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Mac Portable running OS X

25 November 2012 3,047 views One Comment

What you see on the outside is a 1989 Mac Portable, but modder extraordinaire Patrick Blampied has performed major magic under the hood…

In a roundabout sort of way… Yes, what you see on the outside is an original Mac Portable (video below), a product released back in September 1989, but modder extraordinaire Patrick Blampied has performed major magic under the hood — new motherboard, display, rewired the mouse and keyboard, and more.

This is my old Macintosh Portable that I converted to run Mac OSX, using the hardware from an old NB100 netbook I had sitting around … If you’re simply wondering ‘why?’ or maybe you want to know more about the main hardware, mounting the screen, optical mouse conversion and the remapping/rewiring of the keyboard — which ended up being fairly involved — then see my blog at ultimatehipstertech.com

And by “fairly involved” he really means to say that he made more than 300 solder points. I have a soldering iron and have successfully used it on more than one occasion, but 300 points.

And, in addition to running OS X on this heavily reworked Mac Portable, he’s got OS 7 running in emulation.

What a really, really cool project Blampied has pulled together…

What’s your take?

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