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  1. Compgeke

    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.
  5. Compgeke

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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".
  12. +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.
  13. Compgeke

    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+)
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    Radius full page display for Classic, vga cable?

    So quick note, even with a pinout I have my doubts about an FPD card working with VGA. The native resolution is 640x870 at (usually) 64 or 68 kHz. Even if you can see something on the screen, it's going to look terrible unless someone made a VGA portrait CRT. While not super useful, if I get a chance I'll probe out what goes where from the connector. I do have a real FPD here and the pins are video, h-sync and and v-sync.
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    Quadra 840AV battery desaster...

    I'd personally recommend replacing with ceramic or tantulum if possible. The electeolyrics are very prone to leaking again hence so few people use them in recaps. If you look through the forums you'll find many threads on doing so. As far as tolerance though, as long as it's an equal or higher tolerance you'll be good. The tolerance percentage just means it's acceptable for the cap to be +/- n% of the rated capacitance. A 10% would therefore be better than a 20%.