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MOS8_030

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  1. ^^^ What nglevin said. Just install an ATX PS. I replaced the PS in my MDD G4 twice and was ready to scrap it when the stock PS failed for the third time. However, I decided to try the ATX path and it worked like a charm! Follow the instructions here: http://atxg4.com/mdd.html I didn't use a mod cable I just rearranged the pins using the proper molex extraction tool. (Without which it's basically impossible to remove the pins.) I did have to use an 24 pin extension cable to be able to mount the PS inside the top of the case. Also, I haven't had any issues with "deep sleep" although I usually power it off when I'm not using it.
  2. Yes, Motorola had their own daughter cards. They used a socket that could accept a BGA part. I have some photos of the card we used with the P58 motherboards on my other computer, I'm out of town right now. Here's a photo of two systems I set up to do accelerated life testing with the 7448. I cranked up the voltage and the temperature and and ran the parts non stop for about three months to induce voltage threshold shifts.
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    Need to get my floppy drive out

    http://www.maccaps.com/MacCaps/Repair_books.html Download the Dead Mac Scrolls and Macintosh Repair & Upgrade Secrets.
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Good grief, you're right! I had no idea. I found an Entegra, I think, adapter in a box of my cables a while back and thought "I'll never need this." (Of course I'd need drivers that are probably OS9/XP only.) I guess I should hang on to it.
  5. There's about a 100% chance the tiny nylon gear in the eject mechanism has stripped/disintegrated. The good news is you can get a replacement.
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    Caps! IIcx -- IIci

    32K cache card. They're comparatively inexpensive on ebay.
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    What's on that old hard drive?

    I fired up my FrankenBook 165/180 a couple of months ago for the first time since ~2000-2001. I was surprised it still worked. I was even more pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of photos that I thought were gone forever! The photos originally were on a drive that failed my PM8500 in ~1999. I didn't know I had put copies on the PowerBook. As far as disposing of HD's, at the High Tech Company where I used to work if the computer was going to be redeployed the drives were just wiped. If the computer was being "surplussed" i.e. scrapped, the drives were removed and destroyed. Sadly, when it came to Mac laptops many of them were just ripped open and the drives removed. (The IT guys were pretty lazy...) Most of the PC laptops were leased so they avoided this treatment.
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    2 Odd Nubus Video Cards

    Ahh, yer right, I didn't look at the photos close enough. Need moar coffee.
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    2 Odd Nubus Video Cards

    The second card with all the VRAM may be a Radius Direct Color 16/24 I found a reference and photo here: http://www.retrotechnology.com/herbs_stuff/m_nubus.html
  10. Yes, my stating "OSX 10.x" was probably overly-broad, considering how many versions of "10.x" there are.
  11. Why FAT16? Why not FAT32? And no, I do not believe OSX 10.x will read or write HFS.
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    Almost Disappointed They're not G5's

    Nice score! Worth it for the cases alone if nothing else. I mean, what's aluminum a pound these days?
  13. Great job finding and fixing the problem! Once again, caps are the weakest links in these old devices.
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    IIci with a Radius bonus!

    Hmm, it might be that power switch on the back is broken... Hmm... Need to break out the multimeter. More later if something develops...
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    IIci with a Radius bonus!

    Well it look like this IIci is dead. I installed a new battery and it does nothing when I try to power it up. (Without any cards installed.) Not really surprised. Probably because of the several leaky caps at the back of the board... I'll mess with it a bit more later but I suspect this system is just parts now, I don't think I want to spend the time recapping it. It does have 32mb of ram I can scavenge for my other systems.
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