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  1. bigmessowires

    Need Testing Help with Mac External 400K/800K Drive

    I only need info from the M0130 and M0131 for now, but thanks! I have an A9M0106 here and it's OK.
  2. bigmessowires

    Need Testing Help with Mac External 400K/800K Drive

    Thank you sir!! Can anyone else confirm? M0131?
  3. If you have a multimeter and a Macintosh External 400K or 800K floppy drive (models M0130 or M0131), I could use your help with a quick test. Put your meter in continuity check mode (where it beeps if there's a short circuit), and test for continuity between pin 9 of the drive's connector and any other pin. See the photo for the location of pin 9. You need to make sure your multimeter probes are only touching one pin at a time, and aren't touching the metal shield around the pins, in order to avoid false positives on the test. Hopefully pin 9 is not connected to anything. But I'm a bit suspicious it may be connected internally to pin 7 or 8, or possibly others. I don't have either of these drives, so I can't do the check myself. This is for exploring some crazy daisy-chain ideas for the Floppy Emu. Thank you!
  4. You have a good memory for this stuff! I'm closer now - I installed the 10.4.11 update, and then I discovered that WPA2 isn't normally listed as an option anyway. You have to click "Other..." from the network list, and then manually type in the network name. From this list, WPA Enterprise and Personal and WPA2 Enterprise and Personal are all available. Unfortunately it still doesn't work, and as you said it seems to be a hardware limitation with the Airport card in the iBook G3. I found this on the Apple support forums: I could change my home network to WPA instead of WPA2, but I'd rather not. No great loss, as I can still do a hard-wired ethernet connection or sneaker net with a USB stick, but wifi would have been nice.
  5. Ah, you may be right. But the good news is I was eventually able to install 10.4 from another disc. Going back to my earlier question about Wifi, are you sure it's expected to work on 10.3 and later? With 10.4 installed, when I select my network in the Airport settings, the only choices for "wireless security" are WEP Password, WEP 40/128-bit hex, WEP 40/128-bit ASCII, and LEAP. Nothing about WPA or WPA2 unless I missed it somewhere.
  6. Attempting to install 10.4 from my old Mac Mini install disc resulted in a kernel panic on the iBook when booting from the first DVD. Oh well, I'm going to call this "good enough" for now and just stick with 10.2.4. Having an OS9 Mac that can use USB sticks for storage is pretty great. With an HFS+ formatted USB stick, it looks like I can transfer files back and forth with my regular modern Mac. The only problem is that OS9's Finder crashed when I unmounted and removed the USB stick, and didn't recognize when it was reinserted until after I rebooted.
  7. Success! I now have a dual-booting 10.2.4 and 9.2.2 machine. Video works normally under 9.2.2 and the desktop is the correct size. Two final questions that should probably go in a new thread, but I'll ask now: - What's the simplest way to update from 10.2.4 to 10.4.x? I have a 10.4.9 CD that was bundled with an old Mac Mini - any chance I could use that to upgrade? When these OS versions were current, I don't recall whether 10.4 came from Apple's upgrade servers or from CDs. A quick search of the usual sources didn't turn up any 10.4 upgrade CDs. - The Airport card in this iBook won't connect to my home wifi - it sees the network, but says the password is incorrect. I'm guessing that's because it can only do WEP and the home network is WPA2. Is there any simple work-around, or should I just go with a wired ethernet connection?
  8. Thanks guys for the tip on the hidden disk images. I was able to confirm you're right, and view the hidden images from a modern Mac running 10.13 High Sierra. It looks like everything I actually needed for 9.2.2 was on disk 1, and all the other disks are just extras like AOL - hehe! At this point I'm in the middle of installing 10.2.4 so I can install 9.2.2 using Apple's method. It's not what I had in mind, but it should work. Later I'll look into how I can upgrade the 10.2.4 to 10.4. Gorgonops, I think I could also burn the OS9General.dmg to a CD and install 9.2.2 that way, if it's a bootable CD. Or try booting from the 9.2.2 Universal CD, and see if I can eject it and insert the OS9General CD and copy the contents. But if a USB stick solution is possible that would be very nice. I never knew OS9 supported USB sticks in any way, that's very cool!
  9. Wow, installing the iBook G3 version of 9.2.2 is more difficult than I expected! I found the install CD images here: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/ibook-g3-early-2003-software-media-set-mac-os-v922-mac-os-x1024 The trouble is that the 9.2.2 restore CD isn't a bootable CD. It's actually an OSX application! So unless you already have OSX 10.2 installed and running (I don't), I'm not sure how it's possible to use this to install 9.2.2. Maybe I need to run the 10.2 installer, and *then* the 9.2.2 installer? I guess I'll give that a try, even though I really don't want OSX on this computer at all. Here's the readme file from the first install CD: Restoring Your Computer’s Software Software Restore restores your computer’s original contents except Mac OS X. This includes the Mac OS 9 system software and the applications that came with your computer. Software Restore does not restore Mac OS X, iPhoto, iTunes, iChat, or iMovie. If you need to reinstall Mac OS X or these applications, use the Mac OS X installation discs that came with your computer. First back up essential software and files, if possible. After reinstalling Mac OS X, if you need to restore the rest of your computer’s applications and files, double-click Software Restore.pkg. This will install the Software Restore application into the Utilities folder, inside the Applications folder on your hard disk. When the installation is complete, Software Restore opens. To restore your computer’s original contents: 1. Make sure you are using Mac OS X v10.2. If you are using Mac OS 9, restart your computer in Mac OS X. To do this, open the Startup Disk control panel, select Mac OS X and click Restart. You can not start your computer from the Software Restore CDs. 2. Make sure you have all the Software Restore CDs that came with your computer. 3. Double-click Software Restore.pkg. 4. Follow the onscreen instructions. 5. When prompted, select the applications and files you want to restore.
  10. I restored the open firmware settings to default, as described in that other thread, but it didn't make any difference. Time to try some drivers.
  11. Thanks a lot, that other thread definitely sounds like the same issue. Perhaps the Universal 9.2.2 installer that I used isn't so universal after all. I'll try the alternate drivers mentioned in the MacRumors thread, or see if I can find an OS9 installer specific to the iBook G3 800MHz.
  12. Hi everyone, I recently acquired an iBook G3 800 MHz, and Mac OS 9.2.2 won't seem to fill the laptop's entire screen. It works normally under OSX, and also is fine when first booting up 9.2.2. But midway through the 9.2.2 boot process, while it's loading extensions, the screen suddenly shrinks and shows a 640x480 (or maybe 1024x768?) desktop centered on the LCD and surrounded by black. In the monitors control panel, there's only one option listed for the resolution, so I can't change it. But strangely, it claims I have two monitors! Maybe there's a hardware problem with the external monitor port, and it detects an external monitor even though one isn't there, which somehow triggers this shrunken desktop behavior. This is a fresh install onto a newly-formatted hard disk from the Universal 9.2.2 Installer CD. There are many unnecessary extensions installed, but when I boot with extensions disabled I still see the same undersized desktop.
  13. bigmessowires

    My SE/30: w/ Turbo 040, ROM-inator, Ethernet and 8.1

    I think your assumptions are mostly correct, but you're omitting an important detail. The ability to use a ROM disk is another hack that must be carefully integrated into the stock ROM code. To date this has been done for the stock IIsi ROM (which works on several other machines too), but no others, and it requires some non-trivial reverse engineering work. If you follow those instructions from my web site, with the modified IIsi ROM code that I provide, then you'll get a functioning ROM disk. If you follow those instructions but use another ROM code, such as the hacked Turbo 040 compatible ROM code that was linked at the start of this thread, you won't get a ROM disk. The extra disk image data will just sit there uselessly in memory.
  14. bigmessowires

    My SE/30: w/ Turbo 040, ROM-inator, Ethernet and 8.1

    Currently the last two of your bullet points are mutually exclusive (ROM disk with your favorite apps, and Daystar Turbo 040 compatibility), so what you seek doesn't exist. It's not a question of having sufficient room to include a ROM disk, but a question of integrating the code that implements the ROM disk into the Turbo 040 code. Theoretically that should be possible, but it's semi-unknown territory and would require some substantial reverse engineering work from someone.
  15. bigmessowires

    My SE/30: w/ Turbo 040, ROM-inator, Ethernet and 8.1

    That was a suggestion for what might be possible - definitely not something I've implemented. FYI the ROM-inator II SIMM product is in its twilight days, because the 5V flash memory chips it uses aren't being manufactured anymore, and there's no easy substitute. I still have a decent amount of inventory for now, but when they're gone, that will be the end (barring some miracle).