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  1. JustG

    I'm Now A Member of the Cube Club

    Well, I replaced the speakers by rewiring through the USB amp. That was a royal pain and if I did it again would go the @pcamen route and work from the speakers. Got everything buttoned up, plugged them in to find that the amp doesn't work. I suppose I have a nice prop to sit on a shelf now but really wanted a functional set of speakers grrr!
  2. JustG

    I'm Now A Member of the Cube Club

    @EvilCapitalist Thank you for the excellent information, I hadn't looked at the prices of lower capacity SSDs in a while, they have gotten very reasonably priced. Is it possible to split the case on the speaker audio amplifier? It looks like it snaps together but before I go breaking anything, has anyone taken one apart before? I might replace the speakers and wiring at that end instead of the speakers depending on how possible it is to split that box open.
  3. JustG

    I'm Now A Member of the Cube Club

    @TheDoctor I'll report back once I've had a chance to test a few things. There are some inexpensive adapters and plates available. Fitment will be the big concern. It'll be a little while however, I'm budgeting repairs and upgrades for this machine and functional speakers are more important right now. @pcamen Excellent idea. I'm looking at eBay now for a set of G4 iMac speakers. After doing some insomnia research it appears that the optical drive inject/eject issue is a common problem on the Cubes and iMacs. So far none of the solutions I've found are long-term. Adding a bit of masking tape to the rollers is reported to help but I'd rather not have something that will fall apart down the road and make things worse.
  4. Picked up a G4 Cube locally today. The price was too good to pass up. No cracks in the plastic but there are a decent amount of scratches. I haven't decided if I'm going to try polishing or just leave it as is. Hard drive is loud (I'm going to start looking for a SSD solution) and the optical drive doesn't inject or eject without some help. I'll have to do some research to see if the drive can be lubricated or if I should just start looking for a replacement out of a G3 iMac. The one thing I'll need to start looking out for is a set of speakers. The ones I got are busted up pretty badly. I'd be surprised if they work at all, cloth is totally torn on one of the two. I'm tempted to buy a cheap set of speakers from a G4 iMac and splice in the USB amp from the Cube. Now to watch for a matching graphite Studio or Cinema Display to complete the set.
  5. JustG

    ROMBUS - 64 MB flash interface for Mac Plus

    I like it. I'd buy one.
  6. JustG

    Classic II is Alive!

    I finally worked up the courage to clean, decap and solder in new tantalum capacitors (thank you trag) on my Classic II logic board. It's not the prettiest but it worked! The case is still pretty dirty and unfortunately it's a little dinged up but the next step is to clean it as best I can. It has one of the round microphone holders glued to the side, I haven't quite decided if I should leave it alone or try to remove it. The two bottom screws that hold the case together are missing so I'll need to figure out what size they are and get a couple more. I works! I'm so excited!
  7. JustG

    My PowerMac G4 haul for today!

    Nice haul and nice deals! MacSales has off-brand power adapters on clearance for $6. Pretty sure they have a storefront on Amazon too.
  8. JustG

    My First Recap - LC

    Again, I appreciate all the advice! I'm taking my time with this LC as it's the first recap I've ever done and if successful, not the last. I haven't ordered the rest of the capacitors for the power supply yet so I will definitely pay attention to the physical measurements along with the values. All the components I have ordered so far have been the higher rated and from the better brands. One more question, I should order a replacement for the BIG capacitor in the power supply as well I'm assuming?
  9. JustG

    My First Recap - LC

    I'll be ordering the rest of the caps for the power supply. Not a drop of water will touch the supply, I'll be doing a cleaning of it with DeoxIT and IPA. Definitely will be testing traces before I put the effort into soldering new capacitors onto the logic board. I think I may attempt to replace that amplifier chip, I ordered a replacement with the initial batch of caps. I appreciate all the suggestions, hopefully I can get this guy back up and running! I'll keep everyone posted.
  10. JustG

    My First Recap - LC

    Thank you for the link, I should have done some searching before asking the question! I did a partial recap of the power supply following the suggestions from maccaps on which to replace. I now get a clicking from the power supply. I’m going to try to do a little more cleaning of that board and if that doesn’t work, replace the rest of the capacitors.
  11. JustG

    My First Recap - LC

    I finally worked up the courage to start desoldering the bad caps on the LC logic board I found at a local electronics recycler. About an hour later, not a single pad lifted. The board is now drying after being washed in some very diluted soapy water. This LC didn't power on so I'm going to attack the power supply next, is there a pinout so I can test that the supply is outputting the correct voltages after I replace the capacitors? Also, I noticed the IC at UC9 which I believe is the audio amplifier has shorted or burned up. Would it be safe to attempt to power up the computer without replacing this component? I did a decent job pulling the bad capacitors (my first time doing surface mount work) but I'm a little nervous about trying anything with more than two solder points.
  12. JustG

    LC and Classic II

    I'm in no rush for the SE so please don't make any special effort. Right now I'm focused on figuring out which capacitors to order for these two computers.
  13. JustG

    LC and Classic II

    The place is called Surplus Stuff on Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento. Not the nicest neighborhood, right next door to a flea market. It's a small store but packed. I snagged the only Mac items I found and left my name and number with the owner. There were a couple Apple Monitor IIIs on the floor. Definitely interested in your SE.
  14. JustG

    LC and Classic II

    I plan to dig into the power supply too on the LC. I've starting looking at capacitors the number of choices on Digi-Key are daunting.
  15. JustG

    LC and Classic II

    I had been watching a dual 800k SE on Craigslist for the past couple of weeks and had planned to go and pick it up this weekend. It was about a 100 mile drive so today was the first time I'd have the time to make the trip. Someone snagged it yesterday, fortunately before I made the journey. I was a little bummed since I've been wanting one for a while. I figured since I had the time set aside, I'd go and check out a local surplus electronics store I'd never visited. After walking the isles, tucked in the corner was a LC and a Classic II. I struck a deal with the owner and returned home with my new acquisitions. Neither power on. I pulled the battery from both boards and upon close inspection both have leaking capacitors. The Classic now will power on but has a garbled image on the screen, the LC is still totally dead. I figured that this would be the case and the two inexpensive computers will make for my first attempts at recapping logic boards. I'll need to figure out what capacitors I will need for both, order and then get to soldering.
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