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LaPorta

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    Portable and 12 volts !!!

    Nor do I, my friend: I am learning as I go. TechKnight is really good with this sort of thing; you should invite him to the thread. Otherwise, I would tell you. The best thing I can do is get you photos of mine to see. So far as I know, there are no components on the back side. He was gracious enough to help with my Portable:
  2. Hey everyone, Been trying to get a USB card to work on my PT Pro. The card is a StarTech 4 port one. It is supposed to work with only the built on 8.6 drivers. I installed the USB Card Support 1.4.1 drivers. So far, the card works in that a USB system shows up in the system profiler, but nothing connected to it works. Here is what it says when an Apple Pro Keyboard is connected (photo). So it appears that SOMETHING is being read, but I can’t get anything functioning. Any suggestions?
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    C1 from "Classic Mac Repair Notes"

    That is exactly what I use. Works beautifully.
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    4400/200 - dirty to clean

    Nice to see this progress!
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    Mac SE FD/HD score, minor quirks

    Needs now AB/PSU caps for sure. Hanging at the startup screen there could be a number of things. Some photos of the AB and MB would be very helpful. Welcome back!
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    PowerTower Pro USB card - no go

    USB Card Support 1.4.1 Sorry, it was in my first post
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    PowerTower Pro USB card - no go

    I used the Apple Pro Mouse and that also wouldn't work. I think I will try and install 9 on a separate partition and see if that fixes things. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Portable and 12 volts !!!

    I'd also check hybrid board/associated power line resistors. The wattage rating on them may have been surpassed and they may be open/shorted depending.
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    PowerTower Pro USB card - no go

    Nothing, I did try a CF reader. Perhaps I am just missing something crucial that I am unaware of.
  10. Hey guys, theres a local sale for a MDD G4 with following specs: Dual 867ghz, 384mb ram, cd/dvd drive comes with pro keyboard/ VGA adapter. Is this a good price?
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    PowerTower Pro USB card - no go

    I'll see if that might help. I don't have an 8.6 installer unfortunately, just 8.5 with 8.6 updaters. I can try and see if that helps. Of course, that USB Card Support installer is stand-alone, and is supposed to have everything.
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    MDD G4: $70 a good price?

    You are right. I personally think SE/30s are ugly, and nowhere as becoming as, say, a Plus. But, it's whatever you like.
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    Portable and 12 volts !!!

    I’ll admit I cannot be sure if it stops with the lightning bolt or not. I’d have to whip out my Portable and see. So I don’t need the portable set up all the time, I use a battery maintainer with my battery on a shelf to keep it charged.
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    Portable and 12 volts !!!

    Maybe the lesson here is to just use original power supplies?
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    Portable and 12 volts !!!

    Probably blown resistors too. Hybrid board could be bad now too.
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    Mac SE: Post-Maxell repair Attempts

    One thing that I really would love for you guys to try is EvapoRust: for the chassis, submerging it into that would get rid of the rust overnight, no scrubbing involved. It's great stuff,
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    Mac SE: Post-Maxell repair Attempts

    Where did you find the filter? Is it the full 20 pin, or the 16? I could only find 16s, but my understanding was they will still work.
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    MDD G4: $70 a good price?

    Those G5’s going to be worth much you think? Are their panels hard to replace?
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    MDD G4: $70 a good price?

    So MDDs don’t runOS9 w/o classic? I never had one so I wasn’t sure. In fact, I never had a G4 other than my iMac. Ill recap just about anything, so that wouldn’t be an issue...I appreciate the heads up!
  20. I’d vote for some kind of power adapter?
  21. Hi everyone, I've been troubleshooting a somewhat bedeviling problem with one SE motherboard that I have. When a floppy drive is connected to the Lower Drive slot, it is unable to properly function. By this I mean you can start up the machine, and stick in a floppy. Sometimes I will get a happy mac, then it will read for a second or two then start doing the "searching" motion with the drive head, and then a System Bomb message will appear on the screen. Other times, if you insert the disk, the drive doesn't even attempt to read the disk and ejects it after two seconds of sitting there. Either way, it does nothing but give errors or not work. The Upper Drive slot and external connector work perfectly without issue. It is not the drive, because I have tried multiple drives in the Lower Drive slot, and they all do the same thing. Now, I figure it is not the IWM chip simply because the other ports work fine. I looked on the back, and thought that under the microscope that there might be some dry/cracked solder joints, so I re-soldered them all, as well as the filter chip near it. No success. Is there anything that someone can suggest that might point me in the right direction? Is there one filter that goes to that port specifically that might need to be replaced? I am pretty lost here.
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    SE Dual 800k - Issues with Lower Drive Port

    Interesting. Alternatively, I’m assuming these bridges could just be replaced by a bunch of 1/8 watt 47 ohm resistors across the terminals.
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    How interesting is the Lisa?

    I think the nostalgia does. Not to knock the II line (I've got a few IIes, a IIc+, and a IIgs) they just don't hold that same special place as you are saying.
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    How interesting is the Lisa?

    I think it all depends on where you fall on the spectrum. I never really liked Apple IIs, because my family's first computer was a Mac Plus. Apple IIs were "ghetto" by comparison, and I hated having to use them at school. Granted, playing Oregon Trail was fun. However, the lack of a mouse was totally foreign to me, not to mention 5.25" disks and command line code. I made a custom Quadra 630 in a clear acrylic case with LCD for my kids, At Ease and multiple games from my childhood.
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    How interesting is the Lisa?

    I would absolutely love to find one someday, simply for historical purposes. My interest is mostly historical, with future preservation, so they are an important piece to me. Sure, you can't do much, but then again you can do basically jack these days with any Apple II system.
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