This Apple Macintosh PowerBook 5300cs/100 features a 100 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 16 MB of RAM, and a 750 MB hard drive in a portable black case with a 10.4" color dual-scan display.

What really blows my mind is that even if this computer is 26 years old, is can still perform basic Photoshop tasks, like quick editing images, creating banners and other shit (even if the version my laptop had pre-installed is in German). It also has Age of Empires installed, but it doesn’t seem to work, as it crashes whenever I try to load a new game (I swear, it’s the computer’s fault, not me being super shitty at games)

Plus, it freaking saved the world from total annihilation!

It has PCMCIA connectivity, and a versatile floppy disk unit, which helped me a lot to transfer data from my modern computer to it, but even more, it allowed me to transfer data to my Macintosh SE (which I’ll write about at some point, too).

The next step is to connect it to one of my many (misplaced) PCMCIA Ethernet or Wireless cards, and try to connect it to the internet, but that’s a story for a different day, maybe Independence Day.

Independence Day

More info about it: LowEnd Mac | Matt J Fuller | EveryMac | Wikipedia | Apple

Downloads

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PowerBook 5300 User Guide

powerbook5300userguide.pdf.pdf (5.9 MB)
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PowerBook 190/5300 Series Service Manual

powerbook_190.5300.pdf (2.1 MB)
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PowerBook 190/5300 Repair Extension Authorization (REA)

powerbook_190.5300_rea.pdf (536 KB)