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  1. Decided to hit up the flea market today and I suppose it paid off. Managed to pick up a Mac IIsi for $20 and a Mac II with a IIfx upgrade board for $40. I'll start with the IIfx since it's the more interesting of the machine. This machine started life back in 1988 as a plain Macintosh II. Around 1993 or so it was upgraded though, this time to a Macintosh IIfx. None of the expansions are particularly exciting. Toby video card, Asante 10 Mb ethernet. Got a whole 16 megs ram. Nothing insane, but better than 4 MB or so you'd get stock. I never realized a IIfx ROM SIMM was an off the shelf thing, funky. Got me a 250 meg Quantum hard drive. Not original drive for sure, but hey, it's still working. I give it a week. And finally, it works! Full 40 MHz 68040 and 68882. Next let's move onto the IIsi... This one's not as fun. It's just a plain Mac IIsi. It's in reasonably good nick though, a little yellowed but no scratches\gouges\cracks in the case. You may notice that network card. Asante Maccon 30ie. This is one that should work in an SE/30 no problem. More than worth the $20 I paid for the machine. 16 megs ram. Not bad. Has the GALs for...oh man, I forget which Mac needed the ram with the GALs to use 4 meg sticks. 170 meg hard drive. Not original for sure, but still working. Sounds...like a Quantum, I give it about 4 days less life than the IIfx's drive. Believe it or not, it works! The thing really really badly needs a recap. I shut it off after a couple minutes, started to smell those caps. Overall, not upset for $60. The network card alone in the IIsi is worth that. Throw in these with the $40 Nikon 50 f/1.8G and, $10 Manfrotto 3221 and a $5 Apple 60W USB C brick and I came out pretty good today.
  2. The 1.5 is just a plain boring Sawtooth Macintosh Server G4/500 with the weird 155W redundantish PSU. I do have a few other machines I can try out like a 1.0 MDD if I can find the time.
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    E-Machines Big Picture Card w/Mac SE Interconnect

    I ended up getting mine for $50 from a guy out of San Francisco. Close enough shipping was only $35 on it. Got plenty of pics, https://imgur.com/a/yIu5y . The thing is way overbuilt. The front panel is entirely cast metal with the CRT screwed into that. The rest is all secured into a metal chassis with the only plastic being the back case bucket and the stand.
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    E-Machines Big Picture Card w/Mac SE Interconnect

    I've been meaning to buzz it out out of curiosity to know if a Radius FPD card can be made to run off the back. I've got a full FPD setup here, but no Radius accelerator card. Just the Magicbus card. One of these years I'll get around to doing just that. I dream of the day I have a Dual Superdrive w/ HDD + 68020 + FPD Mac SE. Maybe promptly blow up the power supply but we'll know when we get there.
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    E-Machines Big Picture Card w/Mac SE Interconnect

    oooo if you ever want to part with that card let me know. That card will actually connect to a passthrough on my GCC Hypercharger 020 card in my Mac SE, similar to what Radius cards did on their Accelerator upgrades. Hooks into the "64 pin header" connector on the card. Here's a snippet from an old review that mentions that. And the card itself:
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    Farallon EtherMac Adapter

    No need to wonder who actually made this box any longer, I got one of the $30 ebay ones and cracked it open. That's Dayna alright. I haven't tested software compatibility yet though, maybe if I ever get more than a day off work.
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    Orange Micro NuBus PC Card - Need Help

    If you do want a Pentium III on a card, you'll need to look a little newer than OrangeMicro and a little bit away from Macs. Sun had the PCi line of compatibility cards and they went all the way to the Athlon XP. I've got a pair of IIpros here based on a 733 MHz S370 Celeron. Fun cards since they're often faster than the host computer they're in (like an Ultra 5 in my case).
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    SE/30 display crashing to black with a raspberry sound

    Think of it like replacing the old rubber vacuum lines in a 70s or 80s car. They’re all either failed or failing so they should be replaced as a preventive step. A lot of weird issues are solved by fixing the vacuum lines, same with replacing the 30 year old caps.
  9. So, does the MP part work? Yes!. Need to use Mac OS 8.5 or older for it to properly work. I'll have to try and dig up something other than Powerfrax (the default sample program) to see how much of a different the MP really makes though.
  10. It's not so much that it has 2-4 processors but the way Daystar implemented them. The old systems weren't native multi processor platforms so they did some trickery to get multiple CPUs working in the one slot. Apple used a different method of running multiple processors which was incompatible with nPower.
  11. Yeah, OS X would be a complete nightmare on the system since it won't see more than one processor. A 200 MHz 604e at that so not even all that fast. Even OS 9 broke support for nPower MP as Apple started throwing their own stuff in (think G4 dual processors) and Daystar never updated their software to work with that. It's strictly an OS 7/8 or BeOS box unless you just want to cripple the features that made it special.
  12. This particular machine was used for video editing and some 3D stuff related to that. It's got Premiere and After Effects which I know could use the SMP as well as some others like Cinema 4D which maybe were SMP capable. That's on the to do list. It'd be nice to track down one of the black Plextor drives IBM used in the RS/6000s and AS/400s but painting an existing SCSI drive just might be easier.
  13. One of those mythical machines you read about is the Daystar Genesis MP. Multiple 604s? How cool is that. rarely do they actually appear for sale though, and when they do often the boring single processor or maybe a dual. Never the Quad. Well, a quad was the machine only in my dreams until recently. One morning I hit up Craigslist before work and seen a Daystar for sale. With the Quad CPU card. Oh shoot, I should email on that. A little back and forth later and for $100 I have myself a Daystar Millenium (Genesis MP after MacWorks bought Genesis) with a Quad 200 MHz 604 CPU card. A short 40 mile drive later and I've got it! So what makes this thing cool (other than the black case) is the CPU card. The CPU card has 4x 200 MHz 604e processors on it. It plugs into a standard (afaik) processor slot but needs some auxiliary power to work. Once you get past that, it's more or less a Powermac 9500 in a super fancy case with a giant CPU card. So what's it got hardware wise? 256 MB RAM (+ 2x 8 or something that was causing issues) IX Micro Twin Turbo 3D 128 (Pro Rez version) Adaptec 2940 Mac SCSI Card 500 MB Quantum HDD 4.5 GB Seagate HDD 4.3 GB Quantum HDD 9.1 GB Micropolis HDD 9.1 GB Micropolis HDD Random beige CD-ROM Mac OS 9. This'll be a fun system to play around with, especially the SMP aware programs. Just need to get another mac video adapter so I'm not stuck trying to work 640x480 on a Color Plus 14".
  14. +1 for this. Smokey odor makes me think of maybe like burning leaves which tends to be something like a RIFA cap on the input filtering of a power supply letting its guts out. Especially if the system remained working throughout this whole endeavour.
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    PowerTower Pro - Startup monitor lag

    Most likely it's doing the ram test on cold boot. It can take a while particularly if it has a fair amount of ram (think 128MB+)