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Quite simply, the best of Apples Darkest Era. The best of the non OS X Macs.
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Big and beautiful, she stills runs great.
I have six of these machines starting with an 8600/200 going up to a 9600/300 and machines in between.
The 9600 MP 200 is an interesting machine although software that runs on multi processor machines is rare.
I have upgraded 2 machines to 1.5 gigs of ram with 128mb PCI graphics cards and Sonnet G4800 upgrade cards on OS 8.6
As a classic Mac fan I get a kick out of occasionally using my collection and I've had a hankering to do some retro NTSC video editing.
To my dissapointment I discovered that the wings personality card in my beige desktop G3 could only capture 320x240 video.
(more on that project at a later date)
Then I had read the older 8600s could capture true 640x480 video.
Time to visit eBay and as luck would have it, there was one 8600 up for bid!
The ad said;
"I wasnt able to test it but it looks like everything is there and in good condition. Dont miss your chance to own this rare item. "
Pictured was a stock photo from an advertisement, not the actual computer.
Talk about buying a 'pig in a polk'.
I took a chance figuring at best this was a stock computer and the guy didn't have a monitor to test it with...
or at worse, it was a 'basket-case' with power supply issues.
Fingers crossed and this is what showed up in it's original box.
A little beat-up, it made it in one piece.
The overall condition is good, very little yellowing.
Firewire, ethernet, and usb expansion cards!
Just one more thing to check.
So far, better than expected.
Next, open it up and....
So that's the trouble - upper left cage empty (no hard drive).
No dust bunnies either, this case is really clean.
Another surprise. A Sonnet 400 G4 processor. Not stock, but I'll take it.
One day I may find the stock 300 604e.
I had an extra 2GB drive that would work for the system and I found that the newer scsi drives are cheaper and faster than the old 50 pin drives.
With an adapter, this 38 GB Quantum will make a good secondary drive.
They slide right in.
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