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Are these Macs even useful to me?

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Tim Dorr    0

Well, I'm getting my iMac g4 in august, but I had an opportunity for some more macs in the meantime. Outside our IT office were two of them, and I was waondering if their even decent ones. I've got:

-A Power Mac 6100/60

-A Quadra 650

Can either run OS X (ar at least OS9!)?

I might plug them in as a CHEAP (note the caps...) webserver or something (maybe mail..). So, would they be useful to me?

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Timan    558

No to OSX Maybe to OS9.

Power Macintosh 6100

a.k.a. Performa 6100 series


6100/60 introduced 1994/03/14; discontinued 1995/01/03

6100/60av introduced 1994/03/14; discontinued September 12, 1994

6100/66 introduced 1995/01/03; discontinued 1995/10/14

6100/66 DOS Compatible introduced 1995/01/03; discontinued 1996/05/18

6100/66av introduced 1995/02/03; discontinued 1995/04/03

requires System 7.1.2 through 9.1

CPU: 60 or 66 MHz PPC 601

bus: 30 or 33 MHz


6100/60: CPU 100, FPU 161, MacBench 5

1.8 (relative to Centris 650)

23.26, MacBench 2.0

3.13, Speedometer 4

6100/66: CPU 112, FPU,177, MacBench 5

3.40, Speedometer 4

more details on our benchmark page


RAM: 8 MB, expandable to 264 MB using matching pairs of 80ns or faster 72-pin SIMMs (Apple does not support 64 or 128 MB SIMMs, since they were released after the computer and Apple has not verified compatibility.)

VRAM: none on motherboard, 2 MB on AV card


internal supports thousands of colors at 640x480 and 256 colors at 832x624

AV card supports millions of colors at 640x480 and 832x624, thousands of colors at 1024x768 and 1152x870

motherboard video uses up to 600 KB of system memory

L2 cache: optional on 6100/60, 256 KB standard on 6100/66, supports 256 KB to 1 MB cache

CD-ROM: 2x

ADB port for keyboard and mouse

DIN-8 GeoPorts on back of computer

DB-25 SCSI connector on back of computer

AAUI ethernet connector on back of computer

one PDS slot (NuBus adapter available)

power: 200W

height: 3.4 in

width: 16.3 in

depth: 15.6 in

weight: 14.0 lb

PRAM battery: 3.6V lithium

Gestalt ID: 75

Quadra 650


introduced October 1993; discontinued September 1994

requires System 7.1 or later; highest version supported without a PPC upgrade is Mac OS 8.1.

CPU: 33 MHz 68040 CPU

performance: 14.6, relative to SE; 21.9, Speedometer 3; 1.19, Speedometer 4; 29 MIPS

see Benchmarks: Quadra 650 for more details


RAM: 4 MB or 8 MB on motherboard, expandable to 132MB or 136MB using 80ns 72-pin SIMMs; motherboard had 4 SIMM slots which can be filled individually but should ideally be filled in interleaved pairs; can use 4 MB, 8 MB, 16 MB, and 32 MB SIMMs (see 64 MB SIMMs on 68K Macs for information on 64 MB SIMMs)

video: 512 KB VRAM, upgradable to 1 MB; supports 512x384, 640x480, 640x870, 832x624, 1024x768, and 1152x870 resolutions

L2 cache: optional, PDS

ADB ports for keyboard and mouse

DIN-8 serial ports on back of computer

DB-25 SCSI connector on back of computer

three NuBus 90 slots

one PDS slot

upgrade path: Power Mac PDS card, Power Mac 7100

Quoted From LowEndMac

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