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Mighty Jabba

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  1. 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

    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

    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...
  17. 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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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    I didn't think to try this before, but booting with extensions off lets me copy things to my 16GB card with no issues. So I think I'm looking at an extension issue (which is kind of relieving). Any ideas what it could be? I'm just running what the machine came loaded with, so I would think it's nothing too exotic, but looking now it seems that there are 160 items in the extensions folder. It's been quite a while since I've had to do this kind of troubleshooting.
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    I'm an Idiot and Lost 24 Years of Data

    When you talk about the "original" notes being on the Newton, were they stored as e-ink or just text? Seems to me like a copy of the text would be just as good as the original if it was just text. You could even recopy them to the Newton if it being on the Newton is important. But I guess I'm probably missing something. In any case, the importance of backing up is hard to overemphasize. This reminds me of something that happened recently. I hadn't used a zip disk in at least 15 or 20 years, but I still kept a stack of them in a box along with my original parallel zip drive and PowerBook G3 zip drive module. My recent interest in old computers prompted me to go through them again and I discovered that one of the disks had all of my old documents from my undergrad years as well as a lot of old letters -- things that I hadn't seen in many years and had just assumed had been lost. Why I only put them on a zip disk of all things I don't know, but I managed to recover them and now they are properly backed up. I also discovered that some of my old CD and DVD-r backups are starting to fail (although they were mostly still readable).
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    They are both by Buffalo. The wifi card is an AirStation card (WLI-PCM-L11GP) and the USB is the IFC-USB2CB. Regarding the freezing while copying to PC cards, I have found that I can actually use an 8 and 16MB CF card with no problems, but it doesn't like my 340MB microdrive or 16GB CF card. The smaller CF cards are the oldest ones I have so I don't know if there is something about them that is different from the other cards.
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    Mighty Jabba's Conquests

    I got a couple of “for parts” Lombard PowerBook G3s for around $20 apiece. I’m sort of trying to get one example of all of the major revisions of Apple’s portables, and the Lombard was my first PowerBook, so I wanted one even though I have a couple of Pismos already. The first one had a terrible screen that the seller didn’t really mention — I think it had the dreaded “vinegar syndrome.” It was still sort of usable, but everything but the edges looked like someone had roughed it up with sandpaper. When I tried wiping off the case plastics with some alcohol, they also started to break down in a weird way, so even though the machine basically worked, I decided to just take out the usable parts and scrap the rest. I’m particularly concerned about the idea of the LCD problem possibly being “contagious” as some have suggested. The second one was much better cosmetically, but didn’t turn on. The only sign of life was the green power LED. I tried swapping out the processor card from the first machine and it booted right up. After some experimentation with the memory, it seems like the second machine won’t boot if anything is in the bottom memory slot. So anyway I do have one complete working Lombard now (although it is the low-end 333MHz model).
  24. I got this "untested" eMate on eBay for $35 shipped, which seemed like a heck of deal. Even included a nice stylus. I figured even if it didn't work, it would be a cool object to have. I had a couple of Newtons many years ago, so I am still kind of familiar with the OS, but have never had or even used an eMate. It didn't come with an AC adapter, and while I have heard of people potentially damaging their eMates using third-party adapters, I was pretty reluctant to buy an adapter without even knowing if this thing worked. So I found one that I had that seemed close and tried it. The green LED turned on, but there was nothing on the screen. But after a bit I realized that the contrast was just adjusted all the way down, and it was working fine! My first question is, if this adapter seems to power it fine, should I worry about trying to get a genuine adapter? Is there any chance that the internal battery still holds a charge? Also, the clamshell seems extremely difficult to open (the hinge seems unnaturally tight) but closes normally. I've heard about ribbon cables getting messed up on these, so I think I will just leave it open all the time for now, but does anyone have any ideas about what might cause this? Anyway, I'm excited to play around with this.
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    Picked up an "untested" eMate -- a few questions

    Turns out the battery does hold a charge and I think I’ve been using it for at least an hour, mostly with the backlight on, and it still has a little left. I decided to open it up to see if I could fix the hinge problem I mentioned above, and I’m happy to report that I was able to oil the hinges so they are working fine now. Before it wouldn’t open beyond about 90 degrees, but now the screen will lay flat, and it’s much easier to open as well. The only real problem I had (aside from not really knowing anything about the internals of an eMate, which slowed me down at first), was that I forgot to align the sliding potentiometers for contrast and volume, so I had to open it back up and fix that.
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