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  1. joethezombie

    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    It took some haggling, but I got a decent deal. Legs look to be solder-free, even under magnification. But nearly every one has some kind of bent portion. If I were at the races, I'd bet on the trays being dropped.
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    Good news! I have nearly 3 full trays of DayStar goodness on my dining room table! I'm not sure if I should prepare them with nacho cheese or salsa! Maybe a delicious queso? Or perhaps a fill of the tub and a quick swim is more in order? Many thanks to the kind friends from CHIPNet.com!
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    I agree. I told him that I am a small operation that hand assembles, so fixing the pins would not be an issue. He probably thinks in terms of an automated setting.
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    So I received a somewhat strange reply this afternoon: I have asked if he could dispose of them to me, I'd pay any shipping and handling charges. No response as of yet.
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    It was a state-side company, and I have asked for clarification on the authenticity of the chips, and a reimbursement policy. I'll keep you posted... edit: Keep in mind, there are also PALs on the newer card as well. So a replacement of the ASIC may not be enough. I don't think I'm brave enough to risk my own 040 to test these replacements, either. But I'll be happy to split the order up and ship them out to whomever wants them.
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    Apple IIc ADT Pro file trasfering Problem

    If it's an early IIc, it may have the serial timing problem. Have you tried lowering the baud rate to 300?
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    It was 50-50 to take the chance, but in the end, I passed.
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    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    I put out some requests for VY14676-2 from some US sellers about a year ago. Out of several, two responded, but both required $50 minimum order. I am super curious if they are legit.
  9. Just wow. Incredible work. And of course, micron memory going bad again. Always the MT crap going bad in the original 128Ks and even my Iic.
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    SE/30: Micron Xceed Video Card, DB-15 to VGA

    Yes, I have connected to a modern display using some random 10-dip adapter I purchased from eBay. I'm not sure of the make or model because there is absolutely no identification markings on the unit, and I acquired it so long ago that the listing is no longer viewable. It works very well at 640x480 with millions of colors, or 800x600 60Hz with 256 colors using DIP positions 14679 on. The monitor utility lists more resolutions up to 1024x768, but I was unable to get my monitor to sync with anything higher than 800x600. I was going to try the Portrait Display with it, but haven't yet bothered, mainly because once an external monitor is connected, the internal display looses grayscale capability. You'll get an extended desktop, but monochrome only. Of course, I would much rather use internal grayscale. If I want a big screen, I use my IIfx or Quadra.
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    My Maccon didn't survive the right angle operation...

    The cyan colored squares are all connected to the ground plane, so they should all be connected. That's probably why it was harder to solder those ones, because there is a lot of copper there. Now your red guys, the squared row on the bottom of your picture should all be connected, too-- they are all +5V (row 37). The top red square, should also be connected to the other reds, as it is +5V as well (B19). The next red square on A22 should NOT be connected to the others. It is a data line. So that is a definite problem if it is connected to +5V. That trace runs along the right edge of the column in your picture, so check for a short at C37, perhaps the solder has flowed into the trace there. Now your next red square on B24, it is also a data line and should not be connected to the other reds. But I wonder if you just marked your picture wrong, as the next pin down at B25 should be connected to +5V. But you don't have that pin highlighted. Double-check that. And finally the next red square at B31, it is also +5V, so no problem. So, assuming you marked B24 instead of B25, the only real issue is the short on A22 to 5V. Good luck!
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    Color video from SE/30 for cheap?

    The 81C478 is going to limit the resolution to 1024x768 max. I doubt we could find any of those chips anyway to make new cards based solely on this design, but a set of schematics would definitely help us with a modern equivalent. Probable first steps would be to program a GAL using the equations @Bolle posted, and drop it in. Check for function, and continue until every GAL is replaced to verify what we have is what really is.
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    Color video from SE/30 for cheap?

    Huh, that's interesting. I have one of those cards... might make for a fun summer project!
  14. Awesome @ants! Curious, did you ever try the Ethernet and Turbo with just the regular SE/30 ROM? I ask because I have had some compatibility issues with multiple PDS cards and the Rominator as well, but the same combination works with a regular SE/30 ROM.
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    SE/30 System 6 can't initialize hard drive

    Later in life SCSI luxuries included software selectable SCSI ID. I'm not familiar enough with that drive to know if it supports it, but I doubt any SE/30 era software could configure it. Look for a jumper called TE, it may have been connected to the external case, allowing for the case to control termination depending on if the passthrough was used or not.