Building the Ultimate Classic Mac.

N0body H0me n0body.h0me at
Sat Jul 16 00:05:56 CDT 2016

If I had the time and money (mostly money) to do this, I
would settle for nothing less than a Quadra 840AV.  Be
prepared to spend $$$$, though; the 840 is quickly approaching
'investment grade'.

If I wanted the "all in one" experience, I would get the
SE/30.  Once again, these are kinda pricey.....

> -----Original Message-----
> From: other at
> Sent: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:26:06 -0500
> To: general at
> Subject: Re: Building the Ultimate Classic Mac.
> I went thru this exercise myself a couple of years back.  Even kicked off
> a
> thread on a Mac email list.
> I don't/didn't have any experience or background with the Mac on the 68K,
> so
> that didn't come into my decision making.
> I ultimately decided that I didn't need the fastest/biggest/most memory
> power
> house Mac that would run Classic.  I just needed to run my Mac OS apps
> and games
> that would never be ported to x86.
> I purchased a G4 cube and have been happy with that decision.  I can boot
> up
> into Mac OS 9.x, and also boot into OS X 10.4 with Classic support.
> This was what worked well for me.  I will be interested to see what you
> ultimately end up choosing.
> Jerry
> On 07/15/16 02:03 PM, Austin Pass wrote:
>> I'm toying with putting the "ultimate" classic Mac together, although
>> I'm
>> having a little difficulty pinning down the definition of what the
>> ultimate
>> representation of the type is, so was looking for a little input from
>> Classic CMP'ers.
>> I'm aware that there's a clear divide between Motorola and PowerPC CPU'd
>> variants, so I'm going to plump for a PowerPC based version so that I
>> can
>> get access to newer hardware and use it as a kind of bridge system
>> between
>> my current computers and the more historic versions.
>> In terms of hardware I have a lovely mirror-door G4 PowerMac I'm
>> intending
>> to use.  I have the original media that shipped with this, so I can get
>> 9.2.1 on it relatively easily.  Are there any add-in cards (PCI) I
>> should
>> be considering?  It has a built in Airport Card (possibly Airport
>> Extreme?)
>> although my home Wi-Fi is 802.11n or better with WPA2 so I'll just use
>> Ethernet to connect it to my LAN.  Was a gigabit ethernet card ever
>> released with Mac OS 9 drivers?  I have a couple of 600GB PATA disks
>> that I
>> can use with it, but has there ever been a SATA implementation that
>> worked
>> with classic Mac OS?
>> Also, I have an Asanté ether bridge tucked away somewhere that I hope to
>> be
>> able to use to connect some of my older Mac OS boxen without Ethernet.
>> In terms of the software - any top-line utilities or System Extensions I
>> should look to get my hands on?  What's the state of the art in classic
>> Mac
>> OS browsing nowadays, Mr Kaiser - is Clasilla still maintained?
>> -Austin.

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