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    Stealth serial port header pinouts?

    I am installing a GeeThree Stealth port in my G4, and cannot for the life of me find the ribbon cable + mini-DIN connector which came with it. Not too much of a problem, since I have 10-pin DIL headers, ribbon cable, and mini-DIN jacks here anyway I can make my own. Except that I cannot find the...
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    I am having a crazy time trying to set up a IIci. First I tried the external SCSI - with three different drives, in combination with three different cables, on every possible combination of jumper settings. I have tried two different CDRs, one of 7.5.3 and one of 7.6.1. The 7.6.1 image I can...
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    MPEG encoder keeps stopping!

    This is driving me nuts. I have three PCI cards for encoding video, and none of the have ever, ever worked right for me. Currently I have a VCR on loan and have needed to encode a few tapes, so I have been trying to do this over the past day. I am using a Wired MediaPress card which is part of...
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    MDD G4s - need to unplug them *every time*?

    Have any of you experienced this with MDDs, or maybe other Macs? When I power them off after use, I cannot get them to start again until momentarily unplugging the power. This was the case with my old MDD, and my newer FW800. I have had lots of other Macs, but never experienced this problem...
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    FW800 - now running OS 9!

    Recently I thought I'd take advantage of some extra time to unpack my neglected Macs since their recent move. I started on trying to make a sort of OS 9 server from my old, upgrade B&W G4, but wasted a few days troubleshooting data corruption issues. So I decided to focus my attention on a...
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    Grappler+ SCSI and serial cards

    I am surprised that I hadn't known of these until now. I have a few PCI serial cards which have their ranges of usefulness. But RS422 and SCSI seem like a great combo for retro use in my G4 towers. If they added ADB also would have been perfect. It has a 50-pin internal SCSI connector and 25-pin...
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    LaserJet 4+ - on the bench

    Maybe a year ago I was trying to make my own PCBs by printing designs onto "Press-n-Peel Blue" to transfer onto blank copper-clad circuit boards. Thinking ahead around two years ago I bought a low-use LaserJet 4+ for this purpose and outfit it with a PostScript card. Many of my tests went fine...
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    Korg 168RC, Studer Dyaxis II

    I have been trying to not go too crazy with the audio equipment, but these were too cheap and useful for me too pass up. The Korg is part of their mid-late 90s "Soundlink DRS" series of products for handling digital audio as 8-channel ADAT streams. It is a digital mixer with 8 analog ins/outs...
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    Opcode, MacsBug, and MIDI gear

    It has been a great week for cheap interesting finds! Opcode: new boxed Vision 2.5 for Windoze - not as good as Mac version, but still quite good at that. Weird to see OMS running in Win98se new boxed Max 3.5.9 - more Max! This is my third license for Max, if we don't count the fourth NFD...
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    Compatible Systems RiscRouter 3000e

    I bought one of these recently for $10. Very nice old router with two ethernet (thick, thin, 10 base T) and two LocalTalk ports. Sounds like it can be used as an AppleTalk-ethernet bridge, among other things. I found some downloads on the Cisco web sites - a quickstart manual and the Compatiview...
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    AppleTalk and SLIP in 10.6.2 ?!

    Borkd. I am finally networking my bedroom/studio! About a year ago I ran a single CAT5 from my basement router through the wall to the second floor and connected it to my Vista/10.6.2 i7 box. It has become my everyday box sort of be default but I like to go online with my various computers, and...
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    Network books, SCSI, gaming, Korg

    From Amazon I decided to get a stack of books on networking old Macs: Managing AppleShare & Workgroup Severs Designing AppleTalk Network Architectures AppleTalk Network Services (these are all with CDs and written by Network Frontiers: Dorian Cougias, Tom Dell, E.L. Heiberger, and...
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    5xx Blackbird full 040, group buy?

    I have always been amazed that the surface-mount 68040 versions have been so much harder to find for sale that the socketed kind. Well, I just found somebody who has many of them. They are an ebay seller who I am not affiliated with. They offer NOS XC68040FE33M chips in a few different auctions...
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    Starting with ][e PDS card, and I'm stuck

    I bought Scott's LC475 recently, hoping to use it as a general 040 Mac and also home for mr ][e card. My parents bought a Franklin Ace for me when I was a wee thing and I likec it, but don't remember how to get around in ][ land anymore. What I have done so far is formatted the 2GB drive to...
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    First 475 adventures!

    It started out a bit difficult. First I wanted to test the box before installing the ][e card, and I needed to fiddle with cd600i jumpers to something it was happy with. It psyches me out that this is the only Mac I have seen which flashes a happy boot Mac for a second even if there is no boot...
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