PowerBook 180c This was in good working order when I last used about a month before sale, but it started acting a little oddly. So I tried to restarting it; all I got was an image of a floppy disk with a question mark on it on screen. I installed a minimum 180c system 7.1 on a 1.44 MB floppy disk, put it in the disc drive, and it still started up and the computer ran fine within the limits of the system floppy disk but the Hard Disk did not appear.
Since I couldn't install Disk First Aid on the disk, I took it to another computer and dragged a copy of Disk First Aid to the startup 7.1 floppy disk and used the it to check the hard drive. It came up as unreadable so I erased it. Since then it has been running fine. I later noticed that I could have just restarted it using the 7.1 Disk Tools disk, which also has a minimal operating system and Disk First Aid.
Charger is original and still good. Battery is dead but original Apple. The original manual is included. Cosmetically good condition except there is transparent tape on the screen hinges.
One of the 4 screws holding the bottom on has had tissue stuffed in the screw hole over the screw because the plastic at the bottom of the screw hole on the case is broken and the screw does not need to be removed in order to remove the bottom of the case from the top. The tissue is stuffed over the screw to keep out dust. The ring that holds the trackball in place has one of the little tabs that hold it in place broken off, but the track ball often works OK if the ring is off or sitting loosely over the track ball. Cleaning the track ball and rollers may help.
I have usually plugged in a mouse and used that on the increasingly rare times when I used the computer in recent years and when I recently erased the Hard Drive and did reinstallations. I installed System 7.5 on it after I found my 7.5 disks, as well as Microsoft Works 3.0, Print Shop Deluxe, and ClarisWorks 4.0 from original disks. Microsoft Works 3.0 is an old favorite Word Processor/Database/Spreadsheet of mine which I still work with on a G3 running OS9 and a G4 running 10.4 and Classic. The original Print Shop and ClarisWorks discs, programs I personally haven't used for a decade or more, are for sale in separate auctions. The only problem is that there seems to be damage to "ClarisWorks Help" on the original set of disks, and I was unable to install that.I did a custom install, several times, of subsets of the parts, and everything is fine except "ClarisWorks Help". I have also installed some other programs including the original Tetris.
Oddly to me, the latest the date will go is 12/31/2019. The next day is 1/1/1920. Maybe it is an interaction of digital camera and digital display. The screen itself looks normal.This was a great little computer when it came out, but I haven't used it on a regular basis since I bought a new G3 Pismo many years ago. Anything I needed to do on the 180c, I can still work with on the G3 running OS 9. The 180c is a fine, if dated, little computer, and it is a really nice piece of Apple history. I would like to find a good home for it. To make sure the Hard Drive was in good working order, as well as to make sure it is thoroughly erased, I duplicated the Applications folder multiple times writing over the disk until there was only 4 MB of space left on the "500 MB" drive and then put everything in the trash and emptied the trash so there is now 452.9 MB available and 34.9 MB actually used on the drive.
System Memory is 14.336 MB. System software uses about 8 MB of space, but you could put earlier smaller systems on the 180c down to System 7.1 since they use less system memory.
You could also remove unwanted Apple Menu items or Extensions to reduce the system memory load. But they are on the computer now and you could save them to floppy disks in case you want to reinstall them later.
Many of them were not on my System 7.5 installation disks, but they were on my backup CD-Rom of the Hard Drive. Throughout this time, while working on the computer, I have not had it on more than several hours a day. One day I actually had it on maybe 12-15 hours, much of the time in sleep mode, but not off, and working intermittently over the course of the day. Towards the end of the day, The screen started flickering and losing contrast. Restarting in safe mode (holding the shift key down immediately after pressing the start button) or clearing the Parameter Ram (holding down option command, P, R) seemed to help a little but the problem persisted.
I restarted in safe mode, and then normally and the problem was gone. And I haven't seen the screen problem again in normal usage.So I would advise turning the computer off when not in use for extended periods of time. Also see my other auctions and feedback.
The item "Macintosh PowerBook 180c, Vintage, Good Working Order with Owner's Manual" is in sale since Sunday, July 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Computers/Tablets & Networking\Vintage Computing\Vintage Parts & Accessories".
The seller is "kpjwest" and is located in Baltimore, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.