maybe OT: Powerbook 5300 OS upgrade

Zane H. Healy healyzh at
Fri Aug 21 09:59:48 CDT 2015

> On Aug 21, 2015, at 7:45 AM, Joe Giliberti <starbase89 at> wrote:
> Greetings!
> I know that many of my posts to this list tend to be on the fringes of what
> is normally discussed here. I apologize in advance if this is too new for
> the group.
> I am trying to get my Powerbook 5300 up and running as a usable word
> processor (with portable printer) for school and for email. It is currently
> running System 7.5.2. The machine is capable of supporting MacOS 9.1, but
> my goal is 8.6. I see them talking on lowendmac that upgrading the OS makes
> the machine more solid, but it doesn't explain how to do it. The machine
> only has a floppy drive and no networking. Were there any system 8.6
> install floppies? I can't think of another way to get it on there.
> Joe

If I remember right your limited to CD.  Even on my 520c, I was able to attach an external SCSI CD-ROM drive.  It was pretty much a requirement.  I'd say, definitely get it onto 8.x.

I'm not sure how this is on the fringes for the list, as the system is nearly 20 years old.


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