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With all the NIB auctions of Retro Mac and Apples on eBay I have been wishing for a NIB Pismo to surface but thought it would be unlikely. I finally saw an auction for a maxed out, tricked out, low mileage Pismo and I could not stop myself. I didn't even wait for the auction to play out, I took the sure-thing route and hit the Buy Now button to claim my dream machine. THE Pismo of my dreams. My highest regarded machine next to the TAM.

This beauty has been upgraded with a Daystar 550 Mhz G4 processor with 1 MB of backside cache at 250 Mhz, large hard drive, VST Expansion Bay of 20 GB, Airport card, Aria Extreme card, maxed RAM, a slot loading Wegnermedia 8X Superdrive, Matshita DVD, original boxes, manuals and CDs. And, a battery that holds a 2 hour charge. Oh yeah, and a Microsoft USB mouse. All this, and only 2 owners, low miles. And, it has the quietest 'clicker' that is more like the Wallstreet's soft and quiet clicker.

Wow, I have reached Pismo-Nervana. I need search no further. I have spent most of today moving over software from my other Pismo to hand down to my son so he will stop borrowing my PowerBooks when he needs to do something other than games. He has a gaming PC, but that's about as far as he gets with it. For anything else, he uses the Macs. Now, he will have his own Pismo that will run for years.

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Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 6, 2008 at 12:15pm
After reading that does anyone else need a cigarette? (and I don't smoke...)
Comment by Kathryn on December 8, 2008 at 7:19am
Yeah! After I pushed that power button, that's exactly how I felt. ;-}
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 8, 2008 at 9:50am
It's the same reaction I have to a Belleprima description.
Comment by Kathryn on December 8, 2008 at 11:09am
I think his are much more, satisfying.
Comment by skipapple on December 9, 2008 at 10:47pm
Congratulations on the pristine Pismo! Sounds like Santa shopped early this year. What's the OS you're running on it?
Comment by Kathryn on December 10, 2008 at 1:48pm
Yes, Santa did come early and brought me just what I wanted. It's running 10.4.11, and has OS 9.2 on a VST expansion bay hard drive for booting into OS 9. Pretty cool, until last evening when I wanted to load Myst on my OS 9 drive. I put the expansion drive in the expansion bay and booted up in OS 9. Then opened my Myst CD and then sudden realized I now have a dilemma. The CD/DVD has to load in the same expansion bay that I have my OS 9 partition on. Duh! It seemed a good idea at the time to load OS 9 on a separate drive, now I see that when I have it booted in OS 9 I can not use the floppy, zip, or the CD/DVD drive. I'm going to have to rethink my plan here. ARG!
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 11, 2008 at 10:37am
Doh!
Comment by skipapple on December 11, 2008 at 6:46pm
Maybe you could use Disk Utility to make disc images of your Myst CDs and put them on an external FireWire drive? (I have a Lombard with the slow USB 1.1 so I have port envy!) Then you could boot from the OS 9 HD. Would that work?
Comment by Kathryn on December 14, 2008 at 7:23am
That would work. I like that.
Can the USB card be swapped out I wonder? Replaced with a USB 2? I'm having my first cup'a Joe, it's 0519, can I be un-liberated and stay home? I'll cook, I swear. Oh wait a min. I veered. Better go wake up.
Comment by skipapple on December 15, 2008 at 8:57am
I think I'll keep my Lombard all-original. I do like having SCSI on it, and it runs OS9 quite nicely. Wonder why Apple dropped the swappable drives? Maybe it made them too heavy. Hope you woke up OK, Kathryn!

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