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  1. VMSZealot

    Quadra 650 - but no luck with BlueSCSI

    I have a Quadra 650, with internal CD drive, that will happily boot from a SCSI hard disk, Zip drive, CD - it's a happy Mac. It's fast for a 68k too. But it won't boot from BlueSCSI. If I put a BlueSCSI in there then it just sits, all day, with a grey screen - only the mouse pointer visible...
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    CF Card in a Blue G3

    I thought that this would be so simple. A nice, CF based, SSD for my blue and white G3. It works in my PC - so what could possibly go wrong? CompactFlash is based on IDE after all, and the adaptor is pretty dumb. Well, firstly, if it’s on the same bus as the hard drive it won’t boot. Master...
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    A/UX - on a real hard disk

    I have a Quadra 650, with A/UX and a failing hard drive. I have a new hard drive ready to go, but I really can't be faffed with reinstalling A/UX from scratch and then adding all the patches - and particularly not when someone has done the work already (here...
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    LCIII rebuild - recommendations welcome.

    I have an LCIII logic board (working), an LC PSU (unbranded, not working, but I'll have a crack at getting it going again, or rig up a new supply using its molex connector), floppy and an empty case, but I'm missing most other parts (including the floppy drive cable). Are there any particular...
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    Laserwriter 8500 Fault

    I've owned a Laserwriter 8500 pretty much since it was new (it was an ex-demo unit at a place I worked), and it's been my one consistent bit of kit for the last 23 years. Whilst my main computers were 9600, Yosemite G3, Digital Audio G4, G5 Dual, Xeon Mac Pro and now M1 Mac Mini, my main printer...
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    Any MagiCMac users out there?

    I’ve been fiddling around with MagiCMac, trying to work out what it can do and what it can’t. Turns out that what can do is not very much, at least in my experience, and compatibility seems to be poor. I’m thinking that I might compile a list of the software that I have been able to get it to...
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    LC475 for a tenner

    An eBay find, the plastics are in excellent shape - but on first examination, it appeared to be as lifeless as Mars. I removed the PSU, and fitted a known good PSU from one of my LCIIIs. I fitted a stick of RAM and some VRAM, gave it the old double tap on the power (one to prime the caps, the...
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    Wombat with a gamepad

    I’ve read the documentation - I understand that the wombat only works with keyboard and mice, and not with gamepad but… If there are any USB gamepads without analogue sticks, which identify as keyboards (hence requiring no drivers, and hence only requiring configuration in the game itself), I...
  9. VMSZealot

    1.44MB Superdrive Question

    Does anyone know if it's possible to create a cable that would enable the 1.44MB Superdrive to be plugged into the external floppy drive port of my Mac?  That would be a useful hack!
  10. VMSZealot

    Quadra 700 fuzzy video

    I've just acquired a Quadra 700 - but it has an unusual problem, and APD thinks that all checks out with the box! When the Quadra is doing nothing, the video (on the Macintosh Colour Display more usually seen connected to my LCIII) is stable and crisp.  When it's processing, the video gets a...
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    SE/30 analogue board fun

    Ohh kay.  So now my SE/30 is booting fine, and all seemed well.  But… …the screen is rather dim (in fact, totally black until the brightness knob has gone past half-way) - and occasionally shimmys very slightly.  You wouldn't notice unless you were looking.  Damn.  Just when it all seemed to be...
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    Troubleshooting SCSI2SD in SE/30.

    What configuration should I use for SCSI2SD (V5.1)?  I'm having no luck at all with mine.  This is the story. With the old hard drive, my Mac was Sad Mac'ing on every boot.  I tried fitting my spare hard disk, loose in the case, and it booted fine (so I don't think that the problem is with my...
  13. VMSZealot

    Where can I find a IIe Software Archive - with a twist

    The twist is that it isn't for an Apple II.  It isn't for an emulator either.  What I'd like is an easy way to get ProDOS disk images, or software, in a format that can be readily installed on a Macintosh LCIII with an Apple II card installed. There are lots of sources of Apple II software on...
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    Parental Controls in Leopard?

    I've given my son his grandfather's old G5 - just until he proves that he can look after nice things.  I'm not going to splurge the cash on him only for him to break whatever it is that he's been given! The problem I have is that Parental Controls for web browsing don't seem to work any more...
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    Oddly Behaving G4

    I have a G4 Digital Audio - which is behaving very oddly.  The specification, for reference and in case this has a bearing on matters, is that it has 1GB RAM, DVD-RW, Zip 250, a Sonnet Duet 1.6GHz accelerator, Sonnet SATA card (with a 500GB SATA drive attached), Maxtor 75GB hard drive, Maxtor...
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    Old Mac, Modern Internet

    I'm doing a bit of development which might interest users here - and not just users of old Macs either.  The problem that I'm trying to solve is making the Internet, and specifically the Web and Email, available to old Macs - many of which can't do ssl secured email or browsing. There are...
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    A New Game For New Hardware, Developed on Old Hardware

    I've just released a new game on the iOS app store, in both free and paid for versions (although, for some reason, the free version isn't showing up yet).  The game is called Innecto (https://www.45rpmsoftware.com/innecto.php) and, ordinarily, I wouldn't post anything about it here because it...
  18. VMSZealot

    Email Relay for Classic Macs

    I still use my old (68k) Mac for work, mainly because it has some handy software that I paid hundreds for a couple of decades ago, and I'm too cheap to update to newer versions.  Besides, I really like my old Mac - the aesthetic, the way it feels. It's a pain to have to switch from 68k land to...
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    How about some software development?

    Poor 68k Mac.  It's two decades since you could buy one new, and I'd be prepared to bet (albeit not too much money) that it's several years since any new software was released for it.  I was seeking a bit of a break from a project that I'm working on for OS X, so I decided to rectify this...
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    Quiet Hard Disk

    My SE/30 is almost perfect.  It has a 32bit clean ROM, a 1GB hard disk, 68MB RAM, an Asante Maccon ethernet card - and A/UX 3.01 installed.  The only fly in the ointment is the noise it makes.  The fan is silent now (I fitted a Silenx fan to it), but the hard disk is rather shrill. Does anyone...
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