT (author)Labot20012009-06-18

The netbook's screen would have to be not widescreen or else it won't fit in the case.

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Labot2001 (author)BrianKT2009-06-19

He could cut an appropriately sized hole depending on the way it's set up.

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gmjhowe (author)Labot20012009-06-14

I never thought about using the screen also... i was planning to use my usb powered extra screen.

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Mepain (author)2009-06-19

Ha! I got an old Mac classic for free a week or 2 ago.

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gmjhowe (author)Mepain2009-06-19

Nice! the version i have is a much older one.. 1984!

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Rotten194 (author)gmjhowe2009-06-19

Big Brother -> Fat Brother -> Fat Mac Coincidence? I THINK NOT.

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gmjhowe (author)Rotten1942009-06-20

Have you seen the award winning Advert that they used?

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Rotten194 (author)gmjhowe2009-06-20

Yeah, I saw that. ITS A CONSPIRACY! RUN!

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ReCreate (author)2009-06-19

Does it have the standard 31/2 inch floppy or the 5 inch one? To me it looks like a 31/2 Floppy, if so, find an os disk on the web, and use a pc to write it to a floppy, new macs lacking a floppy drive

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Padlock (author)2009-06-15

You could buy an OS disk off ebay, wait 30 years, and sell it as an antique.

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Sunbanks (author)2009-06-10

I think I would probably make a fishtank out of it. But if you want to keep it working as something I would probably choose option three.

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gmjhowe (author)Sunbanks2009-06-11

I think a fishtank would not be a worthy enough choice. The Mac deserves better. Still a great idea.

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Sunbanks (author)gmjhowe2009-06-11

Yeah I figured it wouldn't be :P

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2009-06-13

LOL I had the very same thought, and had I not read down the thread first, I would have repeated your sentiments :-)

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Sunbanks (author)Goodhart2009-06-13

It would make a pretty cool fishtank, don't you think?

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