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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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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

That's perfect! :D

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I, personally want one of these   LOL
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Rainbow_Han
Rainbow_Han

11 years ago

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

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Rainbow_Han
Rainbow_Han

Reply 11 years ago

btw - Tidy your room! :-P

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

LOL thumbs up ;-)

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

*does the same*

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=SMART=
=SMART=

Reply 11 years ago

haha

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

lol! That is funny...

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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

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robots199
robots199

11 years ago

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

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=SMART=
=SMART=

11 years ago

I like the keyboard that came with it

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Elliot says
Elliot says

11 years ago

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
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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

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ReCreate
ReCreate

11 years ago

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

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

As seen in your avatar

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Im working on making some retr0bright to clean it up.

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

oh...ok...i guess...

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Labot2001
Labot2001

11 years ago

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
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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
Padlock

Reply 11 years ago

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

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

put wheels on it...

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

Still would be pretty awkward...

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

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

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

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

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

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

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

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

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

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
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

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
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

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

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

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

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

ugh, party pooper

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ReCreate
ReCreate

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 11 years ago

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
BrianKT

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 11 years ago

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

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Mepain
Mepain

11 years ago

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

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Rotten194
Rotten194

Reply 11 years ago

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

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Have you seen the award winning Advert that they used?

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Rotten194
Rotten194

Reply 11 years ago

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

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ReCreate
ReCreate

11 years ago

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
Padlock

11 years ago

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

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

11 years ago

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
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah I figured it wouldn't be :P

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

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
Sunbanks

Reply 11 years ago

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