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Optical drive interchange for Original Tibook?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by macmedic Oct 18, 2008.

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When did you get your first Mac?
1989 Mac+ on student discount
How many Macs do you own?
3
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
G4 Cube
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
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I have:
Newton 2100. "Scratchy" gets used as an e-book reader next to the wife's Kindle DX.
Newton 2100. "good one" Sits in a leather netwon bag with a bunch of peripherals.
Newton e-mate 300. Actually I really like this thing! rock solid, slow, but so convienent.

Powerbook 160. Everything works but the battery and there is a blemish on the screen. Not sure I'll keep it around. Maybe I'll re-cell the pack and sell it off. I don't enjoy using it for some reason (simply useless and I don't dig the design I guess.) Got it at a junk store for $30 on 12-17-2009.

G4 Cube 450 15" lcd apple display, speakers, isub2000, right keyboard and mouse. This will serve as shelf art in our "Computer Lounge" room when I get a shelf built/bought! The thing works fine, but is really too slow for youtube/hulu duty.

NON-RETRO imac24 (white) 1.5TB HD, 7600GT video, all white peripherals. It is super stable. Someday, I'll put the T7600 chip in it. I have the vesa mount kit for it too, but for now it sits on my bar/desk (pictures in my pictures folder.)


I'm not a collector, I'm really a user. I'm the kind of guy who likes to tinker and fixing/wrecking cheap old macs is fun for me. I enjoy pushing old tech to modern limits. I can't leave things stock. Here is a list of the junk I've played with over the years.

Mac+ for college in 1989. Gave it away to a girl who needed it more than I did.

Centris 650. Gave it to my sister. Built a custom audio in/out interface.

4400/200 chipped at 240. Interesting rig with all of the ibm clone hardware inside. Ran it as an X-10 whole house controller while a windoze computer took over as the primary rig for awhile...

SE/30. I had the apple SCSI CD-ROM drive, imagewriter, apple speakers, all period correct stuff. Came off a military base with a marathon /20 daughter card upgrade. I added the math co-processor chip and a pile of RAM to the daughter card. Good times. Should have kept that one. It was suffering alone in the attic, so I sold the entire kit to a collector for a song.

Powermac 6500. Didn't play with it very long. Tough rig to work on. Dual display didn't work very well on it. Sold it in a garage sale.

Mac Classic. Didn't do much with it. Paid $5 for it and sold it to a little girl at our garage sale for $5.

Powermac G3 Blue and White (my profile picture.) Lots of blue neon added into the side panels. Lots of internal upgrades. including a wifi pci card. It now conducts services at a church (A/V work).

G4 quicksilver 2001. Donated to work! clocked at 933, ide raid card, 9800 and 9200 video for quad displays, some other hoopty-do inside. It is the token macintosh at work. Usually used for testing development stuff.

Original Tibook. chipped to 550. internal bluetooth, ran from compactflash/ide adapter. I liked it, but when the backlight on the display died I gave up. Cut bait and moved on.

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