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  1. So, I got this about a year ago for a steal - $125 with box and a pro keyboard. Anyway, when I got it, of course, it would not boot. I then read about the whole bad capacitor thing. So, I disassembled it, inspected the motherboard, and could not find one single capacitor on the motherboard that was leaking or indeed even bulging. I then went ahead and took apart the power supply, and bingo, at least 2-3 leaked caps. I was in a school at the time which had a electronics program (and I was not a part of it), and had a very good friend recap the power supply. That was done, and it looks good as new. However, my humble iMac still won't boot. the only difference being, when you plug it in, the first LED lights up, which it did not before, and when I push the power button on the inside, the fan starts spinning, the white LED on the front comes on and the second LED comes on for a half second, then they all shut off, and subsequent power button presses only get the second LED to come on momentarily. I swear, the motherboard looks perfect, so I don't know what else needs to be done. It;s a 1.8ghz G5 ALS model, no HD, 512mb of RAM, combo drive. any ideas?
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    Pismo With box

    So, after getting sad after the LCD broke on my last pismo, I caught the itch to aquire another one. This is actually my 3rd, they are just too nice machines to pass up. I came across this ebay auction with one with the original packaging. I have seen the box before, but never one with the accessories kit. I snagged it up for a cool $76, but it was well worth the money. The packaging was mostly complete, minus the manual, but that is easily printable from a PDF version. It even came with 3 coupons for apple stuff. It was packed with the charger, weight saving device, phone cord, the original DVD-ROM, and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive from MCE. The machine it's self is in good to fair condition. Originally a 400mhz model (and a reconditioned one at that according to the label on the box), it has a 500mhz card in it, matching 512mb sticks, bringing it to a full 1gb of RAM. It came with a Orinoco Silver wifi card, but I happened to have a spare Airport card laying around from the last one (and I have a second one around here somewhere). It also came with no hard drive, but a quick trip to Micro Center later, and I have a Samsung Spinpoint 160gb HD rocking the max 128gb of storage in this bad boy, along with a USB 2.0 card. In the auction description, they did mention, and even photograph a crack in the trackpad area, which is right in the middle. Does not bother me too much, plus the trackpad button even feels better than the past 2 pismos, so why fix it if it aint broke? it's just cosmetic. Same thing goes for the missing feet, not a big deal. My only concern is there is a hint of pink/red in the backlight when it first comes on, but after it warms up after 30 seconds, it does go away. I have seen worse. As for software, I installed Mac OS 9.2.2, and Mac OS X Tiger. I might triple boot with some sort of linux at some point, but for right now, it will work as a good classic machine, both OS 9 and X. I have some older apps that won't run on my macbook pro, even with Rosetta installed, but they work excellent on here. The guy also said the battery does not hold a charge for more than an hour or so, but I did charge it up, it stalled at 26%, but then climbed up slowly to 100%, all 4 lights come on on the battery, so I unplugged it, ran the battery down. I ran out of time last night, but it had been running for over an hour, and was still sitting at 50%, which is a good sign it has another hour in it, so 2 hours total. Here is the link to the auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120697248409&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT And the unboxing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0la9huRy2g enjoy!!
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    Performa 575 and Macintosh LC for free

    Well, I also got a bag of parts, and I looked in there, and there was a pristine hard drive sled for the machine (the kind that slides on rails in the machine and snaps in place). The drive in there did not have one on it, so I hooked it on. The bag had a bunch of screws, another bezel for what looks like a external CD-ROM, and the SCSI ID selector hooked to a ribbon cable. I noticed it fit on the connector on the bottom of the hard drive, but I can't make it fit with the clearance in there, so I went without. Probably a good idea. I noticed both VRAM banks were full, so I think it might have a full 1mb of VRAM. Also, when the machine boots, in the lower right hand corner, appears to be some SCSI software called APS Powertools 6.0.1, which runs as soon as I get the smiling mac, so it must be an extension that loads really early. It shows all SCSI IDs, with a little box underneath it, and the first ID has the box filled in with red for a second, then green. As soon as it starts the extension march, it goes away. It references a website, http://apstech.com and is copyright LaCie. Anyone have any info on this software, what it does, and where to obtain the installer file before I wipe the drive? Other than that, the software is standard fare. netscape, mac link, aftedark (flying toasters is not there though ), and some game called vette, with the .sit on the desktop. I assume that has to do with the corvette and not the chavette judging by the icon
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    Performa 575 and Macintosh LC for free

    I had the chance to boot the 575. It has a 80mb hard drive, and 20mb of RAM. That means a 16mb stick and the 4mb on board. I can't get it to boot from my burned 7.6 CD, so I am going to try and burn a fresh copy. It does have 7.6.1 on it, but appears to have personal data on it, so as a rule, I always performa (HA!) clean install on any new old mac. Unless I should go for 7.5.5 on this machine...
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    Performa 575 and Macintosh LC for free

    I saw an add on my local craigslist for someone who had 4 vintage macs, a Macintosh Plus (a real one), a Classic II, a Performa 575, and a LC I. I replied, hoping to get all of the macs, but he replied saying the compact macs were called for, and I already have a plus and a Classic I, so I grabbed the other two while on lunch break today from school. The LC came with the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and the 575 came with the keyboard, mouse, and hard drive bracket in plastic bag. The hard drive is in the 575. I got them home, and popped the back on the 575, and both RAM banks are full, along with a 10 base Sonic-T comm ethernet card. Unsure on hard drive size or OS. Upon popping the cover of the LC I, I was sadly disappointed. The battery looks to have leaked and BLOWN off the board, as a damp battery in holder was loose on the board, and underneath it was a puddle of goo. It gets worse. There is a capacitor laying on a chip towards the back, and it looks to have a puddle around it, though it seems to be attached still. The battery goo took out the 68020, and there is a nice rust spot on the top case sheet metal above where the batterysplosion was. Anyone want to explain this one? both RAM slots are full, and it has a hard drive marked Apple 40SC, so it is not a complete loss, but I wanted the LC because I had an LC III whose SCSI bus blew, and a LC I that just died one day, and I never bothered to fix it, just sent it off to a recycler (I never throw macs away). Though, it's not all bad. I really wanted the 575, which is identical to the LC575. Trinitron display, SCSI drives, System 7 support, and ethernet, one of apple's finest 68k macs, and one of the nicest pre iMac AIO machines, save for maybe a G3 AIO, or 5400/5500. I have yet to power it up, as I had to get back to school. Not a bad haul, and my first conquest in over a year. I have a 520 too, but it is not nearly as nice. I am not a fan of the caddy CD drive (actually, I don't even think this one has one!), and the latches for the motherboard access door snapped off the first time I tried to open it up. Must have gotten brittle from age.
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    Crazy day for yard-sale conquests

    Sounds like your iMac G5 has the same problem mine has. Don't bother taking it to the apple store, they will just say your logic board is bad, and try to get you to shell out ~$500 for a new one. They said they tested it with another "good known" PSU, but I doubt it. I took apart the PSU in mine, and I have one swollen cap, and 3 more leaky. Luckily I have friends who know this stuff.
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    Powerbook G3 3500/"Kanga"

    Well, it was like this since I got it. It might be that, I don't know. I don't even know if it's worth saving, as the CD-ROM drive is dead and the floppy drive has a disk stuck in it.
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    Powerbook G3 3500/"Kanga"

    Kangas seem to be thick on the ground here for cheap on the local CL. seen 3 in the last six months for >=$50. There is one on there right now for $35. I was thinking of snapping that one up, as I have it's immediate predicessor, the 3400 that somehow blew it's ADB bus, both internally and externally so it's basically useless; but has immaculate casing including the rear port door and ADB port door. Might transfer the motherboard from the 3500 to the 3400, unless the casing it in great condition.
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    eMate 300 in box - my first Newton

    Perform the hinge fix on it. I tried doing it to mine, but the display cable was wedged under the hinge. It worked fine before, but after removing it (CAREFULLY), the touch portion did not work anymore, but the actual display does. Try and find the memory card for it too, it seems to make a helluva difference. Doubled RAM and flash storage, plus expanded data bus. Just a matter of finding one.
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    Scored a Powermac G3 All In One

    I had one, nice machine. Heavy as all get out though. The power lead going to the drives stopped working, which basically made it useless unless I used another power supply. Gave it away to scrap, after stripping out all the juicy parts, like the power splice cable, and the zip drive with floppy power connector.
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    Best Way to Combine a Powerbook 165 and 180

    yes, I remember disk light. every time I installed norton, there it was. Pretty handy utility, and you could place it in either top corner. My only gripe with 7.1 is that it's not free, and I don't have a copy of it. I do have a legal copy of 7.6 on CD, and that contains the floppy disk images. And of course, 7.5.5 is free (well, actually, 7.5.3 is, but it's updatable to 7.5.5.)
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    Best Way to Combine a Powerbook 165 and 180

    Sorry for another post, but I can't edit my last one. It turns out it was a loose RAM card, as it started happening every boot, and it was eight chords, so I popped it open, reseated the card, pulled some foam off the other one, and spaced the card so it would not happen again, since the card is so long it rocks loosely, with nothing securing it. One casualty though: the port door broke somehow. one of the pegs broke off, luckily not inside the hole, so all I need is another door. Not really an issue, as opening that door every time I turn the machine one quickly becomes a PITA. one of the 1xx series few design flaws. The other being no LEDs. Still going to put 7.5.5 on it.
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    Best Way to Combine a Powerbook 165 and 180

    Alright, the operation is over, and a success!! Everything is working fine, the machine is running great, booted right up off the 1gb HD to System 7.6.1, but it seems to be a little poky with it on it, I think I am going to put 7.5.5 on it, should make it run a little faster. This is with RAM doubler installed, too. It's even running on battery!! The power supply does not seem to be powerful enough, it was the one in the bag with the 165, but I think I can make it work with the one I got with the 180. So now I have a Powerbook that looks like a 165, but quacks like a 180. I whipped out the Apple CD 150 (caddy load!!), but it's causing the chimes of death when it is plugged in. So far, I have tried ID 2 and 7. If it chimes with all IDs, what is going on? EDIT: It's doing it on all IDs, both top and bottom ports. It's either fried, or incompatible. The light does go from green to orange when the caddy is put in with a disc in it. Looks like I might be doing the 19 floppy install. What fun...
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    Best Way to Combine a Powerbook 165 and 180

    ok, I have started the operation. I took everything I might need out of the 180. I forgot on the 1xx powerbooks, the CPU is on a daughterboard, so I only removed that. The 180 had a RAM board, I forget how many mbs, but it is pretty large, and I will compare it to the one I know is 14mb in the 165. I removed the display, display cable, inverter, interconnect board, daughter card, 1gb HD, and modem. Will take apart the 165 after class tonight. One note about the interconnect board: in the service manual, for the exploded view, apple only lists one part number for it. Does that mean the interconnect board is the same for both? If so, how did they manage to have 2 different display cables and two different inverters hooked into it?
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    Best Way to Combine a Powerbook 165 and 180

    I don't think ifixit goes back that far As far as motherboard differences, the only one I can think of is the 180 has a 68882 FPU, and IDK if the 165 has a socket for one. Maybe, but i'll just transfer the whole board. I found the apple service manual on preterhuman. The same one covers the 160, 165, and 180.