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  1. PC Cards for Powerbooks

    So far, on my Wallstreet PDQ, a Sony PCWA C150 (not S version) is recognized and works on macOS 9.2.1 through Airport utility. The utility shows all nearby hotspots. It is an 802.11b card with up to WEP encryption I believe. I also got a “hide away” 2 USB port PC Card that works with it, on macOS 9.2.1 and 10.1. Logitech wireless mouse works normally with Mouseware installed. On my 550c, I got the PCWA C150 recognized on macOS 8.6, but requires drivers, so it does not work. But at least it is recognized. Also got a Memorex PC Card compact flash adapter that works well on the 550c, even on macOS 8.1. Haven’t tried it on my Wallstreet, but I don’t think there would be any problem.
  2. Revived a Powerbook 520c

    Nice little computer I thought about tethering the PowerCD on my Blackbird, but I felt it was a tad large for a CD player. Nonetheless, it's refreshing to see it, matching color and Apple logo. My 520's hinge is the same way. Opened it up, tried some super glue, broke again. Did not feel it was worth so much trouble to fix, but would like to see if there can be a more permanent solution for this (other than bolting the hinge through the back plastic, which looks ugly, repulsive, and absolutely terrible as a fix)
  3. PowerBook 550c

    That might be the issue with mine, if it is an earlier version. Or probably some variation between my ADTX adapter from your ACARD. I was thinking this might have something to do with it. I got the 2GB Transcend 133x CF card on Friday, but installing it yielded no change; it does not even show up. I even partitioned it on my WallStreet into two partitions, and it is still not recognized. Instead, a green light flashes on the CF->IDE adapter while it is connected to the 550c. Since it seems that size is not the issue (up to 8GB at least, from reports on other forums on the ADTX adapter), I've ordered a SiliconDrive 4GB CF made for industrial embedded applications and will see what happens. I may order a few more CF-form-factor drives cards/drives, probably another Seagate ST1 as the 2.5GB I have is recognized, but I really want something faster. Less latency. At this point, I'm just shot-gunning it now
  4. PowerBook 550c

    Strange, I was thinking the SCSI IDE adapter is suspect to being picky itself. Maybe it’s your PCMCIA adapter that is also picky? I also thought about card size being issue, but as Byrd reported above, it sounds like maybe he got a 16GB to work in his? If I have to drop down to 1GB CF, then I will! But I’m hoping to figure out a way around this voodoo
  5. PowerBook 550c

    I finally got the CF adapter, after nearly a month of waiting for it from overseas. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get the 4GB Transcend cf to be recognized! I tried a 16GB and 64GB Sandisk cards as well, no dice. I even installed the 4GB into my G3 and initialized it there, but the 550c still doesn’t recognize it The only card I had any luck with was a Seagate ST1 microdrive I happened to have lying around. It recognizes it, and I initialized it. But it feels pretty slow; spent about 3-4 hours installing Mac OS 8.0 at 8x cd drive speed. Are there specific cf specs, or brand, I should be trying out?? I ordered a 2GB Transcend cf this morning to test out, but if it still doesn’t work, I’m at a bit of a loss.
  6. Large Powerbook Lot (inc. 4 PB 2400c)

    I’m impressed. I’ve checked CL a few times for vintage items, but didn’t think I would have any luck doing a WTB post out here in AR. Never know what you can find, but nice job on the acquisitions. That is a nice haul on the 2400c PBs, and also that 180c.
  7. Glad to help out. Too late Honestly, I think the solder mask on top is a bit thick for me to discern any traces. However, it seems that the SMT row could be connected to vias through the board; you could see the zig-zag pattern of holes/vias preceding the SMT row where they connect. I counted the holes on the other side, also zig-zagged, above the thru-hole lines, and I think I see 40 vias?? Or 39...I don't know what one of them is. But I could be wrong on the count, but I can't tell what are ground/power traces on that front. Edit: Okay, I think I count 40 vias from the top. I've accounted for an additional 4 pins that lead to traces on top end of the board; the last pin on the short set (bottom) and the last three on the long set of pins (top most pins, closest to the battery connector side).
  8. Mods are gods I finally got around to disassembling the 520. Recently got my IC extractor and I wanted to try it out anyways. Suffice to say, it did not disappoint. I'm going to say this is a draw. It appears there are three rows of pins. The first inner two, closest to the connector dock, seem to be through-hole/thruhole. The outer row, furthest from the connector, look to be surface-mounted. From the other side of the board, we can see the inner two rows breach through the board. I captured the battery connector SMC, which is north of the PDA port, and is also thru-hole. Note the similarities. Angled view to see the posts/pins Overhead view; it's hard to see all three rows of pins here. Someone is going to have a lot of fun unsoldering that! I will say, it will probably not be me. But..yeah Finally, I tried to capture all three rows from an angle. Note, behind the surface-mounted outer row Maybe a reflow would be best to remove this PDA connector? Then, I suppose you could furnish a breakout board, or pin converter, that would connect to a new adapter of your choice. That's just my $0.02
  9. If I ever get my hands on a Rev A or B (or both) card cage, first thing I'll do is disassemble it/them. I wasn't sure how serious of a project this could be, but I like where this momentum is going
  10. So picky! I've already assembled my PowerBooks back together, but I may teardown the 520 later this weekend if I have some time. I should have said that it looks like through hole, but you may be right. I know that the battery connectors were through hole....oddly, the connector on the 550c was a bit more difficult to remove. There seemed to be a better soldering job on it than the 520. It took me a while, using desoldering braid, to draw out enough solder from the 550c connector before it came out. The 520's connector seemed "ready" to come out, and there seemed like just a light bit of solder on the surface, enough to keep it in place. Sounds like an exciting project. A 520 can be easily had these days for very little; I paid $17 shipped for my parts 520! Given, the HDD was dead, it was broke at the right side screen hinge. But, with the 550c power adapter, it fired right up! I know exactly what you mean by that rabbit hole. I've fallen in too deep, already, that I'm going all the way in! So far, my costs as itemized: PowerBook 550c: $237 (~$80 fees/shipping via DHL Express) PCMCIA Rev C: $290 (~$40 fees/shipping via DHL Express) NewerTech NUPowr 167MHz 8MB: $240 (like $60 fees/shipping via DHL Express) 8x Panny CD Drive: $38.99 shipped Priority 20x Panny CD Drive: $33.65 shipped Priority Apple AAUI Twisted Pair Adpt: $15.74 shipped Priority PB 520 parts machine: $17 shipped SCSI2SD module (decided not to use, but still got it!): $92 shipped Priority 4GB CF card: $14.49 shipped CF IDE adapter: $14.77 shipped with the slowest shipping service overseas ever, probably I don't even want to add it all up. Or include what it cost for my TAM and all the pieces. Or the boxed Newton 2100. So, I applaud your efforts....but you have no idea how much fun you're missing out on You only live once...
  11. MacFox's Finds

    Good catch on the DVD card, I rarely ever see those in the original box. They don't pop up too often by the card itself. I always wanted the WallStreet when I was much younger; always thought the design was so classy and well defined. It's insane to think how much they were worth brand new at the time!
  12. PowerBook 550c

    Small tour
  13. Wow, I see you've been busy studying this project. I'm wondering how the Rev B PCMCIA module looks like, too. You might have to pick up a "new" Blackbird to play with now. And at least you haven't lost your 1400 PCMCIA project through the years! I posted these in my Conquest thread, but here are some shots of the 520 and 550c boards, upper and bottom sides. It appears they are throughhole, so I guess if you can stick in a new connector, maybe you could modify it where a 1400 cage could interface with the logic board? Just a guess at what you're thinking, probably
  14. That's too bad about USB! Had my hopes up lol I can't speak for the 1400 cage, but the 500 module is very light. The external casing is completely plastic with "gold" or bronze-ish paint. The internal metal is actually quite thin. It's the battery that is more like a brick in comparison. This thing is like a feather. When I first inserted it into my PB, I was afraid of taking it out because I thought I could break the leaver trying to unlock/remove it Edit: nice quality pics from that long ago! You went a bit further than I would have with the sanding. Did your project turn out successful?
  15. Oh, well. Pros b bros (fistbump) Found some pics of the PB 1400 PCMCIA cage. Pics below blatantly....borrowed...from eBay auction, seller "chippiesavalanche" (to give credit): https://www.ebay.com/itm/Macintosh-Powerbook-1400CS-1400cs-166-M3571-PCMCIA-Assembly-With-Infrared-Board/312091104242?hash=item48aa1453f2:g:hEEAAOSwWSZasE3j Looks like it's using the same chip, and a similar metal structure. Now, if we can just hack this mofo... Oh, yeah, infrared would be nice, too. I should credit member Trash80toHP_Mini for the comparison with PB 1400 cage idea.