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About JDW

  • Birthday 02/25/1971

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    Aichi-ken, Japan
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    Church, family, travel around Japan, Mac computing, graphic design, web design, photography, videography, Newton 2100 PDA, System 6 fun on an SE/30

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  1. You really have 1500 CD's full of data, Alex?
  2. JDW

    400k Floppy Drive Lube Repair

    You are in Japan like me so it would be easy for us to do that. I do want to get my 60mm boxer fan video out before I begin that 800k drive lubrication video though. So if you don't mind waiting a couple weeks we can take the subject up at that time. I'd rather you not send me anything right now as I don't want you to wait and wait with me holding your drive all that time. In the meantime feel free to tell me any specific problems your drive has right now as that would help to diagnose the problem. I could be a lubrication issue, but it could also be a broken part or even a bad head.
  3. JDW

    400k Floppy Drive Lube Repair

    Not only do I intend a lubrication video for newer floppy drives, I also intend a recapping video as well. The lubrication procedure is quite similar to the 400k drive, it's just the lubrication points are different.
  4. JDW

    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    Your statement above means you confirmed your TS Adapter is undamaged, correct? There are varying degrees to electronics knowledge even among electrical engineers, and I give the humble nod to @Bolle as being far more practically savvy when it comes to vintage computing repairs. Indeed, that is why I have obtained his very kind permission and cooperation to ship my TS Adapter and Turbo 040 (alongside 2 other boards) to him for detailed examination. Bolle has the means to test the TS Adapter whereas I do not. He also has some ideas about a possible chip-swap fix if my 040 is determined to be damaged. My hope is that his findings can help you and others who find themselves newly initiated into our growing Epic Blunder Club. When doing a lot of parts swapping and testing in a vintage Mac (like my SE/30), the human brain can get so focused on doing things quickly it forgets the basics like never plugging in an accelerator PDS card into the top connector of the TS Adapter. It's a blunder just waiting to happen to anyone, not just those of us with the name "James W."
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    Interestingly, my name is “James“ and my last name starts with a W as well. What are the odds? In the name of science and getting to the bottom of this once and for all with no more years and years of endless waiting around, I am willing to ship my TS Adapter at my expense to any responsible and trustworthy veteran member of this forum who has the means to test the adapter with a known good accelerator card. In fact, I can include the 040 card too, if you have a machine in which you can test it, because I do not. The results of that test may assist the other “James“ in knowing which of his two cards is bad. To be honest, I’m not sure how my reaction will be in either case. If the 040 card tests good in someone’s machine, that would be a tremendous relief to me; however, my TS adapter card cost me $200, so knowing that adapter is bad would still be a great loss. Even so, the TS adapters are still built-in and sold whereas the 040 cards or not. Anyone willing? Bolle?
  6. JDW

    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    Tragically, no, I’ve not found a fix; and as evidenced by the lack of replies over the last year, everyone here appears stumped as well. I created the following to show what possibly was shorted: I have no other accelerator I can use to test my TS Adapter, but I suspect it is still fine and the root problem lies on the 040 accelerator. I’m still shedding tears over that because I’ve not the faintest idea how to fix that valuable and rare card. For the past year I held out hope that somebody might come along and offer some specific guidance for me on what to do next, but so far I’m still waiting. My wait may be eternal. The only thing I can say for certain right now is that the TS adapter is fundamentally flawed in that it has no means of protection against PD cards being accidentally placed on the wrong connector. Not even a PTC fuse! That, to me is a serious design flaw.
  7. I just uploaded a 400k drive LUBE video. I used Silicone Grease rather than Lithium since Silicone won't damage rubber or plastic.
  8. Here is a new video I just made for you 400k floppy drive owners. A fairly easy but effective task we should all perform on these old drives. https://youtu.be/Se10T6gPl-c
  9. Great! Feel free to comment under my video on YouTube to let me know how well it worked for you!
  10. Getting the actual software used to create that full screen "Hello, I'm Macintosh..." running on a Mac 128k or 512k isn't something I've been able to obtain, so I'm trying to creatively incorporate about 10 seconds or so of that old 1984 Intro video into a forthcoming video about vintage Mac cooling fans. My intention is just to use it in passing to very briefly mention the original compact Macintosh series (until the SE in 1987) lacked an internal fan due to Jobs insistence and proactive role in shaping the machine's design. Having it display on an actual Mac rather than display the clip full screen is my goal. I've actually been able to achieve it to my satisfaction, so I'll post the link when the video is finished, before it goes Public, so you gentlemen can give me feedback. I still have a lot more work to do on that video, so it's still more than a week away from being finished.
  11. Alex, here's a still taken from the original intro video (left) compared to the version I made (first sentence only, at right) using Athens...
  12. One related question for you gentlemen... That Mac was either a 128k or 512k with the original 64k ROMs. Was there a word processor or another application that could put text on the screen like that without any menu bar, filling the entire screen? It probably was a custom piece of software specially made for that demo, but I'm just curious if there is an application program that could run that early System software and hide the menubar.