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    Tips for speeding up an SE

    One thing to bear in mind: if you get a SCSI2SD v5.x, the configuration is stored on the SCSI2SD itself, not on the card, so you'd need to have two cards the same size and use the same partition size. On the SCSI2SD v6, the configuration is stored on the SD card, so that would make it easier.
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    Alternative LocalTalk cabling

    The cables are scarce, but the connectors themselves seem reasonably obtainable. The connectors in the faceplates I just got from RS's "own brand", and I got a few cables made up by a company who do custom audio and data cables, and the male connectors were part of their standard supplier's range too, so I'm guessing someone somewhere must still be using them for something? Interestingly, RS sell cable assemblies with a 3-pin mini-DIN on one end and bare wires on the other, but not a straight-through cable. So who knows. They aren't the locking connectors, just standard mini-DIN, but so far they seem to work (I haven't really tested them in anger yet). It was moderately, but not unbearably expensive to get them made; no more so than it would be to get any other custom serial cable made, I suppose? I think they were about 15GBP each, maybe slightly more.
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    Macintosh Classic II - bootable OS in the ROM?

    It doesn't, unfortunately.
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    Another Mac SE Networking Post (Specific Questions)

    I suspect this is because MacTCP doesn't start working until it's opened for the first time. On my headless LC, I fire up MacTCP Watcher (I think that's what it's called) at startup to force the IP stack to start and get an address. There's a thing where speed / port autonegotiation fails on some SE network cards. You might need to force the port to 10BaseT/Full Duplex on your network device, or if your network device can't do that, put a 10mbit hub between the SE and the router. No idea on this one, I'm afraid...
  5. Well, all classic versions of MacOS can write to HFS just fine. When you format a volume you have the option of doing so in HFS+ but it was never compulsory to use HFS+. It’s just that by formatting it on the Plus you eliminate the choice . I use a PowerBook 1400 and several different b&w macs.
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    Alternative LocalTalk cabling

    Perhaps this is an eccentricity, but I really like the aesthetics of the Mini-DIN. I ended up making some custom faceplate things, yes, with two jacks at each location for daisy-chaining. Each of these will have CAT6 behind it (overspecced, but that's what I have a huge roll of, so be it).
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    Alternative LocalTalk cabling

    Now that's a good idea.
  8. So long as the ZIP cartridge is formatted in HFS not HFS+ (“MacOS” not “MacOS Extended”) you should be fine. The easy way to make sure of this is just to format the ZIP cartridge on the Plus. A ZIP drive is a very sensible way to do this and is one of the ways I do it myself
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    Mac 128K factory photos

    On reading it back, that post was a bit more sarcastic than it ought have been. Apologies. Yesterday was a long day...
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    Mac 128K factory photos

    Given: I have two Pluses that are, from the front, indistinguishable from 512Ks, including the keyboard and mouse; This isn't at all uncommon, as far as I know, mine are completely unremarkable; This is a self-portrait of someone on their own website that they appear to roughly maintain themselves; Their memory, while doubtless faulty, is probably a better guide than completely random speculation on the Internet; There's no particular reason why this can't be a Plus, is there? The idea that the photographer would be completely wrong about a computer that they cared enough about to put in a pretty prominent position on their website and that randomers on the Internet know better seems a little... odd to me, honestly. And if the question is 'was this photo taken before or after the Plus was upgraded?' then that information is so far lost to time that it's basically meaningless.
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    DeeNams collection and finds

    This is a nice collection and nicely displayed! I'm doing up my office/workspace at the moment and taking notes as to how to display things...
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    Developing a portable user-land AppleTalk stack

    That sounds like a sensible approach to me. It shouldn't at all matter which side of the bridge is responsible for that. My prototype bridge (which hasn't made any progress ) had a separate component that was responsible for keeping track of what had been seen on what interface, but that's because I'm obsessive like that.
  13. I think there's an Apple MultiSync control panel somewhere on the Internet that will let you change resolution on some of the switchless adapters. I have a vague memory that it works on 7.1, but I am not positive of this.
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    LC 475 floppy disk controller issues

    That's fair. I was mostly trying to work out whether there was a simple electrical fault between the SWIM and the port, but actually if it doesn't even attempt to access anything on the drive then it probably isn't, is it. Sigh.
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    LC 475 floppy disk controller issues

    My first port of call personally would be to clean around the pins of the ASIC with isopropanol or something to make sure that something conductive hadn't got wedged between any pins. Might also be worth seeing whether pin 20 of the floppy connector (which according to the pinout I have here is the 'write protect' pin) on the board is shorted to anywhere it shouldn't be? (Caveat: I am a rank amateur at this and other people here will likely have better ideas)
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