Build a DIY 1984 Macintosh Running Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Sep 2, 2023 - 1 Comment

Original Macintosh running Mac OS X

Ever thought about converting that dusty old original Macintosh in your garage into a modern Mac? Probably not, but this person did, and they have documented the entire project of converting an original 1984 Macintosh into a modern Mac capable of running a much more modern operating system of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Of course if someone were to repeat this project today, they could aim to be running MacOS Sonoma (and have a better fitting screen).

The project may be over a decade old, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still intriguing and fun, or it could even be used as a blueprint for a modern rendition of this project.

Obviously there’s no way the original Macintosh could run any modern operating system, so you can imagine this is not a simple project, because you’re replacing all of the internal components. If that sounds like the kind of thing you’re into, or at least get a kick out of reading, it’s a fun project to peruse.

Macintosh from 1984 running Mac OS X Snow Leopard

This is a bit like the DIY Tiny Macintosh project which uses a RaspberryPi, which is another enjoyable weekend undertaking.

Fun, right?

And if retro computing is of your interest, but modding retro hardware is not, remember you can always run System 7 in a web browser on your modern Mac right now with just about no effort aside from opening a new browser window.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Retro

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  1. Daniel says:

    I’d still be running Snow Leopard if there was a modern web browser.

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