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11-16-2000, 11:45 PM
Now I've really gone and done it......

Like an idiot http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/tongue.gif I've gone and gotten into a auction for a possible boat anchor. I know...I know..............My imagination of having a really nice 9600 sitting here with all the goodies got the better of me.

Shouldn't have done it. Here is what the listing says....:

"PowerMac 9600 300 mhz No hardisk and NO RAM Has floppy drive, cd-rom, power supply, and all cables . Sorry i dont usally deal in older macs it does power up and fan spins so please bid accordling......"

So here's what we know.......The power cord works, The power supply probably works, the fan(s) works.......

Here's what I think.......

I have a 128Mb memory stick coming from guru's. I can take the 64Mb out of my PowerCurve and my old 1 gig HD and slap them into this box.

http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/question.gif If it boots and runs, does that mean the motherboard is likely okay?

http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/question.gif How often does a machine with a working Motherboard/internal SCSI bus end up with a toasted PCI bus?

Of course, I realize I am in good company, and in a strange way have bared at least parts of my soul here in the past few months. For that reason you are all authorized to give me as much shit as you'd like about my foolhardy behaviour. A thrashing about the head and shoulders with a tar dipped SCSI ribbon should suffice.

Of course, it is possible I could end up with a really nice 9600/300, just yearning for me to stick my.......................

..........my new X15 cheetah and various and sundry top end granite goodies into it, another 128Mb stick for interleaving, an additional monitor, and a copy of Final Cut Pro. Which, of course would also require me to find a suitable G4 upgrade, and...............blah blah blah.....

Like I said in an earlier post.......it's cheaper than restoring a 69 Shelby Cobra GT500.

Whoever could give me feedback on the best way to figure out how to check this box out without cooking too much good existing hardware, it would be much appreciated. Chastisements humbly accepted.


11-17-2000, 12:42 AM
Will he take it back if the mobo is fried?

11-17-2000, 01:10 AM
Hi Louie. She. I don't think so Louie. I asked her a few questions about it, and it took her about 46 hours to respond.

She said she has no ram or HD to test it with, so she doesn't know if it works or not. That's why I submitted an admission of lunacy on my part. I don't have a good feeling about it. She also has a dual G4 processor at auction, and only 4 feedbacks. All good feedbacks. When she responded and told me the above, she said "read the description". In the description, she DIDN'T say she didn't know if it was a working machine. Her implication was that she thought it was a working box. All that said, I screwed up.

I got itchy because the bidding was a tad furious, and may live to regret it.

If the mobo is cooked, will it trash my RAM or HD?


p.s. I guess I could cut out the side of it and build a plexiglass insert for it and put some tropical fish in it. HEY!! Then I could list it on E-Bay as a cool Aquarium!!! Woohoo!!!!

11-17-2000, 02:43 AM
Not likely; just won't start. Did you "win"? If you got a low enough price, maybe you can afford a refurbed mobo if need be.

11-17-2000, 03:27 AM
It doesn't close until Nov-17-00 18:35:12 PST and already at $285. At that price a good deal, but by tomorrow night...(it's still Nov 16 here where the sun sets and where everything is just down the road). k

11-17-2000, 04:01 AM
use that PayPal, or whatever they call it, to act as an escrow service. This way you can test the thing and if, indeed, the mobo is toast, you can get your dough back.

Just a thought.

11-17-2000, 10:20 AM
that's an excellent idea.

11-17-2000, 12:48 PM
Hi guys.

Darin, the seller wants payment by money order. Sounds fishy, huh?

Louie, http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/question.gif where can one get a refurbished mobo, and what does one cost these days?

Kaye has that particular auction pegged. about 10 hours to go, and I am currently the high bidder, and my proxy has a ways to go (C8 says, sheepishly).

I guess I shouldn't be paving this as a loss, and keep my hopes up. My own folly in this matter has been rather apparent.

But what the ---k, it pales in comparison to the things I did during "dave's wild years". (actual film footage of dave during wild years ----> http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/dance.gif )

Well, life is good, and my dog and cat are still speaking to me.

Darin, what are girls? Oh yeah, I forgot.

Keep your collective fingers crossed guys.

I'll keep you posted.


11-17-2000, 02:00 PM
$295 here http://www.dttservice.com/powermacs.html . And, there are other places.

11-17-2000, 03:49 PM

I am out of the bidding on that box!!!!

Went to lunch, and when I came back it was at $355.00. My bid was $350.

It's probably Kaye http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/tongue.gif , heh heh

Louie, thanks for the link, I've saved it for the future. Hopefully I'll naver have to use it.

You guys are pretty damn great.



11-18-2000, 01:46 AM
It went for $471.66. k

11-18-2000, 12:24 PM
Isn't that a trip?

Glad I got out of that one.


11-18-2000, 08:11 PM
'Eights, always be careful that you KNOW what you are buying. I almost never bid on items that dont have a Not-DOA guarantee.

Ebay would be a great psychological study.

Mad Dog

11-20-2000, 04:09 AM
MD, yes, that would be an interesting study.

Kind of like the on-line version of not letting that other guy pass me on the highway.

Dueling egos, eh?


11-20-2000, 04:10 AM
Damn! I did it again!!!

12-19-2000, 09:09 PM
i buy and sell alot of stuff on ebay.....and have never regretted any transaction except the last one i did..sold 2 64meg edo 168 pins for $139 bucks total....my mistake but i didn't catch it till a guy snatched them up....DOK!! But ebay is a great place to shop if you know what you are looking for and have no chance of:

1) finding it locally
2) affording it brand new
3) sometimes you just need to buy SOMETHING.....

but yeah you can get a real good idea thru email if the person selling it is reputable or not...and for some reason i find it easier to buy from someone older than from someone in there 20's.......damn am i turning into my father*LOL* And its not a capital offense to cancel a bid on ebay as long as you do it say 24 hours before the auction closes.....i have done it a few times when i feel the seller is not someone i feel comfortable forking over my money to.But generally ebay is quick and easy and clean......plus Paypal ROCKS!!