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    CD-R drives tray height clearance

    So, like a novice woodworker, I didn't measure twice, cut once, so to speak... I bought a bezel for the second CD drive on my G3 MiniTower, wanting a nice flush look to it. However, the top-of-the-tray clearance is too high to work with the bezel: As the phone pics aren't the clearest, the OEM CD-ROM of the era cleared (at the top, measured from the bottom of the whole drive) at ~35mm whereas my PlexWriter tops out at ~40mm. Does anyone know of IDE/PATA CD-Rs that don't go above that 35mm mark? Or is it the hardware nature of the beast that they can't be as low profile (the guts I mean) as a CD-ROM,? i.e. is every CD-R of this era going to have similar physical dimensions? Thanks
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    CD-R drives tray height clearance

    Sweet. Thanks for the tip. I haven't even put the PlexWriter through its paces yet to see if it even writes... it was in the G3 when I bought it. Kind of a mix-n-match (which he sort of told me when I bought it) as the spec label indicates it should have a wings card and a zip, but it does not... oh well. The guy I bought it from has now listed his other G3 with the parts he swapped out of this one hahah. I'm half tempted to buy it for completionist sake, but that'll have to wait.
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    CD-R drives tray height clearance

    The manual eject hole I couldn't care less about, really. But yes, the faceplate off will definitely make it slide in/out just fine. I'd love to find one that fits to have that more flush look.
  4. I know there was some redesign involved between the 86/9600 case and the G3's case. Did the changes extend as far as the front drive bezels or are they interchangeable? Found this image in an old thread for my own reference, and yeah, they were taller (more expansion), so I wonder if the drive bezel's changed that much.
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    86/9600 and G3 Case Specs

    So my bezel arrived today. Some interesting observations. The 9600/8600 bezel's emergency eject hole (there's an actual term for that, but I don't know it...) is positioned closer to the eject button than that of the G3, which doesn't bother me as the CD-R drive has its pinhole emergency eject closer to the left-hand side of the drive anyway, so neither one would work. Oh well. Interesting to note that the G3 MT eject switch plastic has provision for this closer proximity eject hole. The G3 looks better now it's got the two CD bezels instead of a nasty hole (or useless zip bezel, as I don't have a drive). Unknown_K my apologies, I haven't gotten a shipping quote to you, now I have a job again I can devote some time vintage Mac pursuits! Edit: it does need a good clean with the magic eraser though, doesn't it?
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    CF Media Quirks

    I've gotten this error to occur on my G3 mini tower with a spinning drive under 8.1 as well. I don't recall this ever happening on our iMac as a teen, so I'm trying to isolate what the issue could be. Could it be accelerator related? It happened on my 4400 and now on my MT I've run disk first aid on the mt to no avail. I can't get the burned image of Norton (os 8.5) to boot, so I can't try that just yet. I might try to install to another CF card and see what's going on, but any other insight would be appreciated.
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    CF Media Quirks

    I've had very isolated issues with either of the CF cards used (with the appropriately "cheap" IDE adapter) and wonder if the following from an older thread is the solution: When writing or loading savegames (specific—the only instance this error consistently comes up) I'll regularly, but not constantly, get a disk error (and now I'm away from the machine I can't remember the ID…) which I think is related to the Catalog File on the disk. For kicks I installed Norton Utilities 4.x.x and it can never seem to repair the issue (while booted from a different partition). I haven't yet made a bootable CD image that will work on the 4400 (system enabler…), but that's in my plans. The 32GB CF card was originally set up either with DriveSetup from the OE 7.5.3 4400/200 restore disk or the 7.6.1 retail disc, but my money is on the 7.5.3 version. Should I seek out an alternative drive utility that can manage the aforementioned alignment for SSDs? Also, I did partition all the available space— there's the primary partition of 2GB and then two secondary partitions for storage split with the remaining ~30 GB. Should I start over and leave a bit of "free space" on the card as mentioned in the quote above? Also, I'm not using VM as I read it will excessively wear out SD and CF media. I'm using a SanDisk Extreme, so bus speed disparity should be ruled out(?) While running Norton, I would get massive batches of errors (mostly creation dates because I've hit that CUDA reset more times than typically would've been) and they never seemed repaired, as mentioned earlier. If there's a better utility, I'd be interested in knowing what it is. Thanks!
  8. Well, I'm no tech, but that very well may be the case. According to Everymac, the latter 400 and 450 MHz versions minimum OS is 8.6, so that was my next recommendation if the B&W 8.5.1 CD didn't boot. Maybe Huxley's is a faster, more recent one of the series?
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    86/9600 and G3 Case Specs

    Thanks, all. I found a dirt cheap one off an 8600 and leapt before checking to make doubly sure it would fit my G3 case. It's a lot more attractive than a bare panel, that's for sure. If either of you need/want a flush/contoured ZIP bezel, you can have first dibs for the price of shipping.
  10. Ah, that's a bummer It took me a number of tries to get an image to work on my Beige G3 MT, but that's odd. There's one on Macintosh Repository, but I bet it's the same image. It looks like the later revisions of the B&W G3s actually came with 8.6 pre-installed. See if one of those ISOs from the good, numbered list will work.
  11. According to MacintoshGarden, #26 on this list is the correct ISO of it: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/mac-os-install-cd-library It matches the original shipping version of 8.5.1 anyway (per EveryMac) Also another page of ISOs show #14 on this list to be the correct one: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/mac-os-85-851-update
  12. Is this the type of cable required for bridging the cdrom and soundcard back into the Mac audio? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283368467420 I'm fairly certain it is, but I want to be sure. Thanks
  13. So I've got my PC Compatibility Card bits coming (RAM, VRAM, Display Cable) and I'm curious about the mounting instructions for the 4400: the 4400 technical manual says you can put it in any of the slots, whereas the retail PC card instructions say to install in the second (lower) slot, regardless of installing the serial adapter/card or not. Here's my dilemma: with the Sonnet Crescendo L2 card installed (it's a bit taller than the cache card) the PC card's heatsink rests on the top of the Crescendo. Probably not a good idea. Testing it in the first slot, it appears to clear just fine (I'm propping it up to where my future bracket will hold it...), and I'm merely wondering if there's concern about airflow not getting to the SMDs on the "back" of the card. In any case, I should probably mount it higher to clear the Crescendo. Just curious if anyone has any hard-and-fast reasons why mounting it up top is a bad idea.
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    Blue and White G3 Lives Again!

    Not having tested them myself, from what I've dug up the Rage128 (GL) isn't bad compared to its contemporaries. Is it as good as a voodoo 3 (which is more a Rage 128 Pro (not GL) competitor)? No. Is it as good as a Voodoo 2? Just about. In some benchmarks the ATI smokes it, in others it inches ahead. How much is a Rage? in your case, free. How much is a voodoo 2? >$100 if you can find one. How much is a voodoo 3? even more, because nostalgia + market supply. Not trying to be a killjoy And while this isn't a 1:1 comparison (motherboard / bus differences), it's marginally illuminating: https://barefeats.com/v3.html I'm trying to hunt down a Radeon 7000 for the beige G3, myself.
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    Blue and White G3 Lives Again!

    It'll be pretty apparent on the GPU: Otherwise you'll see the bare pins...and no card
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    Blue and White G3 Lives Again!

    So no DVD decoder card on it?
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    Blue and White G3 Lives Again!

    Sweet! Nice and clean now, that's for sure. Does that have the Rage128 in it?
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    CF Media Quirks

    Thanks for the reply, Cory. I'll give SilverLining a try. My main challenge (with the 4400) is I cannot boot from the 7.6.1 retail CD. The only solution I've found is to use the OEM 7.5.3 restore disc, then an update to 7.6.1 using the retail disc. I suppose I can live without every ounce of space on the CF card being used… Can SilverLining add partitions to "free space" not formatted from the original install? I.e. if I was to make a 2GB partition, with the remainder unused, could I go back with SilverLining and re-allocate some of that space? As far as the error, it's not really specific files or locations—incidentally, the same error happens under 8.1 and 9.1 on the 4400 with every CF card I have— I'll try more tests with other programs, like Illustrator or photoshop, and even simpletext to see if the error persists. Edit: Side note— simply transferring files via my Mac Pro 1,1 on 10.4.11 shouldn't cause problems, correct?
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    CF Media Quirks

    bump — anyone have thought on this?
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    4400/200 - dirty to clean

    My 4400/200 arrived! Got a little delayed with the snow cyclone that woodshed northward. Lots of cleaning to do before I even consider trying to boot it. Not as bad as I was expecting, tbh. I was a little worried at first, hearing some rattling, but it was just the hdd carrier sort of taped on to the drive carrier, and wasn't damaging anything critical. I have everything ready for the 65scribe battery trick except the batteries! Out of AAAs which is odd. I'll update this as I go. Hopefully I won't be as careless as I was with my previous conquest...
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    4400/200 - dirty to clean

    I think I'd like to try 8.1 (especially now I have a 3-PCI riser and can use a non-COMMII card with other things) just for kicks, but I'm liking the performance I'm getting with System 7.6.1
  22. Yeah, my MISSINGNO chipset Farallon card works under 9.x as well. I'm trying to keep 7.6.1 on the 4400 even though it has an L2 upgrade and could handle 8.x+ easily. If there isn't a 100/1000 card that will work in system 7 I might upgrade it.
  23. I was thinking about that—no need to get hung up over the broken card. Tempted to snag one of these. According to a post on System7Today, that RealTek chipset is supported and the Mac OS 9.x driver linked in the thread should work, but it appears to be mixed results(?) among its two posters in the thread… Is there a comprehensive list other than the Proxim Wireless page that lists 7.6.1 compatible chipsets? I'd just like to avoid more runaround
  24. No doubt! Thanks! Now I guess i should suss out that pci Ethernet...
  25. Does internal VRAM/Graphics supersede the Mach64 on the card when the GIMO is used? I've already upgraded the Mach64's memory As mentioned before, the GIMO would certainly clean up a lot of extra cabling inside and out of the case. I was thinking of buying some CD audio cables, as I've only got one in the 4400 and one in the G3MT and would rather not cannibalize anything. I can't even find a GIMO cable. There was one bundled with a PC Card on ebay that sold a while back. Guess I can keep my eyes peeled. Like omidimo, I haven't even seen a 3-PCI slot riser for sale anywhere. I doubt that parts 4400 on ebay would have it. From what I gathered, only the 160 model (based on the manual photos) had the riser. I might be wrong there.
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