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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.
  1. 3D-Printed Objects

    Hi, I took out my Beige G3 tower to see the bezels. There is a zip-specific bezel but what is missing is a 2.5 inch bay bezel. I have to use the floppy bay at the top for my MO drive. The bezels for the G3 tower I would love to see are: 1. bezels that can accommodate 2.5" drives (and card-readers and front-facing ports etc); 2. the upper bezel with bays for 5.25" & 2.5" devices; 3. a bezel that can accommodate the SD card from an IDE-to-SD card adaptor. 4. a bezel that can accommodate a double height drive(like the big MO drives). ta, aa
  2. Does the SE/30 live up to the hype?

    I agree with mwdmeyer on the LC 475. Get the bus speed upped to 33Mhz, bring the RAM up 36MB (or more!), put in a 33MHz 68040 and get 2x 512KB VRAMs. Put in a SCSI2SD and you have a fast, quiet mac with the speed of a Q950. And it has a nice small footprint too.
  3. 3D-Printed Objects

    Hi Swolfington, I have that optical drive bezel and I'll send it to you, if you will use it. I'll also help with testing, if you like. I have a Q950 that can be used. all the best, aa
  4. Power Macintosh 8100/110

    Hi Jon183 I have a spare 8100 that you may have parts from, if you find no luck nearer by. Postage may be too high for you though. I'm in Switzerland. If you are interested, send me a PM. Pay good attention to your bezels, they break *very* easily. all the best, aa
  5. Any opinions on new Ebay RAM?

    I have bought RAM from a couple of sellers in the States and the two that spring to mind are: 1. Data Memory Systems https://www.datamemorysystems.com/apple-powermac-pre-g3-memory-upgrades/ 2. LEM Swap List - Mo Hammad mhammad@mac.com The RAM I received from both of them was not expensive, delivered reasonably quickly (I pay for slow postage) and the people in question were able to answer my questions.
  6. Does the SE/30 live up to the hype?

    I know what you mean. In 2002, I remember walking by a pile of old Macs from the University of Zürich that had been given in as a part of an upgrade deal. They surely were well stocked machines. There were lots of Mac IIs there.
  7. Where can I get software for my emulated Compact Mac?

    eBay. It's especially good if you are looking for specific pieces of software. As an example, Civ I is freely (if not necessarily legally...) available. However, it is nice to have the original box, manual and floppies. Likewise with Prince of Persia or Lemmings.
  8. New acquisitions..

    Do bear in mind that these machines had a realistic lifespan of 7-10 years at most. Every year, the new machines were a third or so faster the previous years. These caps are now 28 years' old. The choice would have been caps that last 20 years or ones that 40 years and they chose the cheaper ones. That being said, Apple charged an obscene amount of money for the IIfx ($10K) and they could have spent more on the best quality caps. However, this was a time when the thinking of Jean-Louis Gassée and massive margins were in vogue (guess the decade: here's a hint: ).
  9. Does the SE/30 live up to the hype?

    Exactly. A IIfx is nice to have but I think that a IIcx for half the price is a better deal for someone starting out. If someone was looking for a 68K mac, I wouldn't recommend an SE/30, a IIfx or an 840av on the grounds of cost. I would recommend their less sexier siblings — SE, IIcx or a Q650. Of course, if an SE/30 is available at a reasonable price, then go for it. I have a IIfx but it fell into my hands and for this I am thankful. I have an SE/30 too and this I got while the prices weren't too high. SE/30s can be gotten reasonably (especially in the States). In Europe it is hard to find one for less than the equivalent of USD100. SEs can be got for 50. There are many more more sellers offering up their old macs for silly prices. One auction site in Switzerland has a fellow offering his Plus for CHF700 (USD700) and his SE/30 for CHF400 (USD400). [https://www.ricardo.ch/de/c/sonstige-apple-mac-s-70706/] What I have noticed is that many more Macs on sale here are pick-up only and for that I need a day or two and an expensive rail ticket to travel to get it..
  10. Does the SE/30 live up to the hype?

    Agreed. It's also faster too if there is no upgrade card.
  11. Does the SE/30 live up to the hype?

    If you had a choice now, i wouldn't recommend the SE/30. It is too popular and it has become expensive as a consequence. If you want a good compact, get an SE. If you want a good 030, get a Mac IIcx. They are usually cheaper than SE/30s. As a rule, add-on cards (in this case NuBus cards) are more plentiful, easier to get and cheaper than SE/30 PDS cards. Furthermore, you can insert 3 NuBus cards without having to buy expensive adaptors. Colour/grayscale is much more easily obtained on a IIcx than on an SE/30. However, if you want both in one compact mac, then the SE/30 is the way to go.
  12. Are you able to boot normally from a floppy? Does the Sad-Mac occur when trying to boot from the CD-drive? Does it occur when there is any CD in the CD-drive? Does it occur when simply when the CD-drive is connected to the Q950? Does it occur when the CD-drive only receives power from the Q950 (i.e. the SCSI cable is not plugged in)? When trying to boot externally, is the external CD-drive being powered by the Q950 or externally? Do any other SCSI devices work on that SCSI-chain?
  13. Both Anthon and BMOW have direct experience in converting ADB to USB. I'm curious to hear what they have to say. And, with the exception of one of the Kensington Mouse-in-a-box mice (64475?), all of the ADB-USB converters seem to have more than simple re-wirings. Unless the iMate was made more complicated looking than it needed to be. BTW, what's the difference between Data- and Data+? Does USB have two data lanes?
  14. System 6 Jpeg Viewer?

    If I remember correctly, there is a fellow who managed to get his Mac 512ke running as a webserver and he had the earliest version of a program that supported JPEGs. I've used the program but the name escapes me. I'll male an entry when it comes to mind.
  15. There are versions of StuffIt that go up to v7.0.1 that are of interest to you. Try installing StuffIt Expander 7.0.1 in SheepShaver and see if that works. It requires CarbonLib 6, if I remember correctly. As for your CC, It can run up to StuffIt 5.5 and then only the 68k version. You don't really need the Deluxe version, StuffIt Expander with Enhancer is all you really need. The enhancer is the StuffIt engine. Check out the many entries on Macintosh Garden.
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