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I finally got my PowerBook 170 upgraded to System 7.5.5. I used the disk files from the Apple website. I was able to copy them to the hard drive via AppleTalk with my PowerBook G3. Then I ran the upgrade from the hard drive. It worked great. So far no problems. The unfortunate thing with my 170 is that the screen has growing case of "tunnel vision". The longer its on, the darker the corners of the LCD become. Eventually turning all back (about 1/8"). Its takes a while, about 45 minutes. Also Im having problems with my mouse. Occasionally, going right it not a option. If you push on the mouse ball, it goes. I have taken it apart and clean everything, but it doesn't to have fixed it.

 

Besides the hardware issues, I have been using it. It's a great word processor. I have been working on an outline and the 170 has zero distractions, no email, no internet. I am able to control my C-ADD (computer attention deficient disorder). Its easy to click on the browser when Im getting tired or stumped on something. Taking that option away actually helps.

 

I am using Mac Write Pro and saving it as text document. Opens and looks good on my MacBook Pro. All tabs and basic formatting look perfect. Saving in Mac Write can be tedious because you always have to select 'text' as the file type, if you don't it will convert it to Mac Write Pro format.

 

The 170 is very functional even at its age....

 

 

 

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Comment by James on April 10, 2011 at 7:49am
Great job -- too bad about the screen problems though.
Comment by Kathryn on April 22, 2011 at 1:59am
That is a really good idea to use your PB 170 as a writing task machine. You make a valid point about all the other possible distractions on another machine, it's too easy to get sidetracked. I think I will borrow you idea, thanks! I hope it helps with the C-ADD. Let us know, there may be hope for the rest of us.
Comment by Powerusin MacMac on February 16, 2012 at 1:02am
My 170 is doing the same thing with the screen. Starts out perfect then it goes tunnle vision, This is An odd issue , I am going to find a fix, anyone that can add to this screen issue please feel free to say anything you know at all about this issue thank you!

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