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    TAM questions - How is it as a stereo?

    Well, you've sold me. Now to start...saving...for a 20 year old computer ?
  2. I admit I've always been intrigued by the TAM. I've never seen one in person. Trying to justify owning one, I was thinking about it as fancy stereo; it plays CDs, should be able to handle an early version of iTunes. So for those of you who'e had one: 1) How is the audio? Does it sound good enough to fill a small room ? 2) Is there any kind of 'aux in' way to do sound? like, say, if I had Spotify playing on an iPod touch or something, could I use the TAM's speakers/sub?
  3. I don't think this thread is going to come to any resolution; there are loads of people (myself included!) who have cleaned and repaired things the 'wrong' way and still had success. If this hobby absolutely required desoldering stations and ultrasonic cleaners there would be even fewer of us left. Just do your research, know the risks, and decide what is do-able for you.
  4. 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.
  6. 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 !
  8. 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.
  10. 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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