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  1. butterburger

    PowerBook 1400c - ultimate upgrades

    BookCover Template PostScript file was part of preloaded Apple Extras. USB host controller 16-bit PC Cards do exist. I'm liking this site software, less than ever. I cannot find "plain" editor.
  2. For clarity: Z250USBPCM is not a SCSI device. Z250USBPCM is not USB bus-powered. Full stop. Maybe your Z250USBPCM was working, but your non-original power adapter killed it? The ZIP drive should NOT be 'continually ejecting'; such behaviour is a bad sign. I would not advise you to get a new PSU. (If you do want a correct AC to DC power adapter, then seek Iomega SSW5.) If I were in your shoes, then I would want to get a different, known good, drive. (edited to correct one typo)
  3. Alex, your method does help. I had done something similar, rather than buy a replacement belt: I opened drive (removed case top) and stuck ordinary sticky tape directly onto spindle. Your solution is much cleaner: you put the spacer into counter-spindle disc pad (or whatever to call it), where it cannot erode. I did not know how to do that! I thought that shiny metal circle part of top case was welded, or somehow otherwise permanently affixed; I did not try to pry it off. Thank you for sharing. I would like to clarify one thing from my earlier reply: a gear is more likely to break than a belt, if used heavily (such high duty role might be high volume disc duplication, or integrity checking). Usually, the gear which breaks is the one which is smallest, and spins at highest speed. A geared tray open/close mechanism can seem to last forever, if used sparingly. After much time, belts can break, even if never used.
  4. Belts go bad (weak, stretch, loose), in optical drives as young as even five years. A modern optical drive's disability to open tray, is usually due to worn/aged belt, not due to weak motor. Geared trays are noisier than belted trays, but can go decades without ageing/decaying. However, gears are more likely to break than belts.
  5. butterburger

    Power Mono Classic Build

    This project is fantastic. It involves case-modding, part substitution, tailored wiring, scrap plastic; all in all a good mod.
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  7. I do not understand why some people are of a certain personality, who ask for help yet do not help others to provide help. What is your subject's model? It would be excusable if your specimen was missing its identification label sticker: then, you might not know what model you hold, and you might assume "SCSI". Since you mention month of production, I assume the sticker is not missing. Is your subject Z250USBPCM? Z250USBPCM is not a SCSI device. It is not USB bus-powered. It is a Full Speed USB device. It has a connector, which one might assume wrongly "looks like SCSI on mini Centronics 50-pins HPCN50". Z250USBPCM is bus-powered through said connector, by 16-bit PC Card or IEEE 1394 bus. Said connecter carries some kind of Parallel ATA. Z250USBPCM came with a 16-bit PC Card: Z250PCMCIA, which had a captive cable leading to that mini-Centronics 50 pin connector. Although I did not disassemble Z250PCMCIA, I assume its role is PATA host controller to that external PATA drive Z250USBPCM. (If I am wrong, then maybe Z250PCMCIA is just a dumb cable assembly and 16-bit PC Card interface is inside Z250USBPCM.) A later ZIP drive could be USB bus-powered. IIRC, that later slim and low-power drive came with a redesigned rounded disc cartridge (looks like Sony UMD). By my knowledge, no SCSI/USB dual interface Zip drive ever existed. EDIT ADD: Assuming you have Z250USBPCM: If you want to buy a power supply (for using USB, not necessary for IEEE 1394 bus-power), then seek Iomega SSW5. I advise you to NOT get what jimjimx points to. If you want to eject your ZIP, then use a straightened paperclip. (jab: Did you seriously not ever before manually/force eject a disc?)
  8. AGP is a superset of PCI. AGP consists of: a dedicated PCI bus, plus a very high throughput sideband "port" to system memory. An AGP card can share its PCI bus with other PCI devices such as TV tuner and IEEE 1394 controller (I think at least one model ATI All-in-Wonder had these). An AGP socket can be used as a conventional PCI host (unless system firmware interferes). Without driver acceleration, an AGP GPU is "just another PCI graphics controller". AGP GPU is fed instructions and data through its Accelerated Port, but it gets signalled/interrupted/notified "here comes a new load of instructions for you, open-up your mouth and get it" through PCI. I posted my understanding. I think I am correct, though I am not at expect, do not believe me.
  9. butterburger

    1400c power on issue

    Keep in mind, PowerBooks 1400 need recapping. If you did not yet recap it, then expired capacitors might be the problem which you observe.
  10. butterburger

    WiebeTech DriveDocks

    Hello everyone. Around our MLA, I only ever saw WiebeTech mentioned for SATA PCI cards (and a lot of those mentions are not about WiebeTech hardware, but about software piracy ). I would like to start a thread regarding WiebeTech. So the story goes, WiebeTech started in James Wiebe's basement. James Wiebe is a legend: he started Newer Technology (which was gobbled-up by monster Other World Computing OWC). Nowadays, James Wiebe runs an aircraft company, and still puts out really cool products. Steve Jobs once dissed him, said 'We don't like it when you introduce accelerator cards which are faster than our computers.'. I owned two DriveDocks: FireWire DriveDock+ (or "Plus") and USB DriveDock v5. Both are neat bridgeboxes, had a lot of potential, but unfortunately both have quirks. WiebeTech FireWire DriveDock Plus (or DriveDock+) is assembled in USA. Its core is two circuit boards, which are stacked and soldered. Power board might be made in USA, bridge board is imported. Its case is made of milled aluminum. I remember reading an interview or journal post on WWW, wherein James told a story of his company being in Kansas, which is like "aircraft capitol of USA", so he decided to have DriveDock's case made by a local metal machining company. Now, I cannot find that story. FWDDP has two power inlets: 5.5/2.1 mm barrel connector (12 V centre+), and SFF-8012 inlet. Its upper power board hosts a DC-to-DC 5V supply, for operation from 12V barrel. It is very nice to be able to use it with a worktop power supply (ATX or AT or whatever). FWDDP lower bridge board is Deltron FU9121A-35MA. Between the two bridges, FWDDP has worked with every PATA (including ATAPI) drive which I tried. 1394: bridge is Oxford OXFW911; PHY is Agere FW802B. OUI is 000483 (Deltron Technology, Inc.). Connected to a PC with TI TSB12LV26 OHCI, FWDDP delivered 42 Mo/s linear read. Oxford 911 or firmware contains at least one bug or quirk: it is not compatible with all drives. When it works, it works well. When it does not work with a small number of drives, then it either is very slow and chokes/dies when writing, or does not work at all, as if it does not even recognise attached drive. USB: bridge is ALi M5621; date code 0517; other markings is A1 TH07 XHHH7000000J. ID is 0402:5621. Connected to a PC with Intel 82801DB (ICH4) EHCI, FWDDP delivered 35 Mo/s linear read. M5621 (or internal mask ROM firmware) contains bugs or quirks: occasionally, HDD capacity is reported as 2 Tio. Others have experienced this bug, in a M5621 marked TH05. (Hydrogenaudio Forums : WILU : 2005-03-22 : External enclosure help needed) This cannot be fixed with an easily electronically distributed update to firmware, because FWDDP has no external program ROM (it does have a 8-pin EEPROM which identifies the device as a DriveDock). Like sister controller Oxford 911, ALi M5621 Just Doesn't Work with some drives. This was Wiebetech Web site FireWire DriveDock page. This is FireWire DriveDock+ announcement news release. I got USB DriveDock v5 so that I could (hopefully) use SMART (via SAT). Unfortunately, too it has quirks. I remember it not working well with a CD writer. (Maybe it could read but choked when burning; I am not going to check and remind myself what problem it has.) It puts connected drives to sleep after a few minutes inactive, which interrupts long full SMART tests. And it is not compatible with several PATA devices, a consequence of involving a PATA-to-SATA translation bridge. USBDDv5 contains JMicron JMS551 (SuperSpeed two ports SATA 3Gb/s bridge; ID is 152d:0551). Its LUN 0 connects to eSATA receptacle. Its LUN 1 is a PATA device translated via JMicron JM20330. Both LUN 0 and LUN 1 do work simultaneously. USBDDv5 is all-around cheaper than classic aluminum DriveDocks. FWDDP had more glowing spots (indicator LEDs) than USBDDv5, and came with a metal plate to protect IDE (not included with USBDDv5). USBDDv5 is made in Taiwan, has a plastic case, involves weird power connectors. It gets 5 & 12 V supply (from black plastic brick AC adapter) via mini-DIN inlet, and provides power to drive via mini-fit 2×2 outlet. It comes with a 2×2 to SFF-8012 cable (for most PATA and some SATA devices) and a SFF-8012 to SATA power (15p) cable. I opine, they should have chosen converse: because SATA connectors are designed for multiple connection cycles, SATA power should be one hop from DriveDock, and PATA (SFF-8012) should be second hop. This is CRU-DataPort Web site USB DriveDock v5 page. Daniel Rutter wrote about some original DriveDocks on his personal site, Dan's Data. He is not posting anything there anymore, which is a shame. His blog was one which I followed. Off-topic: some of Wiebe's companies' products appeared as props in big famous films. Did you ever use any WiebeTech stuff? Please share your stories. Share your experiences of Newer Technology, too, if you will.
  11. butterburger

    12" Powerbook G4 - fan won't turn off?

    Yesterday, my PBG4 malfunctioned. It was playing CD DIGITAL AUDIO (all built-in hardware: drive, DAC, amp-speakers), when it suddenly started emitting a loud noise. At first I would have described it as gunfire popping. It was loud and continuous. Desired CD audio stopped sounding, it was "replaced" with this loud noise, I did not try muting or changing volume. Whole machine seemed to still be behaving (aside from the noise), drive was still spinning CD, trackpad and keyboard worked, OS did not hang-stall-freeze, I opened Activity Monitor (or whatever that .app was called) and found nothing unusual. I know OS and HDD were behaving because WhateverMonitor.app was not cached in memory. I chose to eject CD and actioned Shut Down. I disconnected power, turned over, felt all around. PowerBook was mildly warm. I highly doubt it was overheating then. I removed twist-tie, reconnected power, turned on. Pop-gun noise still there, no POST "bong", Mac OS X started in safe mode. I checked System Profiler diagnostics category, it said POST passed. I actioned Restart. Now Mac is at point of no return. It makes pop-gun noise lasting only two or three seconds (around when POST "bong" would sound?), then quiet (aside from fan, which is as loud as a vacuum cleaner). Display and backlight stay off. I hold power button to power off, then power on again, same symptoms. I power on and depress keys to reset PRAM, this seems to be doing something: after an appropriate while (about as long as PRAM reset would normally be) I hear noise again. I keep keys depressed: repeat wait time to noise, then repeat. So maybe this unpleasant noise is instead of POST sound. Does PowerBook G4 have a POST fail sound? I close PowerBook and put it away, then search WWW for PowerBook gunning noise, PowerBook popping noise, find nothing relevant. Then I try to think of other words to describe it, think of it sounds a lot like engine braking, so I search some more, find nothing relevant. I can record this sound if anybody is interested, but I tell you, it sounds just like truck-tractor engine brake (or some call it "jake brake"). I did find a case of different malfunctioned PowerBook noise: game show buzzer (stupidtube link).
  12. butterburger

    DVD version of Tiger for G5 install?

    How hard did you look? Did you go anywhere other than that one-stop-shop? If you use trackerless BitTorrent, then consider the following. I do not vouch for these. I would try these if I were in your shoes. D2FB6A3B7F343F6320E0E87375E61245F7AB9667 https://isohunt.tormirror.online/torrent_details/6719578/Macintosh-OS-X-Tiger-10-4-3-Retail 28D8AD14FC16B7ECB56B55702E3E8E1F24F2C039 https://isohunt.tormirror.online/torrent_details/5443449/Mac-OS-X-10-4-3-Tiger http://www.dnoid.me/files/details/2772176/0012784238604/
  13. butterburger

    USB Ethernet and OS 9

    (I forgot to say it sooner.) Thank you, EvilCapitalist! Preserving and sharing are acts of caring.
  14. butterburger

    Power cords...

    But they are made of PVC, leach plasticiser and feel sticky, nega-awesomeness. > The G5Q's used C19 I came across a Power Mac G5 cord in a garage sale, asked "are you sure you want to sell this?". Owner went into house and returned, said "no!". That cord accidentally made it into one of garage sale boxes, but the chap really needed it.
  15. butterburger

    2016-10-18 SSL Certificate Renewal

    Thank you for disclosure. I wish every Webminder was so thoughtful.