maybe OT: Powerbook 5300 OS upgrade

Sean Caron scaron at
Fri Aug 21 09:56:51 CDT 2015

Sorry, let me be more clear; if the machine already boots, you might be
able to mount the installation CD-ROM using an Appletalk share over
Localtalk. You can't actually net-boot the Powerbook from the Localtalk



On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 10:55 AM, Sean Caron <scaron at> wrote:

> Hi Joe,
> System 8 and subsequent were only available on CD-ROM. I think newest you
> can get on floppies is 7.5.3 or 7.5.5. You should be able to do the
> installation no problem with an external [Apple] SCSI CD-ROM. Might also
> work from a Localtalk share, if you have another Mac available? I don't
> know if I've ever tried that.
> Best,
> Sean
> On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 10:45 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

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