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  1. sfiera

    Clamshell left hinge screw

    I have two iBook clamshells I’ve been working on. I stripped them down this far, but in both cases I got stuck at the screw holding the left hinge, the one dead center in this photo: It turns freely, but won’t come out. There’s enough of a gap for the grounding cable to rotate, though. I...
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    内芝製作所 BookcaSE

    Up on Yahoo Auctions right now: an Uchishiba Seisakusho BookcaSE. This is an aftermarket conversion case for a color 5300/190. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a while… in fact, here’s what was already set out on my table at home: The auction starts at ¥240,000 (~$2400). I’m...
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    ADB to M0100 mouse conversion

    I recently found a guide for ADB to M0100 mouse conversion [Japanese]. Here’s its schematic for the ADB Mouse II: Translations: A, Bはどちらでも可: Either A/B is OK [orientation on the mouse switch doesn’t matter] 基板上のJA, JBピンをはずす: Remove pins JA and JB from the original board [these are for...
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    Mac Display information

    I spent a while today getting my head around sense pins and timing for old Macintosh (DA-15) displays. Here is the writeup: Mac Tech: Displays This is a result of online information-gathering, a little hypothesizing, as well as probing my UnimacFly VGA adapter with a multimeter. Its dip...
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    Mounting hard drive in TAM bay

    My new TAM’s hard drive seems to be failed or failing, and I figured I’d pick up an IDE-to-M.2 adapter and replace it with an SSD. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the unusual screw locations; as Low End Mac notes, “upgrades may require some modification as the mounting holes in the original drive...
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    Sfiera’s Conquests

    Plus (4 MHz): in a 512k case. Have a SCSI2SD for it, though I’d like to be able to use it just on floppies. Also have a second in parts. TAM (250 MHz): just purchased, and coincidentally arrived on Christmas. Fat back with USB, but missing its keyboard and everything not pictured. Cube (450...
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    What’s this C1?

    I’ve been reading up about how to care for my new Plus, and one of the things that comes up is the capacitors, particularly C1. So I opened it up and found this surprise: I think it’s probably original, given all the hot glue around it, but it doesn’t match the images I’ve seen online. Is it...
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    AppleTalk net cable

    I’m looking to connect two 68k machines via AppleTalk to share files. Since there are just two of them, my understanding is that I can connect their modem or printer ports directly. But, there seem to be two kinds of cables: a crossover “printer” cable and a straight “serial” cable.  There are...