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Mac Utilities with OS 9.0

By brifd1 ·
I have an older Mac with OS 9.0 (I have 9.1, but
have procrastinated installing it due to a fear
of what it might do/havoc its installation may
cause). I only have 72mb, but virtual memory
is a possibility. I have an accelerator card that
brings the speed to 2##Mhz. It's not a G3, but
a 6115. What would be the best utilities in
these categories that I could get:
* AntiVirus
* Spyware
* Firewall

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by Power Natto In reply to Mac Utilities with OS 9.0

I have had fun upgrading an ancient Mac and I have found the following sites very useful: http://www.welovemacs.com/ for software and hardware upgrades and
http://www.sonnettech.com/ for card upgrades

I wouldn't worry too much about utilities as Mac handles itself so much better than PCs - I would increase you RAM to the max and learn how to manage the RAM and you will have more years of happy mactopia.

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by brifd1 In reply to Mac Utilities with OS 9.0

Yeah, folks like MacWorld haven't figured out/realized that there are many pre-OS X Macs around still, as Macs last so much longer than PCs (I've had this particular Mac for 10 years, but have ditched at least 2 Wintel PCs in the last 5 years due to continuing problems)

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by lyon_bleu In reply to Mac Utilities with OS 9.0

I agree with Natto: you'll be much happier running OS 9.x with
the most RAM you can get into the box.

Have no fear about installing OS 9.1; it only fixes a few bugs in
9.0 and any incompatibiolities would have shown up already.

For AntiVirus protection I prefer Virex. It is regularly updated,
easy to setup, and can be set to activate as often or as seldom
as desired.

Spyware is virtually a non-issue for Macs, for the moment.
Firewall protection is not necessary unless you are part of a LAN,
in which case a multi port ethernet switch/router or a
dedicated file server is more effective and IMHO actually easier
to setup and configure than software under Mac OS 9 or earlier.

I believe the processor would be in the PPC 604 class; I'm not
really sure what a "6115" is.

Hope this helps.

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by lyon_bleu In reply to

Thanks for the clarification. I had misread that as the processor
number in stead of the model number . I didn't realize there
was a model between the 6100 and the 6200. Now I know.

In that case, despite the Spartan look, and depending of course
on the applications you want to run, you might actually be
happier running that under System 7.6.1.

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by brifd1 In reply to Mac Utilities with OS 9.0

The "6115" is in the initial class of Power Macs (also called Power PCs), the 601.

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by nobby57 In reply to Mac Utilities with OS 9.0

Have a similar machine which is out on loan at the moment -- that is a 601 PPC. Mine says it can only address 72MB of RAM but I believe MacTracker (get that -- great info on all models of Macs from pre PPC to latest G4 laptops!) says that it will actually address 136MB (128MB in SIMMS and 8MB built into the motherboard.) I upgraded mine to 72 and loaded 8.1, which I got for a song online and which runs pretty fast -- although if you are running 9 and are happy with the speed, stay with it. The weakness of the 6115 is the small video memory, but if you can get a module for the cache slot (they run from 256 to 1MB) it will speed things up noticeably, and if you can get the 1MB cache module then the system will offload all the video to that and run even faster. That is the choke point on this system, the video processing, it noticeably slows web page loading. You are right about the reliability, they are built like tanks -- like my 20 year old Diesel Ranger, built so well they outlive the technology. I use no AV or spyware utilities (had Norton, but didn't like it and besides, it never caught anything) and have not had a problem in several years of use on the web. Some services like Earthlink now offer virus screening of email, which is the most common virus vector. That is probably sufficient, and would reduce expense and overhead.

Good luck!

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