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    Advice for new 840AV owner

    I have one of them in my 840. Definitely worth it since all you need is a HD sled and another drive. I picked up a 2.1GB 68-Pin SCSI drive for the second bay. Only trouble I had is the cable I used made it hard to plug into the card. Far from ideal as any more welly and I could have broke the header! After that, it was just a case of cable-tieing the cable around the case so nothing fouls.
  2. I'm undecided where to place the newly arrived case sticker to reflect the G3 card that's installed! What do you guys think? 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6:
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    6100 Sonnet sticker location.

    Getting very lucky on eBay is probably your best bet. That's how I got mine, with help from a kind Aussie user here.
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    6100 Sonnet sticker location.

    With much deliberation, I decided to go with none of the choices (technically) and take jessenator's suggestion by lining it up with the CD-ROM drive, to the left. Thanks for the thought's.
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    Any Apple IIc Users, Old and New?

    Well that being the case. I have wanted an Apple II for some years and one day the time finally came. I found my //c about 4 years ago or so on eBay. Wasn't the most well presented listing and was sold as non-working (because the seller didn't test it or power it up prior to listing). After a message from me, he did let me know he tried powering the unit and monitor up and got "Apple ][" on the screen and key presses were responding but he never mentioned or revised the listing. In the end after some bidding, I won it for under £60 GBP. A great deal even for the time since it wasn't just the machine I got. It had the monitor, literature and a few other random bits. It arrived pretty clean and complete. It turned out to be a relatively early model too. Not ideal in some respects as I can't really upgrade the RAM but beggars can't be choosers! I bought a NOS copy of ChessMaster 2000 as well to test out the disk drive and after a quick clean with IPA and a disk cleaner, it boots straight away. I even messaged the seller with pictures, as he was interested. So after that I had a hankering for more Apple II software. At the time the FloppyEmu was out of my reach financially, but I did have a PC which happened to have a parallel port. This meant that ADT Pro was a viable option. I got someone to make me up a cable and very kindly charged me for materials and postage only. Plugged it in and with little hassle, the //c was communicating with the PC and writing on some blank disks I had laying around. Quite amazing to think given how much of an age gap there is between these two machines (6502 Vs i5)! After playing some games I 'made', I was a little curious how this would look on a colour monitor. This wouldn't be so easy. Finding a colour Apple monitor in the UK is alot like trying to find a needle in a haystack, with no needle in it. Doing some looking around, a colour monitor was (as I suspected) out of the question, even before factoring in US postage. The composite adapter was also expensive and not that sharp. The only alternative was a //c to VGA solution which thanks to A2heaven, was a possibility. This was not cheap but still cheaper than the composite adapter and A-LOT cheaper than a colour monitor. It's a wonderful box of tricks too with the ability to cycle through various forms of video modes on the fly! After that, I could have sold off my original //c monitor since it is technically redudent, however it suits it perfectly. Well it would, if it had its original stand. Thus my final wishlist for the machine was established. But like.the colour monitor, the chances of finding one on it's own is rare enough, leave alone one in the UK. After a good 3 years of searching and missing out on a few, I finally got one a few months back. It was missing one locking cap, all it's rubber feet and still cost me a good £40 factoring in customs charges but I was till mostly happy. Since it was missing some bits, it wouldn't lock into a position but when the monitor is sat on the stand, it was already at a good angle. So a strip of strong velcro on the monitor and stand and some rubber feet later, my setup is now finally complete! The machine is pretty clean, original and fully working and even when you factor in the costs involved in getting it to this stage, it still worked out far cheaper than a working one on it's own today. Thanks for the strong community, I was able to get the Apple II machine I always wanted without breaking the bank (too much). I've since acquired a FloppyEmu too, though I haven't got round to trying to switch compatibility to the Apple II mode. But yeah that's my story. Not terrifically exciting, and I haven't done much with the machine lately but it's definitely a keeper!
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    Advice for new 840AV owner

    This is basically what mine needs. I washed the board but I don't have the soldering skills/equipment yet to do the job properly, so I'm just making sure cap goo is kept to a minimum. It's a real power house of a machine though, nice to see another 840 user. Mine has a FWB Jackhammer (with a SCSI II HD) and a Radius LeMans GT installed. Very handy having a case that can hold two 3.5" HD's.
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    Any Apple IIc Users, Old and New?

    I'm fairly new to the Apple II club, with a //c. Pretty uncommon in this part of the world. I haven't done too much with it yet but if you want a few words from me I'm happy to lend a paragraph or two.
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    6100 Sonnet sticker location.

    Keep it for now, though of I ever get more Sonnet hardware, I might come knocking. Thanks to all for the thought's. Will let the poll run a little longer just in case.
  9. Neat, I totally forgot about the Pico solution! Wouldn't be too difficult to hook it up to the standard 3-pin 'kettle' socket either if short enough.
  10. That's looking seriously good! I will buy atleast one (for my IIsi), if not 3 or 4 depending on price. However I think I will wait until there's some kind of 'list' of PSU's that would make good replacements for each model it's compatible with. Hopefully someone here can create some kind of chart or small database. Of course I suppose the ways you can implement a PSU to fit is only limited to the area the old one occupies. What would be cool is if there was an easy and cheap source of PSU that can not only be wired up easily, but also fit into the original housing of the old supply with a minimal effort as possible for ultimate stealth look. That said, even if you have to mount it somewhere on the internal chassis and dangle a power cord out. It is certainly better than a dead machine!
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    A Pile of Stuff from Sweden!

    Very nice lot, definitely worth keeping the Zip SCSI stuff. I have amassed about 6 drives and only one is the 'thought after' SCSI type. Very useful for data transfer. Nice to find an early external Apple CD drive too, pretty unusual to see someone replaced the drive though. If you can put it back to original, I would definitely recommend it. If not for looks, the OS will probably have an easier time detecting it without messing with extensions. The keyboard, well what's not already been said about them? Better when it's in your native layout. Good result.
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    Steel ball bearing as Duo 250 trackball

    Failing that, there's a fairly reasonably priced complete NOS trackball assembly. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F142744323329
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    Apple IIc Flat Panel

    Just imagine playing Prince of Persia on that screen. . .
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    Noisy Fan, flaky power switch in my LC III

    That should do it. Keep us posted! Just be sure to tin the wire and the terminals with solder so you transfer as minimal heat as possible to the switch plastics. Made that mistake once!
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    Noisy Fan, flaky power switch in my LC III

    You only need a standard 2-pin rocker switch. I don't have the exact one I bought but if the picture looks correct, I'm pretty sure they're generally all a standard size and there's an absolute ton to choose from. As long as you haven't completely borked the plastics, just note the ampage and be sure it's rated at at least your mains voltage and type "rocker switch" into eBays search. You obviously want all the numbers to be the same or higher than what you have removed. Other than that, you can go mad! Stick to OEM looking black/white, or get something fancy that lights up. Whatever you choose will do the job. (:
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    How to open up a 7100?

    Not complicated at all. Just unscrew the big flat-head screw recessed on the tip of the rear of the case. Slide the casing back, then lift up fro. The rear and towards you. That's it. To remove the HD, just unplug the cables and there should be a Philips/posi screw that holds the HD to the case and just undo that and it should come out with the caddy/holder.
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    PM 7600/132 HD issues.

    I got both, when using the CD the helper comes up with an error something about "O'Hare". I'll get back to you on that error. Maybe it's a bad burned disc. I just figured an image would eliminate the chance of burnage issues. I can't imagine the ROM being an issue. I know for a fact this had OS 9.2.2 in the past, but the old SCSI drives it had back thrn lost their data. I might take you up on that offer though, thanks! Because I'd really like to make use of the 3D support for the ATi drivers, that and other softwares that support the absolute tail-end of OS9. That and I remember 9.2.2 running nicely on this. Although 9.1 also seems to work well too to be fair, but I digress. Mostly yes, the drivers are fare more supported and flexible on 9.2.x. I do I tend on getting a 9200 someday when I can score one at a reasonable price. Can you get SATA cards that work for this machine?! I had no idea! Though I can't imagine they would be easy to find. The bottleneck I already knew about, but that's part of the fun, trying to get far more modern hardware working on a vintage platform, at least to.em anyway. Hell, if I really wanted I could have opted to put it in a 9600 (which I had many years ago), but I thought it would be more amusing seeing a G4 in the lowest 7x00 series. The access speeds on the modern IDE's installed aren't an issue, as they both have cache and are 7200 RPM. Being that the norm in the day would have had barely any cache and 5400 RPM. For that reason, I'm not too fussed about making a RAM disk. Plus it seems a little more brisk than the on-board SCSI that it had previously.
  18. So I've gotten all my old Mac's to a point where I'm happy (at least the ones that are working). All but one machine remains, my 7600. This one is (or was) a bit of a beast. Loaded with a Crescendo G4 450/1M and half a GB of RAM, this thing used to fly. Or so I remember. I'm pretty sure this used to boot and work fine but after getting it out of storage, all I get now is a flashing question disk. I tried all manor of SCSI drives, boot disks, booting from CD (at least trying to anyway), playing with jumpers, you name it I probably tried some kind of configuration. Sometimes I got it to start booting from an older OS install only to crash (68K HD install so that's probably why), and other times it just sticks on a grey screen with a cursor. Most times though, it just has the flashing question mark disk. Refuses to boot from CD (holding C or Option and/or Command + C and D and all configurations of that does nothing). I've gotten a System 7.5.3 disk tools to boot and see some of the drives but none are "supported". Probably because it's not patched to accept non Apple drives. Pressing the CUDA (while unpowered) does nothing either. So I'm pretty much at my wit's end and short of chucking it in the rain out of sheer frustration, I figured you guys are the best guys to speak to. I had plans to upgrade the graphics card and install a Sonnet ATA card to save the SCSI drive(s) for other machines, but if I can't even get it to boot, I'm not even sure how I can even begin to make progress on this. If it's getting to the flashing question disk and (sometimes) attempting to boot, surely the Sonnet card is not to blame, is it?
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    PM 7600/132 HD issues.

    Well after some hair-pulling I finally managed to get the Sonnet IDE working and booting. I currently have OS 9.1 Installed, which as many of you probably know, is the last OS natively supported OS for "old world" Mac's. Ideally since it has a Radeon card installed, I'd like to use the proper drivers for that, which means I need 9.2.1 or 9.2.2. I got OS9 helper and after some more hair-loss, I managed to get it to play ball with an OS 9.2.1 disk image. Well, to point. You see, I keep getting the error message: "This version of Mac OS can not be installed over the localized version of Mac OS on the disk named..." (Etc.) "Please choose a different destination disk, or perform a clean installation.". I thought it had to be booted through boot disk first. So I first tried the latest floppy boot disk I have (7.5.3) but I get an error when using the helper. Then the 9.1 disc and the helper doesn't even start. So I then put a bare-bones 9.1 on a slave drive and booted into that and I still get the same error. I've also tried all combinations of destination drives both on the helper and the installation options. What exactly is it asking for? Am I missing something here? I can't perform a "clean installation" because I wouldn't have the helper to bypass whatever it is that stops post 9.1 OS' on "old world Mac's".
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    Jason's Macintosh Museum

    AFAIK, he's well. There have been comments he has replied to on YouTube not that long ago. I guess one has to find the time in life to upload videos. I doubt he gets any revenue from these.
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    Performa 630 DOS issues.

    Hi again chaps. I've drawn a blank on this one so I figured you guys are the best people to turn to. So I have a couple of issues with my 630 that have cropped up since I've upgraded the HD to an 8GB one (2x 4GB partitions). First one is that it crashes a few seconds after selecting "Shut Down". Not sure what might be causing this, it was shutting down perfectly fine before. Second is to do with mapping a hard drive to the DOS card. When selecting "New Drive File" and making a file for the DOS HD (doesn't seem to make a difference what size I make it) and selecting "Initialize Drive File" and saving it on my System 7 booting Partition then going to "Create", it goes to "Preparing drive file" progress window and hangs after about 5%. Sometimes it will just produce a blank white box after about 10-20 seconds, sometimes the "watch" mouse pointer disappears and sometimes it produces a pale yellow window with a 'picture frame' style outlines around the boarder. Very bizarre. Anyone have any thoughts to where I should look? I know the hardware is working fine, I can boot and enter the DOS mode fine, just can't seem to make a drive file.
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    Performa 630 DOS issues.

    Did you try the earlier CD-ROM extension? I couldn't test it out as my PSU gave up before I could have a chance to transfer some files.
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    Performa 630 DOS issues.

    Well after a month of storage, I dig out the 630 and I see I have CD-ROM driver 5.4.2. And then it died. I think my PSU needs new caps as it powers on to switch off moments after. Plus there's coil whine when I try and power it on. Ugh, not looking forward to trying to dig that out of there.
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    Centris 610 and other things

    The Centris was never in the "pizza-box" form factor. So either whoever owned it put the wrong sticker on it, or it's an error on the listing. There was the Quadra 605 though. If you have one of them, you got a great deal. But a tenner for whatever "pizza-box" you got is a damn good deal.
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    IIcx with a nice surprise inside.

    So I found a IIcx for sale on the 'Bay and it was recently listed. At first I thought it looked pretty junk, and since I had a IIci, I wasn't that interested. However, as I looked through the photos I could see potential. So the only bad parts are it had no HD and it was listed as "faulty" but had a load of extras with it. From what I could see I could tell it was fairly upgraded, all the RAM slots were used, there was a bunch of cables, a Keyboard II, a BnC network card (yawn), but what did peak my interest was a suspicious looking card that was in a NuBus slot. The photos were fairly crap but it looked very Radiusish (for lack of a better word)! That alone was worth a punt I thought. I think it was about a tenner as a start price, but I figured I'd try low-balling an offer. So I sent one that worked out at £25 posted, and it was accepted. So fast forward a few days and it's literally arrived today and well, see for yourselves (below)! I believe it's a Radius Thunder IV. Not sure how this stacks up to the rest of the range but I got a couple of them already (LeMans GT & PrecisionColor Pro 24). Sadly it doesn't have the daughter card, and I can only assume it's a lower-end one as there's no VRAM chips on the back side. Still, beggars can't be choosers! Will have to give the IIcx a test and see if she powers on at least!
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