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  1. Gorgonops

    G4 cube fully supported Linux ?

    "Rage Mobility" comes in both Rage Pro (IE, Mach64-descended chips) and Rage 128 flavors, but digging through the rest of that doc it lists "PowerBook4,1" as a supported system... which translates to the first-gen Snow iBook G3s, which had Rage 128-based Mobility chips so.... yeah, it's pretty...
  2. Gorgonops

    IIc+ compatibility

    I'm honestly not sure there's that much meaningful difference in footprint between a IIc and a IIe, given on the IIc you need to leave enough room on the side to stuff a disk in, a IIe in at least some circumstances lets you stack the drives on top, etc.
  3. Gorgonops

    Apple ][ (or ][ PLUS)?

    ... okay, FWIW, Here's the Fall 1981-Winter 1982 catalog, and it still lists part numbers for ordering an Integer Basic Apple II. (Page 3). This catalog, "Spring/Summer 1982 dated from March 1982, has it absent. So maybe that's the answer, the plain II was "officially" discontinued in early...
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    Apple ][ (or ][ PLUS)?

    So 46th week of 80. So I guess the "1981" date attributed to Rev 7 is a ballpark number. Which makes sense, actually. What really sets the Rev 07 apart from the earlier boards is it incorporates a number of changes to reduce the amount of radio frequency interference the computer emitted. The...
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    Apple ][ (or ][ PLUS)?

    Based on a quick Google to refresh my memory a board with soldered RAM size jumpers is a Rev. -04, made from 1979 through 1980, and that was the first board used in factory ][plus-es. It was also used in plain II's. As you've noticed the most common version in Plus-es is the -07, circa 1981...
  6. Gorgonops

    Different 128k models

    Only if you're one of those people that wants one of every variant. Then, sure, you'll need it?
  7. Gorgonops

    CF Card in a Blue G3

    IDE is just plain janky in the B&W, even the supposedly "fixed" ones. (As it is on similar era machines, like the tray-loading iMac, Beige G3, etc.) I ran into all sorts of random compatibility issues with those things back in the day with normal hard disks. For most retro purposes I have...
  8. Gorgonops

    VGA->Arduino->Mac Portable LCD

    To cut to the chase, no. It would be easier to give a precise answer if we had the datasheet for the Portable's LCD, but most of those ancient monochrome LCDs don't use timing anything like a CRT. (This was alluded to in the other thread you linked to this one. Some of these LCDs aren't even all...
  9. Gorgonops

    SDXC via PCMCIA?

    I would assume it’s just a standard adapter that’s been “certified to work” in the car application, but I suppose it’s remotely possible there’s something proprietary about it.
  10. Gorgonops

    WPA2 for PowerBooks/iBooks?

    I was unreasonably proud of myself years ago when I managed to get WPA1 working on an unmodified Orinoco Silver card pulled out of an original Apple AirPort plugged into an ISA->PCMCIA adapter slotted into a 200mhz Pentium I Dolch lunchbox running Debian. (There was some black magic you could...
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    Is the G4 1.5/64 Mac mini worth getting?

    Is there really anything that falls into this category? So far as I know the “grunt” of the GPU in the two models is basically the same, just one of them has more RAM integrated onto the die. (I could be mistaken but I‘m pretty sure the Mini used essentially a Mobility chip without external...
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    WPA2 for PowerBooks/iBooks?

    Unless your pre-WPA2 WiFi card is unusually gifted a firmware update won’t be able to upgrade it. WPA1 was specifically designed to be able to use the (flawed) CRC encryption hardware built for WEP using an algorithm called “TKIP” which secures the connection by constantly iterating the key set...
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    Mac OS 7.1 drivers for USB 2.0 & FireWire 800

    As was expressed earlier, I'm not entirely sure it would even really be practical to implement a full OHCI stack on something as slow as a 68030. I mean, that's probably pessimistic, but it's not exactly the lightest weight thing in the world. And frankly there really isn't much of a point if...
  14. Gorgonops

    Reverse Engineering the Macintosh Plus PCB

    My tentative hope would be it might not be too hard to zap it out, considering the ROM has already been mapped/hacked enough to work with the "Rominator" ROM disk. For that matter, sort of relating to another thread going on right now, I'm kind of thinking there might be doors here to directly...
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    Mac OS 7.1 drivers for USB 2.0 & FireWire 800

    If we were trimming the scope to *just* being a storage solution and we don't care about USB support per se for 68K versions of MacOS then clearly the best solution would be to punt the whole USB stack mess by using a microcontroller that already has drivers for the devices you want to support...
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    Mac OS 7.1 drivers for USB 2.0 & FireWire 800

    If I said that the Macintosh LC630 Developer's Note says I was mistaken(*); the IDE support software is documented starting from page 67 and it shows the new 68k "ATA Manager" implemented *alongside* the SCSI manager underneath the device manager, not nested underneath it. It does essentially...
  17. Gorgonops

    Reverse Engineering the Macintosh Plus PCB

    Yes, and I looked that up, but it doesn't look like he found the actual PAL code to reference? (IE, he essentially did a black-box "functional recreation".) Granted we pretty much have plain-english explanations of what each PAL does so you could do the same with this; just having the original...
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    Reverse Engineering the Macintosh Plus PCB

    I just tripped over this thread, and I have to say it's really interesting that you're getting to the stage of integrating modifications into the board. I guess maybe I didn't read closely enough to see if you've already done so, but in the process of putting this together have you created a...
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    27" Apple Thunderbolt Display: earliest Thunderbolt Macs? Do they support Tiger/Classic?

    CFFL aging is definitely a concern, but FWIW the U3011 that’s been my daily driver for almost 10 years still looks fine. (My Apple Cinema 30” also looks surprisingly great, but I do know it’s lower mileage than the U3011 is.) I suspect it has a beefier lighting system than your average laptop.
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    27" Apple Thunderbolt Display: earliest Thunderbolt Macs? Do they support Tiger/Classic?

    If we were talking about Windows I might agree that 8GB is "fine" for "normal people", but for MacOS I just can't. My 16GB work laptop gets weird sometimes with just a web browser, Pycharm, and WebEx running. I mean, sure, if you're using your Mac as an expensive ChromeBook just to poke at the...
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