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  1. I am installing a GeeThree Stealth port in my G4, and cannot for the life of me find the ribbon cable + mini-DIN connector which came with it. Not too much of a problem, since I have 10-pin DIL headers, ribbon cable, and mini-DIN jacks here anyway I can make my own. Except that I cannot find the header pinout anywhere! Please - do not link pictures of the pinout of the Mac 8-pin mini-DIN serial port itself! This is easy to find! What I am looking for is the pinout of the 10-pin header on the Stealth PCB itself. Does anybody know?
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    Yes, I methodically tried tried quite a few IDs. In the IIci, it was the only device on bus 0, and the CD-ROM was the only device on bus 1. So there should have been no conflict anyway. As I was saying, I tried to run some diagnostics on the drive in a working system, and it (the drive) seems to have some hardware malfunction. So I am retiring it. This is kind of unexpected since over the past few years since I'd used the drive, I'd say that nothing has happened to it that I am aware of. What I did was juggle some data around in my 8600 and take its original 4 GB drive for the IIci, it worked right away. Thanks again for the help!
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    Oh! And when I left the CD in by accident, the 8600 did boot from 7.5.3, although I don't know if the install scripts would run. Just mentioning because I read that 7.5.5 is the earliest these can run. Although, in practice, of course - one would almost certainly want the improved PPC support of later versions.
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    Mystery appears to be solved! It appears that the problem all along has been my target drive - a 4 GB Seagate 15150N. It worked fine last time I used it, but now it seems to have borken. I tried connecting my other little SCSI drives to the external bus of my 8600 and they are detected just fine. The 15150N I can get recognized by FWB as a device, but with no capacity, and it throws up vague errors when it tries to format the drive. Unfortunately, this was the perfect size drive, and the only GB+ SCSI drive I had free for this. So I now get to rethink my plans. Thanks for the help all! I try to be methodical but it can be easy to lose perspective when the troubleshooting goes badly.
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    I did what you suggested, trag, and booted with the original HD and the 600i on the external connector. And it worked! In fact, it booted from the CD automatically. So... it turns out that the problem somehow is my target drive. When it is connected, the IIci suddenly can't see the CD anymore. I don't know if the drive is no longer viable, or if I haven't set it up right yet. It's got *14 pairs of jumpers* for SCSI configuration, so this could take all night to figure out. I think I had it installed in an 8100 last, and it worked fine If anybody can tell me what the boot drive needs to be, with regards to ID, parity, termination, etc could save me a lot of time! But thanks for the help, folks! At least I know now that the problem is not the CD-ROM itself, which provides some direction to my troubleshooting.
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    I know... BUT - I really want to install 7.5.3 on it, not 7.6.1. And the 8600 won't boot 7.5.3. I just pulled out the 7.6.1 CD as an extra thing to test with once I ran into problems. AIIIEEE!!! I've got to meditate upon this while I try doing something else for a few hours, too many tech dysfunctions are putting me on edge.
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    Yes, I did use the same drive and jumpers. I didn't want to! But it seemed properly methodical since I knew for a fact that the drive and CD worked together and were bootable on the 8600. Are bootable CDs any different in 7? I was guessing the boot block could be fussier somehow. I don't know. I moved a few months back and misplaced a box of diskettes I could use somewhere. And I have zero money to buy more. Now that I think of it, I did install 7 once before, using one of these same CD-ROM drives on an LC475. The LC ended up having other problems, but the install wasn't difficult like this. I thought maybe the SCSI was fried on the IIci (like on my SE/30) but it does boot the original hard drive I bought it with, That drive has no visible jumpers, so I don't really know how the system sees it when it boots.
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    IIci - can't boot from *any* CD-ROM?

    Yes, thanks, Unity - I had tried this combo also. Again, with every possible combination of jumpers. To the same effect.
  9. I am having a crazy time trying to set up a IIci. First I tried the external SCSI - with three different drives, in combination with three different cables, on every possible combination of jumper settings. I have tried two different CDRs, one of 7.5.3 and one of 7.6.1. The 7.6.1 image I can confirm is bootable because I did boot my 8600 from it, using one of these same CD-ROMs (all Apple BTW, a 300 and two 600i). So... the IIci does boot from it's teeny 200MB internal hard drive. It says it's device 0. So I removed the hard drive and replace it with a known good CD-ROM drive using a known good image, set to device 0 and I still can't get it to boot. I tried every combination of ID, parity, and termination. Booting with the "c" key, of course. One possible problem is the System 7 gap in my experience. I have set up quite a few 6, 8, and 9 systems, but never 7 before. So it's entirely possible that there is some obvious SCSI or OS 7 quirk which I am simply not aware of. I kind of hope so, because otherwise... I have no idea. I thought this install would be easy, but so far I've wasted lots of time, and it seems impossible. Any suggestions? I'd be grateful!
  10. The 64MB RAM limit that Elfin mentions is also a good reason to not make the 1400 as current as possible. Later versions of MacOS with more features use a larger memory footprint. I have run OS 9 on a 1400, it was fairly slow and not running within comfortable margins. Installing 8.6 instead made a world of difference. The 1400 is a great machine, but one needs to work within its limitations.
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    MPEG encoder keeps stopping!

    I have always struggled to do any media work, so if I simply assumed that things were "incompatible" when they didn't work straight away, I would never get anything done. Nothing has ever "just worked" for me, ever. I have found one way around the 730.1MB barrier - I was recording as MPEG 1 with multiplexed video and audio streams. When I opted to record them as separate streams, I could suddenly record larger files. The problem with this is that (not unlike with my Aurora Fuse) the results are completely out of sync. If the files are the exact same length of time, and start at the same moment, how can they be minutes out of sync? If I only knew... The results so far have been unusable. As for what systems these are supposed to run on? The DVDirector box says to use at least a G3, and IIRC the MediaPress box shows them using a B&W. Ther only other viable system I have is an 8600 with stock SCSI which will be far too slow. This is what burns me, the documentation of these things always insists that you should use the fastest system that you can. On my MDD I can copy a gigabyte between drives in a minute, so recording a GB over *an hour* should not be a problem. I was hoping that some pro audio or video people might chime in and suggest some performance tweaks for how the system is set up. Configuring the system you have for the task at hand makes more sense than trying a whole different computer when something goes wrong.
  12. The easiest way to recycle anything is through reuse. So if you don't need them, you could give them to somebody who does. Just keep in mind that somebody who needs an SCSI scanner or phone modem can't likely afford to pay a lot for them. Perhaps you could try to sell them at a nominal price to cover shipping. Something people often disregard when thinking about recycling is that a things value is not determined entirely by what it is made out of - but also the time, expense, and technique that went into its original manufacture. As well as what work can be done with it contemporaneously. Your average person wouldn't pay much for a handful of oil and sand, although that's basically what a computer or peripheral is. Even the crappiest old appliance is worth more than the elements it was made from.
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    MPEG encoder keeps stopping!

    Ok, so if I was using different software and equipment on a different computer running a different OS - I could try something else. That sounds straightforward enough! I wish I could use my TBC, but it died last year and I haven't been able to replace it. But what I am seeing here does not appear to be sync errors. The playback lengths tend to be similar when the encodes are done with similar settings. The 730.1 MB threshold indicates to me that this is a software/system problem. I have seen instances like this before, where something was made for an older Mac, but a much later one is somehow "too slow". It probably isn't, but that's what it tells me.
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    MPEG encoder keeps stopping!

    I have tried several tapes. From different tapes, and different times, it is always when the file is 730.1 MB. The VCR is a Daewoo VHS deck, it's fairly recent and seems to output a clean signal. I am sure the problem isn't the source. As for modern machines, I don't have any way to encode video on my more modern ones. I too prefer lossless compression, but am going with MPEG now because it;s what this card offers. I have an Aurora Fuse which records uncompressed motion JPEG, but it's got other problems.
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    MPEG encoder keeps stopping!

    This is driving me nuts. I have three PCI cards for encoding video, and none of the have ever, ever worked right for me. Currently I have a VCR on loan and have needed to encode a few tapes, so I have been trying to do this over the past day. I am using a Wired MediaPress card which is part of my Astarte DVDirector Pro package (the ancestor to Apple's DVD Studio Pro). What kills me is that no matter how I set up my system, it stops recording on me at an *exact* time, it's so exact that it seems like it should be trouble-shootable, but I have run out of ideas for the moment. This is on a MDD 1.42 GHz box with maximum RAM running Mac OS 9.2.2. I have done a few performance tweaks - switched the energy saver settings off, virtual memory off. The MediaPress manual recommended setting the disk cache down to 1024, which I did. I am using the fast ATA bus to record to a separate, non-system drive. What happens is that every time the encoding stops once the file reaches 730.1 MB. I tried recording to a different drive and this also stops at the same size. And the program, MediaPress 2.3.1 supposedly has large file support for files of more than 2 GB. I have tried doubling the RAM of the MediaPress application... there is nothing else going on with my computer regarding disk activity. WHY 730.1 MB? There doesn't seem to be anything I can do, I am stumped.
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