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  1. Hi all, I have an Apple III that has been sitting in my storage for a while. Now that I have space to put it on, I installed it and started playing with it. It has an Apple II emulation card, and a parallel card installed. I was trying to make it work with my CFFA3000 card. I also bought from Option8 a small adaptor for the Apple III to connect my Floppy EMU to boot the Apple III as the internal floppy door is a little beaten. For the first few days of the week it was working fine. But I could detect a bad smell coming out of it. I was unable to see anything that could be burning or anything bad. Considering that the motherboard may had some dust on it, I considered it could be the source of the smell. That said, the Apple III has the bad reputation of getting hot too. I have been booting it with the SOS utility disk, Apple II emulation disk, and the CFFA3000 for a while. Everything worked just perfectly. Except that when booting with the first floppy of BOS, I had some garbage on the screen. It was like if it was using a font that was not loaded in memory. To prevent any hardware interference, I shutdown the computer and removed all the plug-in cards from the slots. I previously saw that sometimes booting in Apple II mode I had blinking characters on screen. So I was suspecting this card to be blamed. That's when I my problems started showing up. When I put the power on the computer, without any card plugged in, all the computer was able to show on the screen was strange lines pattern and nothing else. I've attached a picture of the Monitor III screen at boot to help you see the problem. What can I do to repair this? I cannot believe it just died like this for no reason. Maybe related to some chips of the so far known issues of the Apple III. Any help appreciated Many thanks!
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    USB card in Mac OS 9.1

    Sure, don't be shy!
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    Apple /// not booting

    I imagine it is the same boot disk for Apple II+ or IIe with the Titan card installed, is that right?
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    Apple /// not booting

    ah, I'll test it eventually then. I have only one of the two board of the Titan Upgrade and a friend that investigated problem on my III thing it could cause some issues, we're not 100% sure yet. I will order a video ROM to place into the III motherboard and test it without the IIe card installed. I always had the impression it was required to have the Titan expansion card to support Apple II (any model) emulation. It probably also mean that the IIe expansion board I was released late in the Apple III timeline to support the IIe when it was announced. Thank you for the information. I'll go to bed being a better Apple III person tonight, thanks to you.
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    Apple /// not booting

    Really? what is that then: http://apple3.org/Documents/Manuals/Titan%20III%20Plus%20IIe%20Users%20Guide.pdf I have this setup, except I'm missing one of the board.
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    Apple /// not booting

    Could be missing memory, maybe, look at the memory board and post a picture of it. I could also be bad CAPS that needs to be replaced on the mother board. The IIe board is a separate beast. Do you have two boards for the IIe emulation or only one?
  7. further look into that manual, and no reference to any possible PC card compatibility.
  8. Hi there, I have a Performa 6360 perfectly working. I opened the case for some cleaning and different tests. Each time I open it I'm face to face with this little connector that goes into en empty spot on the back of the case with a trap door on the back panel where some ports could possibly get out of the case. I've never really investigate what it is and what it should do, but each time I looked on the Internet, I never found anything that can satisfy my curiosity. Maybe one of you knows what it is and what it can be used with. Can you help me? Look at the uploaded picture for more details Also, out of curiosity, MacTracker is saying that some models where sold with Optional PC Compatibility card. Any idea which model of card it is? Thank you
  9. You got it, now that I knew what to look for, I found an Apple support document here: http://www.applesolutions.com/Other/Performa_6200_6300.pdf That shows exactly that. Look into page 17 for an diagram of the tuner installed, and page 18 for a description of the empty panel. On page 21, I can also see what are the usages of all empty slots on the MB!
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    USB card in Mac OS 9.1

    I also have a PCI card that (I think) I removed from a G4 tower. I placed it in my Performa 6360, but I'm not sure how to see if it was detected or not. Is there some kind of System Profiler application in Mac OS 9.1? Thank you
  11. Obviously, on the Beige G3, the controller should be 8 bits. So if I do understand you well, that means I should not need to worry at all about the termination on the other side. Is that right? I was thinking about it, and told myself, if I install any 50 pins SCSI HDD, I never had to worry about this.
  12. Is it something possible to do? I have a few large HDD in an enclosure that should in theory work, but they have the wrong type of SCSI connector on them. If I could find a adapter that could bring them usable in my G3 Beige, that would be great. Thank you
  13. Does that one provides the termination as well?
  14. Oh, another fact, I have a PCI Adaptec SCSI card that came with that Beige when I got it (AHA-2940W/2940UW) but it does not look like the beige can boot from it. When I booted with Mac OS 8.5, it was not even detected, no disks mounted.
  15. I'm all trying to figure out how to connect all of this links together! The HDD have female connectors. The adaptor you provided Uniserver, I thing it has female on one side and male on the other, is that correct? Does it has a SCSI termination included or not? that black portion on the top of the adaptor looks like it is for something useful, but I cannot guess what. Or it is the reverse side of the male port on the other side only. I have a 68 pins SCSI terminator on the enclosure, I wonder if that could be used on the male connector on the adaptor itself.
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    CF Card Adapters Compared

    I meant, I should buy one of the SCSI adaptor for SD cards... is it still available? the links on the first page points to terminated auctions...
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    CF Card Adapters Compared

    the more I look into it, the more I thing the G3 has a problem with the IDE controllers... I move the computer on another table to have more place to investigate, and then the HDD was unable to boot on the Mac OS 8.5 partition it has. I move the HDD to my Performa 6360, and it booted on that same partition no problem. Old hardware failing
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    CF Card Adapters Compared

    I just put the card in my computer, and it was detected no issue, looks to be working just fine. the pins on the adaptor also looks great. There's a few jumpers on the card: - JP1: power source (default external, which make sense as I'm using the on board connector to the HDD power cable) - JP2: for the voltage (5V by default), other option is 3.3V - JP3: Master or Slave, this one very obvious...
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    CF Card Adapters Compared

    I have 2 CF card adapter and I'be been trying them in my beige G3 desktop, but for some reason I cannot figure out why it is so slow. But when I say slow, I do to talk about access speed compared like you do here. It is slow as it can take 5-10 minutes before the computer sees the CF card as a potential disk (it kinda freezes for a while) and then, when I format it, it failed and then take forever to come back to ask me to initialize it again. Is there something specific I need to do to have the card at least working normally even if not light speed? Thank you
  20. Hi guys, I just put my hands on a very good shape iMac G4 700 Mhz. The machine is working well so far. There was no keyboard or mouse, but that's not an issue for me. It had 384 Meg of RAM, I upgraded the internal RAM with a 512M stick which give it now a whooping 640M of RAM. I will look into my pile of RAM to see if I have a 512Meg stick of SODIMM to upgrade the user replaceable RAM module and give it 1 G of RAM. I also need to replace the PRAM battery. If I can just find where I put my lot of them, that should be an easy fix. But it looks like I always have something not working with any retro computing I touch those days. The CD tray won't eject. If I try to eject the tray with iTunes, I hear a little clicketi that looks like the command is received my the CD mechanism, but it does not eject. When I push the black button under the tray, it ejects and can be injected just as expected with iTunes. When I open the case to upgrade the RAM, I saw that it was really dusty. I had to remove all that crap from there with air. Maybe the CD is just having some dust in it? Maybe it is a need for lubrication? I've done a lot so far to try figuring it out, but nothing worked so far. Any help appreciated! Thanks
  21. CC_333, you put your finger on it. I put a jumper in a position tat, initially, thought was for the MASTER select. I read the diagram on the reverse order, and basically set it up to the MAX 32 GB size. It is now fully working. Oh, by the way, I mistakenly bought a SATA cd/dvd drive, and used a SATA to IDE converter and it worked fine, after many trial and error. Thank you guys.
  22. Ah, a Jumper for a limit of 32 Gb may be a good point to start. I'll look at it tomorrow. I also tried it in a G4 tower with an IDE card, and got the same. Disk Utility cannot see more than 32 Gb.
  23. I'm on this computer again, I installed a 160 Gb HDD in place of the standard one that came with it. For some reason I cannot format it to more than 31 Gb. Is there a size limit on that machine? I searched the web and could not find anything that refers to a max size HDD supported in this iMac. In any case, I think the one that came with it was a 40 Gb, so it should be able to detect at least that amount available. From MacTracker, the first iMac was sold with a 40 or 60 Gb, so I find it abnormal to not being able to get at least that capacity...
  24. Hello, My Mac II is not booting. From what I can see, one of the two 3V soldered batteries is dead. Who in hell even considered soldering batteries on a board! Anyway. What would be the best way to repair change them? I looked on eBay, 3V batteries with holding tips are almost $40! way to expensive. I also saw a few cell battery holder that can be soldered on the board and I could install CR2032 to replace the dead battery. So far that's the better and cheaper solution I found. Any other suggestion before I go any path? Thanks
  25. Does it mean I can use 3.6V? I'm confused about this...
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