Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

This weekend's boot fair bargains

Yesterday I got a bunch of cables and power supplies, nothing particularly wonderful but all stuff I can use at around 50p a shot, a 55mm F1.7 Cosina lens which I haggled down to £3 because it's Cosina and because there's a bit of fungus on the front element, but actually turned out to be very sharp, and a 40gb firewire drive, also £3, that turned out to have a dead interface but a working drive inside. One of the powers supplies was for iBook etc. and I thought it might be handy if I ever found another one.

Needless to say, today I picked up a slightly battered PowerMac G4 15" (without a charger) for a tenner, and the iBook charger works well with it - it's not unfortunately working, after the first spinning wheel of the start of bootup it's got a blue screen of death which I suspect means the motherboard graphics are borked - I've tried all of the reset tricks, rebooting from the DVD, etc. etc. and none of them work so I'm pretty sure that's what it is, unless anyone has a better suggestion. However, it has a working battery, power supply, and I suspect hard disk and superdrive (won't know for sure until I take them out and test them) so I ought to be able to sell the parts and make a little profit. And before anyone asks, the odds are that this will pay more than selling the whole computer, there seems to be a glut of them on ebay. I'm probably not going to get around to scrapping it until after Easter so there's still time to change my mind. I also got a white Apple Pro mouse for £2 (the white one where the whole mouse body is a single button), which will go nicely with another old mac sooner or later.

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