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TheMacGuy

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Some DVD-RW drives for my Mac Pro (I have a temporary one in there now, but it's not quite perfect because the tray tends to get stuck).
Make sure to remove the faceplates off the drives before installation. Otherwise, they will cause the tray to stick.

 

CC_333

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Make sure to remove the faceplates off the drives before installation. Otherwise, they will cause the tray to stick.
I actually already knew that, but thanks for the advice anyway! The temporary drive's tray actually gets stuck within the drive itself (and the front piece was removed), so I think there's something going on with the drive's eject mechanism.
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TheMacGuy

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Yeah, probably some teeth on a gear in the mechanism broke off or have worn down. Hopefully the new drives will fix the problem.

Nice haul by the way! The Molar Mac was one of the best looking AIOs IMO.

 

CC_333

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OK, here's some more stuff:

  • Mac Plus (broken CRT and other unknown issues, I'll probably get to it next weekend)
  • Mac 512ke (I was hoping for an original 512k (not e), but that's OK)


The 512ke needs some A/B work (mostly just re soldering bad joints and readjusting the screen's parameters, I think) and a good scrub. The floppy drive probably needs an overhaul as well.

The Plus probably needs more work (what is it with me and Pluses lately?). I have a spare CRT, so hopefully that's all it needs to become functional (if only in a basic sense; drives will come later).

Next in line (hopefully) is another 512k (not sure if it's an e or not) and pair of IBM PCs (5150 and 5160).

After this, I think I'm going to have to sell off a few things (probably the two Pluses) to recover some of the money spent (and space taken).

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CC_333

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OK, got the 512Ke going!

It's only in it initial stages, but the restoration is going well so far!

I re soldered the three trouble spots on the A/B (the logic board connector, the deflector yoke connector, and the other CRT board connector).

The brightness knob feels rough, so it'll probably need replacing (and new caps, too), but it seems to be in good working order otherwise.

I haven't gotten to the Plus yet, but I hope to this Saturday.

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CC_333

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In my latest find:

  • Several Toshiba laptops, which are very old
  • PowerBook 520c which looks like it's seen better days
  • PowerBook 160. It appears to be in good shape, except the screen is broken, and it's missing it's trackball.


One of the Toshiba laptops is VERY old looking (it kind of looks like mid to late 80's, because it more closely resembles the Portable in basic shape rather than any PowerBook (a couple clues: the screen is very short and wide, and there's no built in pointing device).

The other two (which are much more conventional in a modern sense) appear to be Pentium I/II based machines (probably 1994-1997 era), so they'd probably run relatively modern stuff (Windows 2000, perhaps?)

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CC_333

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Hmm!

I don't know for sure, but it looks like it might be! Searching for Toshiba T1000 produced a bunch of images that look almost identical.

Is it one of those ultra rare models?? It's in pretty terrible shape, so I doubt it'd be worth much.

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jruschme

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IIRC, the T1000 was interesting for being a DOS-in-ROM system (MS-DOS 2.11 according to Wikipedia). I have to admit that I always wanted one back in the day. Definately an interesting example of early laptop.

 

CC_333

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Yeah, I read about that. Quite interesting.

Anyway, it's actually a T1200, so I'm not sure it has that feature. Just checked, and the Wikipedia page doesn't mention that feature :( .

It DOES tell me that it has weird and un-standard drive interfaces, though > :(

Oh, well, It's still an interesting piece, worthy of a restoration job.

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Scott Baret

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I have a T1200. Awesome little computer, you'll love the blue display!!!

Mine does not have DOS in ROM (I don't think any T1200 does) but does have a strange hard drive, out of commission for the last eight years. You can still operate it from a floppy though.

Something interesting about the T1200--you can change its speed. Fn + Page Down and it will go around 4.5MHz. Fn + Page Up and it will go around 9MHz. These speeds are from my recollection and are probably slightly off.

If you connect a CGA monitor, Fn + End will activate it. Fn + Home goes back to the laptop screen. You can only use one at a time.

There were a few other unique features on here which I can't recall offhand. I used this as my portable machine from 1994-2000, running MS-DOS 5.0 and WordPerfect 5.1 on it. It does great with very old DOS games.

 

CC_333

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Well, I haven't added much here for awhile.

But it was worth the wait!

I just got a Key Lime iBook in the mail today!!

It's definitely much brighter than I imagined (it's almost neon-green :O ), but that's OK.

It came with a stock 10 GB hard drive, and a meager 192 MB of RAM. It was sold as non-booting, but apparently it was only due to a botched Mac OS X 10.4 install. I am currently wiping the drive in preparation for a working installation. Then I will upgrade to 320 MB RAM (because that's what I have for now; I'd love to upgrade to the full 576 MB if I can find a PC100/PC133 512 MB SO-DIMM).

There is a small marking ("10") on the bottom, centered at the edge of the battery bay (by the pull tab), and a dot by the power port. They appear to be in permanent marker, so I think I'll leave them (they add character, I think, and they also reflect some of the computer's previous history, which I always find fascinating).

As for otherwise, there's the usual scratching of the glossy white plastics and a few scuffs on the rubberized portions, but it's in pretty good shape overall. In fact, the whole top case, keyboard and trackpad look mint (perhaps the seller replaced them, because it almost looks like they could be replacements, rather than the original parts). The screen is bright and clear.

Pictures to follow...

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CC_333

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Here's my collection of iBooks so far:DSCF4187.JPG

Everything from top to bottom:

  • Mac OS 7.6
  • Mac OS 8.5
  • Apple Logic Studio 8
  • Adobe Creative Suites 1 and 2 (Windows Versions, unfortunately :( )
  • M2453 iBook G3 SE Graphite
  • M6411 iBook G3 Indigo
  • M6411 iBook G3 Key Lime (the 466 MHz model!) (I'm looking for the correct-colored keyboard since the one currently installed is for an Indigo)
  • Some sort of calculator shaped like a pre-Powerbook era PC laptop
  • M2453 iBook G3 Tangerine
  • M2453 iBook G3 Blueberry

There exists an M6411 iBook G3 in Graphite, and I'm not sure if I'll get it or not. If one pops up for cheap, I probably will.

Oh, and I think I had mentioned something about an iMac G4 photo awhile back:

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iMac G4.jpg

 

CC_333

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What happened to my post?!

Anyway, I posted that I got an iPhone 5, 64 GB in white. It's carrier unlocked, so I can use it with whatever GSM carrier I like (it's on Net10, a prepaid service, currently). I'm also finally getting my friend setup with his own phone (iPhone 4 16 GB in black). I would've had it done by now, except there was a snafu on the web site and the SIM card got stuck in some sort of weird limbo. Rather than figure it out, I'm just going to get another one. Hopefully I'll get it up and running for him this Saturday.

And, as for TheMacGuy's congratulatory post (which is also strangely absent), thanks!

Can someone explain why our posts are missing, please?

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CC_333

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It's working out nicely, so far.

I'm thinking about switching it to AT&T, though, so I can have officially sanctioned tethering.

Other than that, no complaints, although I am in need of figuring out a screen protector. I'm not great at those peel and stick ones.

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TheMacGuy

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PowerSupport USA makes AWESOME screen protectors. I have used their anti-glare screen protectors for years (beginning with my iPhone 4) and I love them. The use static cling instead of glue to attach to your phone, and they include a "sticky sheet" for removing all the lint from your screen and installation is a breeze, IMO.

 
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