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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject: Any use for PowerBook 540c? Reply with quote

I recently found an un-used (as in: not actively used anymore) PowerBook 540c. It boots just fine (in to Mac OS 7.1) and seems to be working flawlessly. Is there anything useful (or not so useful) I could do with it? does Linux run on it? What's the going rate for top-notch condition 540c these days ;)?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we found a couple of those at work, and they make good paperweights... its just too bad you can't make fish bowls or hampster cages out of them... ;) and according to e-bay they are going for somewhere between 25 and 50 US$
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, those don't even have a PowerPC processor. :( It's got an m68k, 68040 I think. There is an m68k port of linux, but it's not supported by Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

djscribble wrote:
we found a couple of those at work, and they make good paperweights... its just too bad you can't make fish bowls or hampster cages out of them... ;) and according to e-bay they are going for somewhere between 25 and 50 US$


Well, I can use that money towards more worthwhile causes. Now I just have to find some Mac-head to sell it to....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseJX wrote:
Unfortunately, those don't even have a PowerPC processor. :( It's got an m68k, 68040 I think. There is an m68k port of linux, but it's not supported by Gentoo.


The 540c has one of those 68040LC jobs. As far as I know, it won't even run m68k linux. The 550c (japan only) had a real 68040 in it.

Wasn't it supposed to be upgradeable to ppc? Not that would make any sense financially, but...
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