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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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Rainbow_Han

9 years ago

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

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gmjhoweRainbow_Han

Reply 9 years ago

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

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robots199

9 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=

9 years ago

I like the keyboard that came with it

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Elliot says

9 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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gmjhoweElliot says

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreate

9 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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gmjhoweReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

Im working on making some retr0bright to clean it up.

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Labot2001

9 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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gmjhoweLabot2001

Reply 9 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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Padlockgmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreatefwjs28

Reply 9 years ago

Still would be pretty awkward...

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fwjs28ReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreatefwjs28

Reply 9 years ago

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

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fwjs28ReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreatefwjs28

Reply 9 years ago

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

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fwjs28ReCreate

Reply 9 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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ReCreatefwjs28

Reply 9 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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fwjs28ReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreatefwjs28

Reply 9 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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ReCreatefwjs28

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Labot2001gmjhowe

Reply 9 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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BrianKTLabot2001

Reply 9 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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Labot2001BrianKT

Reply 9 years ago

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

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gmjhoweLabot2001

Reply 9 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

9 years ago

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

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gmjhoweMepain

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Rotten194gmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Rotten194gmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreate

9 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

9 years ago

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

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Sunbanks

9 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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gmjhoweSunbanks

Reply 9 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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Sunbanksgmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah I figured it wouldn't be :P

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GoodhartSunbanks

Reply 9 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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SunbanksGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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