Among the numerous items that I transported from my parents’ place was their old PowerMac 6500/250, which has spent the better part of 15 years in a closet. I remember the day we brought it home from Circuit City. I was no stranger to Macs back then, but this computer was the first that my family purchased for their own use. We used dial-up, if I’m not mistaken, to get this beast online.
This afternoon, I spent some time cleaning up the machine. I dusted out the insides using my trusty DataVac and used some Clorox disinfecting wipes to clean its exterior. The computer in pretty decent shape, considering its age. This particular Mac was later outfitted with two PCI cards which added USB and Ethernet ports to the machine.
While it appears to power up just fine, I currently have no way of viewing what’s on the Mac’s drive. I’m currently researching options on how to connect a VGA compatible display to the PowerMac 6500 so I can see what’s on its hard drive.
When and if I’m able to do that, I’ll be able to unlock some of its secrets.