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Mighty Jabba

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  1. I'm relatively sure that you can't just using the Personal Hotspot feature because the airport cards aren't compatible with the encryption used, but I was wondering about USB tethering. I've never really done anything with that, but it would be nice to be able to actually access the web while out and about. If that doesn't work, are there any other options like USB-based 802.11g solutions?
  2. I’ve been working on restoring a number of clamshell iBooks recently. In some cases they required some minor repairs such as resoldering the power port, but for the most part they all worked fine with the exception of the very noisy hard disks, which I am replacing with SSDs. Most of them were also missing their Apple logos, though, which is a bit of a problem considering that the main appeal of these computers is how they look. So I took it upon myself to try and replace them. This turned out to be a bit more of a challenge than I first thought. I do a fair amount of 3D printing and just happened to have a resin-based 3D printer, so the first thing that came to mind was using that, but I never really got it to work satisfactorily. Even just getting the shape so that it would fit inside the indentation on the lid was harder than I thought. I started by taking a photo of the logo and converting it to a 3D object, but it was always subtly off, and resizing didn’t really help. Also, I bought some orange resin in the hopes that it would work for the Tangerine iBook, but it never had the right look. So I decided to try doing it manually with polyester resin and dyes. Basically this entailed mixing up the resin in what I thought would be the right color, and then pouring it into the logo indentation in a junk screen cover I had. Getting the right color was tricky, as was working with the resin, which is pretty nasty stuff, but in the end I got some that I am more or less satisfied with. The main issue is that when the resin hardens, it leaves a bit of an “orange peel” ripple on the surface instead of being smooth like I had expected. Ideally I would make some kind of silicone mold, but at this point I’m going to call it good. I was hoping it might be possible to make these available to others, but it’s just too much work. Has anyone else had success replacing these logos?
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    A tale of 3 Tibooks...

    My first PowerBook was a Lombard PowerBook G3, which I replaced not long afterward with a Pismo. That one I used for quite a while, even upgrading it to a G4 back when such things were possible. I never owned a Titanium PowerBook because I liked my Pismo so much, and I didn't really have the need or money for an upgrade. All of this is to say that while I was around while the Titanium PowerBooks were new, I had never owned one or even used one for more than a minute or two. But I recently discovered that a lot of the computers from the late 90s to early 2000s are extremely cheap on the secondhand market, so I figured this was my chance to finally try out some of the things that I had never had before. Long story short, I ended up buying three of them for around $75. One was separate and was listed as non-working, but it came with some accessories and even the original box, so I thought that even if I couldn't get it working, it would serve as a parts machine. The other two were sold as a lot and I was the only bidder. One thing was that the auction description was terrible, and didn't even make it totally clear that you were getting two machines or what their specs were, and all of the photos were of one machine by itself. Anyway, these were pretty dirty and not in great cosmetic shape, but I took it upon myself to rehabilitate them. The first "non-working" machine turned out to be the earliest of the three: a 500mHz G4 with 256MB of RAM and a 30GB hard disk (this is the one on the right above). Sure enough, it appeared dead when I got it and plugged it in, but I was able to get it to show some signs of life by unplugging the PRAM battery. But I couldn't get it to boot completely unless it was using an external firewire disk (actually one of the other Tibooks in target disk mode), and sometimes it would still have problems booting. After trying some other hard disks, I decided to make this a parts machine. This is not quite as useful as I had hoped, since the other two machines are newer revisions and have pretty different internals, but some things are still usable. I've already taken out the hard disk and RAM for use with other machines. The other two machines turned out to be a 1gHz G4 with 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard disk (in the middle above), and a 867mHz G4 with a 30GB hard disk and 512MB of RAM (on the left). Functionally, they are totally fine, but they were having some issues in that glue holding the titanium panels to the plastic frames had weakened enough that they were starting to feel seriously rickety. So I reglued these as best I could and gave them a thorough cleanup with alcohol. And while they do have quite a few scuffs and scratches that can't be removed, it's impressive how decent they look from a short distance away (maybe a foot or two). And the interiors of the machine, around the palmrest and screen, are both in very good shape, so you don't notice it too much when using them. I upgraded the 1gHz machine with a 60GB SSD and put its original 60GB hard disk in the 867mHz machine, and also upgraded that machine's RAM to 756MB using the donor machine's RAM. Putting Tiger on these was easy, but I originally had some trouble installing OS 9/Classic because the retail install CD does not appear to work with these Tibooks. So managed to find the original restore CD on Macintosh Garden, and that allowed me to finally put OS 9 on. Since the 1gHz machine is the fastest portable ever made that can run OS 9 natively, it was important for me to be able to get it on there. Even though these machines are showing their age, I'll have to say that I really like how they feel. When they came out, I was kind of critical of the choice to paint the titanium, and of course that decision has resulted in some chipping, but it really feels nice against the hand -- better than the raw aluminum of later machines. And these machines are still fairly usable on Tiger with things like TenFourFox, so I'm very happy to have them in my collection. (As a side note, they are also great because they can natively read and write the SD cards in my SCSI2SD, which my modern Macs cannot do.)
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    Inexpensive is a relative term. If you search on ebay the only non-used Clamshell iBook batteries are being sold by one seller who wants upwards of $200 apiece for them. But there is a third-party seller on Newegg that is selling them for $60 + tax and shipping. I got one and it lasted almost exactly 6 hours, which I found very impressive (admittedly, most of the time I wasn't actively using the computer, but I did have the screen set to not turn off during my test). So I don't know if I would say it is cheap, but it's not that expensive either, considering that they function better than most replacement batteries seem to. Here is a link to their stuff on Newegg. They list them by iBook color, but as far as I know they are all identical batteries. Just make sure you don't choose a difference seller that sends them from China. https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=ibook+clamshell&N=1065515555
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    I've been going a little crazy buying old computers lately, so I thought I would write about a few of them here. I've already talked about my Macintosh Plus with an accelerator board installed that I got for about $80 + shipping, and that one has worked out pretty well now that I've figured out how to enable to accelerator. It's very fast! And I started a thread about my experience refurbishing 3 Titanium PowerBooks as well. But today I wanted to talk about this PowerBook G3 Pismo that I got for $30 + shipping (on the left). It was listed as powering on with no hard disk and no other details, but it works perfectly and is in noticeably better shape than my own (blue) Pismo that I've had since 2000. The battery even seems to be taking a charge, which seems amazing. The only thing is that it was advertised as a 400mHz model, but System Profiler shows it as a 500 Mhz G3. Could that be accurate? Is there some other way I can check the speed easily?
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    Thanks, that would be nice.
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    Got a B&W G3 tower for $25 on eBay. The seller said that it didn't have a hard drive, but it turned out to have two! It has one SCSI and one ATA disk, and they both appear to be fine. The only issue is that one of the handles got smashed in shipping, although I was able to glue it back together well enough that it's not obvious, and it was the one in the upper rear anyway. I also got a Key Lime iBook for $120 shipped, which is way more than I really wanted to spend, but it seems like this was actually a pretty good price for it. The only flaw was that it was missing the Apple logo from the top, but I have been working on a way to replace these missing logos using polyester resin. It's nice to finally have an iBook with a firewire port and a DVD drive, since all of my others have been standard edition ones. I replaced the hard disk with an SSD and put in a new battery, so it's working better than it ever did.
  8. I'd be interested to see how well a machine translation of something like this turns out. I'm a Japanese translator so I've seen quite a few, shall we say, questionable translations based off of machine translation, but it is getting better. I would offer to help but unfortunately I don't have the time for something like this, although I could potentially help if you had a few questions. I also own a couple of Japanese books about Macintosh modification and the 2400c that were published in the early 2000s, but I'm not sure where they are at the moment.
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    I'm Now A Member of the Cube Club

    I looked into OWC’s “Legacy” IDE SSD but apparently it won’t fit in the cube because of the way the airport card sits. Not sure if it would fit if you didn’t use the airport. I would also like to know what other options are available.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    Thanks. I guess I will stick with 8.1 since I'm basically unable to use the main features that I wanted to use 9.1 for.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    I recently got a PowerBook 2400c (from eBay but I think the seller may be a member here), and I've had a few issues with it. It has apparently had a Cardbus mod performed on it to allow the use of various PC cards, but I haven't had a huge amount of luck with them. I have a 802.11b-based network that I have been using with my older computers, but the wifi card that I was given will only work if I turn encryption off entirely. Otherwise, it just gives itself a self-assigned IP address and nothing happens. I also have a USB card that will work some of the time (although only one port out of two seems functional -- a problem that others have mentioned). But if I attempt to copy anything to a USB flash drive, the system locks up. The system also locks up if I try and copy anything to CF card or microdrive in a PC card adapter, although copying things from those cards appears to work fine. Someone in an old thread here mentioned something similar regarding locking up when copying to PC cards, and said the only thing that works was going back to Mac OS 8.1. I'd be willing to do that, but when I try to install to another partition using the disk images included on the drive, it always fails for an unspecified reason. I have no SCSI peripherals (aside from a SCSI2SD) and no appropriate cables, or I would try using target disk mode. Can someone point me to the appropriate cable to use for that? Or do people have any other input about these issues? I'd just like to be able to copy files to and from the computer without everything freezing.
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    Will the Macintosh Plus M0110A keyboard work on a Mac128K?

    I haven't actually tried this, but I'm sure it will work -- the only question would be if you were using a very early version of the OS from before that version of the keyboard existed. I'm not sure about the numpad/arrows in that case.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    I don’t know what the nature of the mod was, although mine is a Japanese machine.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    I found this thread from last year where you talk about experiencing the same exact freezing issue that was only solved by downgrading to 8.1. Did you ever figure anything out about that?
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    Trackpad Clamshell not working

    You're basically going to end up destroying it, I'm afraid.
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    Trackpad Clamshell not working

    Yeah, I'm not sure they are really repairable. Hopefully it's just the cable or trackpad and not the connector on the board.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    Well I tried 8.6 and it also freezes while copying from the PC card.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    Not yet. I don't recall what the benefits to those over 8.1 were except maybe more PPC-native code.
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    New member buys a macintosh se/30

    The width one isn't supposed to have a screw in it. You have to use a tool of some kind to adjust these, but it needs to be non-conductive since you have to do it while the machine is on. Most of them can be turned with a slotted screwdriver-like tool, but if the SE/30 is like the earlier ones, it is more of a hexagonal shape. I've had success just shaving down a disposable chopstick to adjust that one. But I do think that it's likely that these problems like the volume and screen issues are related to capacitors. Floppy Emu is a good option although it has a few challenges of its own.
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    Yes I actually saw that and am considering it. I just have to decide how much money I want to put into this machine
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    Got a 733MHz Quicksilver PowerMac G4 for $20 (although shipping was kind of expensive as you might guess). The main reason I chose this particular one was that it appeared to be in amazing condition. The plastic was still on the optical drive covers, and there doesn't appear to be any damage of any kind. It really is a beautiful machine, and the most attractive of the PowerMacs in my opinion. Also has a SCSI card, which might come in handy. The only issue is that the optical drive is only a CD writer. I also got a PowerBook Duo 270c for $35 with the power adapter and an Xbox 360 video cable that the seller apparently thought was one of the Duo's accessories (and to be fair, it does look pretty similar, except for the big MICROSOFT label). It works fine although the hard disk is getting loud. Also the keyboards on both of my Duos seem really stiff for some reason. Is this just how they were? Also, while these aren't strictly vintage, I got a 2010 MacBook Pro for $50 (oddly I was the only bidder). The seller basically said that it worked fine, except that it would sometimes slow down and lose the Wifi connection when it was moved. This sounded odd. When I got it and powered it on, the fans were running full blast and the cursor wouldn't move smoothly. It was also so slow as to be unusable. At first I thought maybe it was a RAM issue, but I discovered from a comment on YouTube that these machines have sensors in the trackpad cable that can cause the machine to do exactly these things if they are damaged or if you try to run them without a trackpad connected. I noticed that the trackpad also had trouble registering clicks unless you pushed harder than usual. So I swapped it out with a trackpad from my otherwise identical 2009 MacBook Pro and the problem went away. I've ordered a new trackpad and hopefully that will put both machines right.
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    Macintosh SE Restoration

    Cool iPod classic shell. Oh wait...
  23. Is the actual optical drive having trouble opening, or is it just having trouble opening the metal outer door? Mine originally had something similar, but if I slide down the metal door manually it can open fine. It seems to have worked itself out by now, although it will still often want to close immediately after opening, so I kind of have to catch it. I wonder how much of a performance boost you would see from using an SSD in one of these machines. I originally considered doing that, but then saw that you could get 500GB SATA drives from Amazon for around $20 new or $10 refurbished, so I just decided to get a couple of those and call it a day.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    I have two partitions on my 2400c, so I did some experimentation by booting off of the second partition. First, I tried making a minimum OS 9.1 system folder by copying the main system folder and deleting anything that didn't seem essential, but I still had freezing if I booted into it with extensions on (even with no extensions). Then I tried installing Mac OS 8.1 onto my 16GB CF card in a different computer and copied it from the CF card to the second partition. When running 8.1, I have none of these freezing problems (but of course I also can't use the USB or wireless cards). At this point I am very tempted to just stick with 8.1, since things like Wifi and USB aren't really usable anyway, and at least I can copy things to and from the PC cards. But I would like to know what the issue is with 9.1, especially since Byrd and others apparently are able to run it without any problems.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    I was trying to narrow down which extension might be the problem, but couldn't seem to pin it down, so I tried rebooting normally but with all of the extensions in the Extensions (Disabled) folder. When I try to copy a file this way, it still freezes, even with no extensions. What else does turning extensions off at boot do?
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