A few months ago, I pulled a very dirty Powermac 8600 out of the trash, thinking I'd just plug it in at some point to see if it worked. I didn't really have plans for it beyond that. It's since sat in the back of my van for months, weathering both winter temps and half of a Tennessee summer, knocking around whenever I brake too hard. I figured that if it wasn't dead by the time I got it, I'd surely managed to kill it.
However, I set it up on the back porch yesterday, since I didn't want to bring it inside, and it booted right up. Definitely not what I was expecting.
It started up surprisingly fast, and was extremely responsive on OS9. (Faster than my indigo iMac and tangerine iBook.) Normally, I wouldn't be able to think of a practical use for it, but I've recently been doing a lot of recording in an old version of ProTools on the indigo iMac, since it's such a minimal program, and feels about as close to a 4 track tape machine as any DAW can.
Given the surprising performance of the 8600, I'd like to try and do the same with it. The only problem is the lack of USB! For the iMac, I typically just transfer files to my MBP using an SD card plugged into a USB hub. I assume an ADB to USB adapter for using keyboards and such might not work? (or would it?). I haven't used any ADB macs of this era before, so this is all new to me.
I saw this card mentioned online as something that might work. https://www.amazon.com/TECHNOLOGIES-FWUSB2A-Firewire-400MBPS-480MBPS/dp/B0007WZMWM/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top
Could this be a solution? And would I need any additional drivers?
If anyone has any recommendations for bringing this 1997 machine into 1999 with USB, I'd certainly appreciate it!