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  1. OtakuMegane

    SCSI Ultra 3 for older Mac

    Yes. SCSI drives are normally designed to be backwards compatible with all the older standards. I have never encountered one that wouldn't work with an adapter.
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    Welcome back!

    How many times I see this line but never understand it. Inefficient and lacking in standard features yes, that's obvious. Buggy, not so much. I haven't run into bugs in a long time and the times I do it's a mod that's been added, not the original software. As for security, I'd trust 2 more than 3 at this time simply because it's been sitting there for years and is not having new things added, which is where a lot of security holes come from to begin with. The last hole in 2 was with the usergroups and that was addressed with the final security update. In interest of heading off problems with a forum I run I've gone looking and I found nothing left. 3 on the other hand seems to have one or two new things show up on a regular basis, much as 2 did in its earlier stages. Most software is that way. 2 or 3 both can work fine, just depends on your needs. 68k seems to still be running ok, so I don't have any complaints on the upgrade.
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    Welcome back!

    I've never liked phpBB3, but whatever lol.
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    My 40/80/160 Mb SCSI Hard disk are all dying.

    http://www.mars-tech.com/aec-7720u.htm These things go for cheap on eBay all the time. No Mac ever had built-in ultra-wide (68-pin). Wide SCSI wasn't even out till 1994. An ultra scsi (50-pin) adapter should work just fine though, the Mac will simply run it at the old SCSI-1/2 speeds instead of Ultra. Parallel SCSI protocols have always been nicely forward-backward compatible, you just have to adapt for the physical connectors.
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    4 MB Level 2 cache

    4MB would probably give some improvement but not likely enough to be worth it. There were a couple 2MB cache DIMMs made way back but it never went from there because the performance gain wasn't big and they cost way too much. One of the problems was the cache didn't run anywhere close to CPU speed like the onboard ones today. It was better than having just the aging DRAM memory bus of the day, but still limited.
  6. I personally wouldn't put any CRT larger than 19" on top of any Mac case, even if it could technically support something heavier. If it's an aperture grill like Sony's Trinitron design I wouldn't go over 17" since they're heavier than other CRTs.
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    Maxing out the 9500

    Not that I know of. You can look up the details on Strangedogs plus almost anything else you'd want to know about flashing. From what I can recall, something about how the Nvidia cards interface with the system isn't compatible with old world. They'll be fine in a B&W G3 but anything older isn't going to go. I haven't kept up for almost a year now so it's possible they've worked something out. You'd have to dig through the boards. The Radeon 9200 should be plenty for a 9500/9600 though. Remember that write speeds through the PCI bus (data sent to the video card) are capped at about 40MB/s due to the controller limitations so even a 9200 is probably twiddling its thumbs half the time, no matter how fast the CPU is.
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    Maxing out the 9500

    They got those Nvidia cards working in Old World? When I last checked all that, some could be flashed for Mac but due to the way the hardware works it won't function in the pre-G3 systems.
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    This sounds like a problem I ran into with the Radeon 9200 in OS 8/9. It happened when I reset PRAM or significantly changed configurations. No video would come up and I never figured out why. Try starting up and just let it run for a few minutes, that should be enough to complete the boot cycle. Then press the power key on the keyboard and hit return. This should shut it down. If that doesn't work, just turn off the power manually. Then turn things on again. You should get video. If by chance that still doesn't work, go back to the built-in video or an older video card if you have one. If it then works, it's something with the 7000 that your system doesn't like.
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    Unknown slot in some Macs?

    They're PDS slots and in most cases each model was different. IIci has a cache card that can go in it and quite a few CPU upgrades that were made for it, including a couple 601 PowerPC upgrades. IIcx and IIx should be able to take some CPU upgrades as well. I believe the slots are the same design for those two. I don't know much about the IIvx.
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    9600 Graphics card

    Macintosh Radeon 9200 is the last and most powerful overall that can run in a 9600. Below that comes the Radeon Mac Edition (7200) or the Voodoo series. 7000 can be hacked to run in Mac but performance isn't even on par with the Mac Radeon. And if you need more VRAM, 9200 has double what 7000 has. For 2D by itself, the Proformance 3 was an amazing beast. I have never seen things scroll around that fast anywhere else. But the 3D support was sadly almost nonexistent and you'd be lucky to ever track one down these days.
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    SE fan troubles and an unknown brown substance

    Ah, that's what I was looking for. It's been quite a while since I worked inside something with a CRT.
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    SE fan troubles and an unknown brown substance

    That would be the flyback transformer. It handles the high voltages needed for the screen. The brown stuff looks like a glue or sealant that's broken down due to age/heat. Unless someone else has suggestions, I'd say just leave it be if you aren't having trouble with the screen.
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    Hee-hee, no X for you!

    10.2 is workable in that amount but 10.3 and up won't be. A barebones install of later versions chews up that much RAM all by itself, much less running any other applications.
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    Whitening a yellowed IICI: first step.

    This is a very aggressive recipe that will whiten the case (definitely) but which will reduce the strength of the plastics. We are looking for a recipe that will whiten the outside of the Mac without attacking the structure of the case. True, though I personally haven't seen any problems in normal use. Seems as strong as it was before. I also have never soaked anything, just a spraying over the outside. Sadly everything I've ever come across or thought up myself for a gentler process still involved abrasives that remove plastic, once you get down to the core of how it works.