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What do you think this is?

TimHD

Well-known member
Any ideas what this white, seemingly video out, card might be in this SE/30?
The seller seems not to know and there’s no tell tale stickers or boot up INITs I could see on the posted pictures to suggest it is a Radius card or something.
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There is a DB15 to possibly DB9 or VGA short cable that comes with it…
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Any ideas?
 

TimHD

Well-known member
Could potentially be an AUI ethernet card maybe? With some sort of adapter cable?
Don’t think it’s AUI Ethernet as the back of the adapter seems to be DB9. As it’s not a 3 rows DB15 VGA cable I suspect it an earlier model video card of some sort. Just don’t recall seeing too many white Video Out ports behind SE/30s. Was there ever some maker or standard for the color used on ports? Most seemed to be black females back then and maybe the odd blue one.
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Trash80toHP_Mini

NIGHT STALKER
That does appear to be a DA15M to DE9F adapter cable if you want to go all out technical. 😉 The DB prefix only applies to the 25 pin D Shell connector, though common usage rules.

That said, it most certainly is a very strange cable. I wonder if that's a VidCard that can drive Mac DA15 analog displays and an older, proprietary 9 pin interfaced TTL display? That would mean B&W or at best Grayscale card I'd think?

ThickNet would have the bail setup, not connector nuts. Was DA15 used in VidCard/connector nut style for AUI at any time?
 

desertrout

Well-known member
That said, it most certainly is a very strange cable. I wonder if that's a VidCard that can drive Mac DA15 analog displays and an older, proprietary 9 pin interfaced TTL display? That would mean B&W or at best Grayscale card I'd think?
This seems to me to be the most likely explanation... there were a few video formats that used DE9 connectors... CGA, EGA, I think SGI had something... but I have no idea if output to those formats would be possible. But I wonder why female? @TimHD have you opened the case to see if there are any product numbers or manufacturer info on the card?
 

Johnnya101

Well-known member
This seems to me to be the most likely explanation... there were a few video formats that used DE9 connectors... CGA, EGA, I think SGI had something... but I have no idea if output to those formats would be possible. But I wonder why female? @TimHD have you opened the case to see if there are any product numbers or manufacturer info on the card?
I don't think he actually bought it, think he's just seeing if it's worth it. It's for sale, going by the first post.

I would probably take the chance as long as it's reasonably priced.
 

TimHD

Well-known member
Looks like a video card to me. Here's some info about 68030 Video Cards if you find out what model it is. unfortunately no Pics though.
Ta, checked that resource and a other image repositories, but could find no video cards with WHITE DA15F (😉 @Trash80toHP_Mini ) ports...

I would probably take the chance as long as it's reasonably priced.
Hmm, it‘s getting into the kinda range you want to be sure - see
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/265522266382
 

Johnnya101

Well-known member
I don't see a whole lot of wear on it, or burn in, so one would think that it had an external main monitor used in place of the built in one (so hopefully it's a good external color card or something) .I would take the chance if I wanted one of those. It's not a bad price, they have gone up a bit recently. It turns on so you know the logic board is good. If it's not a good board installed, just get it recapped and flip it, you'll make your money or more back.

Although the bag would mean it was intended to be brought to different locations. Maybe could just be an external projector type of card.
 
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