Building the Ultimate Classic Mac.

Austin Pass austinpass at
Sat Jul 16 02:05:40 CDT 2016

> On 16 Jul 2016, at 06:05, N0body H0me <n0body.h0me at> wrote:
> 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.
> ____________________________________________________________
> FREE 3D MARINE AQUARIUM SCREENSAVER - Watch dolphins, sharks & orcas on your desktop!
> Check it out at

I have an SE/30.

What is it about the Quadra 840 that makes it such a hot shot?  I've seen a few over the last few years, but all fetch £150+


More information about the cctech mailing list