Hello Hillbillybear! Thanks for the compliment on my blog about the PRAM debacle. I had fun writing it, but not much fun going through problems. I usually enjoy working on my computers, tracking down problems and trying to solve them. I get a real sense of accomplishment when I can figure out a problem. But, not when it's my main computer that I count on everyday.
It's always a pleasure to me to share my experiences with people who really do want to keep their old machines 'alive' - sometimes I fail(ed), and then it's an even greater joy when I get things going again.
And Kathy is absolutely right - one reliable machine has to be working straight ahead, at least.
We, who usually have alternatives, can keep a second machine as a backup first and secondly as a substitute, for the case of the unexpected !
Try a simple thing as Apple+Mac+PowerBook+How+to+open+pdf as a 'Google'-search.
This leads you to the 'MacForums', the 'LowerendMacs' or a few other user groups.
A friendly guy once linked me up to a special 'How-to-open-a-PB-1400' since I have one with a croaking speaker. One result was that if you do this (and the machine is a little older), it is a reasonable thing to change the PRAM battery at the same time. But he wrote it like this (qoute): "Removing the battery means removing everything but the battery"...
I hear ya! I love to take my machines apart and see what's inside, even if I know I can't fix it, I'm still curious enough to look. Must be pretty interesting to be a tester for PCs. Getting paid to make PCs crash, love it!
Thanks for your message.
I certainly do have some interesting conversations with my wife about the collection. Particularly - now that our kids are older and we're running out of space in our house.
Hi ! I accidentially clicked your chat off - it's early in the morning in Mid Europe. As you already have found out, there are people everywhere experimenting how to restore older computers (not only Macs). Some of them with surprising successes.