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    My IIci rebuild video series

    Bit delayed, but here's another video..
  2. Hey guys, if you're like me, you feel like there's just too dang much vintage Amiga and Commodore content on YouTube, and far too little vintage Macintosh content there. So I'm posting the rebuild of my IIci there, a little at a time in a series. Here's the first one, the next one should be out soon. I've got enough content for 2 more videos, and I think I can get another out by tossing in some nice upgrades. I'll post the next video when it's up.
  3. Hey guys.. So I've been gathering parts and finally have a whole set. I've got a 10mbit network hub, it's got 4 10base-T ports (modern cat5), an AUI and a Coax port. Scored that puppy at Goodwill. I was like, sweet, I can buy one of the more affordable ethernet cards on eBay now, because I can go AUI or Coax from the card, to this hub, then cat5 from this hub to my modern switch. The uplink works, the hub is definitely talking to my modern high speed LAN no problem. The card is an Asante, which seems to be a fairly common card for this generation of Macs (this is in my IIci). I've got System 7.5.3 installed. I tried MacTCP, and then after googling, I figured out how to switch MacOS to the more modern Open Transport, which was installed already and just waiting to be used. Still no signs of life. I've tried setting it to DHCP, I've tried manually setting an IP. I don't know of any utilities built in to test or diagnose it on this old OS, so I've been trying to ping it from my modern Mac. No reply, "Host is down".. I know I've got the Coax setup properly, T's and terminators at each end. 50 ohm coax designed for this task, 8 foot long. It's all brand new. Do I need to install a driver for the Asante card? That'd be my best guess. Maybe I need it in a specific NuBus port? It's in the far left (as viewed from the front) port. Thanks!
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    Help me get on the network

    Alright, I picked up an AUI to 10Base-T transceiver, and my machine is now happily on the network.
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    Help me get on the network

    No luck still. I do believe I have the driver installed now. But even manually setting an IP, I can't ping it from another computer on my network, and it can't seem to go anywhere. Drat.
  6. I'm inclined to put the newest version of macOS I can get my hands on, onto this IIci. But what version is the best for this hardware? It had 7.0.1 on it, I have, thanks to FloppyEmu, that version, 7.1.3, and 7.5.1 if I recall correctly. I'm guessing I need a PPC to run 8 or newer? But anyways, I don't know of anywhere that has a breakdown of the differences between the versions. I've never run anything older than OS X really, aside from the 7.0.1 that came preloaded on my SE.
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    Best macOS version for IIci?

    I thought I saw somewhere that there's a hack to get 8.0 onto a 68030.. It's a shame there isn't an active community making modern accelerator boards for these old Macs like they do for the Amiga.
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    Recapping Macintosh IIci?

    https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=af22e6756c
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    Monitor Solution for Macintosh IIci?

    They may THINK the power switch is broken. Don't be too hasty. The power switch is ignored if there's no video signal coming into the monitor. Automatic sleep mode. I've pressed my like new monitor's button a few times going WTH?! And then turned on the computer and it instantly lit up. Too smart for it's own good.
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    Monitor Solution for Macintosh IIci?

    Yes, I run this monitor on my IIci. It works excellent! It's the perfect monitor for this machine.
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    Best macOS version for IIci?

    I appreciate your thoughts on the matter. This thread wasn't all that old really. I've been playing with 7.5.5 because it was available to install from my floppy emu. Right now I'm running off a 40mb 5.25" drive in the SC20 enclosure, so this thing is seriously speed handicapped by that thing. I've got a 1GB Seagate drive, but haven't been able to get the system to actually SEE it yet. Until I do, I'm happy tinkering around with different versions. I wouldn't mind running 8.0 on this thing in the end. I just upgraded the ram to 128mb, and put the cache card in. Anyone ever swap out the clock crystal and overclock the CPU? I guess that's a question for another thread. hehe
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    My IIci rebuild video series

    hehehe, my kids had never heard a monster truck commercial. They had no idea the reference. But it was fun recording that, because my daughter was in the room (she's 11) and I'm like, hey, I have some ideas for intros, I'm going to record a couple, hang out if you want. She just about jumped through the roof when I started shouting.. hehehe..
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    My IIci rebuild video series

    Latest video. Decided it needed a good intro.
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    My IIci rebuild video series

    Yeah, I spent a lot of time and a lot of money, and I fully recapped the original power supply. It's dead as a brick.
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    My IIci rebuild video series

    Hope this one is helpful for some here.
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    My IIci rebuild video series

    Video got pretty long just recapping the logic board. More to come next week.
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    Will a IIx accept this RAM?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/64MB-4-X16MB-30pin-SIMM-RAM-MEMORY-16X8-FOR-MAC-PERFORMA-QUADRA-IIsi-IIcx/233116771994 I plan to buy two sets of these. It lists the IIx (and my IIci) as being compatible with these. The price seems plenty reasonable to me?
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    Best macOS version for IIci?

    My internal drive is back to refusing to spin up without some CPR. So I plugged in my SC20 drive, which has a 40mb disk in it, and installed 7.5.3 from the FloppyEmu. Wow, 16disks, and if you do the manual install and select all the options, it needs 81mb of disk space! haha.. I did the basic install and after an hour or two of swapping disk images, it's up and running. I have a cache card coming for the machine later this week, but really, it doesn't feel any slower than I'd expect a machine of this vintage to be.
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    Mac IIci PSU recap advice

    Advice.. Don't bother. I spent like $50 to replace all the caps in mine. Still dead as a doornail. What a waste. A microATX power supply PCB fits inside the housing quite well. Way more efficient, compact, reliable, and higher output.
  20. Hey guys. Got my recently restored Mac IIci back together. New caps and a new power supply in it. The PRAM battery hadn't leaked, amazingly enough, though the caps had. Got that all cleaned up while I was replacing the caps. I think it was all successful. The chime chimes, and after a suitable delay, the hard drive starts booting. Unfortunately, I can't get any video out. I've tried 4 completely different VGA LCD monitors, all generic/rebadged units (dell, gateway, etc). I've got the DB15-VGA adapter with the 10 dip switches. And I've searched this forum up and down and tried all the suggestions as well as several of my guesses for the dip switch settings. Seems to be all OFF and 1,4,5 ON being the predominant suggestions. My IIci doesn't have a video card yet. Just trying to see the onboard video for now. No luck yet. Screen stays in power save mode. I did see one suggestion saying maybe the PRAM battery must be installed before video would work? I also saw something about holding down the E key during boot to change video modes? I tried the E key. And I'm hesitant to put a new PRAM battery in as I've also read that it's not that important. I'd honestly be happy to just buy the period correct CRT that would have gone with this machine if nothing else.
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    My quest to see video output

    Yeah, I know that one time I got my LCD to kind of work (never could get it to work again, it was some kind of fluke), when I clicked 256 color, the sync went nuts and I had to click blindly to get it back down to 16 and sync back up. It seems like it's selecting a different refresh rate to me, one that the monitor is barely able to display at all (hence the dimming). Maybe I'll hook up my oscilliscope and check out what frequency the sync is running at in the two modes.
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    My quest to see video output

    WooHoo! The 14" Color Plus display works. Came up just fine in Grey scale mode, 16 color works excellent. 256 color the screen gets dim and the Apple logo in the top left has some distorted strange colors. So I'm thinking either the monitor or the machine in general doesn't want to run in 256 color mode. Fine by me, 1989, 16 colors was just fine. So I'm not sure what NS in that chart meant, but this monitor is most definitely supported.
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    My quest to see video output

    What's NS? It doesn't say what NS stands for anywhere on that page.
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    My quest to see video output

    So this 14" monitor I just bought isn't going to work with my IIci?
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    Best macOS version for IIci?

    Excellent, thanks!
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