maybe OT: Powerbook 5300 OS upgrade

Brent Hilpert hilpert at
Fri Aug 21 13:45:43 CDT 2015

Yesterday I sent a power book 5300 to recycling.
The display hinge was quite broken, it was given to me a while ago and I didn't see accomplishing anything with it.

What's still kicking around here is:
	- the funky special HDI30-to-SCSI-DB25 adapter to get from the 5300 to normal SCSI
	- SCSI DB-25 to SCSI 50 cable
	- SCSI CDROM drive in case w power supply

Also still have:
	- the 5300 power adapter/charger:  Model No. M3037(APS-76)

I think the following also came with it (pile of stuff came jumbled together):

	- Global Village/teleport 56 fax/modem model A8245 (mini-DIN-8 connector)

	- PowerPrint adapter: mini-DIN-8 to Centronics parallel
	- PowerPrint software on floppies

	- MS office and MS word on about 30 floppies

Might be some other software as well.

Any or all is free for shipping if you like.
Location is Vancouver BC Canada.
Might be able to ship from the Washington border if you're patient.

I plugged the bare CD-ROM drive in (i.e. no SCSI bus connection).
Powers up, door opens and closes, LED flashes, spins with a random disk inserted but doesn't seem to come ready - not sure what one would expect with no host on the bus.

On 2015-Aug-21, at 8:30 AM, Joe Giliberti wrote:

> I guess I'll be trolling ebay for a bit for a drive. Thanks Guys!
> On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM, Zane H. Healy <healyzh at> wrote:
>>> 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.
>>> TIA
>>> 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.
>> Zane

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