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    Apple CD SC ejects discs

    This thread helped me bring my AppleCD SC back to life - see attached before and after pics of the dirty lens. As OP mentions, you can hear the laser trying to focus even before spinup, but then it just ejects the caddy after a few moments. A quick clean with lenspaper and lens cleaning solution did the trick for me. Also, there is a bank of short yellow connectors between the PCB and the drive housing, but if you've removed all the gray connectors from the outer PCB assembly to get this far, then you actually don't need to disconnect all the yellow ones - you can just feed the gray ones some slack and then bend the yellow ones like a hinge and you'll have plenty of room to get to the lens.
  2. Ok, it's super convoluted and roundabout, but I figured this out for anyone watching - this even works in 10.13.16. Mini vMac has a zip utility you can add/install called MiniUnZp - it's unintuitive how you use this - it expects a single co-located file with a specific filename (arc.zip). You can zip files in OSX using the right-click "compress" option, and these will successfully unzip in Mini vMac using MiniUnZp - but, you need to follow the instructions exactly - specifically, you need to create a folder named arc, move your files in there and then right-click "compress". This is described here. https://www.gryphel.com/c/sw/archive/miniunzp/index.html After zipping these files, use ImportFL as normal and as mentioned, co-locate the zip file with MiniUnZp and run it. The output gets added to a folder called 'arc'.
  3. So far, chicken and egg with that version at least from macintoshgarden (also doesn't open in 4.0 and resolves as an App Classic in OSX)...will see if I can find a .dsk or .img version...
  4. There are a variety of file types up on macintoshrepository.org and similar sites. I'm building a HD image on Mini vMac to use on a Mac Plus. I'm doing this on a Macbook pro running 10.13. .dmg files, .img, .dsk files are easy to mount directly in Mini vMac as disks and then you can just copy the files out. How do you deal with files that OSX recognizes as Application (Classic) ? These show the App icon with a No icon (circle with line through it) superimposed (see attachment). These usually start as .sit files that expand fine on OSX. I've tried importing them on Mini vMac using the import utility but they don't get recognized as apps on 6.0.8 within Mini vMac. Any suggestions? I've also tried importing the .sit files directly, but the Stuffit I have (4.0.1) doesn't seem to like those either so I've just been expanding them within OSX on my MBP. Any suggestions appreciated. (Is this an HFS thing and I need an older Mac to handle these files even just to get them into Mini vMac??)
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    IIe card in a Quadra 700?

    I've been trying to find out definitively whether the Quadra 700 supports a IIe card before buying one (the Quadra - I already have the IIe card). Anyone have experience with a IIe card on a Quadra 700? I read somewhere that the PDS slot in a Quadra 700 is not the LC type, and so the IIe card wouldn't work? I've also read that the Quadra 700 can run in 24 bit mode, which the IIe card requires. If not, anyone have suggestions for a host machine for the IIe that also has builtin ethernet? Thanks!
  6. Hi all - I've revived a multi-year project to get my Mac Plus online via ethernet (Asante EN/SC) and have finally succeeded in getting it to speak IP natively! I expected it to be relatively easy to move files from the internet onto the machine, by hopping through my OSX laptop, but finding it to be much more difficult than I expected. Specifically, I'm trying to get files that I download (RamDisk+ for example) onto the machine, but I seem to be running into this 'resource fork' problem I've read about (but don't fully understand). An example is this RamDisk file, I have a .sit file that I'm able to expand on my OSX machine, it shows the files in the finder, but when I try to FTP GET them from my Plus, they show as zero byte files (as they do when doing ls from a terminal in OSX as well...) I only have NCSA telnet 2.6. I have a Basilisk instance on my OSX machine, and I had the brilliant idea of FTPing from the Basilisk instance to the FTP server on the Plus, which I thought would overcome the OSX mangling problem, but the telnet version I have does not seem to support Passive FTP, and as the networking is virtual in Basilisk, it breaks active FTP as the actual IP connection for the session setup is from the physical ethernet on my OSX machine, but the IP that the Basilisk (7.5.3 btw) thinks it has gets passed to the Plus for the data connection and it tries to make a connection to this IP instead... I believe one of the solutions to this is to simply keep the .sit files as .sit files when I move them to the Plus, but I don't have Stuffit Expander on the Plus, and it seems to be similarly packed as a .sit or a .sea which 6.0.8 doesn't know what to do with. Any ideas of how to overcome this? I seem to have read some posts that suggest the latest version of Stuffit Expander will retain the files (or overcome this 'resource fork' problem) but I've tried the latest version, and continue to have the same problem. The example file I'm using is from http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/download/ramdisk324a.sit.bin for example. Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks, Chris
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    Mac Plus Networking Question

    Hi all - appreciate any help or information you may have - I'm looking to get my 4MB Mac Plus speaking TCP/IP. I want to use it as a terminal to telnet to other hosts on an IP / Ethernet network. I have system 6.0.8, and an Asante EN/SC SCSI ethernet adapter. I am a networking guy, so once I get IP, I can figure it out from there, but I'm not that far yet - and, I'm not sure if what I have is a hardware/cabling problem, or a software problem (or both). I've got the following files in my System Folder (I was not a heavy Macintosh user pre-OSX, so I don't really know how these files work): -Asante En/SC -AppleShare -AppleTalk -EtherTalk Phase 1 -EtherTalk Phase 2 -Finder -General -MacTCP -MacTCP DNR -Network -Responder -System I get an EN/SC icon and a Responder icon on the bottom on boot (extensions) and neither has an X through it. Those are the only two extensions that seem to load. When I click on 'Network' in the control panel, I get a bomb! 'Sorry a system error occurred. address error' and I have to restart...The network control panel item is 41K, and says version 1.3.3 I suspect some problem with this file, but not sure - I'm using the one that came on the EN/SC install disk. I've also got a question about the cabling between the EN/SC and my Plus. This is a desktop device with three lights on the front, and an AUI connector on the front - RJ45 and Thinnet on the back, along with two DB25 female SCSI ports. There is also a SCSI ID dial. No power switch on this - just a 12V DC input. I am connecting a DB25 / DB25 Male / Male Zip Drive cable between the EN/SC and a female DB25 port on the back of the Plus - there is an icon that looks like a disk drive above the port. Is this cabling right? I'm not sure that it is.... Any help greatly appreciated - I don't need AppleTalk running between another Mac - just straight IP so I can telnet (and maybe ssh, but I've not looked as far as clients that would run on a Plus) Thanks!
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