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CC_333

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OK, I got Paralel squared away for now.

My latest find is an Apple ADC to DVI Adapter (to use an ADC monitor on a non-ADC equipped Mac or PC), and it works quite well.

The best part? It was $60 shipped! By far the cheapest I've found, and it's in excellent cosmetic condition to boot!

Soon to be added here is a LaserWriter of some sort and some software.

I'll post with more details as they come.

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TheMacGuy

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Nice! Those adapters are not cheap. I don't remember how much I spent, but it was more then you spent, IIRC. Great deal!

 

CC_333

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OK,

For the iPhone, I just got an OtterBox Defender. It seems to be one of the best cases out there for the price.

I finally got the Portable I got in like July or August opened up, but I discovered that it doesn't boot :-/ . I'll have to investigate that.

Also got a soldering station. It's not as good as the one I was hoping to get, but it will suffice (and it's certainly better than the cheap, blunt-tipped pencil I was using for awhile.

The biggest deal, though, is that I got three machines yesterday! They are as follows:

  • Performa 630CD with 51.2 MB RAM (probably 64? that's a very odd number) and a 250 MB drive with System 7.5.5.
  • Power Macintosh G3/266 with 128 MB RAM and a 20 GB drive with Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS X 10.2.x.
  • Power Tower Pro 225 with 88 MB RAM and a 2 GB drive with Mac OS 9.1


The nicest part is that they were $10 each!

Also got a few modems, a keyboard and mouse, and a PhoneNet dongle in the deal.

Oh, almost forgot. I got a few disks awhile back, some 400k, some 800k, and some 1.4 MB):

Single Sided (400k)

  • Macintosh System disk with Finder 4.1 (a boot disk for a 512k?)
  • Macintosh MacWrite (also with Finder 4.1)
  • MacWrite-MacPaint: A Guided Tour
  • MacTerminal (this one has System 1.1g :cool: )

Double Sided (800k)

  • HyperCard on four disks (Startup, HyperCard and Stacks, HyperCard Help, and HyperCard Ideas)
  • Mac Plus tour disk
  • Later Macintosh system Tools disk, copyright 1987 (running Finder 5.5)

HD (1440k)

  • ClarisWorks 4.0 on six disks


I might get a Mac IIx, but it won't come until next year (which is like four or five days from now :lol: ).

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CC_333

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OK,

Nothing new per se, although I got the Mac IIx! Ot's en route and should arrive in a week or two.

Well, I guess there is something: a Mac 128k!

It's from that big Florida conquest (courtesy of uniserver), and it should arrive at about the same time as the IIx.

I might also get a G4 Cube, but I'm not getting my hopes up on that.

A productive new year so far.

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CC_333

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OK, the 128k is in!

After a good cleaning, some readjusting of the analog board, and some minor repairs to the mouse, it came out pretty nicely.

The front bezel is a bit beaten up, but I have a new one on the way, so I'll have it looking like new in no time.

I'll get some pictures of it up soon.

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CC_333

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My old thread seems to be missing for now, so I'll start a new one. Perhaps it can be merged with the old one when it reappears....

Anyway, I got a couple of freebies yesterday: a Mac SE SuperDrive, and a Power Mac 7600!

Not sure of specs yet, but tI did see that the 7600 has a 1 GB drive, which is nice (I wonder if it's still working)).

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Unknown_K

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50 pin SCSI HDs that work are a prize these days. SE's with superdrives have extra space for CPU PDS board upgrades.

 

CC_333

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OK, another curiosity: An Indigo iBook clamshell 366 MHz with the letters "PVT" printed prominently on the logic board beside the RAM slot. Aside from that and the name "Robbin" engraved onto one of the brace/heatsink pieces, it seems like an ordinary clamshell...

Also ordered a lot of 10 dead clamshell batteries for ~$15. Don't know why I got them (impulse buy), but I guess I could try rebuilding them?

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IlikeTech

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Also ordered a lot of 10 dead clamshell batteries for ~$15. Don't know why I got them (impulse buy), but I guess I could try rebuilding them?
They are actually just snapped together, meaning they aren't hard to rebuild. 8-Bit Guy has a toutorial on it

 

CC_333

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I need to look that tutorial over very carefully, as the last time I tried, I accidentally shorted it out and fried the control circuit (the cells are OK, fortunately).

Which leads me to a question: how to get replacement cells affordably? There might be a good ecll or two in each pack, so since there's 10 of them, maybe I can take the best cells from each and build one or two okay-ish packs that hold at least a partial charge?

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IlikeTech

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Probably not, because they are all balanced to each other, so they should have about the same capacity.  You would be better off getting a used, but newer laptop battery and ripping that apart.

 

CC_333

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So, the batteries came in today, and as expected, many of them would not charge. However, I lucked out, and one of them is charging!

Also, got a pic of the iBook:

iBook PVT.jpg

Got the CD-ROM drive replaced, and added a bezel, so it's 100% whole and works perfectly. Only thing I might do is upgrade the RAM a bit so I can put OS X on it.

Meanwhile, another project came in today:

PowerBookG4.jpg

PowerBook G4 17" A1052. This is equivalent to the DVT (also an A1052) I once had (sold it to a member here), so it's good to have a 17" PowerBook in the collection again. With a couple minor repairs (replace the optical drive, tighten hinge screws) and a good scrub, it has turned out quite nicely. Only thing is, there doesn't seem to be any sound? Might need to replace the sound card maybe? (I reset the PRAM and stuff, so don't ask; audio hardware is detected properly in System Profiler, so I doubt the chip is bad.)

Anyway, it seems to be fine otherwise (the battery even holds a charge!), so I'll just install Leopard and let it be for now. EDIT: Scratch Leopard for now. It doesn't seem to like my installer DVD. I'll try Tiger instead...

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CC_333

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I'm on a roll lately!

Got an A1212 MacBook Pro, which won't do anything except flash the sleep indicator about once per second, like it's trying to power on, but something stops it. Could a faulty DC-In/MagSafe board cause this? I don't want to replace the logic board unless I have to.

Also got another A1052, so now the first one has a whole keyboard (still has a stupidly dim backlight, though), a SuperDrive, and a better trackpad clicker (the original was a bit mushy and didn't really click too well). I tried swapping the sound board and cable from the new arrival, but I still don't have sound. Could the logic board be at fault here? The other one doesn't power on, so I may try repairing the other unit rather than swap boards around.

One definite improvement, though, is a relatively sound battery. It actually charges more or less like normal, and lasts about 1.5 hours (not bad for a 14 year old battery!). It only has 47 cycles and 91% of stock capacity according to coconutBattery, so it must not have been used much; my 2012 MacBook Pro is only about a year and a half old (bought new in September 2016), and I've already logged well over 250 cycles on its battery.

I've got to sell something to make up for this spree! Maybe the other A1052, if I can get it to boot (no power)....

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CC_333

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Update: I got the latest A1052 to boot! The cables for the DC and battery boards were unplugged for some bizarre reason.

Anyway, it is, quite unsurprisingly, identical to the other one in every way except for one: it has sound from the internal speakers! Using the other's sound board, no less....

So, this means logic board, I guess? Could the speakers themselves have gone bad somehow?

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mikem

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Update: I got the latest A1052 to boot! The cables for the DC and battery boards were unplugged for some bizarre reason.

Anyway, it is, quite unsurprisingly, identical to the other one in every way except for one: it has sound from the internal speakers! Using the other's sound board, no less....

So, this means logic board, I guess? Could the speakers themselves have gone bad somehow?

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Headphone jack. I had a 17” G4 with the same problem. Turned out the sensor inside the headphone jack was messed up, so it thought headphones were plugged in, causing the internal speaker to not work.  Apparently this was a common issue and some could be fixed with a shot of compressed air or isopropyl. 

 

CC_333

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How could it be the headphone jack when the same sound board from the mute A1052 works perfectly in the other one?

Also, the Sound preference pane reports the output device as "Internal Speakers", as expected.

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mrpippy

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LOL I think I sold you that iBook on eBay! Was it hard to fix the charger port? As I remember there was some letters scratched into the battery cover which made me think it came from a school district.

 
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