First off, I'm totally "in the dark" when it comes to Mac's, never used one before today.
We have a program that needs to be run on either a Color Classic or Color Classic II system (or the Performa equivilants, 250 / 275 from memory) and have started a search to find one of these systems. We tried to run the app on an almost-current Mac notebook, which told us to run it on one of the beforementioned systems...
There is a lot of info around on modifying them to be found on the net, however performance mods won't be an issue as the app was written to run on a standard machine. What we need to know is at a much more basic level.
1) Can these things hook up to a standard ethernet network (10/100 type, TCP/IP protocol)?
We don't need to print, just read and write to network drives. We have two small network drives, one for Linux and PC-DOS machines (2GB FAT16) and one for the windoze machines (74GB NTFS). We'd only need access to the 2GB one from the Mac.
2) Can these things handle basic internet funtions, such as web and email (through the LAN connection)? Obviously, given their age, they are not going to be a speed demon here on graphic-heavy sites - however, we are only dealing with very basic sites, almost only text based. If so, does the operating system have a browser and email client built in a la Linux and Windows?
3) On the apple site, there is a downloadable operating system upgrade to System 7.5.3.
Is this phesible and/or worth the download?
4) One of the ones we are looking at is in good condition, working except for the hard drive.
On the DOS, Win, and Linux boxes, this is an easy fix - put in replacement drive, boot from floppy disk, format hard drive, reinstall OS and apps [don't worry about old data files, as they are on the network drives].
Is the Mac proceedure much the same, and if so, where could a suitiable boot disk be obtained? We have a few 20GB and 40GB 3.5" SCSI drives (unpartitioned) that are in working order...
Thanks in advance anyone that can point me in the right direction(s)!