My second Mac

Zane H. Healy healyzh at
Sat Jan 6 17:33:35 CST 2007

At 1:21 PM -0800 1/6/07, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>On 6 Jan 2007 at 12:26, Zane H. Healy wrote:
>>  That's probably about the model before my G4/450 AGP.  If so a Zip
>>  drive could have been standard.  Does it have a faceplate that
>>  matches the rest of the system?
>Yup--and the little tag on the back mentions the Zip drive, now that
>I have my near-see glasses on.  This one also has 1MB cache and some
>sort of AV card in it.

Sounds like this might have been the follow-on to the 8500/8600 
models then.  Somehow when I'd read your first post I'd read Beige as 
Blue and White, so your system is actually quite a bit older than I 

>I understand that low-profile 256MB SIMMs can be installed, but that
>they need to be a special type, not the usual PC133 type.  Is this
>true--and any guidelines to make sure that I'm picking up the right

Depends on how old the system is, as to how picky it is.  I'd 
recommend checking out one of the old Mac HW sites.

>I found a version of Mozilla 1.3.1 that runs on it at
>  It seems to be adequate for casual browsing.


>I've used fixed-frequency WS monitors on PCs since the first 19"
>Daisy that I obtained, around 1988.  It's only lately that I've begun
>using LCD monitors. I was concerned that there might be something
>REALLY funny about Mac video.

As this isn't as new of a system as I was thinking, as a result it 
might be a bit more difficult than I'd indicated.  As Cameron 
indicates you'll likely need a Mac-VGA converter, they used to be 
real easy to find as a lot of monitors shipped with them.

>I guess Linux is the next step.  Any favorite flavors?

No clue here, I won't waste Mac Hardware on Linux (just like I won't 
run Unix on VAXen or Alpha's).  You might look at Yellow-Dog, IIRC, 
it's a distro for Mac's.


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