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  1. sos_nz

    Latest acquisition - G4 MDD FW800 (1Ghz)

    Seems like only recently I acquired a G5 dual 2.3Ghz. As fun as that has been to get running with an SSD and upgrade to 16GB RAM and an x1900GT, I really wanted a machine capable of booting OS9 natively. So was lucky enough to pick up a G4 MDD (1Ghz single core) with 2GB of RAM, a 120GB...
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    Latest aquisition - G5 Dual Core (2.3)

    Picked up a G5 Dual Core 2.3Ghz Powermac at auction for $30 NZD (that's around $20 of your American dollars): https://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g5/specs/powermac_g5_dual_2.3.html I wasn't expecting to win it, but felt bad that the starting bid was only $20 with a few minutes to run on...
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    Given two SE's and other good stuff

    One of my work colleagues is retiring soon and very kindly gave me his old work/lab Macs as we had got to talking and he wanted them to come to a good new home :) All of the pieces are in great working condition, and have been in use for much of the time since they were new, as far as I can...
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    SE/30 and system 6.0.8 - a couple of questions

    Couple of quick questions / errors on my SE/30 running Sytem 6.0.8. 1) Is there anyway to get Macintalk working on this machine? I really want to play Capn' Magneto and Strategic Conquest, both of which need Macintalk to sound their best. I understand the SE/30 used a different sound hardware...
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    1400c - mouse button not working & new PRAM battery

    As per the topic title, I fired up my Powerbook 1400c for the first time in a few months and discovered that the mouse button now longer wanted to work. Trackpad works fine though. As per the Apple service manual for the 1400, I tried resetting the PMU/PRAM, to no effect. So I've stripped it...
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    1400c - took a punt.

    I took a chance on a Powerbook 1400c at a local auction website. It was pretty much "as is, where is" and wasn't booting because the (replacement 20GB) hard drive had been wiped. No indication as to the CPU speed or amount of RAM. It also had a small crack on one of the hinge covers. No biggie...
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    PRAM Battery For Ti powerbook - alternatives?

    I need a new PRAM battery for my 867MHz Ti Powerbook (model A1025). I just wanted the battery, which is a fairly easy swap on the PRAM unit with a bit of soldering, so I ordered on from here: http://www.smallbattery.company.org.uk/sbc_lir3032-vdy2.htm. It's a 3.6V rechargeable LIR-3032...
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    Upgrade / overclock Ti Powerbook 867Mhz to 1Ghz

    Sorry to cross post, but this is best placed here. Here's a link to the thread in the G3/G4 forum: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=22054
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    Upgrade Powerbook Ti 867 to 1Ghz?

    I took a punt on a used Ti Powerbook, model A1025. It looks and runs great - even the battery and PRAM appear to be functioning OK. Only minor quibble, it's an 867Mhz model. I have a 1Ghz powerbook Ti A1025 that I can scavange for parts. So - how easy / difficult would it be to swap the CPU...
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    Working 1:3 scale compact Mac - cute!

    For all you lovers of vintage mac and mac emulation (I'm picking most of you reading this fall into one or other of these categories), John Leake of retromaccast has built a working 1:3 scale model of compact mac running System 6, using a raspberry Pi and mini vMac under linux. Check it out...
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    Dodgy speaker - Ti Powerbook 1Ghz

    I recently obtained a 1Ghz PPC Powerbook Titanium (Model: M8859) as per this thread (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=20660&p=200276#p200276). It works great, except only the right speaker works, and sometimes even that one cuts out. I presume it's a loose connection somewhere. Any suggestions as to...
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    Got me a 1Ghz 15" G4 Ti Powerbook

    I'd been looking for one of these - model number M8859 - for a few weeks, as (I believe) it's the fastest powerbook capable of running OS 9 (http://lowendmac.com/pb2/powerbook-g4-867-mhz-1-ghz.html). The one I got has 1GB ram, and has OSX 10.5.8 installed. I'm planning to dual boot it with OS...
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    Powerbook 1400cs - curious lack of ethernet PCMCIA

    This is getting frustrating (although not really, since it's just a hobby machine). Following on from this thread & post (viewtopic.php?f=21&t=20338#p195981), my Dell Truemobile 1150 wifi card arrived today - and, like the Farallon ethernet card, is not working. I've confirmed it...
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    Mount HD with rubber bands to quell noise

    Further to my SE/30's restoration (viewtopic.php?f=7&t=20122), I've mounted my hard drive by suspending it between two large rubber bands. Although the Seagate Savvio 10k U320 SCSI 70GB drive is itself very, very quiet, it was transmitting quite a bit of vibration / hum. Not sure whether...
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    Just got a 1400cs - CD not recognised, ethernet not working

    To go with my partway restored SE/30, I seem to have picked up some sort of retro mac bug. Background: I just picked up a used (obviously!) 1400cs. It's a fairly low spec'd machine - 133, only 16MB RAM, System 7.6.1. It hasn't been used in a few years, apparently. Battery is totally dead, but...
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    SE/30 Recap - my first one!

    I've just joined the community, and am pleased to announce a successful resuscitation of a sound-less SE/30. Out family's first computer, when I was a kid, was a 512Ke back in the 1980s. We moved up to an SE with a 20GB HD and felt we'd hit the big time. Over the years, I used Macs on and off...