Before this Apple gem is offered to the wolves on Kijiji and Craigslist, it's being offered here because I’ve had many good experiences buying and selling on EhMac. I am posting this for a friend. She is looking to find a good home for her beautiful PowerBook G3/400 Firewire/Pismo. It's very rare to find a Pismo in such great condition.
She's the original owner. It never left her home desk. The trackpad, clickpad, and palm rest are mint; from day one, she used only a mouse. Screen is beautiful — no dead pixels; but it takes a minute for the screen to lose it’s pinkish hue when it starts up cold. The rear door covering the ports still "snaps" closed and all ports work.
The RAM and hard drive have been upgraded: 768MB and 40GB respectively.
Other goodies include:
Two batteries — one holds about a 2-hour charge!
PowerBook weight saving device.
All the original OS disks, including the Hardware Test disk. Comes with a clean install of OSX.4.11 (Tiger).
Indeed, Macfury. Some people still think this was Apple's finest laptop. The hot-swappable optical drive bay is brilliant. I wish my MacBook Pro was capable of holding two batteries — or no batteries, as is the case (no pun intended) with the Pismo.
I've never been more annoyed at selling mine. But a co worker's BF needed a laptop, and i was looking to sell and moved to a 12" PB G4, and this was going to be his 1st Mac. I was more enthused @ getting him on the Mac OS than anything, and was more than happy to sell him mine.
Later, the reality of having sold a classic kicked in.
I would scoop this had I the extra scratch. But I would see an old schoolers really appreciate this. Am I wrong?
Would make for a good pitch by saying that this was the Sex in the City lap Carrie used to type her life's ups and downs on - though I think that she had a Lombard. Does my mem escape me?
I had the benefit of selling my Pismo (purchased on ehMac so long ago, and then restored by me: replaced the daughterboard, sound card, RAM, hard drive...) to someone who takes care of stuff and lets it live (ehMac member). He used it as a server (!) until very recently.
He also bought my pristine MacBook Pro 2008, which is still his day to day computer, running the latest of everything.
I still have two of these Pismo(s) well stored in a closed. One 400mhz and the other the top of the line 500mhz model. Perfect condition, I keep them and when I'm nostalgic use them for a few hours. Great machine the Pismo and so easy to work on. Also have two Titanium(s) but that's another story...