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  1. Crutch

    Best macOS version for IIci?

    I haven’t used 7.1 in a while, but I can confirm 7.0.1 runs great on an 8MB IIci. (But sure! Upgrade to 16MB++, why not.)
  2. I recommend System Picker. It can switch between Systems 6 and 7 flawlessly (I use with 6.0.8, 7.0.1, and 7.5.5 on one partition). I haven’t tried with 8 though. http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/system-picker
  3. @s_pupp right here (below). I’ve bought several, they’re pricey but this person took the trouble to fabricate them so happy to compensate accordingly. They are much sturdier than the originals and work great. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263868280592
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    Micron Xceed Color 30 fail

    Wow thanks. Ok now I feel dumb for having the CRT board disconnected - I was being lazy (because I haven’t yet resoldered the transistors after removing them for testing) and thought I would “obviously” see a video signal even if it had nowhere to go. That’s great news though. I will reconnect the board and check that signal again!
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    Micron Xceed Color 30 fail

    Thanks @Bolle and @techknight for this good advice. I took a break from this project and just got back to it. I did the following tests with the Micron card in the PDS slot and the harness connected, but no CRT board in place: 1. I hooked up an external LCD with a VGA adapter to the Xceed’s external monitor port and was thrilled to see it worked perfectly. But: 2. I am not sure there’s a video signal coming out of the card to the CRT board. I think the video should be on the yellow wire connected to the second pin from the bottom, rear row, on the white Molex connector on the card (Bolle, do we know how the pins are numbered in the diagram you linked, by chance?). That pin looks very quiet on my scope. I’m not sure exactly what a CRT video signal should look like, though — the one on the other yellow wire (coming out of the analog board, going to the pin just above on the Micron card, third from the bottom) looks like a high frequency signal bouncing around between 0 and about 1V. Is that what I should be looking for? If so, and I have the pins right, something is definitely wrong. Absent a schematic for the video card, I’m not sure what else to do in that case, other than go Micron Xceed shopping again ....
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    Molar Mac!

    This find! These have a certain weird appeal, I’m not sure I ever actually saw one in person back in the day. Importantly, I trust your feline friend likes it!
  7. Crutch

    Best macOS version for IIci?

    Here’s a great link if you haven’t seen it covering the various 68k system versions. p.s. I love the IIci, enjoy! https://www.fenestrated.net/mac/SysReview/
  8. Someone is selling a Twinspark on Yahoo Japan right now. It looks new. https://www.fromjapan.co.jp/en/auction/yahoo/input/g255358322/
  9. Hi @pax, I’m pretty sure I used your first link - definitely paid via PayPal.
  10. I was in about the same position as you last August. I eventually bought from Artmix despite the price (to be fair ... given scarcity of these as you and I have found, I think the price is appropriate). I also didn’t get an order confirmation or any reply to a follow-up email, but two weeks after I ordered (I just checked to confirm that timing) he sent me a note saying he had shipped, and sure enough my TwinSpark adapter showed up about a month after I ordered. It works perfectly, so I am grateful. I think I also saw the original adapter for these on Yahoo Japan recently. (FromJapan.co.jp can get you access to those auctions via proxy, assuming you’re not in Japan.) The prices on offer there tend to be a bit better in dollar terms if you can snag one.
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    ID Mac Plus 030 upgrade card

    p.s. I am also running 7.0.1.
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    ID Mac Plus 030 upgrade card

    @MOS8_030 did you try messing with the jumpers on this board at all? Thanks to Bolle’s tip above I’m now running mine with 4x4MB SIMMs. I can’t seem to get it to recognize 16MB, but if I move the jumper labeled “0/1/4M” down one position from where it’s shown in your photo (so, jumping the 2nd and 3rd pins counting from the “4M” side), I see 4MB total memory (I presume on my motherboard) and the Railgun extension boots with a 6.7MB RAM disk (the RailgunCdev shows “on board: 1024k, logic board: 4096k, protected: 7104k”). This is without running Compact Virtual. I’m not sure why it’s 7MB instead of 8MB, or if there’s any way to get access to all 16MB ... Also — I had the same issue as you with CV freezing my mouse (actually, I could move mine vertically and use the button, but not move it horizontally). Weirdly I found I was able to fix that by installing CV and telling it I have a Mercury board instead of a Novy Quick30Plus (mine looks identical to yours so I assume it is indeed a Quick30Plus). Once I did that, I can run CV and the Railgun CDEV/extensions together with no problem. (To be clear, without doing this I couldn’t run CV with any accelerator extensions, including GemStart ... I don’t think you had this issue with GemStart?) However, CV only seems to let me use 4MB of memory (is it the motherboard or the Novy card?) — i.e. if I set it to 8MB of VM, it uses 4MB on my HD. Also, having told it I’m using a Mercury board to get it working, CV won’t let me create a RAM disk.
  13. This is great to see @ants! Really glad that worked out.
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    Finally got a DiiMOCache!

    Oh yeah. You will notice the heck out of it. SE/30 with a Diimo 50MHz 030 running 7.5.5 on a SCSI2SD “feels” about as responsive as my modern iMac doing any reasonable thing (web browsing is not a reasonable thing!). Sometimes I like running 6.0.8 just for the crazy fast boot time.
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    Modern PSU for the SE/30

    I use a PowerKey power strip to address both issues — 1. The soft-powered Seasonic PSU isn’t seeing mains power at all when the PowerKey strip is off, and 2. of course the power key works! There is one on eBay right now for $29.99 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F152479962209
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