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  1. Charadis

    PowerBook 550c

    Thanks! I've never really seen a compact Mac before in my life until these came. Another member, @KnobsNSwitches, had actually messaged me about this earlier. I've just responded, but as I wish to send off the entire system (or at least entire thing without boards, analog and logic) rather than part it out piece by piece, he has first dibs. Apologies for the delay, you should have a PM in your Inbox now. I'm back in town, and hopefully I've address your question. Let me know what you think. Since it seems that the parts machine is the star of this topic, here are a few pics since I left him out of the group: Notice green tint to left side of display Unit is much more yellow than I thought it would be, basing it off from the Mercari listing Injuries sustained through the trip abroad Plus some corner chips, just on front casing it seems. Back casing sustained some scratching, but I don't think from shipping? Nameplate Here is the elusive defective/nonworking motherboard. It looks fine from here, and I can't figure out what could be wrong unless it just needs to be recapped. Prior to cleaning it, the board worked (surprisingly?), even after I noticed there is obvious leakage from the capacitors. After I cleaned around them with 90% 2-propanol (isopropyl), the system would power on but not boot. Here is a pic of before the board was cleaned (and apparently still working). Notice how dusty it was! Reverse of the same board: So I tried washing the board over the sink with some soap, since I've read people popping these boards in a dishwasher and getting them back to working again (what???). Probably should not have done that, as some minute corrosion developed around leads/pads of the CPU that I could not clean out, and some other areas (more manageable to clean). I tried cleaning these as much as I could, but no matter what, I could hardly get the CPU leads cleaned. Anyways, still same result as before I cleaned under running water: powers on, but no operations beyond that. I guess, if my previous cleaning didn't kill the board, then washing under the sink definitely did no help: I kinda "Frankensteined" the analog board, trying to get the second CCII board to work again: I swapped flyback transformers first, thinking "Hey! What if the FB Transformer is burnt up?" I know, not a very safe setup. Don't try this at home, kids. Okay, no change in results. Just used up the last of my desoldering braid. Serves me right So, what if the video board is burnt up to a crisp?? (desoldered from main board) Nope, that wasn't it. The swap did, however, improve picture stability for the working CCII, so I decided to stop here. Original flyback transformer and video board paired with donor analog board....fine, seems to be the sweet spot. That leaves the other board still not working, though, so I give up here. I will say, I used extreme caution every time I went back into the system, and always laid the system face down on a bed. Thank you, brave Youtube tutorial peoples. At least it's good to know that the flyback transformer is good, and the videoboard works (somewhat unstable picture at times, especially at boot up just when you pop in a boot floppy disk, the image can show lines until it settles)
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    PowerBook 550c

    It has been a little while since I've posted any new finds. I waited until I received my 3rd Color Classic II today...did not expect to be acquiring this many. The first one, not pictured, came with broken front bezel on three places, and half the screen is green-tinted .... probably degaussing issue? That became my parts machine when the second CCII stopped working: the analog board became defective after reassembling the unit, not realizing the grounding harness was not properly installed, and the motherboard would power the computer on but not boot after I cleaned around the capacitors that seemed to have leaked. The first two I bought through Mercari: #1: 4500 yen, unit only https://item.mercari.com/jp/m51404873341/ Price conversion, adjusted with proxy commission: $51.17 Shipping/handling: $178.29 Total value: $229.46 #2: 10,000 yen, unit plus keyboard plus software plus manuals/literature https://item.mercari.com/jp/m34679356235/ Price conversion, plus proxy commission: $99.42 USD Shipping/handling: $233.00 USD Total value: $332.42 USD The last one, complete with serial matching box, I won on Yahoo! Auctions for 6,000 yen ($54.00 USD by conversion), no keyboard or software/manuals though. #3: Just mouse, power cord, and keyboard/ADB cords: https://www.fromjapan.co.jp/en/auction/yahoo/input/t583103209?recommend=view&title=Macintosh Color Ciassic-II マッキントッシュ カラークラシックツー ジャンク品 Shipping/handling: I don't remember, through EMS though. Total value: $252.32 USD More often than not, I found myself picking these up not taking account of shipping cost. But these are the next frontier with me. I've become a fan of working on these now, when I was at first afraid of even taking off the back casing. I opened up the one I received today, just to make sure the grounding harness was securely installed. Don't wanna make the same mistake twice. I only have one keyboard to work with both of them, so I might try picking up another at some point. None of the hard drives work at the moment. I've watched tutorials on taking apart SCSI drives and circumventing the sticky bumper head issue. I may try to crack one open soon. I eventually want to install some software on one and get it set up to actually use. Literature that came with the second CCII: Seems that the floppy drive on the one I received today has issues reading floppy disks. When I have time, I may look into figuring out what is the issue. For now, feast your eyes on this beautiful X Second CCII works fine now with the analog board from the first CCII: All three motherboards that came with each unit. The 3rd worked when I first received it, but stopped working after I tried cleaning around the capacitors that appear to have leaked. I will probably sell it with the parts machine at some point. Only one of these motherboards has a 32MB Ram stick and FPU. That's it for now.
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    Complete TechStep

    Wow, that's awesome. Congratulations! I've hardly been able to find cartridges for mine, besides the two that come with the kit. (I've tried to deal with someone I know who has three I don't have, including the elusive CPU Vol. 4 that never shows up anywhere, but he wants to sell the whole set...still working on him. )
  4. Recently imported a couple of CC ii, they both worked initially. The second one I acquired started right up, but had a "sparking" sound every time it was booted, and every time it shut down (CRT off). I noticed the fan was not working, and the back casing was not flush against the front casing. I took the back off and fitted it flush with the front, screwed it back down. Fan worked, and initially, there was that "sparking sound" but no video. Took it apart again, and this time I noticed that the grounding harness was loose, and detached from the left side bracket. Reinstalled it correctly, grounding cable now against the Trinitron snugly, and reassembled everything as it should. Powered on, no more sparking sound, but no more video, either. System would bong at startup though, and I could hear floppy drive loading the Disk Tools, but nothing shows up on screen, and I don't hear the screen being energized. Removed back, CRT doesn't seem like it's even getting any power. Reading service manual, it mentions that not properly reinstalling the ground harness/cable could damage component/s. Which I figure I probably did. Meh. But I can't, for the life of me, figure out which component/s has been affected. I've looked all over this board, tested a few components for continuity. I'm stumped. Swapped out the analog board from the other CC ii, and the tube/system comes to life. Hazaaaa, the tube is okay! Just the analog board. Grrr. Sooooooo I guess I traded working fan for video...not the best trade ever, I admit Now, I just gotta figure out how to fix the original analog board, because the picture with this other one is not aligned nicely even after I've adjusted the pots in the back (and I'd prefer to have two working CC ii's). Any advice or suggestions/leads that I could try out would be greatly appreciated. I've thought of swapping the flyback transformer, swapping the video board, swapping the....that's pretty much it, actually. Couldn't find any individual components that looked suspicious/damaged, so falling back against my own, I've decided to turn to any experts here who could help me out, please! Cheers,
  5. I sold one for close to $100 a couple of years ago. Took a little time, and I believe I had to relist a time or two, but the right buyer found it eventually.
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    Scutboy's Stuff

    Nice acquisition there! And the best thing, it powers on! Congrats
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Interesting bit of history, I've definitely heard of Jaz disks/drives from Iomega, but never knew of the company Syquest producing their own medium, or the company itself. Appreciate the heads up! I'll probably limit my usage of MO to my Wallstreet then, but would be a dream to be able to download software on my MacBook and write them on MO Cool, thanks for these graphics! I'll have to try them out. I'm in the process of reorganizing things and moving things around as I get ready to move from my current location, but I may pull the Kanga out this weekend and try this out. The stock MO icon is...okay...I think these would really add a nice touch to the desktop. Now my worry is wearing out the drive just to see the icon pop up
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Gracias! No sir, no FDD. I guess it was left in the PB and sold it as part of that system. No complaints about any missing FDD Hate it when sellers ship fragile/expensive/rare goods in bubble wrap. Or insufficient packaging anyways. If you're looking for a replacement, looks like there is one listed as New on Amazon for $69.99 + $5.49 shipping. A bit rich for me...I don't even have a 1400c. https://www.amazon.com/SmartDisk-Drive-Powerbook-Expansion-100MB/dp/B00004Z8TD Interesting history on the SyQuest, yet another format that I never knew about. That is good to know. While a member is preparing to sell me one of his SCSI MO drives here, I'm wondering how far up Mac OS X would be supported...would be pretty stinkin awesome to plug a USB version into my MacBook Pro DVD over VHS myself
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Gladly! From my limited experience, between the Zip and MO drives I've used in both the 3400c and Kanga, neither were ready to run off the bat on Mac OS 9.1. I think the support was better for Zip straight from the OS install in earlier Mac OS version. At least for me, it didn't work just plugging in, or the drive had issues reading IBM/PC format disks (didn't open a new one/Mac format at the time) Seems this guy experienced difficulties getting an internal Zip drive to work on his 3400c a while back, though he was on a higher OS number (9.2.2) for his system: After getting working drivers for both drives (which I thank @olePigeon for providing! And Macintosh Garden for the updated Iomega software!), they both seem to work naturally, like the 3400c's/Kanga's CD drive expansion. Only with MO, the Eject option under Special tab remains greyed out, but dragging disk to trash works fine. Each format has their own specialized software, however, and while I have not toured through Iomega's entire suite of options, there seems to be a lot more to choose from than the Fujitsu MO software. With MO, using the formatter allows you to load/update the driver that is on the MO disk; essentially, I believe this allows you to be able to use the drive without needing an Extension loaded to the Ext folder of your HDD's system folder. Problem is, the MO has to be already inserted at boot up in order to read the disk and enable the driver. If you have a System folder also stored at Root, the Mac will use the MO as a startup disk to boot from instead of the HDD. It is noticeably slower than the spindle HDD, but seems faster than floppy disk. And definitely quieter. Not very much noise. I hardly hear any spin up or reading, contrary to my experience with Sony's Minidisk format or UMD on their PlayStation Portable (PSP). I have to listen close to the drive itself when it's loading or writing to hear any feedback. The MO software also allows you to change the MO icon when formatting. I don't know why that's cool My limited time using Zip 100 on the 3400c/Kanga and Wallstreet, formatting a disk is faster; it doesn't take but a few seconds to format from IBM/PC to Mac. I had issues using an old Zip disk originally formatted as IBM/PC on the 3400c. But opening up a new disk and formatting it had no issues. It did click a few times with the new one, also, but significantly less than the old used disk. There is also the possibility my two Zip drives are at fault and need maintenance... Hope that helps! Me neither! I'm not really searching for these drives directly. I've been able to find the Zip 100 drive for the PB 5300/190/3400c/Kanga a few times though, they're out there. Would not have found the MO drive if I hadn't done my routine blanket searches. If you're really after them, though, you could look for Macs that come with the drive installed, though being more expensive. My latest 3400c Zip 100 expansion actually came from a recent eBay auction for a 3400c I spotted a day after reading @Trash80toHP_Mini 's response here. One of the photos, you can clearly see the VST bezel. It was a Buy It Now auction for $60 plus $19.66 shipping with Best Offer. Shot an offer for $50, and the seller accepted less than an hour later. (will probably resell the 3400c as I don't need it, and it's not working correctly) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Macintosh-PowerBook-3400c-Series-Laptop/253677115894?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 This was the 4th pic on the listing. You can see the Zip drive peeking from the side... I was just hoping the seller would include it, despite stating no accessories included Just keep an eye out if you're looking for one!
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    I wish I knew this earlier. I might pull it up someday. I've already removed the Extensions/Control Panel to HDT since I'm not using it right now. Even with the Fujitsu drivers, still seeing the "Eject" option greyed out under Special, but it works fine dragging the disk to Trash. No worries, all is good. Definitely don't remember running into that problem until now. Just surprised that the Zip disk loaded up when I got the right drivers loaded. Was a stroll through memory lane exploring through the disk, like a bunch of buried treasure I forgot I had. Or a lot of money I just saved by spending 15 minutes on Geico dot calm. Except, I can't do anything with most of the files. (successfully got two MIDI files out though! Was worth it just for those two) Funny, I found a Logitec MO drive on Mercari a few days back. Was confused by the logo, and thought it might be a Chinese knock off (nothing against the Chinese. They make amazing product. Like iPhones. But there are also clones and counterfeits that I am well aware of that exist...) And, what do you know, it's still available. USB/SCSI. I guess 4500 yens is a bit too pricey. https://item.mercari.com/jp/m41272155414/ I actually read about, and tried looking for the 1400 MO drive out of curiosity. My search only yielded 5300/190 drives, but it appears to be documented that MO drives may exist. If I can find one... This guy apparently has a MO drive in his 5300c, but that's the closest I've gotten so far http://www.powerbuch.ch/powerbook-5300.html Also, found a pdf of a brochure sheet from Fujitsu on the 5300/190 MO drive, attached underneath this. I don't remember the website that I pulled it from though fujitsu-230mb-magnetodrive.pdf Oh yeah, I thought about posting pics on the interface board, but thought the one or two pics I had might just be a waste of time posting. Here are more pics I just took today of the MO drive interface. I may crack open one of the 20x drives I have for the 3400/Kanga. Enjoy There appears to be an Eject button (SW1), I'm guessing, mounted on the main logic board at the front of the drive. It is hidden by the front bezel, sadly, and there is no way to access it once the drive is reassembled, so I can't test it to be for sure
  11. Charadis

    PowerBook 550c

    The TechStep arrived on the same day as a PB Kanga I ordered last week! Yeah yeah, so I've mentioned that I sold my first Kanga last year and wanted to get out of this collecting business (before joining this awesome community). Yet here I am, now with another one. Meh. Original listing of Kanga: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Macintosh-G3-Powerbook-Kanga-WORKING-Laptop-Mac-Apple-Power-PC-Vintage/223014088864?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 Original listing of TechStep: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-vintage-Apple-TechStep-diagnostic-system-nice-shape-working-BIN-199/232801118597?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 Suffice to say, I wasn't sure which one I'd spend time with first. Interestingly... the seller shipped the Kanga in a Dell box. How fitting First thing I did: opened up the keyboard and removed the PRAM battery, which surprisingly, did not appear to show any signs of leakage! (hooray). Next thing, replaced the original 5GB HDD with a 30GB non-Apple IDE drive (would have been solid state, but my CF adapter has the old screw-hole arrangement). I'll admit, I might have spent a bit much on the Kanga. The max RAM module (128MB) was what sold me on the deal though. And after the UK listing ended, I kinda feared that someone might snap this one up before I could. Exhibit No. 2. TechStep....it looks cool. And old. Wires feel old. There was a 9v battery installed, showing very minor signs of leakage. I pulled that sucker out as fast as I could (without damaging anything, of course). I have nothing to work on it with right now. Thought about hooking it up to one of my computers to see what happens, as I'm curious to see if it would be compatible with some of the systems I'm working on. Anyone not familiar with this, the ROMs plug into the unit from the side. There are additional ROMs that I've read about for this machine. And the checklist. I don't think I have the SCSI cable. Or the Mini DIN-8 cables (x2). I'm not sure what one of the cables is though, so maybe? Wonder what happens if I mail the registration card in heh heh
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    Vince's Conquests

    Weird looking computer! Oddly, that Compaq reminds me of my family's first computer, an Acer Aspire (we got one in 1995 or 96). All black though, but the monitor seemed to blend with the desktop base. Sam's Club salesperson told us on the specs, it would be the last computer we'd ever have to buy. Here is one...not my picture, but from another posting at davidicke.com: Nice score on the LaserActive. I honestly never heard of such a thing until you posted here. And, of course, I'd have to search it on the Bay to realize rarity. Looks like you've got a sweet setup!
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    You, sir, are an amazing human being. This software fixed my issues with the MO drive, and there is no more dialogue box after boot up! Now, it just works like a regular drive, the way it is supposed to. I can finally enjoy it the way it was made to be. Thanks so much for sharing this here. Well, I have an update on which I prefer now. It would have to be.....bum bum bum.....MO. Even with the OS support, I still ended up having to download the latest Iomega drivers to get it to recognize my old IBM/PC format Zip disks on Mac OS 9.1. However, it was amazing to find old files I stored away in one of these Zip disks I saved from ages ago (around 2001 or 2002)!! Now, the issue....click of death. I was able to recover a few of the main files I wanted (thankfully!) before the disk now seems to have issues even mounting. At some point, the disk kept clicking/whirring in sequence until finally, a dialogue box would pop up telling me there was something wrong. I looked it up and read all about the click of death. I opened up a brand new, never used (factory sealed) Zip disk 100 and formatted it to Mac. Works better than the IBM formatted disk I used originally. Haven't yet tried to open any of the drives to see if there is anything wrong with the heads that I could visually tell, but I'm not thinking about investing heavily into the format. Thank you for the recommendation! The file that @olePigeon provided actually solved my issue very satisfactorily. So far, the adventure is going pretty well, definitely getting a kick out of the exploration process! I even used the disk as a startup up disk...noticeably slower, but works very well. I'm actually experiencing issues with the internal Zip drives I have. I explained to @Trash80toHP_Mini above, but I don't know if it's because the disk I tried to use is pretty old (early 2000s, and IBM/PC formatted), the drives aren't very IBM/PC format friendly, or if there is issue with the drive itself. I was able to pull some files off an old disk though. Not planning on investing heavily into the format though
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Wow thanks a lot!! I was looking all over and thought maybe the software with the Fujitsu Dynamo230 might be worth giving a shot. Currently out of town, but I’ll put this on the system as soon as I get back! Do you have the same drive?
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Haha, thank you! When the MO drive is set up, it’s an okay experience. But working it out is enough headache for one day. Zip has an advantage of already having drivers with the OS Picked up a Kanga recently, you may have seen the auction up before: https://m.ebay.com/itm/-/223014088864?_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc#vi__app-cvip-panel I’ll post more about that in my Conquest thread when I receive it tomorrow (eta), but I’m wondering if there would be any changes/issues in compatibility or performance to the drive....I’ll post an update when I’ve had time to try it. Right now, the MO has one advantage of the newness factor (for me anyways). Currently have no desktop versions of either, but my Wallstreet has a Zip module so it may be more practical for usage at this time.
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