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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

    $25 PowerBook 190CS with 32MB RAM expansion

    A while back, a lucky forum member bought an SE/30 only to find an Xceed Micron grayscale card in it. The seller hadn't known and sold the SE/30 for its going price. What came to mind were the golden tickets from 'Charlie and the Chocolate factory'. The rare, high-end goodies *are* out there and you can either pay the obscene prices for them when they occasionally turn up or you can collect as many Macs as you can and hope that a golden ticket lies within. Congratulations on your find. It will make Mac OS 8.1 a lot easier to use.
  2. ArmorAlley

    Sonnet Crescendo G3/L2 in TAM Not Working

    The same auction that you cancelled halfway through to sell to a local buyer for an undisclosed sum? I'm sure that that will back lots of happy memories to the members here who had been bidding on it hoping to get what seemed like a fine TAM at a not obscene price.
  3. ArmorAlley

    SSD for Powermac G3 beige minitower

    Hi Dimitris, I have an IDE-SD converter and I boot my PM G3 MT from it. I have a SATA card (flashed SIL 3112, I think) in my B&W G3 and that boots from a SATA SSD, so I don't really see why you couldn't boot your PM G3 MT from a SATA SSD. Send Bolle a PM and see if he has any of the flashed SATA left. He had some a while back. All the best, aa
  4. ArmorAlley

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Congratulations Juliet! You got it for a very nice price. It has an ATA drive inside it. Something for you to consider before you open it up: will a SATA SSD with an ATA-SATA fit inside? If so, then it is worthwhile upping the RAM to 1GB, putting in a DVD-burner and the SATA-SSD. There may also be the option of running Mac OS 9 on this machine (although others who have actually tried this can advise you better on this). Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt2AYXMLzgY MacOS9Lives — Forum: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=2408.0 MacOS9Lives — Download: http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/board,62.0.html As for keyboard, video & mouse, they are all USB. I haven't had any difficulties plugging USB keyboards & mice or DVI monitors into my MDD, which isn't that much older than your Mac Mini. You mightn't get access to special features without their drivers, but the basic features should all be available. BMOW`s ADB-USB Wombat will allow you to use ADB devices over a USB port: https://www.bigmessowires.com/usb-wombat/ A DVI or VGA KVM with USB might be something worth investing in, depending on the size of your hoard (or horde, if you feel as if your collection is invading you...).
  5. ArmorAlley

    Macintosh SE Accelerator PDS Add-on Cards

    What kind of bus dow they have? the first looks to be the standard SE PDS bus. Is the second one the same? If not, could it be one for the Radius MagicBus?
  6. I have to read both of these articles very carefully. I've had a U320 drive in my IIfx for last 4-5 years and I never knew about the internal SCSI filter. The massive 500MB HD that came with it didn't have one on it. My internal SCSI doesn't work anymore and I'm not sure if that is related to the IIfx's special relationship with SCSI. I don't have internal Molex power either and that's a nuisance too. I use an external drive connected to a FWB JackHammer. My board was recapped by uniserver 3 years' ago and it certainly worked once I received it from him. I have had mixed results with the black terminator using external SCSI on my IIfx. Sometimes I needed it, sometimes I didn't. I could never really find a pattern. However, I've never really had problems connecting external SCSI devices to the IIfx, as long as there were no conflicting SCSi numbers and only the last device on the chain was terminated.
  7. The contents of this link, in case it becomes no longer available are here: Macintosh IIfx: Termination (4/95) This article contains information about Macintosh IIfx termination and external terminators. This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple. There have been 4 different external terminators distributed by Apple. Two are identical except for the part number. Part Number Description ----------- ----------- 590-0304 The original terminator. 590-0695-A Replaces 590-0304. This is the new PLATINUM terminator 590-0695-B & 590-0705 These are BLACK and are identical, except for the part . number. Apple built approximately 10,000 having the part . number 590-0695-B; later manufactured black terminators . are numbered 590-0705. One black terminator ships with . every revenue Macintosh IIfx, but can be ordered . separately from Service using part number 590-0705. . Note: . Only 1 black terminator is ever needed at a time; more . details are below. These black terminators are . officially called the Apple SCSI Cable Terminator II. The Other Two Macintosh IIfx SCSI Bus Components ================================================ Internal SCSI Termination Block ------------------------------- The Internal SCSI Termination Block provides internal termination resistance for Macintosh IIfx systems WITHOUT INTERNAL HARD DRIVES. All Macintosh IIfx computers that shipped without internal hard drives had the Internal SCSI Termination Block installed. This component plugs into the Internal SCSI Filter and it looks like a "T", with a 50-pin female connector on the bottom. Internal SCSI Filter -------------------- The Internal SCSI Filter provides termination capacitance for internal Macintosh IIfx hard drives that shipped prior to March 19, 1990 or any third-party hard drives. After that date, Apple hard disk drives shipping in the Macintosh IIfx contained the proper termination capacitance. The filter has a 50-pin female connector on one end and a 50-pin male connector on the other. When connected to an internal drive the drive cable should be connected directly into the logic board and plug the Internal SCSI Filter block between the drive cable and the 50-pin connector on the hard drive. When there is no hard drive the SCSI Filter is connected to the logic board, and the Internal SCSI Termination Block is connected to the filter. All Macintosh IIfx computers that shipped without internal hard drives had the Internal SCSI Filter and the Internal SCSI Termination Block installed. When you add a third-party drive remove the Internal SCSI Termination Block, but leave the Internal SCSI Filter connected to the logic board. Termination needs to be provided by the resistors on the internal third-party drive. Determining What Terminators to Use and When ============================================ No External SCSI devices Connected ---------------------------------- Termination is provided by either the internal hard disk, or by the Internal SCSI Termination Block. With a Third-party Internal Drive --------------------------------- The third-party drive should be internally terminated. Plug the drive cable directly into the logic board and plug the Internal SCSI Filter block between the drive cable and the 50-pin connector on the hard drive (Cable and filter order is important for this to terminate correctly). The Internal SCSI Termination Block needs to be removed (it looks like a "T"). Plug the drive cable directly into the logic board and plug the Internal SCSI Filter block between the drive cable and the 50-pin connector on the hard drive. With Any External SCSI Devices Connected ---------------------------------------- Use only ONE black terminator at the end of the SCSI chain. Make sure that all built-in terminators are removed from external third-party SCSI devices (Apple's external SCSI devices do not contain internal terminators). NOTE: A flyer in the Macintosh IIfx Finished Goods box instructs customers to return self-terminating SCSI devices to the Service Provider to disable the termination. Removing the termination can be performed by the user in some circumstances--a user should refer to the owners manual or check with the manufacturer if they are uncertain. WARNING: ------- Under no circumstances should you use more than one black Apple SCSI Cable Terminator II on any external SCSI chain. This may damage the logic board or whatever device is providing termination power. With An Internal Disk Drive And External SCSI Device ---------------------------------------------------- Both the internal SCSI drive and the last SCSI device in the external SCSI chain need termination, and you need to plug the Internal SCSI Filter block between the drive cable and the 50-pin connector on the hard drive. Why Is There A New Black Terminator For The Macintosh IIfx? =========================================================== One of the features of the Macintosh IIfx is a new SCSI chip that provides SCSI data transfer rates up to 3MB per second, faster than any earlier Macintosh systems. To achieve these transfer rates, components on the Macintosh IIfx logic board are smaller and faster, this makes them more susceptible to signal reflections on the cable. The new terminator adds the filter capacitors and changes the resistor values for some of the signals to reduce the reflections. How Can Third-party Drives Take Advantage Of The Higher Scsi Throughput? ======================================================================== Any SCSI hard drive that can sustain transfer rates above 1.25MBps will operate faster on a Macintosh IIfx. No Apple hard drive, including the HD160 SC, takes advantage of this higher transfer rate. What To Do With Less Common System Configurations ================================================= In some remote cases someone might remove the internal drive from a Macintosh IIfx they will not have the correct internal termination. In this situation, you should order and install a Internal SCSI Termination Block (Apple Service Part #590-4515) and Internal SCSI Filter (Apple Service Part #590-4516), and use the black terminator if you have any external drives; however, if you don't have access to an internal termination block, you can connect use the new platinum terminator (590-0695-A on the terminator) to the beginning of the SCSI chain and, as always, connect the black terminator at the end of the chain. Again, what is preferred is to order the Internal SCSI Filter from service. Article Change History: 13 Apr 1995 - Added information on having internal and external drives. Support Information Services Published Date: Feb 18, 2012 There is also another article lifted straight from www.fenestrated.net from Apple below: https://www.fenestrated.net/mirrors/Apple Technotes (As of 2002)/dv/dv_15.html Technical: Developer Documentation: Technical Notes NOTE: This Technical Note has been retired. Please see the Technical Notes page for current documentation. CONTENTS Why Is the Terminator After Sarah Connor? How to Stop the Terminator External Termination You're Terminated Macintosh Quadra Termination PowerBook Termination PowerBook Duo Termination Termination Outlined for Each Macintosh References Change History Downloadables This Technical Note discusses SCSI termination on the Macintosh, including the new rules of termination that are necessary with the advent of the high-speed Macintosh IIfx. Updated: [May 01 1992] Why Is the Terminator After Sarah Connor? One of the features of the now obsolete Macintosh IIfx was a new SCSI chip that provides SCSI data transfer rates up to 3 megabytes per second, faster than any Macintosh model prior to the Macintosh Quadra. To achieve these transfer rates, components on the Macintosh IIfx logic board were smaller and faster, requiring different termination configurations from those of previous Macintosh models. The Macintosh IIfx requires the use of a combination of the following three new termination parts. Users need to use these parts instead of existing SCSI termination parts to configure a Macintosh IIfx with SCSI devices. The Macintosh Quadra does not require special termination as the Macintosh IIfx does, but it does have some special rules of its own and these are discussed in a later section. Apple SCSI Cable Terminator II: The Apple SCSI Cable Terminator II is a revised external terminator for the Macintosh IIfx. All finished goods Macintosh IIfx systems ship with this terminator in the box. It is easily recognized because of the black color. Under no circumstances should one use more than a single Apple SCSI Cable Terminator II on an external SCSI chain--doing so may damage the logic board. Internal SCSI Termination Block: The Internal SCSI Termination Block provides internal termination resistance for Macintosh IIfx systems without internal hard drives. All finished goods systems shipping without internal hard drives have the Internal SCSI Termination Block installed. Internal SCSI Filter: The Internal SCSI Filter provides termination capacitance for internal Macintosh IIfx hard drives that shipped prior to March 19, 1990. All finished goods systems shipping without internal hard drives have the Internal SCSI Filter installed. The new termination configurations are simple, and you can remember them with a single rule: Macintosh IIfx systems with external SCSI chains require a terminator at both ends of the SCSI chain. One is internal to the system, while the second is external, located at the end of the chain. The reason for the new terminator is that on the Macintosh IIfx and future hardware, the SCSI controller chip is a 2 micron part, which makes it very fast. One of the results of this speed is that the chip now thinks that glitches in the /REQ line are real signals. This problem is not likely to occur on all of the Macintosh IIfx machines, but if you have a problem with your hard drive not getting mounted on the new machine, you should try a new terminator first. The symptom is more likely to show up on machines with several (three or more) external SCSI devices attached to the computer and long strands of SCSI cables. Figure 1 illustrates the old-style terminator with the signal showing the spike propagation. Figure 1 - Old-Style Terminator (Gray) Basically, if a majority of the data lines change state at once, there is a sudden drain on the TPWR line, which is resistively coupled to all of the lines, including the /REQ line. This sudden drain causes a spike in the line, and this spike is propagated into the /REQ line and to the SCSI controller chip. The newer SCSI controller chip in the Macintosh IIfx interprets this spike as a /REQ signal and starts reading data from the data lines; however, since the data lines need 55 ns to settle, the data that the controller chip reads is junk. All internal hard disk drives sold by Apple with the Macintosh IIfx and later machines have the Internal SCSI Filter installed; however, most third-party drives do not yet have this filter installed and must be modified by a qualified service provider to work correctly with the Macintosh IIfx. Back to top How to Stop the Terminator Since the problem is caused by a drop in the TPWR line, the fix is to smooth out the line. One need only add a 2.2 uF capacitor and a 0.01 uF ceramic capacitor as illustrated in Figure 2. These capacitors act like a battery and provide a little extra current when it is needed. This extra current results in a smoother signal, which the SCSI controller chip does not interpret as a /REQ signal. Figure 2 - New-Style Terminator (Black) This new type of filter is only for internal hard disk drives. The Macintosh IIfx ships with a new and improved external terminator (black in color), so hard drive manufacturers do not need to worry about external termination. Apple also ships an internal filter with every Macintosh IIfx that handles the capacitance problem. This internal terminator has two parts. The first is the resistors for the terminator. This part should already be installed on all internal hard disk drives, so it is used only for CPUs that do not have an internal hard drive. The second part of the internal terminator is the capacitor filter. This filter should be installed on the hard disk drive end of the SCSI internal cable. If your hard drive implements the new capacitors, you can, and should, install the capacitor filter--you cannot have too much capacitance. Back to top External Termination If you manufacture an external SCSI device, do not include termination in it. The only terminator that should be outside a Macintosh IIfx is Apple's external terminator, and it should be at the end of the SCSI chain. If you make a SCSI terminator, it is most likely incompatible and may cause damage to the hardware or the data. If your SCSI device cannot connect with Apple's terminator, then you should provide an adapter that allows your SCSI device to attach to the provided terminator. Note: A notice in the Macintosh IIfx finished goods box instructs customers to return self-terminating SCSI devices to the service provider to disable termination. Back to top You're Terminated Not every Macintosh IIfx owner is likely to experience this inconvenience, but a few will. If your customers report problems that appear to be termination related, then the first possible solution is to fix the terminator (for external devices) or implement the filter (for internal devices). If you manufacture an external SCSI device that is self-terminating, you should remove it. This incompatibility will continue with future hardware products and could even surface on the Macintosh IIci. Back to top Macintosh Quadra Termination Proper SCSI termination is critical for correct operation of the Macintosh Quadra computers, just as with all Macintosh computers. The Macintosh Quadra computers require external SCSI termination at the end of the device chain, either supplied by the last device in the chain, or using a standard Apple SCSI Cable Terminator (M0332LL/A). Note that this is the standard SCSI terminator, notthe black terminator required by the Macintosh IIfx (although the black IIfx terminator may be used as well). Termination is generally supplied at the factory for use with internal SCSI devices. Some early floppy-only Macintosh Quadra 700 units may not have internal termination, so users who attach external SCSI devices (without having added an internal SCSI device) may need to double terminate their external SCSI chain. Properly terminated floppy-only Macintosh Quadra 700 units will have a terminator inserted into the motherboard internal SCSI cable connector. Users of internal SCSI devices must, of course, remove this terminator before connecting their internal SCSI device. The Macintosh Quadra 900 is the first Macintosh computer to provide a separate, internal SCSI bus. This bus is physically isolated from the external SCSI bus and must also be properly terminated. The cable provided with the machine includes all the termination necessary, so allinternal devices must have SCSI termination removed before connecting to the internal Macintosh Quadra 900 SCSI cable. If extra termination is supplied it may cause intermittent hardware failures as well as physical damage to the device. Developers who ship terminated SCSI devices for possible internal use in the Macintosh Quadra 900 must provide users with instructions for removing the termination. Back to top PowerBook Termination There are two important points that one must be aware of when it comes to termination on the Macintosh PowerBook computers. The first point is that termination on the PowerBook computers is supplied by the internal hard drive. PowerBook computers depend on the internal hard drive to supply termination so that they are properly terminated when placed in SCSI disk mode. In SCSI disk mode, the PowerBook is just another hard drive in the SCSI chain. This is because all other subsystems have been shut down. Because the PowerBook is internally terminated by the hard drive, it must always be at the end of the SCSI chain. If you have two PowerBook computers and other devices on the chain, one PowerBook must be the very last device in the SCSI chain (in SCSI disk mode) and the second PowerBook must be at the beginning of the chain (Initiator). This also means that it is not possible to have more than one PowerBook on a single SCSI bus in SCSI disk mode. The second point to be aware of is that the PowerBook computers do not supply termination power. They rely on external devices to provide termination power on the bus. If there are other devices on the bus that provide termination power, we recommend that the connection to the first device out of the PowerBook be terminated. It is not required that you do this. This ensures that the cable is as close to ideal as possible. Because termination power is not supplied by the PowerBook computers, we also advise that you do not have powered off devices on the bus. This is true not only for the PowerBook computers but for all Macintosh products. It has been found that having devices powered off and on the bus causes degradation to performance and signals. A termination problem can cause incorrect data to be passed during a SCSI transfer. Therefore, the rule is this: Do not have powered off devices connected to the bus. Also, do not power on a device connected to the bus after booting, and never connect one while the system is on. If you still have troubles with the PowerBook after following the termination rules, be sure to check that you have proper cables and that the other devices on the bus also follow termination rules. Some devices are not following the description of how Apple's devices work, and following the guidelines of the Apple cable guide does not apply with non-Apple devices. If you have non-Apple cables, be sure that they meet Apple SCSI specifications. It is possible that other devices on the bus and improper cabling are what is causing trouble for you. Back to top PowerBook Duo Termination Unlike the other Macintosh PowerBook computers, the PowerBook Duo models do not rely on an external device to provide termination power. Both the Deskbar and the DuoDock provide termination power to the bus. They are actively terminated, which means that they provide termination power and have the best architecture for termination of any other device on the bus. Back to top Termination Outlined for Each Macintosh Below is a table that outlines the termination specifics of all Macintosh models (current as of this writing). It also describes whether termination power (TPWR) is supplied for either the internal or external SCSI bus, depending on which is present (one or both). The column on the far right describes which terminator is required when the CPU (currently PowerBook computers only) are in SCSI disk mode and functioning as an external storage device on the external SCSI chain of a Macintosh. Below the table is an ASCII representation of the active termination concept, which is new as of the Macintosh IIv, Macintosh Centris, and Macintosh Quadra models. * "...an active termination circuit automatically terminates the [internal device] when it is the last device on the bus. If a terminated device is attached to the external SCSI port, the internal termination is deactivated."--p. 18 of Macintosh IIvx, IIvi, Performa 600 Developer Note. "The Macintosh Centris 610, Macintosh Centris 650, and Macintosh Quadra 800 computers include a new feature that automatically provides the proper termination when no external device is connected. . . . When one or more devices are connected, the circuitry detects the external termination during system reset and disconnects the termination on the logic board."--p. 19 of Macintosh Centris 610, Macintosh Centris 650, and Macintosh Quadra 800 Computers Developer Note. Termination on Apple Printers The Apple LaserWriter IIf and IIg and Apple LaserWriter Pro 630 printers require the same terminator as the IIfx--Apple SCSI Terminator II (M5871G/A)--when connecting up to seven external SCSI storage devices (which are for storing downloadable fonts, not for connecting the printer to a Macintosh). The LaserWriter Pro 630 is the first Apple LaserWriter that can also take a single internal SCSI hard drive (for font storage) in addition to six (for a total of seven) external hard drives. Any internal drive must not be terminated internally since permanent termination is supplied on the motherboard. This termination cannot be removed. The internal hard drive's SCSI ID is hardwired to the motherboard; it is ID 6. Since this drive also counts as one of the seven total devices allowed on the bus, any external device must not have SCSI ID 6 when the internal drive is present. If no internal hard drive is present, SCSI ID 6 is still reserved--external SCSI devices may not use ID 6 even if no internal hard drive is present. The end of the external SCSI chain must also be terminated, whether an internal drive is present or not. The LaserWriter Pro 630 does supply termination power (TPWR) to the internal device but not to external devices. The LaserWriter IINTX, IIf, and IIg printers do not supply TPWR. The Apple LaserWriters IINTX and IINTXJ require the standard, gray Apple terminator (M0332LL/A) when connecting external storage devices. The Apple Personal LaserWriter SC and IISC printers as well as the Apple Color Printer are SCSI devices themselves; that is, rather than being networkable printers, they connect directly to the SCSI bus of the Macintosh. These printers require the standard, gray Apple terminator, unless you're using them with a Macintosh IIfx, in which case you should use the black terminator. In other words, for the SCSI printers (only), the termination requirements are dictated by the Macintosh since the printer functions as just another SCSI device on the Macintosh computer's SCSI bus. Below is a chart that will help you determine the termination characteristics of all of Apple's printers. Printers with no SCSI implementation are included just for the sake of completeness, so those characteristics that do not apply will list n/a, for "not applicable," under the appropriate heading(s). Back to top References Macintosh Technical Note "Fear No SCSI" Back to top Change History 01-April-1990 Originally written. 01-May-1992 Added a discussion of Macintosh PowerBook and PowerBook Duo termination and termination for Apple printers. Back to top Downloadables Acrobat version of this Note (536K) Download Back to top Technical Notes by Date | Number | Technology | Title Developer Documentation | Technical Q&As | Development Kits | Sample Code Contact ADC | ADC Site Map | ADC Advanced Search For information about Apple Products, please visit Apple.com. Contact Apple | Privacy Notice Copyright © 2002 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. 1-800-MY-APPLE
  8. Hi Jeroen, The black terminator is packed and will be posted tomorrow sometime. It will set you back the princely sum of CHF 3.70. Sorry about the using the initials for private messaging. I've gotten very used to it and it didn't occur to me that it mightn't be in universally understood. A few things to bear in mind: you should get yourself a PDF copy of the FWB Jackhammer manual – http://archive.retro.co.za/mirrors/68000/www.vintagemacworld.com/pdfmanuals/jackhammersc.pdf. Make yourself a boot floppy with System 7.1 and put the following extensions on it: 0. You can take almost all of the extensions and control panels out. I'd leave in General Controls, mouse, keyboard, startup disk; 1. SCSI Probe 4.2 – This will tell you if the SCSI chain is terminated – http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/scsiprobe; 2. CD-Sunrise – This will mount many drives as read-only volumes – http://www.vintageapple.org/macdrivers/disk.shtml; 3. If you have space, MO Formatter from Fujitsu – https://www.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=256249 Take out all of the cards except one of the graphics card, say, the SuperMac Thunder/24, and unplug the SCSI harddrive. Start with as few items as possible and then add on one item at a time. I assume, of course, that your floppy drive & floppies work. Can you boot successfully from the floppy? If not, you may have a hardware problem. Leave it over night and see if there is any change the next day. If it boots, super. Shut down. Unplug the power supply. Touch the power supply to discharge any static electricity that you may have. Plug in, say, the hard-drive and reboot from the floppy. If you can boot successfully, check SCSI Probe. Is the drive there? Does it need mounting? If not, shut down as before and follow the same procedure. Unplug the SCSI drive. Restart from the floppy again. If all is well, shut down, follow the procedure and plug in one of the external SCSI drives, say the Iomega Zip-drive. Set the termination power at the back to on. Boot from the floppy again. If it boots successfully, check SCSI Probe. Is the Zip drive registered under SCSI ID 5 or 6? Press the green bar at the top of SCSI Probe 4.3. If the SCSI bus is not terminated, it will say so there. And so on. Reduce the number of variables you have. Once you have known working drives, you can then start adding to them. If you think that the black terminator might be the solution to a problem, connect another SCSI drive with a different SCSI ID to the Zip drive and remember to set the termination on the Zip drive to off. Plug the black terminator at the end of the SCSI chain and reboot from the floppy. My apologies if this is very basic. It's how I troubleshoot complex systems. Start simple and work up.
  9. Hi Jeroen, I have a spare black terminator that you may borrow. No idea if it works. Neither of my two black terminators seems to make a difference on my IIfx (although the internal SCSI has just died so it may not have been the black terminator...). Send me a PM if you want to borrow it. It will only cost the price of postage from CH. aa
  10. ArmorAlley

    The Holy Grail of PCI Macs: Daystar Millennium Quad 604.

    Congratulations on your find! You have a piece of history in your hands. What first comes to mind is Steve Jobs yelling at executives and lawyers in Cupertino in 1997. How ugly it is. This is what is killing Apple. The clone licences have to go. Is there no way to kill them? It is such a pity that Andy Hertzfeld and Burrell Smith weren't massively enticed to stay on at Apple back in 1985. The Mac II could have & should have, IMHO, been a multi-processor machine back in 1987.
  11. There is an auction in Switzerland which lists the bill items of a Macintosh IIsi and accessories bought in 1991. I'll have a look around for a reasonable conversion rate of the Swiss Frank as it was in 1991. The auction, in case anyone is interested, is here: https://www.tutti.ch/de/vi/basel/computer-zubehoer/computer/macintosh-mit-zubehoer/23827093 The price tag is 10x higher than what I'd pay for what she's offering though.
  12. ArmorAlley

    Any ideas on how to remove this SE logic board

    I have 2 SEs, both with batteries affixed in them. Can I just snip the cables at either side of the battery and leave it like this or will this cause damage?
  13. ArmorAlley

    Booksale Oddity: M0191 Laserwriter Plus Kit

    I have fond memories making copies of whatever font I could find the Font/DA Mover. Not everyone knew what Type 1 fonts were or that they could be loaded into the laser-printer. You need to find an original Laserwriter for this and RFB!
  14. ArmorAlley

    Coolest thing I've found this year

    Those Intellimice are my favourite mice. I bought an old one not too long ago on eBay.
  15. Hopefully the boards haven't been destroyed in a fire or so. In my experience, people don't mind waiting, as long as they have an idea how long they have to wait for. It's basic expectation management. If he is flooded with boards and is unable to fix them for whatever reason, then he must inform all concerned about this. Behaving in an anti-social way is unprofessional and he is running a business. Now, I, too, have had many good experiences with him but this was several years' ago. He responded punctually then and the boards he sent me back were fixed/re-capped. I do wish him the best and hope that he will respond to all soon.
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