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  1. Tom2112

    Apple IIc - no beep, no drive seek, no video (maybe) - worth repairing?

    A friend gave me an Apple IIc that hasn't been used in decades. It worked when it was last used. It was dusty but appeared in good condition. He no longer had the power supply, mouse, or any of the disks. So I ordered a power supply online (yikes the originals are pricey!). I got the PSU and...
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    iBook / PowerBook4,3 won't recognize 512MB SODIMMs

    I have an iBook / PowerBook4,3 model A1005 (600MHz PPC) that I am trying to upgrade the RAM on. According to everymac.com it can take a single 512MB PC100 SODIMM. So I bought one and when I plugged it in, the iBook only reconized 256MB of additional RAM. So I thought that the stick might be...
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    WPA2 for PowerBooks/iBooks?

    OK, I have a couple of old Mac that included AirPort cards. Of course, they won't connect to my "modern" 2GHz WiFi because it demands WPA2 and the AirPort card seems to only support WPA. Is there a magic combination of OS / driver / card that will allow an old iBook or PowerBook to connect to...
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    Jaz SCSI Card in a Windows PC?

    I happened to pick up a pair of internal Jaz drives that each came with a PCI SCSI card. The SCSI cards are Iomega branded, model ABP-960U and have an AdvanSys ASC3050B chipset. Unfortunately, I can't find any drivers for these cards for Windows 10. Does anyone here know if they can be made to...
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    PowerBook 1400c/166 or 1400cs/166?

    I'm lucky enough to be able to choose between two beautiful PowerBook 1400's. The only difference between the two is one is a 1400c and one is a 1400cs. Which would you choose and why? Thanks, Tom
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    Farallon LAN/Modem PC Card (PCMCIA) dongle pin-outs? connector type?

    I recently acquired a PowerBook 1400c/166, which happened to come with a PCMCIA card in it. The card is the "Farallon LAN/Modem PC Card" touting a 33.6 baud modem and an ethernet interface. But all I got was the card. No drivers. No dongle. I can probably find the drivers online somewhere, but...
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    Mac SEs won't boot with external SCSI attached

    I recently acquired a number of classic compact Macs, including a couple Mac SE's. As I was going through the process of doing initial function checks on them - to determine which ones worked, which didn't, and removing PRAM batteries - I found that the Mac SEs without harddrives would boot...
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    Classic and Classic II parts interchangeability? And RAM questions?

    A friend gave me a Mac Classic and a Classic II: The Classic works perfectly! (I can see cap leakage on the logic board, so it and the analog board will need recapped, but not immediately) The Classic II has jailbars and some video instability. Can I safely swap the logic board out of the...
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    RaSCSI, Pi's, and cheap PSUs - A Cautionary Tale

    The TL;DNR version: Don't use a cheap power supply for your external RaSCSI/Rasperry Pi combo. The just-good-enough-to-power-up power won't be enough for running the RaSCSI and termination too and it won't have proper termination and you'll spend hours trying to figure out why it doesn't work...
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    What does the PowerBook control panel do on a PB 165?

    I recently was gifted a perfectly working PowerBook 165. What a wonderful gift! But I'm not familiar with PB's at all. So I'm working on getting it upgraded with some more RAM and a replacing the HDD with a BlueSCSI or RaSCSI. I had lots of trouble today getting the RaSCSI working. I think a...
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    Dumb Questions from a Windows Guy... (video card troubleshooting)

    So I got an Apple GeForce 4 video card upgrade for my G4 Quicksilver. It's definitely a Mac card, as it has the proprietary Apple monitor connector as well as a DVI port. So I yanked the old ATI Rage card out and put the GeForce in, then fired up the G4... and I didn't get any video. :( Now...
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    Flashing a SATA card for dummies?

    OK, I've read several threads about flashing PCI SATA cards - here on 68kmla and other forums - for use in G4's (and others)... I always leave the thread confused. So I got frustrated and decided to throw money at the "problem" and bought one of those $50 pre-flashed Sil3114 cards on eBay. Of...
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    Keyboard test software for OXS10.4 or earlier?

    Does anyone know of a keyboard test app for OSX 10.4 or earlier? I'm specifically looking for a program that will visually show each key as it is pressed so that I can verify keyboard repairs/restorations. I searched Macintosh Repository and Mac Garden, but I must not be using the right search...
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    Running a MacSE/30 without an analog board?

    I was watching a YouTube video by Adrian Black of Adrian's Digital Basement. In it he showed a nifty tool called the RGBtoHDMI Video Interface, and he grabbed the video signals right off the logic-board-to-analog-board connection and wired them into this RGBtoHDMI device which output a pixel...
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    Just scored a G4 450Mhz! (M5158)

    I was bored this afternoon - which is usually when I get into trouble... and I came across a PowerMac G4 on Facebook marketplace. He wanted $40 for it, and it looked in excellent condition. It was fully operational too. No keyboard, mouse or monitor, but since they're USB and standard VGA, I...
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    Help: IDE to Compact Flash not working

    I have an IDE-to-CF adapter to replace my Performa 630CD's IDE hard drive. I'm running System 7.6.1 and using Drive Setup v1.7.3 it works as expected with my 32MB CF card (but 32MB is NOT enough space) it doesn't work with my 4GB CF card ("initialization failed" error from Drive Setup) it...
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    Upgrading your CPU - Performa 630CD and others

    I'm interested in upgrading the CPU of my Performa 630CD from the LC CPU to the full-floating-point-capable functionality of the standard 68040 cpu. Also, I see there are ways to move some resistors around on the motherboard to increase the Mhz from 33 to 40. So if I did both, I could go from a...
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    Help Updating Firmware on a SCSI2SD v6

    I can't get either of my SCSI2SD v6 boards (one is rev F and the other is 2020d) to update the firmware. In both cases, I get an error message "firmware update failed". That's not a very descriptive or helpful error message. The log isn't that helpful either: scsi2sd-util6 log: 20:08:43...
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    Mac SE - SE/30 recap service?

    I have a pair of old Macs - an SE and an SE/30 that need recapped - logic boards, analog boards, and power supplies. I was going to do them myself, but I haven't done much soldering in years. I pulled out some things to practice on, and frankly, I just can't see well enough anymore to do a good...
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    GOTEK Floppy Emulators in Classic Macs?

    I did some searching, but didn't get much finding... So does anyone have experience with the GOTEK Floppy Emulators and the spiffy FlashFloppy firmware for them? GOTEK: GOTEK Floppy Emulator @ Amazon Firmware: FlashFloppy Wiki I just purchased one (not delivered yet), but I'm interested to...
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