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    Link Mac SE with MacMini via AppleTalk?

    Probably beyond the scope of what I can mash I on my phone, but look up how to list (ls) and change directory (cd). You probably just need to run "cd Downloads" to change to the Downloads directory, and then run "ls" to list the contents of the current directory. It seems cryptic at first but it's very easy with a tiny bit of practice.
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    Problems on System 7 with SCSI2SD

    Ok, I used two known good floppy disks for the entire install, and got through it. It was a bit of a pain reimaging the same disks over and over but it worked. Sadly, I'm still having trouble with application icons not working unless I rebuild the desktop, and and .SIT files that I download with Fetch are corrupted and can't be opened with StuffIt Expander.
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    Problems on System 7 with SCSI2SD

    Disk First Aid 7.2.2 says that the volume appears to be okay! So it seems like either: My partition is too big My installation floppies are bad
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    Problems on System 7 with SCSI2SD

    Right, I used the word "modified" but meant "patched". I have SD HD 7.3.5+, patched. The disk tested just fine, and I did just reinitialize it. I'm going to try rewriting my installation floppies and reinstalling now. I'm getting pretty fast at this.
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    Problems on System 7 with SCSI2SD

    Yep, I can boot with floppies (that's how I installed System 7). Regarding Disk Repair... is there a specific utility I should use? When I formatted (using the modified SD HC utility), I formatted it to about 950mb or so (1 GB microSD card in my SCSI2SD).
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    Problems on System 7 with SCSI2SD

    Good to know that I am not the only one! Sadly, I don't have a CD drive. I do have a SCSI CD-ROM drive that I used to use with my 4/86 and a special SCSI PCMCIA adapter... but I looked up the system requirements and there was absolutely no mention of Mac support, so that's probably not a solution for me.
  7. I have installed a SCSI2SD in my Macintosh SE along with 4 MB of RAM, but I've been having some trouble with System 7 and resource forks. When I install from floppy disks, at the very end of the System 7 install process I receive a message similar to: The installation has failed. Your disk may be damaged. That's paraphrasing, as I didn't snap a photo. There's also a cute "Sorry!" button which restarts the installation. I can't tell from the message whether this is an issue with my SCSI2SD or one of my installation floppies. Despite the error message, the system DOES boot and seem to work fine... except for system icons and file associations. Applications copied over via floppy disk don't have an icon until I reboot and rebuild the desktop. I have to do that every single time I add an application. In addition, I've started to use Fetch to download applications, usually in .SIT files. Fetch almost never seems to set the correct Type and Creator. And if it does, when I try to unpack it with StuffIt Expander, all kinds of unpredictable things happen from system reboots to lockups. Okay, what the heck'n am I heck doing wrong here. Heck!
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    Regular PDS Cards in Compact Macs

    Can you guys catch me up on 020 PDS vs 030 PDS? I’m assuming you’re talking about a PDS slot on a 68020 vs a 68030? In regards to testing, are we to the point where we could grab a bunch of jumper wires, grab a soldering iron, and carefully route pin-to-pin on the card? It seems to me like using an SE/30 is a silly idea... those are rare. Now an SE... those aren’t quite a dime-a-dozen either, but if there’s any hope of compatibility, we’d rather fry an SE, right? And what *are* the risks, there? Frying the Ethernet card? Frying the logic board? Frying the Motola 6800*0? Signed, A Potato Who is Desperately Trying to Keep up With the Conversation But Really Wants to See Where This Goes
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    Regular PDS Cards in Compact Macs

    I absolutely am. I'm not sure what our next step is though... somehow verify electrical compatibility?
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    John's SE #1 Rebuild

    How difficult/dangerous is it to correct a crooked screen? Mine is slightly crooked, but I'm a bit afraid to go after that problem for fear of damaging the machine or my body.
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    Free Macintosh Plus!

    Whoa, very good catch. That had escaped my notice. What is more desirable, replace the case with a nicer Macintosh Plus case (note melted plastic on the top), or restore the original 128k/512k case? I'm thinking retrobrite, clean up the burn mark a bit by carefully heating and bending it back, maybe spot-sanding it a bit to smooth it out. It'll never look perfect again but it could probably look nicer with some careful work.
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    Free Macintosh Plus!

    Absolutely. I'll send you a DM!
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    Free Macintosh Plus!

    Several months ago, when I was first getting into this compact Macintosh thing, I posted on Facebook asking if any of my friends had one. I ended up buying an SE FDHD and restoring it, but in the meantime, one of my old coworkers told me he had an "old Mac". We were finally able to co-ordinate tonight so I could pick it up, and here it is! Apparently, this came out of an aircraft hangar. There is a mouse, 2 power cords, and keyboard cord, but sadly no keyboard. Condition is rough... there's some melted plastic on the top, and it is really really really dirty. It's covered in a very sandy dust... possibly paint overspray. In fact, there's overspray on the mouse. The battery leaked a tiny bit, but there's no significant damage to the battery compartment. I have decided to NOT attempt to power it on tonight, due to the pervasive sandy dust. I'm mostly worried about the floppy drive (which looks to have a disk in it). Before I attempt to power it on, I think I'll completely take it apart and clean it out, with special attention to the floppy drive. I'll also double-check J1 to make sure it isn't burned or cracked. Maybe reflow some joints on the analog board. I'll also clean the Flight Simulator disk to see if it works, my buddy said he grew up playing that on it. I'm also wondering if I could do a series of YouTube videos about it. Shooting video is easy... it's editing that I find to be a lot of work. I have lots of video from my Macintosh SE but haven't found time to make it into a video. If you have thoughts on that, let me know.
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    Link Mac SE with MacMini via AppleTalk?

    A Macintosh SE SuperDrive (I have a Macintosh SE FDHD, which I believe is identical just with a different name) is a GREAT compact Macintosh to start on! That 1.44mb floppy drive will be a HUGE help. Getting files to and from the Macintosh SE is still a bit of a challenge, despite the helpful SuperDrive. From your modern Mac Mini, there's basically one way to write files to floppy disks: images with "dd". Here's the list of commands that you'll run to write both .img and .dsk files to a floppy disk. First, see what disks are available: diskutil list Once you've identified which disk is your floppy, unmount it (where your floppy drive is /dev/disk2: diskutil unmountdisk /dev/disk2 Now, DD the .img or .dsk to the floppy disk: sudo dd if=the_disk_image.dsk of=/dev/disk2 bs=84 skip=1 If that doesn't seem to work, do it again without the "skip" option (and if someone can tell me why that would be awesome): sudo dd if=the_disk_image.dsk of=/dev/disk2 bs=84 Now not everything you need to use will come as a .dsk or .img. You will see a lot of .sit files, and in that case, I would download them to the G3 and unpack them directly to an HFS floppy disk with StuffIt Expander. That should preserve resource forks and stuff for when you shove the disk into your Macintosh SE. ...or, maybe you knew all of that and that does not help at all. I hope it does. As for AppleTalk, I'm REALLY curious to see what people say about it. Hopeful that file transfer is possible with it.
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    Regular PDS Cards in Compact Macs

    I'm surprised at how much interest in this there is. I have little more to offer than an SE FDHD, and perhaps some abilities around project management. It seems to me like next steps would be: 1. Establish a project management board (like Trello) so we can see who is doing what 2. Figure out what steps need to be taken (research this, design this PCB, fab this PCB, etc) 3. ?????? 4. Profit! Is anyone formally interested in looking into this further or am I misunderstanding the level of interest and feasibility in the project?
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