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  1. Mikeyy00

    Replace fading backlight with LED?

    It "seems" like you can cut some kits down. Bit hesitant to do open heart surgery on a panel to get to the tube though.. maybe on that spare screen I listed, but I feel like even keeping dust out would be almost impossible.
  2. Has anyone ever attempted to replace their fading/dying CFL backlight with an LED one? Looks like they can be had for around $10, https://www.ebay.ca/itm/2Pcs-LED-Backlight-Bar-Lamps-Kit-535mm-LCD-Monitor-For-24-Highlight-Replacement/312637746276?hash=item48caa96c64:g:Up0AAOSw8qdc8j6- From some random videos on Youtube, it seems you just need to disassemble LCD panel, remove polarizer, install new light and find a way to feed it power. I'm thinking of making an extra Pismo screen a test victim, but wanted to see if anyone else here has tried it?
  3. Mikeyy00

    Pismo LCD swap

    Alright, after much searching etc.. I think I've found the ideal LCD replacements if anyone is interested.. The original screen is an LG LP141XA (DIAP). I assume the D1AP is an Apple specific part. Anyways, grabbing the datasheet here: https://datasheetspdf.com/parts/LP141XA-D1AP.pdf?id=723307 we can see that the LCD has a typical brightness of 115cd/m2. On page 17 we can see the measurements of where the (20 pin) connector is too. I've found two slightly newer LG models, which were somewhat easy to find on fleabay. LG LP141XA (A1), and a LG LP141XB-C1. You can grab the datasheets at the same site as linked above, but to save you the time. They have the exact same dimensions for the connector, same pinout, etc.. and they're 170cd/m2 (so ~30% brighter than the stock panel). I also found this huge list of "compatible" LCDs @ https://www.laptop-power.co.uk/laptop-screens/apple/powerbook/series-g3/model-pismo-m7572.html However, after pulling datasheets (if I was even able to find them) most of the NON-standard brands were either impossible to find, or really expensive. For the name-brands, the Sharps I couldn't find proper datasheets for, but by eyeballing them on eBay, it seems like the inverter connection is different, some are 30 pin too. The Samsungs had decent specs, but are also 30 pin. The last 10 pins aren't used as per the datasheet.. but the other 20pins are arranged differently than the LG, so you'd have to re-order then or build some sort of adapter. They seem to be around 150cd/m2. So not any brighter really than some of the available LGs. Now, some suggested that for the price, I could pick up a used Pismo. Sure, but the screen is going to be just as old and in (probably) worse condition than what I'm using now. So I'd prefer a new panel (if I can find NOS). All in, I found one of the brighter LGs for $65 CDN. Hope this helps someone else!
  4. Mikeyy00

    Pismo LCD swap

    Backlight comes with the LCD panel.. it's not a separate piece. I mean, you could cut it out and replace.. but for panels being <$100 new, I'd rather go that route?
  5. Mikeyy00

    Pismo LCD swap

    Hey, I gave that a read.. so I guess my question is still, will any LP141XA work? Also is the Samsung panel better?
  6. Mikeyy00

    Pismo LCD swap

    Hi, Question for any of those who have done an LCD swap on a Pismo. Cracked mine open, and it has an "LG LP141XA (D1AP)". I assume I probably have to replace it with the same thing.. but searching FleaBay, I find a few LP141XA's, but they're not "D1AP" models.. does that matter? Will any "LP141XA" work? Current screen "works" fine, but I find it a bit dim.. so I was hoping a "new" unused LCD would be brighter..
  7. Mikeyy00

    A tale of 3 Tibooks...

    I kinda disagree.. if you get a Pismo that someone took care of, it still looks really good today (IMO). But most of the TiBooks look like shit due to paint issues. I had a 1ghz back when they were current, and I had to buy touch up paint for the hinges. Buddy who used to sell that paint probably made a mint. They're also quite shitty to work on if you ever have to do anything with the screen.. so I shy away now. If you want to run OS9, a Pismo (especially a G4 upgraded Pismo) rocks that like a champ.. and if you want OSX, then the Al-Powerbooks do a better job. But yes, when brand new, they looked effing sexy!
  8. Sorry to necro post on an older thread.. but do you still have the contact info for whomever does the G3->G4
  9. Mikeyy00

    3dfx - Voodoo 2 SLI?

    In today's version of SLI, I'd agree 1000%.. but back in the Voodoo 2 days, it allowed you to go from 800x600 maximum to 1024x768. I wasn't aware of any games that didn't really work.. if it supported Glide, it could use two cards. Still not discounting what you're saying re mac not supporting SLI.. I just don't recall from that far back.. in the late 90's I was a PC guy only.
  10. Hey, I can use one of my Voodoo 2's without issue. If I try 2 with the SLI cable, I get nothing. Black screen and I usually have to reboot my Mac. Have tried in a couple of various G4 towers.. same thing. Works under Win98 on a PC though AND if I try each card as separately on MacOS, they work too. Was SLI with 2xVoodoo II's even a supported thing on MacOS?
  11. I did try the patch anyways, but same behaviour. Worse case ill I’ll take a stock 450 and change it to be a 500.. that should be plenty for playing 2000 era games. But it’s a shame this damn 1ghz won’t play nice with OS9.
  12. I have tried multiple combos of RAM.. I have 7 or 8 DIMMs, and no matter the combo, I get the same odd behavior on OS9. Oh, and Re: the SSD, I did try another IDE disk I had lying around, same issue. Makes me still want to blame the CPU.. but again, why does 10.4 work?
  13. Leopard assist only changes the clockspeed reported by open firmware. When it's actually got a 1ghz installed, I don't need to use that for the disc to boot. Good thought though.
  14. Hi all, I abandoned my Cube aspirations and picked up a pristine Sawtooth locally. Factory specs are a G4 400, 256 RAM, 10GB HDD. I ripped most of that out. Tossed in a Sonnet Encore 1ghz, bumped RAM to 1gb, and chucked in an SSD. Also is rocking a Radon 9000 and two Voodoo II's so I can play Glide games (I think Glide is better than Rave personally). OS9 freezes randomly now, 10.5 won't even install. But 10.4 runs like a champ. No freezes, games work, classic works. I've stressed the CPU, GPU, everything is fine. What gives? Even removing all the upgraded parts, except the CPU gives me the same symptoms. My gut is to blame the CPU.. but why does 10.4 work then? You'd figure a defective CPU would be defective on any OS.. I've checked that the firmware on the Mac is up to date, I've tried running Sonnets firmware patcher (which doesn't seem to be required - based on the install instructions), the patcher errors out, which is weird I guess? But the install doc makes no mention if it even needing to be run. Any ideas?
  15. Mikeyy00

    Recap Giga Designs G4 Uprade

    Should be pretty straight forward as long as you get properly rated Caps. Can you post a picture?