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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!
  5. 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.
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    SE/30 System 6 can't initialize hard drive

    No, an internal drive has jumpers to select the ID. Usually they are set for 0, but there is nothing automatic about it. The internal drive must be terminated. Most drives have the terminator packs installed on the drive, but check your drive to be sure. Some have a jumper that set termination. EDIT: Maybe try LIDO or FWB Toolkit to prepare the drive.
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    Floppyemu screen blanking out

    Yeah, screen issues for me as well. I took the screen off, and on the back there is some metal clips. I bent those guys in while squeezing pretty hard on the bezel to try and sandwich the screen with a little more force. Not perfect, but its working much better than before. Seems like I always have to adjust the contrast after it sits for a while. EDIT: So this started annoying me even more just now, so I separated the screen from the PCB by unhooking the four metal clips. On the back of the screen is this rubber thing with gold fingers. All the fingers were black. I cleaned it up with a splash of contact cleaner and wiped with a stiff lint-free qtip. Fixed the issue for now, but we'll see how long before the screen starts going crazy again
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    Finally got a DiiMOCache!

    Oh yeah, for sure. But the nicest part of the socketed powercache, is the ability to run ethernet and grayscale if you have those upgrades. Before ProtoCache and @Bolle's card, it wasn't possible to have all those upgrades and keep the bucket on. But now, with the new small adapter, the fastest SE/30 with grayscale is probably with that DiiMo card. I should benchmark one day!
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    Finally got a DiiMOCache!

    Ha! Indeed. The socketed version is most definitely at the top of the list!
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    Finally got a DiiMOCache!

    Such an elegant card compared to the universal PowerCaches. Congrats!
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    Cheap IDE on scsi bus solution?

    Okay, SUPER happy with the v6 card now. IIfx, Jackhammer.. WOW!
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    Cheap IDE on scsi bus solution?

    Just to confirm, the new firmware and SD card combination has completely fixed my strange write performance reported earlier. On the Jackhammer, I have sustained writes above 2500 KB/s at all sizes. Very happy now with the v6 card.
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    Cheap IDE on scsi bus solution?

    Just a quick update... After seeing Cory's results, I couldn't stop thinking there must be something wrong on my end. So I bought a new SD card, and dd'd the old card to the new one. I also see there was a firmware update on the codesrc website that specifically addresses write performance. So I updated the firmware, and along with my new SD card. Poof! No drop out at 60k. Writes now stay speedy! This is in the SE/30, so the SCSI is saturated. I'll try it in the IIfx and with the Jackhammer tomorrow and see if the changes fixed everything up, but I'm pretty happy now.
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    Plastic fasteners on Classic analog board sleeve

    They are called nylon snap rivets. Google that term, and you'll find a ton of different sizes. I can't remember the exact size the compact Macs use.