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  1. I have a color classic and a 575, and one chain of SCSI gizmos. Am I right in thinking with a DB25 (or parallel port) switchbox and a couple extra m-m db25 cables, I could toggle the device chain between the two without disconnecting cables? Obviously only one computer could be using them at a time, with a reboot inbetween...
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    I'm rusty...how do I re-associate what files open in what program?

    Ha, there is a program called Text Changer included with some versions of BBedit that will update the creator code any text docs it finds in a folder you choose.
  3. I'm rusty in System 7, I guess, my LC 550 isn't opening .sit files in Expander, despite me trying and reinstalling a few different versions. Opening Expander and choosing the file does work. And I'd like to update text files to open in BBedit instead of SimpleText. I can use ResEdit to change type/creator codes for the text files, but how do I set a...default program for such things?
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    Error type 97 when booting off of SCSI2SD

    I did double-check, it is error 97 (not negative), so that's weird. But! I did get things booting. I ended up using localtalk to transfer the entire Mac OS 8 installer to the color classic (over a matter of like 7 hours), booting off an external drive, and installing from there. It then worked normally. I did have to boot from external to run the 8.1 updater successfully as well. I had used a PowerPC mac to make the system folder (that booted fine off of an EZ135, mind you!), so maybe that somehow had something to do with it? Regardless, voodoo or not, my CC is now running 8.1. It's not as fast 7 was, certainly, but my main reason was to get access to HFS+ volumes. Though I did realize that sharing over localtalk it doesn't matter if a volume is HFS+ or not. But hey, 8.1 !
  5. I have a Color Classic that has been happily running a Performa 550 board and System 7.5.3 off of an internal SCSI2SD for awhile now. I recently got a 575 board, and I'm trying to run Mac OS 8. I have not done the 640x480 mod, I am using the Resedit hack to allow it to run at the original resolution. It boots fine off on external (Ez135) drive, where I installed Mac OS 8 and did the hack. When I copy that same, functioning System Folder to the internal (SCSI2SD) drive, I get a happy mac but then a crash with an error type 97 when the extensions would start marching across the screen. It does the same with extensions disabled. It won't boot all the way. Am I missing anything obvious?
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    Are vintage injket printers useable still?

    Thanks! I think I'll try and pick one up. Oddly enough, the 2200 was what i was most interested in.
  7. This may be a dumb question, but are vintage inkjet still usable? I have an eMate my kids use and it would be slick to be able to print. Seems like “untested” style writers come up often, are old printers still usable? I know maceffects had some ink for awhile, but do cartridges dry out in the package? Just wondering, maybe there are vintage printer enthusiasts, too.
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    FPU and SCSI2SD for LC550

    Awesome, thanks
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    An Expensive TV...Macintosh TV Logic Board in a Color Classic

    So i've been rolling with the CC as pictured here since last fall, and I have to admit, I'd like the picture to be the right ratio. If I performed the VGA mod, does anyone have any idea if that would allow me to stretch the picture more horizontally? Being that the Mac TV board shows 640x480 without the mod, I'm just not sure what would happen if I did proceed, and I'd hate to mangle a functional CC.
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    FPU and SCSI2SD for LC550

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but I haven't used a SCSI2SD yet...how did you power the SCSI2D after removing the molex connector? I don't see any wires going from the connector pads to the 550 connector ?
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    Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

    Well done. I love this.
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    PowerBook 2400 floppy drive

    Do these tend to go bad? I have two that came with my 2400, and neither of them work. It's crossed my mind that it's the cable (I only have one cable); however, if I have Norton Drivelight installed I see a floppy icon show up in the upper left when inserting a disk sometimes. I've taken the plastic shell off but it's hard to see anything. Does anyone know if there's a common failure on these? Like most 2400c info, there's not a whole lot out there...
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    An Expensive TV...Macintosh TV Logic Board in a Color Classic

    It really is a case of "why not?" In usage it does feel snappier than the stock CC, but I also have a 550 board feels faster than the TV board, but it also has 36 megs of RAM (and a faster bus speed, so it should be faster!) But I hooked up the original NES for some retro gaming fun, as well a Nintendo Wii and played some TG16. The screen is still squished (same as last pic), but it's useable. Not great, but useble. I'm looking at some of the VGA mod stuff out there for the CC (a capacitor at location CL26 is possibly a fix for this type of screen if the board has been VGA modded, but mine hasn't) so I'm kind of in uncharted territory here. But that's part of the fun.
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    An Expensive TV...Macintosh TV Logic Board in a Color Classic

    i've continued tweaking knobs, and I've got things more useable for now. I think if I shrank the vertical height even more things would be a normal ratio but that's more black bars than I want for now. It seems if I expand the horizontal width farther the horizontal bow doesn't affect the picture.
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    An Expensive TV...Macintosh TV Logic Board in a Color Classic

    Well I improvised a crt adjustment tool with a wooden chopstick. I've gotten things much better, but the horizontal bow (PB) adjustment doesn't seem to make any difference, so things are stuck with this pinched middle picture.
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