Model PowerBook 1400 Series. Released October 1996

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PC Card Virtual Memory?

I have just pulled my old PowerBook 1400c with a G3 upgrade, out of storage. I've read about a few of the upgrade possibilities on Low End Mac and was wondering if anyone out there has installed a PC card for additional Virtual Memory.

I've read that you could run OS 9 on these machines with a 512 MB card for PC Card (it's currently running OS 8.6). Would that be an SD, camera type card? Also.... What about using a PC cardbus to USB adapter? Does the 1400c have enough power to run USB devices through the PC card?

Any other upgrade ideas would be so appreciated.

Randy

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OK I've checked Mactracker and your unit will run OS 9.1. Normal max ram on your computer is 64 MB--Note MB not GB. The unit has two PC card slots so you should be able to install a USB card and a memory card. To prevent stain on the computer I would get a USB card that has a external power source. What are planning to use the computer for? You will probably find if you want the net that finding a suitable browser will take some searching. Good luck with your project. Ralph

Here is a link to some G3 browsers.

http://lowendmac.com/ed/royal/08sr/9-mac...

And you may want to post on Lowend Mac for advice on which memory card to use.

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Thanks Ralph,

My RAM is maxed out at 64 MB and I'm using the same amount in virtual memory. Really, this is just a toy for me at the moment. Just wanted to see what I could do with the old PowerBook after coming across information to upgrade it. I had long ago written that machine off as being totally obsolete, which I guess it is. I may end up just selling it on eBay as a "vintage Mac". Ha!

Regarding your advise about the powered USB card, I found this one,

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/IOGear/GP...

which looks like it will work, and has an optional power source.

That is troubling about not being able to use a current and secure browser. I will check in at Low End Mac.

I very much appreciate you help on this.

Randy

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