NeXTstation

I wanted my own Black Hardware for some time, because as a kid following tech in the 90s, it was a mystic and legendary system. The company Steve Jobs founded after Apple. The platform that was used to birth the World Wide Web and Doom. And today, it’s origins of the modern Mac and iPhone.

I acquired my NeXTstation mono with a MegaPixel Display for around $300. Overall, it was in great shape and booting. However, everything was quite dirty and the screen was very faded.

Original Specs:
  • CPU: Motorola 68040 @ 25 MHz
  • Memory: 8 MB
  • Hard Drive: 105 MB SCSI
  • Operating System: NeXTSTEP 3.0
Included Peripherals:
  • Monitor: MegaPixel Display N4000
  • Keyboard: NeXT Keyboard (Non-ADB)
  • Mouse: NeXT Mouse (Non-ADB)
Work Done:
  • Completely cleaned out
  • Refurbished the floppy drive
  • Replaced PSU fan with a Noctua fan (the original fan had a grinding sound to it)
  • Replaced the hard drive with a SCSI2SD v5.1
  • Adjusted the pots on the monitor to make the screen legible
  • Bought a HPDB50 / CN50 SCSI cable (Monoprice listing) to connect it to my AppleCD 600E

Additionally, I’ve installed NeXTSTEP 3.2, NeXTSTEP Developer 3.2, and Enterprise Objects 1.1.

TODO List:
  • Re-cap the monitor and system
  • Max out the RAM
  • Acquire more software