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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. Best Mac OS version for Color Classic?

    I'd go with the earliest version of the system software that will support the programs you want to use, which, in this case, is System 7.1 with appropriate Enabler (with System Enabler 401). I have a fondness for System 7.1 anyway. The enablers are available in the Macintosh Garden, if you don't have the appropriate installer disk-images. That being said, you can install System 7.5.5 or Mac OS 7.6.1 and whittle down the control panels and extensions. You should have what you want or need. 6MB is not a bad amount for System 7.1.
  2. PB 540c — advice please

    Thanks to everyone who posted with help. The PB 540c arrived last Friday and the power supply from the States yesterday. I plugged her in and she runs nicely. I guess that the SCSI2SD PB edition is next. To anybody in the States who'd like one, I have the dark grey power cable to give away for the price of postage. We have different sockets over here.
  3. XBHS1997's finds, saves and conquests

    Hey dude! I have something for you — a genuine (or, at least, it looks genuine) Mac Portable carrying bag from Apple. It needs a bit of work and cleaning, but it should complement your Mac Portable nicely. How is university? All the best, aa.
  4. What Is This?

    There is still a link on the Newertech website to the Variable Speed Overdrive IIfx https://www.newertech.com/downloads/Software/VSO_IIfx.sit It's on the Legacy Support page: https://www.newertech.com/tech_support/support_legacy.php If it is a VSO, then this page might be useful: https://archive.info-mac.org/info/hdwr/quadra-700-clock-mod-145.txt
  5. Hi all, I posted a bit too rashly here — youthful exuberance, I'm afraid. I tested it again over the weekend and the presence of the (PowerPC) CD-ROM Toolkit v4 had no effect on the mounting of the Mac OS 7.6.1 installer under System 7.1 on my P475. SCSI Probe 4.3 or SilverLining d2 were able to mount the CD without the extensions being present. The drive in question was the Pioneer. Congrats, xboxwon, on the Apple CD 300e. It looks like a fine machine. Sorry about that, aa
  6. Hi xboxown, I have just been doing some testing. I installed FWB's CD-ROM Toolkit onto Mac OS 8.6 on my Beige G3. I copied the installed files onto a zip disk and tried it on System 7.1.1 on my Performa 475. I copied the CD-ROM Toolkit Extension (v4.0.1) and the Apple CD/DVD Driver (v1.2.2) into the Extensions folder, SCSI Probe 4.3 into the Control Panels folder and the CD drive files that come with the CD-ROM Toolkit into the System Folder. Restart and It works. The CDs in the slot-loading Pioneer DVD-ROM drive and in the Yamaha CRW8824S are both recognised under System 7.1. When the CD is not in the mac during boot-up, I need SCSI Probe 4.3 to mount it. I can boot too from the Mac OS 7.6.1 installer CD in the Pioneer DVD drive. If you can't use your Pioneer DVR drive, that's a shame. The advice given above is good. Get your a good external SCSI drive, or even a good internal drive and a SCSI enclosure. Yamaha, Plextor, Pioneer amongst others had good reputations then although I would expect that any SCSI drive from before 2001-ish will. I personally prefer the Yamaha CD-burners but whether a burner would be of any use to you is for you to decide. Shall I put all of the files in question into a StuffIt 4 sea (self-extracting archive) or sit (ordinary archive) for you? I can put it onto the Macintosh Garden or e-mail it to you directly. If you'd prefer the latter, please PM me an e-mail address. HTH, aa
  7. ADB Optical mouse by Kensington

    It is a nice thing to have. Nowadays, it is as easy to get one of BMOW's USB-ADB adaptors and use your USB mouse of choice. Mine is the Microsoft Intellimouse from 2000.
  8. PB 540c — advice please

    Thanks for the warning. This is good to know. I'll ask the seller to pack it well.
  9. I have a slot-loading SCSI Pioneer DVD-ROM connected to my Performa 475. I'll see if I can get it to work under System 7 tonight and if that works, I can send you the relevant extensions by e-mail.
  10. Oooooh, a SCSI DVD-R! I am jealous. Do take good care of it. Can you boot from an Apple CD (say Mac OS 7.6.1)? It may well be that the Toast extensions from Toast 5 will support it and may work under System 7.5.3
  11. PB 540c — advice please

    Well done sir! I can now tell the seller that I'll take it. Thanks very much for the links. aa
  12. PB 540c — advice please

    Hi all, I've come across a PB 540c going for the equivalent of USD60 (+ 10 for shipping). It has two dead batteries and no power-supply. It is a nice machine and the price is not at all bad. The seller has posted pictures of it working by means of a universal power supply. It seems that one cannot get batteries rebuilt for the 500-series PB. I have a few questions: 1. Will any PB 500-series power supply work or do I need one specific for the PB 540c? 2. How often do power supplies turn up on eBay etc? 3. Are there known problems with these power-supplies and can they switch voltage (110V - 240V)? 4. If anyone has one that they are willing to part with, would you PM me please? Thanks very much aa
  13. My mac lc III cannot detect my scsi dvd-rom

    FWB CD-ROM Toolkit is very useful for CD-ROMs and CD-Burners not supported by the standard Apple driver.
  14. There may well need to be. I haven't tried it out yet. I saw on eBay Germany, it wasn't too expensive and I thought that it might come in useful sometime.
  15. What you could do is max out your LC III (RAM, LC PDS ethernet card) and start looking for an old CD-replication system, like the Lacie Duplicator 25. If it is big enough (7-bays), this will allow you to put in 6 SCSi devices (say, a 2 CD-ROMs, a Zip drive, an MO-drive, a couple of hard-discs ... ). You'll need to get 2x IDC-50 to CN-50 cables.