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    At the moment, collecting old Mac software, taking apart my Macs, putting them together again and trying to run them at their optimum configuration.
    As well as that, playing Armor Alley, Civ I, Marathon and Deus Ex.

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  1. ArmorAlley

    SE/30 with an as-yet unidentified expansion

    Theses aren't the drivers from Nakamichi but they may help: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/driver-d2-440 I seem to remember FWB's CDROM-Toolkit having a jukebox option and some support for Nakamichi drives. Gambare ne!
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    Getting a Jaz drive to work

    I thionk the way to go is to modify Drive Setip with ResEdit but I don't know what the volume would be resgistered as. Have you tried Lido, SilverLining, HDT Toolkit or even a later version of the Iomega Toolkit? The Jaz 2GB came out reasonably late (1997?) so it my only be supported by the corresponding Iomega driver.
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    Best ROM disk for ROMinator / GGLabs?

    While you already have MountImage, I would recommend the Virtual CD/DVD Utility [http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/virtual-dvd-romcd-utility]. Locked floppies with HDT Toolkit, Norton Utilities 3.2.1 & Virex are good to have handy too.
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    ROMinator II Pickle of an issue

    Super. Good to hear that.
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    ROMinator II Pickle of an issue

    If you don't mind the postage from Switzerland, I've a terminator for a 50-pin Centronics port I can give you (for the cost of postage). You'd need to show me the back of the drive though to check that it's for the right port. PM me if you are interested. Otherwise, you ae sure to find one on eBay, in a local Goodwill etc.
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    Macintosh Keyboard on a Plus

    That's what I thought. Thanks fot the confirmation.
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    Macintosh Keyboard on a Plus

    Can I use the keyboard of an original Macintosh (it has the model no. M0110 ) on a Mac Plus? It looks as if it can, but I'm not sure.
  8. I can't speak for the NewerTech G3 card but with the Sonnet Crescendo card, I couldn't get either my FWB Jackhammer or my ATTO SiliconExpress IV SCSI card to work with it. They both work without it though. With the accelerator card, you have probably the fastest system 7.1.2 machine you are ever going to get. I'm running mine on either System 7.1.2 or Mac OS 8.6 depending upon the need. The latter will be my new AppleShare server. The former is just a System 7 machine. Use the PDS card with 4MB RAM. Lots of RAM helps with Mac OS 8.6 too (browsing Macintosh Garden and other such sites, for example). The 8100 is good for games of the era but anything that requires 3D acceleration is jumpy. @Cory5412 is correct, Mac OS 9.1 will run well on this machine and you can get 9.2.2 on to it too with OS9Helper. Do be warned about the plastics! They are very brittle. Mine is in such a bad state, I 'm planning to make a new case for it.
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    Configure MacTCP?

    Are you sure that all of the hardware works as it should? Have you checked that the SCSI port on the Plus works? And that the 10 base-T router works? And that the cables work? I mention it because the SCSI on my IIfx has gone and I only have a 10 base-T router that has given up the ghost. It is a hazard of old machinery.
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    Best Archive For System 6/7 Macs?

    I haven't tried it yet myself, but it should be possible to access a volume from Mac OS X 10.4 on an SE, or maybe it's 10.3. It's been a while since I have gone through this: The Definitive Guide to Connecting your SE/30 However, in case you have absolutely no luck, whatsoever, here are some thoughts: 1. Bridge Mac: Invest in a bridge mac, in essence, the cheapest pre-B&W G3 PCI mac you can find. It needs a network card and preferably Mac OS 8.1 so that you have the possibility of accessing HFS+ volumes. 2. Invest in a SCSI enclosure and a 4GB drive. It will need the relevant SCSI cable and a terminator. Partition the drive into 4 1GB partitions. Save *and expand* all of the relevant software from the mac mini via the bridge mac to the drive. Plug the SCSI drive then directly into your SE. 3. Zip-drive: Invest in two zip-100 drives and some zip-100 disks: a SCSI one and a USB one. Expand the files in the Classic environment on your mac mini, copy them onto a zip disk and then load them up on the zip-drive on your SE. Zip-drives & disks are not beloved by all, so your mileage may vary. It doesn't have to be a zip-drive, just some transportable medium where you have drives at either end. It could also be MO, Jaz, burnt CDs and so on.
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    Bolles finds

    This is just the bizarrest thing I have seen in quite a while. The external zip-drive gives it a most surreal quality.
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    Best macOS version for IIci?

    You should have about 8MB RAM (or more) for a comfortable experience. As with any question of «best», you need first to define what «good» is. What are your criteria? It's a bit like asking what the best fruit is (the answer, of course, is the orange). I have a fondness for System 7.1 but you need to determine this for yourself. You can work it out like this: 1. Is there any software (e.g. extensions) that limits you? For example, if you want to run software that requires System 7, then your lowest requirement is System 7. 2. Look at what each version of the SSW (system software) offers new: • do you want colour icons? If yes, then your lowest requirement is System 7. • do you want AppleScript, WorldScript etc.? If yes, then your lowest requirement is System 7.1. • do you want access to AppleShare volumes that are larger than 2GB? If yes, then your lowest requirement is System 7.1. • do you want access to 4GB drives? If yes, then your lowest requirement is System 7.5. • I don't know what Mac OS 7.6.1 brings to the party. I had gone directly from System 7.5.5 to mac OS 8.1. 3. Do you want it as fast as it can be without hardware upgrades and your software supports it? If yes, then choose System 6.0. 4. There are instructions for modifying a install of Mac OS 8.1 to install it onto the IIfx and I have this running on mine. It runs well (I have 32MB RAM) and it gives me access to HFS+. Whether it will run well on a 25MHz 68030 is another matter. And you have to find the instructions. The modified install of Mac OS 8.1 for the IIfx is up on the Mac Garden. If you have a large enough drive, put all of the versions of the SSW on and see for yourself.
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    Building your own case

    Hi everyone, Thanks very much for the input. I'm mulling over the various possibilities in my head as well as what has been posted here. I'll post more should I ever get started. aa
  14. For many, like my brother, the Performa 475 was just about affordable to him as a student. And given that there were rooms filled with macs in the university, it was something that was nice to have. We lived at home rather than in dorms. The university was only 3 miles away. There was also a lot of 68K software, ahem, floating around. Even though the PPC era had started, there was still enough 68K software available to make a P475 very much worth your while.
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    Building your own case

    If I go the wood route, it won’t be so ambitious. Right angles are hard and you see it when somewhere is even a millimeter off. I'm practicing comb joints at the moment. Dovetails will come in time. I can do groove-joints. I try to avoid glue at the moment but with the weight of PSU and SCSI drives, I'd have to ask the advice of the carpenters in the workshop. Most of what I do is plan, practice and see where I went wrong. Then rinse, repeat, wash. That is a good idea. I have to free myself of the notion of the 8100 case. I spent much of my day reading about Faraday cages, EM shielding and the like. I want to ascertain if it is needed for health reasons or merely because it interferes with radios and the like. If the FCC has standards on it, then I suspect that there may be health reasons for it. At the moment, it seems that it is there on account of radios.
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