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  1. Iesca

    Macintosh II Restoration

    Hello! I've recently acquired a Macintosh II that was upgraded with a Dove MaraThon 030 and fitted with (what I believe is) a Macintosh Display Card 4•8 (empty VRAM slots, Apple Part #: 630-0400), all in a IIfx case. It had two full banks of RAM, but I have no idea what values they are, so I've...
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    Mac Plus and System 7.0.1: Address Error when Rebuilding Desktop

    Hello all, I decided to try upgrading the system on my Mac Plus's external hard drive from 6.0.8 to 7.0.1. I used the Net Install of 7.0.1 and installed it to the drive over AppleShare from another Mac. It modified my original System unfortunately (I had renamed the System Folder in an attempt...
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    DaynaFile Board

    Hi Everyone, I recently acquired a DaynaFile with a 5.25" 360k drive in it. Due to some corrosion, I depopulated most of the controller board for cleaning and socketing, and to replace the pin headers. Since it is (mostly) depopulated, with all the board redesigns happening (SE, SE/30...
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    SimCity 1.1 DRM

    I recently acquired the North American 1.1 release of SimCity as published by Brøderbund (with "Godzilla" on the cover). The disks mount and read beautifully and I was able to image them without a hitch. However, the copy protection scheme is such that it wants you to insert the "original"...
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    iBook G4 Battery Rebuild

    Has anybody rebuilt an iBook G4 battery pack? From the following article, opening the iBook G3's battery pack is relatively straightforward: https://www.instructables.com/id/Apple-Ibook-G3-battery-repair/   But no such luck for the G4's battery pack, which is sealed shut, rather closed with...
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    M0110A Repair

    A problem regarding my M0110A Mac Plus Keyboard... In anticipation of some new keyswitches I had ordered, I had taken out the broken keyswitches, which of course required some desoldering. After doing so, I managed to make one physically functional keyswitch out of the bits from the three I had...
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    Floppy Disk Drive Read Head Repair

    After a diskette completely jammed in the floppy drive, I was forced to pry it out with pliers. Unfortunately, such a procedure is far from delicate, and the top drive head was damaged and put out of place. (Actually, I managed to damage the head before even attempting the pliers; they were...
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    LC III Power Supply Clicking...

    Well, no sooner than my 540's power supply went caput, I now discovered that my LC III won't startup either, and instead just clicks. Apparently this is a pretty common issue, and I guess it can sometimes be resolved temporarily by applying hot air to the affected area? Grumble frumble...
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    Powerbook 540c won't startup

    Hello all, I had turned on my Powerbook 540c yesterday and it worked fine (although I forgot to turn on the external CD Drive so it wouldn't boot initially, derp). After using it for a bit, I shut it down as normal, but later in the day (and today) it didn't turn on; it remains completely...
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    LC III from my old HS music dept!

    I recently acquired an LC III that originally came from my old high school's music dept. I remember using them in high school initially, only to have them replaced with PCs at some point. The LCs sat around for years before they were given to a friend of mine who does work for the town. He kept...
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    Powerbook 540c Floppy Drive Ribbon Cable

    Hey all, I really donked up. :( I tore the ribbon cable from my Powerbook 540's floppy disk drive. At first it was just a partial tear, which I attempted to address with clear tape, but when that didn't work I managed to completely tear it in two. Short of replacing it, is there any way to...
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    Powerbook 500 serial number

    Is there any way to determine an older mac's serial number besides the one on the case? Past me in his youthful naïvété removed and discarded the sticker on the back of his 540c some years ago... Thanks!
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    SC2k in Mini vMac II

    An interesting bug when making a new city in SimCity 2000 in Mini vMac II! Game seems to run fine otherwise. :D EDIT: This is running the emulator at 1X speed and the game paused right away...
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    Apple Desktop Mouse II - Slow Tracking

    I recently acquired an Apple Desktop Mouse II to use with my Powerbook 540c. While the tracking speed with the built-in track pad is fine, the tracking speed with the mouse, even at the highest setting, is painfully slow. I've opened up and cleaned out the mouse innards as best I can and wiped...
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    Powerbook 540c Resurrection

    Hello! At some point around high school (somewhere around '99 or '00), my parents got my nephew and I "new" Powerbook 540c's which at the time gave us intermittent problems, but which I got some use out of nevertheless. After years of neglect, I turned mine on briefly back in 2011 to see what...
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