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How to load Powerbook 2400c

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Nov 16, 2013 7:47 PM

Hi. Now that I am semi-retired and have the time, I am returning to some projects I shelved years ago. I found my 2400c that I had disassembled years ago. Put power to it and it chimes and tries to boot an OS. Assuming that I can find where I put the screws and figure out where they go, I am going to put it back together. Right now, it has no HDD in it. I have plenty of those on the shelf too but wonder how do I load the OS?? Can I load it on a PB 1400 with CDROM and just move the HDD over to the 2400?



PowerBook, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (8,880 points)
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    Nov 17, 2013 6:18 AM (in response to alfadog)



    If you wish to try installing onto a hard disk via the PowerBook 1400, look for a universal system software (for all Macintosh computers) custom install option, if available.


    I assume that you have checked the exact supported operating system versions for the PowerBook 2400c (and the RAM requirements). Which operating system version are you planning to install?


    Since the 2400c is able to handle PC Cards, another way could be to use a CompactFlash memory card in an inexpensive PC Card adapter for CompactFlash. The CF cards are PC-formatted when you buy them, but can easily be reformatted to Mac.


    For many PowerBook computers, a CompactFlash card in a PC card slot will be bootable (if the card has a valid system folder). I do not know whether this is true or not for the 2400c. If yes, it should be possible to carry out a direct full installation onto the 2400c hard disk from an installer on a CF card. Otherwise, if the 2400c hard disk contains a basic/temporary system, the CF card can at least be used for plain transfers.


    Do you have access to the external floppy drive for the 2400c? It could possibly be useful with  a disk tools floppy (such as the Disk Tools PPC under the link below).





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