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  1. Hi group. I'd like to start doing some more work on my Powerbook 3400. My intent is to make it into a triple boot (if not triple, dual boot) machine with: Mac OS Linux NetBSD (if I can get triple boot; Linux is priority) Biggest bottleneck on the machine is the hard drive (both in terms of speed and capacity). I searched here for SSD options and it looks like something like this may do the trick, with a 2GB mSATA drive (or whatever size I can find that works for me). Has anyone had any success with this type of setup? Thanks, -10d
  2. tendim

    Help me diagnose this PowerBook 160

    Any recommendations on what to take pictures of, exactly? I did reach out to Charles @ MacApps, and the feedback I received was "the pb160 i don’t think needs caps on the mb…as they are solid chemistry caps, now those are known for leakers in the screen and maybe inverter/BL board." Cheers.
  3. tendim

    Help me diagnose this PowerBook 160

    Nadda. I tried my emergency boot floppy, but the floppy drive doesn't even spin up.
  4. Purchased a PowerBook 160 off of eBay of unknown condition as a project piece, and also because I wanted a grayscale PB. The unit did not come with a power brick, so I am using the brick from my PowerBook 165c. When I boot the machine: I get the dong Screen turns on I can hear something spinning (fan?), a pause, and then the process repeats. Does not boot up Trying to boot from floppy yields the same result; I don't even hear the floppy trying to spin up. So...any ideas on where to start to diagnose the problem(s)? Cheers. -10d
  5. tendim

    Fresh install of 7.6.1 on 3400c

    any docs on how to do so?
  6. Hi. Now that I have started to use my 3400 on a more regular basis, I have been noticing many software problems; probably due to whatever the previous owner had installed/hacked with before I took it over. I'd like to do a fresh install of 7.6.1. At my disposal are: System 7.6 install CD Powerbook 3400 7.6.1 updates (both the floppy and net install variants) I've heard that 7.6.1 is the minimum for the 3400, and that it cannot use the generic 7.6.1 update (needing the PowerBook 3400 specific one). How do I go about installing the OS to this machine? Will it even boot if I only have 7.6? I was considering: Format HD Install 7.6 from CD On reboot, install the 7.6.1 updates from floppy Any idea if this plan of attack would work? For reference, I intend on doing some coding on this with CodeWarrior and OpenTransport; I'll be trying to hack together some simple implementations of web-apps I use (mainly Twitter and Evernote). Thanks, -10d
  7. tendim

    Finally found a use for my iBook G4 :/

    Great to hear a use for an old machine! My G4 12" is my dedicated film scanner machine because it has builtin FW400 (my Mini only has FW800). The machine sits nicely on top of the scanner, and I can then mount my main machine and transfer the files over via file sharing.
  8. Pending my giving away of a 165c, I have three PowerBook's left, and I have to get rid of at least one system for space reasons. PowerBook 3400c/200 with CD-ROM and Floppy modules PowerBook Duo 2300c with three docs: Minidock Floppy MIcrodock Ethernet Microdock PowerBook 1400c with CD-ROM module Uses for the hardware: Means to transfer materials to my Mac Plus (800k floppy) Classic development General tinkering End state: PowerBook 3400c Either 8.x or 9.x (leaning towards 8.6) CodeWarrior for development Dual-boot with Linux/PPC or NetBSD/PPC One other PowerBook running 7.x TInkering with 7.x Testing of any 7.x s/w I make in the PowerBook General backup Now, the 1400c and 2300c are both unable to run Linux or NetBSD b/c they are NuBus architectures. Both, to my knowledge, are 33MHz bus machines... PowerBook 2300c Pros: Have the Ethernet module already High PDC (pretty damn cool) factor Great conversation piece Cons Only floppy OR Ethernet at any one time, not both 9.5" screen PowerBook 1400c Pros Nice large screen Amazing keyboard CD-ROM Cons Have to use PCMCIA Ethernet (which I have) No floppy (does it matter?) All things being equal, if you had to pick one, and the general specs (MHz, RAM, HD) were the same, which would you prefer? The 2300c only has 24 MB RAM, I'd have to check on the 1400c, but the 1400c will beat the 2300c on speed no matter what, since the base is 117MHz. Thoughts?? Tks, -10d
  9. tendim

    Mac Plus and External SCSI

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I wanted to point out that you do not need the Iomega 4.2 driver to boot the Plus from a zip drive. I have a Plus setup booting happily off of a Zip100 drive using the LaCie Silverlining 5.x driver. -10d
  10. tendim

    Dayna Communicard with PB 1400C

    Well, after lots of searching online I found that the Dayna CommuniCard driver v2.2 is included on the Mac OS 8.1 install CD, which I was lucky enough to have in my collection. The driver now works, and the PB1400C is online! I'll post up the driver sometime soon for others that run into the same problem. -10d
  11. tendim

    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Completely aware that the mod is incredibly easy. But why waste a good cable--and throw more useless crap in the trash--when you shouldn't need to? Part of the fun of retrocomputing is finding uses for old gear, not destroying more of it. I was leaning more towards uniserver's comment that a jumper or dip would have been a better design. Personally, I see more value in a jumper or the RST pin than providing a socket for the drive LED. I could care less about the money it costs since in the long run this is a more elegant--and cheaper!!--solution. But I can't stand bad design. Agreed, but you can only collect as much information as much as the seller (in this case, via eBay) makes available.
  12. tendim

    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Just received my CF AztecMonster the other day, and transplanted it into a SCSI enclosure to sit under my Mac Plus. I was extremely disappointed when I read this line in the manual: Does anybody know why we would have to cut a wire on the SCSI header for this to boot from a Mac Plus? I'd rather not start hacking cables. Are there any other options? Thanks, -10d
  13. Yes; all internal floppy drives are pretty much backwards compatible back to the original compact Macs, meaning you can create 400K, 800K, and 1.44MB floppies. I am currently using a 1400C as a bridge machine. You can also read this thread for other options: http://68kmla.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22761. Note that external floppies which are not Apple branded will likely not work (e.g. USB floppy drives). However, you have to be sure to use floppy media that is compatible. Using an HD (i.e. 1.44MB) disc may not work in an 800K drive.
  14. No, it will not. The PB 1400 (c, cs) came with an optional floppy drive for its expansion bay, which works just fine.
  15. I recenty acquired a PowerBook 1400C with a Dayna Communicard. I've managed to source the drivers from the Macintosh Driver Museum, and the software installs fine. But when I insert the card, I get a message, "the correct software you need to use your pc card is not installed". Some notes: Running System 7.6 Driver version 1.2.1 The PC Card shows up on the desktop When I run the diagnostic software that comes with the driver, it recognizes that the card is in the computer (in either slot), and that it is a Dayna card Has anybody managed to get this card to work? Thanks, -10d