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Old 08-12-2006, 03:51 AM   #1
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1995 Power Macintosh


I was able to get a old Power Macintosh from 1995 for free....but....it has Mac OS 8.1 and I can't do much with it. I check the hard drive and found out that max capacity is only 100.3MB! I've used Fedora Core 4, White Box, Vine and SuSE (all of them for i386). I would like to be able to design web pages and do some software development on that old Mac. (it's been sitting on my desk for almots 3 years doing nothing). But I don't know any PPC linux's that would fit into a 100.3MB hard drive. I don't have the money to get a new HD nor do I have the money to throw it out. I was wondering if the earlier versions of vine linux for PPC would work. What are people's opinions on Vine Linux and is it possible to resurrect my old Mac?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:21 AM   #2
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Depends on the model of Mac that you have. You might be able to find a larger HD to fit in the computer. A lot of this will depend on whether it is SCSI or IDE. I've never used Vine Linux, but most of the PPC linux's I've seen are larger than 100MB.


Let me know what Model it is and I'll see what I can do to help.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 02:19 AM   #3
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It's a SCSI. I also checked out Apple's Mac OS 8.1 system requirements and to my suprise you need more then 100MB, something like 198MB.
Are SCSI HDs still made?
Cheers,
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Old 08-13-2006, 03:33 AM   #4
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Of course -- most high end systems still use SCSI drives. The more appropriate question is whether any SCSI drives that are compatible with that Mac are made (SCSI has gone through a number ofrevisions over the years). Try to find out what kind of SCSI drive it is (e.g. wide, fast wide, Ultra 160, etc.) and then check eBay.

The other question is how much RAM the machine has. Gnome and KDE take up large amounts of memory. If you have at least 64 MB of RAM then running Fluxbox is a viable alternative, but it won't scream. If you have less than 64 MB, then running X of any kind is likely to be somewhat slower than you want (if you have 16 MB or less, you can pretty much forget about X).
 
Old 08-13-2006, 03:56 AM   #5
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If your mac is from 1995 it may not even be a ppc chip. you may have a 68K mac. goto www.apple-history.com. This site has detailed info on every mac ever made. you can sort by model or year. it can tell you the details on your machine.

but to tell the truth you may want to see if there is software for OS 8.1 that can do the duties you want it to do. that OS is probably going to run the best for that machine.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 09:28 AM   #6
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It's a PowerPC. It said "SCSI: DB-25" but I have never heard of such thing. It has 64MB of RAM, and even with OS 8.1 its fairly slow during start up but once its running the only problem I have is it freezing up. I will definitely start looking for dev tool for OS 8.1 just in case.

Thanks,
Kenneth
 
Old 08-13-2006, 04:49 PM   #7
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You might have more luck if you can hunt down the model number and manufaturer of the drive. It should be printed somewhere on the label.
 
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it would be helpful to also include the model of the computer. from there others will be able to determine what hardware you are dealing with and what the best OS for this machine would be
 
  


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