This weekend I decided to get started on 'rebuilding' the Powermac 8500 I got from a friend. It came with the original manuals, CD and stuff in the 'Look here first' box, so I ran the install CD. It installed Mac OS 7.5.3.
I had found a nice ISO image with lots of Classic Mac software, and used the CD I created to install System 7.6.1 on the system's second hard disk. Next I upgraded to 7.6.1 (how nice you can do all this without rebooting or having to run something first!).
Via the *excellent* website System7Today.com
I found all kinds of updates, software etc. for this machine. Because it has a very fast processor for it's time (180MHz 604e) I can run all kinds of software, Internet Explorer 5 as a nice web browser, Microsoft Office 98, Clarisworks 5 and more very nicely.
Here's a screenshot I mailed to my friend who got me the machine, to show him my work so far: