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Do you still have a machine running Mac OS 7?
Yes - Mac OS 7.0.x
 4%  [ 9 ]
Yes - Mac OS 7.1.x
 6%  [ 14 ]
Yes - Mac OS 7.5.x
 25%  [ 51 ]
Yes - Mac OS 7.6.x
 55%  [ 113 ]
 7%  [ 15 ]
Total Votes : 202

  lostprocess (Profile)
  16 MB
Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 8:11 pm
I'm new here. System 7 Today was my inspiration to dust off my Power Mac 6500/300 and restore it to System 7.6.1. I've caught the bug, and am now attempting to acquire an old PowerBook to use as a dedicated school machine with System 7.

My primary machine is a 20" iMac G5 running Tiger. I also have a Pismo (mostly collecting dust), a Yosemite (which is also mostly collecting dust), and a Strawberry iMac (which is only collecting dust).

I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with an old Mac portable and System 7. Thanks for the inspiration! I'll keep everyone posted.
  sierraredd (Profile)
  128 MB
Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 12:28 am
I currently reinstalled 7.6.1 on my performa 6200. For what I can do on there it's actually rather fast. My pb1400 is 7.6.1 and 8.6 depending on my needs.
  thakk (Profile)
  16 MB
Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 7:26 pm
I've got Mac OS 6.0.8, 7.0.1, 7.1, 7.5.5, 7.6.1, 8.1, 8.6, 9.2.2, and 10.4.6 running on various machine or, more accurately, running when I plug them in and boot them up. Because of this site, I'm thinking of standardizing as much as I can on 7.6.1.
  wove (Profile)
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:23 pm
I have a Duo 280 and a Quadra 840 currently running 7.1 Pro. I have a PB3400 and an 8600/300 which are running 8.1. Both are eligible for 7.6.1, but I need to locate an installer.

  Ursa (Profile)
  16 MB
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:36 pm
I have a 7200/90, 136MB RAM, ATI Rage 128, triple-booting between 7.5.5, 8.1, and 9.1...

How does 7.6.1 perform relative to 7.5.5? My machine doesn't seem faster under 7.5.5 relative to 8.1--if I knew for sure I could get a boost from 7.6.1 I'd definitely give it a try...
  dpaanlka (Profile)
  1024 MB
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:11 pm
Ursa wrote:

How does 7.6.1 perform relative to 7.5.5? My machine doesn't seem faster under 7.5.5 relative to 8.1--if I knew for sure I could get a boost from 7.6.1 I'd definitely give it a try...

Well, that can easily be explained by several things. First of all, I'm guessing you haven't read much of the main site, and haven't installed SpeedDoubler 8 and LibMoto, or any of the updates recommneded on the software updates page.

But even if you did, 7.5.5 (and everything below it) is almost entirely 68k code, which has to be emulated on PowerPC Macs. Very slow PowerPC Macs (such as 90mhz) will actually emulate 68k code slower than a 68k machine would if SpeedDoubler 8's 68k emulation is not installed and active. So right off the bat, your machine is not going to be running to it's full potential, especially if you don't have SpeedDoubler 8 installed. And even if you do, 68k emulation speed can never match full PowerPC speed, and 7.5.5 has to rely more on 68k emulation.

7.6.1 features more PowerPC code than 7.5.5 and below, and therefore the speed difference becomes more apparent between it and Mac OS 8 (and 7.5). Adding SpeedDoubler 8's 68k emulation enhances this even further, and don't forget about LibMoto. 7.6.1 with SpeedDoubler 8 and LibMoto will be noticeably faster than 8.anything.

7.6.1 also happens to be vastly more stable than 7.5.5, has better features, works with more software (such as IE) and is faster (due to the PowerPC code).

7.6.1 was the first really "modern" version of the Mac OS, and actually shares much in common with Mac OS 8. Think of it as Mac OS 8.0 with the Mac OS 7's lightweight GUI (the HFS+ file system didn't come until 8.1) and none of the fancy Finder features. In fact, "Mac OS 7.5.5" is incorrect, as it wasn't technically the official name of the Operating System until version 7.6. It was still "System 7.5.5."

Is 7.6.1 a worthy upgrade from 7.5.5? Yes, by far. They are practically not even related OSes.
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