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  1. switch998

    Pre-Production LC

    The boards are probably from a PVT run, which is essentially the last stage of prototyping where the design is finished and Apple begins testing how the production scales. Depending on how the run goes, they could either scrap the boards or throw them into production units if no revisions need to be made. It's unusual to find these boards in normal machines but it does happen. I remember when I purchased my White C2D Macbook on launch day directly from Apple, it with "PVT" silkscreened on the board. Most of the time, if the machine is truly a prototype, you'll find EVT/DVT/PVT in the system's SN, but there's no hard and fast rule about that.
  2. switch998

    9600s - or how I conquered the wrong country

    Nice score, looks like OWC has a few other chassis for sale as well. The photos OWC posted make it look like the motherboard is included but anything else is a crapshoot. I found: Power Mac 7600 for $9.00 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/CHAPM7600/ Power Mac 8500 for $15.00 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/CHAPM8500/ G4 MDD for $29.00 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/CHAPMG4MD/ G4 Sawtooth (bare) for $19.00 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/CHAPMG4ST/
  3. switch998

    Apple Interactive TV Box

    This thread makes me sad that I sold my iTV years ago Hap, any chance you can try the other revisions too? I'm mainly interested in the differences of the startup screens and whatever info it dumps onto the display, a couple of the SIMMS are labeled 'debug' which might output some interesting info.
  4. switch998

    Apple Interactive TV Box

    Yeah I don't think anyone actually got video out to work. Somebody posted the system extensions for a whole bunch of E1/T1 and MPEG stuff but nothing for video out. I believe the first rev (STB1) prototypes can be booted with the proper hookup though. This is a good resource if anyone is interested http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1122&page=1 Also some photos of the STB1 http://maceffects.net/oldfiles/old/stb/
  5. switch998

    Subwoofers Inside Macs

    The original PB G3 had the same "subwoofer" system as well, although in a technical sense they're more like two small speakers and not really subs.
  6. switch998

    Fixed my Powerbook G4 After Death

    AC-MX2 is good stuff, sure I wouldn't use it on an overclocked PC but I do use it for any mac I resurrect and have been pleased with it. OP should go with that since it's reasonably priced ($4 on eBay) and performs much better than the silicon based paste from the factory.
  7. switch998

    Centris 650, mixed emotions

    Staples stopped selling floppies last year unfortunately. Fortunately you can get them through fedex for free: http://www.fedex.com/us/fcl/pckgenvlp/ordersupplies/ Sign in to your account, go to "Other Electronic Shipping Supplies" then click "Show all" on the right side of the titlebar, the "Transmission Recovery Diskette" is what you want to order.
  8. switch998

    50 G4 Minis (not mine)

    Look at the other two
  9. switch998

    50 G4 Minis (not mine)

    The best way to get a deal like that would probably be to watch a government auction. Schools near me are clearing out of G4 iBooks, powermacs, imacs, and minis by the boatload... I think the lot of minis went for around $15 each. That's probably where this guy got his. something like these are what you should look for: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=15&acctid=6543 https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=1&acctid=7060 https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=788&acctid=4788
  10. switch998

    50 G4 Minis (not mine)

    I was looking at that, but factor in a few hundred more for freight shipping and it's not such a great deal.
  11. switch998

    $30 Color Classic & MORE!!

    Probably best to get it recapped and work from there. Even if they're not visibly bad they still can be out of spec.
  12. switch998

    Macintosh IIcx and Core Duo Mac Mini

    Check the pins on your amplifier STK463 since they're likely shorted, a replacement should be around $5
  13. switch998

    Holy Power/iBook G4's, Batman!

    Those look like PRC tags from BestBuy, I buy computers in bulk from them as well and have run into tons of those stickers. When you recycle a computer at bestbuy they will send them to PRC and then sell them off at an auction (techliquidators.com) or if they are in good condition to an end-user, the 'Issue' part of the tag refers to why they were not sent to bestbuy's secondary markets website (cowboom.com). Store returns and demos get thrown in the lots as well and they pretty much always liquidate those as non-functional even if there is no functional issue with them. Nice score regardless, the Alu PowerBooks are one of the best looking laptops ever IMO. Great machine too, I used to use one almost daily until I got my MBP a couple years ago.
  14. switch998

    Mini-Motherload of Electronics

    Nice haul. You must live in a geeky area to be able to find bare mobos at garage sales lol
  15. switch998

    Powerbook 170 PSU Clicking?

    Yeah, it's definitely the motherboard, I disconnected all of the cables and daughterboards and it still has the same problem. I think I'll give this board a cleaning, and then just randomly start poking around in the PSU area since it seems to me like there's a short somewhere in the system. Anyone have a schematic for this system, replacing some of the unmarked resistors and caps is going to be a bitch if not.