For PowerPC-based PowerBooks, click here.
68040-based Macs can use the HFS+ file system that comes with Mac OS 8.1, but they cannot boot from an HFS+ disk or use one for virtual memory.
- Happy birthday, PowerBook!, PowerBook Zone, 2001.10.22. A look back on the PowerBook's 10th anniversary.
- Apple Computer considers the PB 140-145b, 160-180c, and Duo 210-270c obsolete as of 2001.07.16 in the United States and 2001.07.23 in Canada. Service parts and documentation are no longer available from Apple.
- Picking a low-end colour PowerBook, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 11/10/00. If you want color and portability, but don't need PowerPC speed, here are your options.
- PowerBook 100 series retrospective, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, Mac Opinion, 10/31/00. Nine years of PowerBooks - this is where they got their start.
- Retrospective: The PowerBook 500 Series, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, Mac Opinion, 9/13/00. The first PowerBook that was a viable alternative to a desktop Mac.
- PowerBook Processor Upgrade SuperGuide, pbcentral, 8/7/00.
- Wide selection of PowerBook drive upgrades, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 8/3. Lots of options available, even for older PowerBooks that use SCSI hard drives.
- Solar PowerBooks, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, MacOS Daily, 6/21/00. Running with sunlight.
- Games for '030s, Brian Rumsey, Low End Mac Gaming, 5/26/00. A look at games that run nicely on the old 68030-based Macs.
- PowerBook history, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 5/12/00. A history of portable Macs from 1989 through 1996.
- Recovering a stolen PowerBook, The 'Book Page. One user's experience.
- RAM disks and why you should trash your hard drive, Charles Moore, Applelinks, 11/29/99. "I used to run my PowerBook 5300 off a RAM disk most of the time in blissful silence...."
- Why your PowerBook won't go to sleep, Info Alley
- PowerBook Duo/2400 List
- Installing Mac OS 8.5 on the PowerBook 500 series, MacNN
- ResetPwrMgr, freeware. Resets the power manager on PowerBooks, which sometimes gets messed up. Forces restart, so quit all apps before using.
- Best Sites for Classic Macs
- Parts and supplies from The PowerBook Guy
- Email lists: PowerBooks, Classic Macs Digest, Vintage Macs, Vintage Macs
- Pseud040 lets 68030-based Macs run 68040 programs - I've even heard of Mac OS 8.1 running on a IIsi!
- Software Compatible with 68000 CPU
- Review: Power-Sonic battery works in Mac Portable
- Care and Feeding of your PowerBook battery
- RAM Charger from Jump Development ($40) lets you get the most out of your RAM - especially helpful on Macs with 8 MB or less. By launching applications using the minimum amount of memory they need, RAM Charger lets you run more programs. It also works well with RAM Doubler. You can even download a demo.
- How much is your PowerBook worth? How much should you expect to pay for a used one? Get your own PowerBook Blue Book.
- Dead backlight? Visit JKL Components for replacement lamps.
- Be sure to see the list of dealers who buy, sell, or broker used and/or refurbished Macintosh hardware.
Three excellent PowerBook resources
Low End Mac Reader Specials
Cult of Mac
Shrine of Apple
The Mac Observer
Accelerate Your Mac
The Vintage Mac Museum
Mac Driver Museum
System 6 Heaven
System 7 Today
the pickle's Low-End Mac FAQ