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  1. DeChief

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    I swapped the monitor's tube into a Color Classic and the convergence was perfect, so I disassembled it further and discovered half of the caps on the board are leaking. Replacements are on the way, in the meantime I'm going to see how I can mount the tube in an SE case.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    It's running in 640 x 480 because that's what I set the ColorServer card and VGA adapter to. The monitor was advertised as SVGA but I haven't tested it with 800 x 600 yet, mainly because it has severe convergence issues and I was unable to adequately adjust the color rings after trying for 2 hours last night. I'm going to give it another shot later tonight, convergence adjustment is a real pain... I've only done it once before with my Commodore 1901 after re-capping it and it took me about 3 hours to dial it in - and I'm no perfectionist!
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    It's funny that you're talking about Color Classic tubes... My colour SVGA CRT arrived today, and it turns out it uses the exact same Trinitron tube as the Color Classics do. I'm not sure that it's going to mount properly in the SE/30 front panel without me cutting away some plastic, so I may end up putting the whole thing in my poor-condition regular SE case and painting it or something. I have to cut a hole in the back for the tube's neck anyway.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    Okay, an addendum to my response: with just the UniMacfly on the CRT in the above photos, it looks fine! But when I try it with the 2 LCDs I have in this room, it has the green tint. I've tried adjusting all of the brightness, contrast, colour temp, etc. settings and it's still there. The only way to make it look normal on those LCDs is with the 7053. I'll try just the UniMacfly with another CRT later today and see what happens, it's possible this monitor is anomalous since it's actually a 15/31KHz switching one that was originally sold for Acorn computers (made by Microvitech).
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    Yes, it still has green tint.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    Alright, finally some progress! Success! No green tint on a sync-on-green incompatible monitor. How did I do it? Well I was talking to a friend about sync-on-green and he recommended that I try to find a cheap, used "7053 sync separator", which is a little blue device that takes SoG and splits the sync into Horizontal and Vertical sync for non-SoG VGA monitors (requires its own 6V DC PSU). I found them on some weird website for over $100 USD but they're also on eBay for much less (https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Software-Integrators-7053-sync-separator-converts-sync-on-green-to-separate-sync/222768549276?hash=item33de0a4d9c:g:V78AAOSwy0JaQCO3&frcectupt=true), so I bought one. At first the green tint was still there when trying it with all the DB-15 to VGA adapters that I owned, which was a huge bummer. So I gave up for a while and worked on other projects. Then while browsing Yahoo Auctions one night, I came across an adapter by UnimacFly that specifically mention sync-on-green in its dip switch diagram, and bought it. I tested it just then and it works great, here's what's sticking out of the back of the SE/30: I've tested this setup with multiple SoG-incompatible monitors and they all work perfectly fine, so the chances of this working with the incoming 9" colour SVGA CRT are high. Speaking of which... it's not here yet because the guy I bought it through (the original seller didn't offer international shipping) has been too busy lately to ship it.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    I owned a 2 player (sticks and 6 buttons on each side) 300~ game multicade cab at one point that even had a proper 21" CRT, but it never felt like a good purchase. It went into storage when I moved countries and I sold it the moment I moved back. IMO you lose something valuable when you start emulating things and using modern components in these situations, so I try to use as much old tech with old tech as I can - but yes, that might just be me! What you're doing is fine, it simply feels counter to the hobby as a whole for me, which I'm guessing is because I'm likely younger than the majority of users here. For instance, I'm getting rid of my SCSI2SD after getting a good deal on one of those Adtron SDDS SCSI-PCMCIA devices since it works flawlessly with a PCMCIA-CF adapter in it, all of which is old technology and essentially of the same era as the machines I use it with. I found a cheap external SyQuest EZ135 SCSI drive and sold the SyQuest itself just to use the enclosure for the Adtron, it's really convenient for vintage Macs since I can just pre-load a bunch of CF cards with different operating systems - turns out Yahoo Auctions has great deals on used generic 256 - 500MB CF cards so I've stocked up and am now prepared for any Mac I buy in future. Getting semi-back on topic, I very much dislike using LCDs with old systems. There was a noticeable amount of input lag when I was testing the Lapis ColorServer, moving the mouse felt like wading through molasses on the 3 LCDs I used for testing compared to the SE/30's internal CRT. I'm not sure how different this would be compared to the LCD that ants was using, but either way, CRT still takes priority. I do have a black and white Radius Pivot SE/30 card if you'd like to swap one of your SE/30's screens to an LCD.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    A MAME cabinet is different, I'm talking candy and dedicated. If it just has a PC inside then the whole thing is a bit ridiculous to have in the first place, you may as well hook it up to your living room TV and make some joysticks.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    I really hate it when people replace CRTs with LCDs in situations where it's completely avoidable, especially in things like arcade machines. In this instance though, it would be in service of enabling a Mac to do something it normally can't, so I'm fine with it. That being said, the 9" CRT has priority and I've just purchased a cheapo sync converter that should do the trick.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    Ah damn, sorry to hear you're not continuing it makes sense though, you're right about the black and white screen being part of its personality and appeal - but to me the SE/30 would be the ultimate compact mac if it had colour capabilities, so I'm going to press on! The CC and CC2 are awesome (especially Mystic modded), but there's something lacking in their general case design. I've always liked square edges I guess. Should I make another thread or keep posting here? Either way, @ArmorAlley sent me a Lapis ColorServer PDS/30-17 and I just got it working with a driver from the net: Unfortunately it appears to be outputting a sync-on-green signal which isn't supported by any of my monitors, except for this huge old Hitachi LCD TV. I'm hoping the 9" colour SVGA CRT I've got coming (should be here before mid October) can support SOG but doubt it will. In which case I'll have to fork out some dough for a sync converter. Another issue is the tube length. I'm 99% sure it won't fit inside the SE/30's case, but I have a spare semi-crappy SE bucket that I'm happy to cut into for the sake of science. Failing that, I'd like to buy one of your resin casts @ants, or attempt to make my own if you've gotten rid of that pressure chamber you made.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    Hooray! If my incoming CRT doesn't properly fit the case without severe modifications, I'll be relying on one of your CRT castings best of luck.
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    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    Keen to see updates on this project! Did you manage to unfry the LCD controller or get a new one? I was doing some googling to see if anybody had successfully managed to fit a color CRT inside of an SE/30 and found this thread, which is inspiring to say the least. I've managed to secure a 9" color SVGA CRT that may fit, if not with some modification to the back of the Mac case (which is fine, I've got empty spares). Now I just need a Radius Pivot IIsi card to get color out of the SE/30...
  13. Okay, finally got an update on this. I bought a terminator and now the Mac boots with the AppleSC drive plugged in and turned on. I installed the FWB CD-ROM ToolKit extension and ran the program, and the drive is indeed recognised. However it still won't load discs. Every time I put a disc in the drive, it waits for a few seconds with the orange light on before spitting it back out again and the Mac does nothing...
  14. Hey all, I'm having a problem with my Performa 275 - it refuses to boot from the internal HDD (1gb drive taken from an external LaCie caddy) when my AppleSC CD drive (not Plus) is plugged into it and turned on. I can boot from floppy just fine, but it won't recognise the HDD or CD drive... Does this have something to do with SCSI device ID numbers? The AppleCD SC has another Centronics SCSI port on the back, do I need a terminator for that port? I must admit I know close to nothing about SCSI, the only other Mac I've fooled around with was a Pioneer MPC-LX100 which uses IDE. Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thanks, - Chief
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