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My eBay win 2300c arrived today. The packaging (and equipment too I think) smelled a bit. Not sure... maybe a smoker... or maybe just left out where it shouldn't have been. And, I was a further disturbed to find some red onion skin in the packing materials. -- WTH? Gross! -- I guess that's one of the perils of eBay... Maybe some recipient of one of my eBay sales thought that my packaging smelled (but I really doubt that's ever been the case).

Back on topic: I pulled out the sub-notebook and power adapter with dual charger add-on and fired it up. It booted fine and I left it run for a few minutes. It has 8.1 installed but I'm of the mind to downgrade it to 7.6.1 with SpeedDoubler 8. Anyone have any suggestions or experiences to relate? The larger screen is definitely a step up from my upgraded 270c from more than a decade ago.

After the quick test, I packed the Duo and all the accessories in a separate bag and discarded the packing material along with a well used 101 Dalmations mouse pad. Thanks seller, but I don't want my hand resting on that. Unfortunately, I have a lot of work to finish, packing to start and some other things to take care of before a two week vacation starting on Saturday. Clean up of the 2300c and setup activities will have to wait until I get back.

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Comment by James on October 2, 2008 at 6:25am
I've had some scary experiences with used Macs and the condition in which I find them. Disinfect! Disinfect! Disinfect!
Comment by JustSomeGuy on October 2, 2008 at 7:38am
I'm not generally a suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but I do like to give all new arrivals a nice rubdown with those disposable disinfecting wipes before I get too involved.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on October 2, 2008 at 8:48am
We're still talking about computers, right?
Comment by Sean2300c on October 12, 2008 at 12:39am
the 2300c is my current favorite out of my collection. Mine came with 8.1 installed too. I ended up downgrading it to 7.5.3, then to 7.6.1. Seems to be working pretty flawlessly. My main issue was all the upgrading I had to do with 7.6. I use the etherdock to connect to my MacBook (to transfer files) back and forth, so I needed the version of Appleshare that came with 8.1. Despite all the upgrades, 7.6 has a smaller footprint than 8.1, but can still run the same software. It is a fun machine for playing games, except when a CDRom is involved (its a hassle for me, because I do not have a permanent set up for it)

The 2300c is a great machine. It served as my primary computer (while my TiBook was out of commission) over the summer. I have to agree with the larger screen- it is much easier on the eyes. It is a pleasure to view photos on. I use it to download the pictures from my QuickTake 100.

Did your 2300c come with any docks?
Comment by David Gaxiola on October 21, 2008 at 2:15am
I'm back from vacation so hopefully I'll be able to get to cleaning the 2300c this weekend. Of course, getting the house back in order after two weeks away may take precedence.

The 2300c did come with the mini dock, micro floppy and a micro SCSI, plus HDI-30 to 25-pin adapter. After the cleaning, I need to dig out my CD600 from the garage and see if I can get them working together. It also came with an original Zip Drive (which I also had once upon a time). Luckily I've kept a USB Zip drive in a drawer so this should be a good way to transfer files.

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