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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. THis message is only to pay complement to your username and avatar choice!


    BTW Do you know where I can finally play a full version of Armor Alley????

    I played that demo on my LCII for years and years. Always wanted the rest of it!

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      Have you tried the Macintosh Garden? It certainly used to be there.

      It is a great game alright.

  2. Well, Apple and the endless chain of adapters is a trope, but, in this case, it is a testimony to the brilliance of SCSI that it transcends 30 years of development. There are few technologies in computing nowadays where one can take a device from today and run it with a couple adapters in a device from 30 years' ago. It is planend obsolescence turned on its head. SCSI is, by far, the most versatile bus. You can but you won't. I have a Quadra 610 which isn't that different from your Q660av. It also registers a max. of 68MB (64 + 4) despite the presence of a 128MB SIMM. You will, btw, get 132MB on a Performa 475/LC475/Quadra 605 though.
  3. Actually, you can (at least, I fairly sure it would work) but the adapters are expensive and the improvement isn't great. The limiting factor is the 5MB/s SCSI bus. A company by the name of Acard makes an IDE to 68-pin SCSI adapter. If you can find one, it will set you back a couple of hundred dollars. Added to that you need an IDE to SATA adapter (although an IDE to mSATA might be better). As well as that, you'll need a SCSI 68-pin to 50-pin adapter. These can be gotten from China for $10. This should work but since I've never tried it, I can't vouch for it. However, since you can get 2 or 3 SCSI2SDs for the same price, I recommend the SCSI2SDs. Fewer cables. More space for cooling to circulate inside your Mac. Another idea for speed, although it is hassle is to get a 64MB SIMM and set up a RAM-drive. Boot first from an external HD (or floppy), copy the system folder across to the RAM disk, reboot from the RAMdisk with the external HD turned off. It is as fast as SCSI2SD (well, it is on my Performa 475). It helps if you have a network handy to copy/save files. The machine is quiet and responsive, but still requires two boots whenever you want to use it. You also have less RAM at your disposal but you don't really more than 16MB anyway.
  4. Do also bear in mind that the 50-pin drives that you would be using are 20+ years' old and may have a lot of miles on them Flash memory does degrade but it still has a life span of many, many years. I still have an IDE SSD from 2008 that's going strong. I have old 512MB SD cards from before then that still work. To be sure, I have had SD cards fail on me, but then I've had hard-drives fail on me too (or, at least, require some psychiatric care). For your 660av, I would consider the main benefits of SSDs: much, much less heat generated; much less power used (less of a strain on the PSU as well as costing less and writes & random reads are faster. Because it is much smaller, there is more space and better airflow. The main disadvantages are the cost (they are quite pricey) and the setup.
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    Some software I have, are any of these rare?

    Hi Eric, I can't speak about rare they are (I have some of them myself) but they becoming rarer with time. Plastic only lasts so long before it warps. None of this software packages were envisioned to be in use in 30 years' time. My strong recommendation is to archive them on the Macintosh Garden, archive.org or some other place open to all. Please scan what you can. Here is the guide from the Macintosh Garden on archiving old software: http://macintoshgarden.org/a-beginners-guide-uploading-stuff-macintosh-garden.
  6. What do you feel? If you saw it for $75 in a thrift store, would you buy it? Do you specifically want a Performa 6360 or will any Powermac do? Personally, I find it a tad expensive, but looking at Macs in the U.S. on eBay, they all seem to be expensive. Also, with eBay you have to consider shipping costs and the possibility of damage in transit. If, however, you are prepared to wait, you will find a machine at a better price, but it might not be until next year. If the machine the local seller can get you works and comes with the basics (keyboard, mouse, maybe a monitor), then go for it.
  7. I cleaned the PSU out earlier last year with an air compressor. It was quite dusty, if I remember correctly. It was powered on many times since that but I never had it on as long as an hour and a half. I found it too loud.
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    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    The PB190 was the first Mac I ever bought new. My brother had bought a Performa 475 and I had bought a thirdhand Plus some years' previously. It was August 1996 and I only bought the PB190 new because the PB1400 had just come out and the PB190 was being sold off at half-price (and I'm a sucker for a bargain). It cost 20 man yen rather than 40 man yen. JPY200,000 yen today is USD1840. Akihabara is a great place to be at sales time. To give a rough sense of value, my monthly salary as an assistant English teacher in chuugakkou in Japan was 30-man yen. Before that I couldn't justify spending more than a month's salary (before tax) on an item that would be useful but not that useful. I didn't need it for work and second IIcxs could be bought at Sofmap (anyone who has been there will know the jingle - I have been scarred for life) for 10-man yen. So it was an impulse buy. I really wanted a PB540c or a Duo but they were over 50 man yen. I found the PB190 to be a great machine. It seemed fast for the time. The big trade off was PPC software. It was the last 68K mac and I was fully aware that soon there would be no new software available for it. This didn't bother me. I had the games I wanted, I had most of the Claris suite (MacWrite Pro is still my favourite text-editor), I had Quark Xpress 3.32.
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    Mac Monitor Database

    I came across this just now and it will surely be useful to somebody at some time. It's on archive.org at the moment. It's a listing from the archived Griffin Technology website of displays for the Mac (mostly CRT, it seems). Here is a sample of one such entry. Apple : 12" Color Display (M1299) Maximum Resolution: 512x384, 60 Hz Max Mac: Scan Rates: Horizontal scan: 24.48 Khz Vertical refresh: 60.15 Hz Bandwidth: 30.24 Mhz Mac Adapter: None Video Signal: Signal type: Analog Sync: Composite Physical Specifications: Type of connector: DB-15 Tilt & swivel base: No Net weight: 24 Dimensions: 12.2x14.4x10.2 Monitor Type: Fixed Frequency CRT Attributes: CRT size: 12 Image size: 8.08x6.02 Technology: Shadow mask Picture tube: Color Phosphor: P22 Dot pitch: Other Specifications: Energy saver: No MPR II compliant: Power consumption: Warranty (P/CRT/L): 1/1/1 Plug n Play: =energy.html> User Controls: [Analog] BR, CT =ctrls.html> http://web.archive.org/web/19970619083647/http://www.nashville.net/~griffin/monitor.html
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    Minimum Compact Mac Value?

    My definition of value is what it is worth to me, how much I will pay for it. If you want something more than I do, then the value goes up for you. Personally, I wouldn't pay more than the equivalent of $50 for a working compact mac, although the standard offering price is higher than this. But then again, I have 4 compact macs. SE/30s have developed (sadly) as the compact Mac to have and this is reflected in both prices being offered and prices being paid. Pluses are older, and consequently rarer. I am still of the opinion that the Mac SE is the "best" compact Mac and the compact Macs don't differ that much from one another. The Mac SE is the "most boring" or "least sexy" of the compact Macs and the prices being offered for them show this. What is indicative of the market is the number of non-functioning (i.e. sold as "untested") Macs being offered. Macs are slowly dying due to age. Despite the (from my opinion) high offering price for broken equipment, my guess is that if you offered a significantly lower price, you might just very well get it. Mac collectors suffer from the perception of wealth.
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    Possible Micro Xceed card?

    I have one of those (well, the back panel anyway) and mine is an XCEED SE/306-48. It's not of the magic 3 cards required to support internal greyscale. I haven't tried mine out yet but since there is no internal port for video, I assume that you can either view the external monitor or view the internal B&W screen in the SE/30.
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    Scored a IIfx lot with extras

    Congratulations. It really is great to get your hands on a haul like this.
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    Quadra 610 PDS slot

    I'll give the P475 a go tonight with the stock 68LC040 and see if it works. Charles did the motherboard only and upped the bus-speed to 33MHz (if I remember correctly). It worked until earlier on this week.
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    Quadra 610 PDS slot

    Thanks for this everybody!
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    Quadra 610 PDS slot

    Out of curiosity, what cards can be safely used in the Quadra 610 PDS slot? There is an elusive NuBus adaptor (Part 661-1718), a PPC upgrade and some class of an AV-card that converts the machine into a 660AV. What else can be used there? Also, what other machines share this slot? I'm assuming the Quadra 660AV. Are there others? Lastly, on a note of confirmation, the NewerTech QuadDoubler (50MHz 68040) for the Quadra 605 works in the Quadra 610. My beloved Performa 475 needs some love and attention. There is no more bong and the fan has stopped working. The PSU boots another LC III so I don't think that this is to blame. And it was recapped by Maccaps only a few ago. Sniff. The QuadDoubler essentially blocks the use of the PDS slot, but it would be nice to what possibilities are. Thanks! quadra.centris_610.ws_60.pdf