Apr 232010

G3 PowerBooks
My goal in collecting portable Apple computers isn’t to have one of every model, just to have one that personifies each major developmental step along the way. Apple portable computers powered by the G3 processor (aka PowerPC 750) were sold from late 1997 through January of 2001 when the G4 “TiBook” was introduced at Macworld Expo.

I am fortunate to have a few of these in my collection, all fully operational. Read on for the details. Continue reading »

Apr 142010

I completed my project to install 3 different versions of the Mac OS onto my recently acquired PowerBook G3 “Lombard.” Below are the resulting screenshots of the computer started into Mac OS 8.6, Mac OS 9.2.2, and Mac OS 10.3.9 “Panther.”

About this Mac - OS 8.6

"About this Computer" window under Mac OS 8.6

Startup Disk control panel - Mac OS 8.6

Startup Disk control panel from Mac OS 8.6

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Apr 122010


Last week I posted an article about acquiring a 333 MHz PowerBook G3 “Lombard” to add to my collection of classic Apple computers. During my research about this computer I discovered that it has the ability to operate under three different major versions of the Macintosh operating system: 8, 9, and X.

Thus was born my idea to configure the Lombard with the ability to boot into each of these operating systems so that it might be a self-contained demo of the evolution of the Mac OS from 8.6 (May, 1999) through 9.22 (December, 2001) all the way to 10.3.9 (April, 2005).
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