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Problem Installing "Born Again" on IIfx

Concorde1993

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Prior to the site crash, I discussed in another thread installing OS 8.1 on my IIfx using an installer script called Born Again. I was able to locate a legit OS 8.1 install disc on eBay on the cheap, however Born Again for some reason does not recognize my OS 8.1 disc (even though it mounts on my desktop and is seen by the IIfx) and suggests that I email its developer should problems persist.

For those that have installed Born Again on their 68030 Mac, have any of you run into this snag? I followed the instructions accordingly - I have two partitions on a 1.2GB LaCie SCSI drive, which were created using Silverlining 5.7 - one for System 7.5.1 and another for the OS 8.1 volume. Drive works perfectly and all of my software discs are OEM.
 

DracheMitch

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Concorde1993

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Revisiting this as I finally checked out Gamba's site, however I'm having problems expanding some of the software programs listed in the instructions with Stuffit Expander.

Thus far, I have successfully downloaded and unstuffed ResEdit 2.1.3 and the OS8-030 Patch onto my IIfx. For whatever reason, Stuffit Expander does not expand System Picker 1.1a3 and Wish I Were Here 2.0. The other notable item is Network Access Disk 7.5 shows as an image file and it cannot be opened. Some of the programs were downloaded from Mac GUI and the Macintosh Repository using my ThinkPad W520 and A21m.

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volvo242gt

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Looks like the files were converted to PC files, which means that the resource forks for the files got stripped.

Do you have access to a web-enabled Mac? Might be easier to download the files to that, then either use file sharing over ethernet, or if the Mac is old enough to use a USB floppy drive, save them to a disk. I recently used my G3 wirelessly to access the Macintosh Garden for a few files I needed for the 68K machines. Was easier than saving the files to the MBP, transferring them to an external hard drive, then attaching that to the G3 to access them on a 68K-friendly computer.
 

cheesestraws

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Stuffit Expander does not expand System Picker 1.1a3 and Wish I Were Here 2.0

What does it say when you try?

The other notable item is Network Access Disk 7.5 shows as an image file and it cannot be opened

It's probably just lost its type/creator. Go into ResEdit, go "Get File/Folder Info..." on the .image file and set its type to "dImg" and its creator to "ddsk" (not including quotation marks, case matters).

Looks like the files were converted to PC files, which means that the resource forks for the files got stripped.

None of these formats (StuffIt, BinHex or DC42 disc images) use the resource fork in any meaningful way, they're probably OK.
 

Concorde1993

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What does it say when you try?
Nothing. No dialog box; no activity.
Go into ResEdit
Thanks, I'll give it a try.
They're probably OK.
When I still had my Wallstreet G3, I would connect it to my wi-fi modem by ethernet, make a floppy using my LaCie USB drive, and then transfer it to whatever 68k Mac I was using. All of my Apple laptops are long gone (brittle plastics and logic board failures being the major catalysts) save for my mint Kanga G3, which does not want to boot anymore. My ThinkPads are now the mobile "bridge" computers.
 

Concorde1993

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@cheesestraws I changed the Type to dlmg and the Creator to ddsk for Network Access Disk 7.5 - I still get "Application program that created it could not be found. Could not find a translation extension with appropriate translators."
 

Concorde1993

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I downloaded Disk Copy 6.3.3 successfully. I was able to mount the Network Access image file and access it. In the process, I also made a separate floppy for that program. Oddly, it does not show up as an option in the Startup Disk control panel. Am I missing a step somewhere?

Furthermore, when I try to mount or convert the image of the Wish I Were Here and System Picker programs in Disk Copy, I get a -8816 error code and a "Does not have a recognized file type" message. As stated earlier, Stuffit Expander does nothing when I attempt to expand either of those programs.
 

volvo242gt

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The Network Access Disk will need to be booted Apple II style. Insert the disk, then turn on the machine. It won't show up in the Startup Disk control panel, since it's not a hard drive.
 

Concorde1993

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Confirming that the Network Access disk does work before turning on the IIfx.

On another note, my IIfx has been developing an intermittent power on problem. Sometimes, when I shut it down, and then turn it on from the keyboard switch, it chimes, stays on for a brief moment, then switches off. Using the rear power switch results in a fast clicking sound from the power supply. I checked both batteries with my voltmeter; they each read full. Removing the batteries then reinstalling them or waiting a few minutes gets the IIfx to boot normally.
 

Johnnya101

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Confirming that the Network Access disk does work before turning on the IIfx.

On another note, my IIfx has just developed a power on problem. When I shut it down, and then turn it on from the keyboard switch, it chimes, stays on for a brief moment, then switches off. Using the rear power switch results in a fast clicking sound from the power supply. I checked both batteries with my voltmeter; they each read full. Removing the batteries then reinstalling them gets the IIfx to boot normally.

I'll note that this is an intermittent problem, but it has been occurring more frequently as of late.
Bad power supply? Has it ever been recapped? If you have a lot of cards in there, it could be stressing the 30 year old psu. I just got mine recapped and it's been rock solid on for hours at a time with 5 power demanding cards.

That's assuming the two electrolytic caps near the power on circuit have been replaced.
 

Concorde1993

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Power supply is an ASTEC unit, and while it has been thoroughly cleaned out, it has never been recapped. The board still has an SMD cap near the power on switch. No leakage as of yet.

I have two cards in the IIfx at the moment - my Apple PC 5.25" card, and a standard 256-color Mac Video card.

The IIfx is fine on restart; it's shutting down and rebooting from a cold start that's been a pain lately.
 
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