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PowerMac 8600/9600

Quite simply, the best of Apples Darkest Era. The best of the non OS X Macs.

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Comment by davekill on October 14, 2012 at 11:17pm

Big and beautiful, she stills runs great.

Comment by Jeremy Clayton-Travis on October 28, 2013 at 1:19pm

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  

Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:11pm

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.

Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:14pm

A little beat-up, it made it in one piece.

Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:21pm

The overall condition is good, very little yellowing. 

Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:24pm

What's this???

Firewire, ethernet, and usb expansion cards!


Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:28pm

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.


Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:37pm

Another surprise. A Sonnet 400 G4 processor. Not stock, but I'll take it.

One day I may find the stock 300 604e.

Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:45pm

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.

Comment by davekill on November 2, 2013 at 10:47pm

They slide right in.

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