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 PostPost subject: pre mac operating system?        Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:47 am 
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ok...
I have an Apple IIgs with the origional system disks...
the thing i noticed was that it looks stunningly like the early mac os systems, but needs no hard disk.
i love the Apple IIgs was really nice because it has a i486 processor card, a scsi card, blah blah blah...

i am wondering if anyone wants me to mail them a copy of the disk, or send them one...

i am considering this os a "beta" to the mac os, and close to abandonware...

this system is stunningly close to the mac, seeing as it had a removeable keyboard attached to an ADB port, it has a scsi port, an apple talk port, can support up to a 250 GB scsi (not a typo, its 250 GB) has network support, and i used to run this sucker with windows, and a 21" mac monitor from a nuclear powerplant (that really isnt that impressive)

anyone interested, or wants a picture of me running the system?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:53 am 
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wait, if I read that right you've had Windows installed on it?

pics or it didn't happen.


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sadly, pics are not possible, because i do not have the i486 card anymore...

if you wiki the system, you will find that there was an i486 card (which i had) and custom ram cards werent hard to get... add around 16 mb ram, and throw 3.1 on, and you got windows on a mac...

i also have softwindows that runs 3.1 on any powerpc... you can even upgrade that to 98, but it runs really slow on my old powerpc mac... a 6100 or something...

i can get pictures of me running my apple IIgs system, but it will have to be when i get back to my iowa house...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:18 am 
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sadly, pics are not possible, because i do not have the i486 card anymore...

You can if you use a camera or cell phone camera, useless you don't have access to them


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im saying that i sold the parts on ebay to make some quick cash... i kept the actual system with some parts as a keepsake, a bridge between mac and the II series...

that and i am way to cheap to have a cellphone with a camera... and my system is in iowa, i am in minnesota right now... sorry man no pics, i had no camera then, have no card now...


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I bet that computer must of cost something like $10,000! Now, it would probably be worth $70! :D

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I bet that computer must of cost something like $10,000! Now, it would probably be worth $70! :D


The TAM was the only Apple device to ever cost that much.

yes various x86 cards existed for the Mac and plugged into the PDS slot, running 16 bit windows on a mac was not an uncommon thing in the past.

pizzaboy: GS/OS was a recreation of the finder and ran ontop of ProDOS afaik, quote me if i'm wrong though, but it's definallly abw. Feel free to ask in #macdomain on freenode, some guys there probably know where to get it.

ADD: it's likely on hotline too, try preterhuman if it's still alive.


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i have disks and copies of disks...

if it is possible, it could be uploaded to the FTP if it hasnt already...

just a suggestion though


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The TAM was the only Apple device to ever cost that much.

Actually, the TAM's MSRP was $7,499 USD. it's not the most expensive though, the Apple III costed $7,800 USD


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I always thought that the Lisa was the most expensive (US$9,995). And it also counts as a Mac because it was later rebranded as the Macintosh XL with the emulator MacWorks which allowed the Lisa to run the Mac OS.

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Thlump wrote:
Zimmy wrote:
The TAM was the only Apple device to ever cost that much.

Actually, the TAM's MSRP was $7,499 USD. it's not the most expensive though, the Apple III costed $7,800 USD

You can pay tens of thousands for a full-spec Mac Pro, so still not the most expensive Mac ;) The Mac IIfx cost around $10,000 new as well.

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Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
Thlump wrote:
Zimmy wrote:
The TAM was the only Apple device to ever cost that much.

Actually, the TAM's MSRP was $7,499 USD. it's not the most expensive though, the Apple III costed $7,800 USD

You can pay tens of thousands for a full-spec Mac Pro, so still not the most expensive Mac ;) The Mac IIfx cost around $10,000 new as well.


Quickly put this together...

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Why is it that Apple Macs are always more expensive then PCs?

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Why is it that Apple Macs are always more expensive then PCs?


Maybe not always more expensive, but a lot of the time. The simple answer is build quality. The machines are far more well engineered (in my experience) than the average OEM computer out there. That's the reason I bought my MacBook Pro, I refuse to run OS X on it but it's a great Vista slaptop.


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ddew wrote:
squidward_ wrote:
Why is it that Apple Macs are always more expensive then PCs?


Maybe not always more expensive, but a lot of the time. The simple answer is build quality. The machines are far more well engineered (in my experience) than the average OEM computer out there. That's the reason I bought my MacBook Pro, I refuse to run OS X on it but it's a great Vista slaptop.
Very true. I mean, take a look at all the videos Apple makes when they release a new product (PowerBook G4, MacBook Pro, the new MacBooks, etc.). They always take great pride in engineering and designing their products. I love typing on this keyboard, regardless of it now being the non-newest MacBook Pro out there. :)

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troyoda1990 wrote:
ddew wrote:
squidward_ wrote:
Why is it that Apple Macs are always more expensive then PCs?


Maybe not always more expensive, but a lot of the time. The simple answer is build quality. The machines are far more well engineered (in my experience) than the average OEM computer out there. That's the reason I bought my MacBook Pro, I refuse to run OS X on it but it's a great Vista slaptop.
Very true. I mean, take a look at all the videos Apple makes when they release a new product (PowerBook G4, MacBook Pro, the new MacBooks, etc.). They always take great pride in engineering and designing their products. I love typing on this keyboard, regardless of it now being the non-newest MacBook Pro out there. :)


The backlighting and great hinges were worth the extra money just by themselves. :)


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If I had an Apple Mac computer, I would dual-boot Mac OS X with either Vista, XP, a Longhorn build or the current leaked build of Windows 7/Windows 7 when RTMed.

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I'm running Server 2008 Enterprise on mine with a small 4GB partition for OS X. You can technically install Server 2008 or Vista on a barebone mac but I cba.


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Doesn't an Apple Mac computer start-up differently to a PC, like, it does that signature sound plays as soon as you turn it on. Here is it http://squidward.07x.net/Gallery/Macstartup.mp3


Yes, macs don't have a BIOS. It's running something called Open Firmware. Thankfully it emulates the BIOS well enough to run Windows and Linux on it.


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Sorry, I meant http://squidward.07x.net/Macstartup.mp3 . I accidentally made a typo.

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ddew wrote:
It's running something called Open Firmware. Thankfully it emulates the BIOS well enough to run Windows and Linux on it.


PowerPC Apple systems use OpenFirmware, which does not even have BIOS emulation. x86 based Apple systems use a EFI implementation, which usually contains a BIOS emulator, but still has driver support for, for example, sound.


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ddew wrote:
It's running something called Open Firmware. Thankfully it emulates the BIOS well enough to run Windows and Linux on it.


PowerPC Apple systems use OpenFirmware, which does not even have BIOS emulation. x86 based Apple systems use a EFI implementation, which usually contains a BIOS emulator, but still has driver support for, for example, sound.


Yeah, my bad. I got confused by the way Apple is still referring to Open Firmware for the basic EFI functions like which disk to boot and password protection. Figured they'd implemented Open Firmware in the EFI framework or something. :)


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Zimmy wrote:
various x86 cards existed for the Mac
running 16 bit windows on a mac was not an uncommon thing in the past.

The PowerMac 6100 comes to mind.

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pizzaboy: GS/OS was a recreation of the finder and ran ontop of ProDOS afaik, quote me if i'm wrong though, but it's definallly abw. Feel free to ask in #macdomain on freenode, some guys there probably know where to get it.
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You are correct sir!
From what I can tell GS/OS is ProDOS with the Macintosh Toolbox and Finder ported to it.
You can actually get GS/OS 6.0.1 free from Apple in their Older Software Downloads section. I got it from them 8 or 9 years ago to run on my TransWarp IIgs -- they also have Mac OS 7.5.3 and System 6.x free for download. Prior to GS/OS 6.0.x there was GS/OS 5.x.x, and prior to that there was simply ProDOS for the Apple II line.

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