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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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    AdobePS & PostScript Printers

    Glad I was able to help. It was only after I posted the initial post was that I should really look at the sheets it spews out at me. When I got the printer, my gut feeling was that if it supported Mac OS 10.4, then it should work on 9.2.2 and below.
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    General Network Speed Question....

    Out of curiosity, is your NuBus bus overloaded? Do you have a graphics card running a 1024x768 at millions of colours and an LVD SCSI card with a fast disk flooding the bus? If so, your question may be partly answered. How are you measuring your throughput? Using a connection to the Internet with Netscape 4? If so, have you considered building up a simple matrix of your machines? Say, how many seconds does it take to transfer xMB of mixed files from Mac A to Mac B. I, personally, use 95MB it just needs to be the same files in every test. Then try every permutation with the same set of mixed files and then you can compare the results. Also bear in mind the state of fragmentation of your hard drives, the size of the system cache may play a role and you should also look at Speed Doubler from Connectix. You will need to make a physical floppy from an image of Speed Doubler if you wish to install it. A final point is disk to disk transfer within the same machine, and epecially a RAM disk. To get the maximum possible transfer speed from a machine, you need to create a RAM disk and time the transfer of the aforementioned files from the disk to the RAM disk and vice versa. Once you have that, then measure the time taken for the files from one disk to another within the same machine, should you have two disks in one machine. This will give you an idea of the speed differential between machine and network speeds. Someone here will surely know of a very useful set of utilities that measures and analyses network speed and I hope that they will share them.
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    AdobePS & PostScript Printers

    @OlePigeon may have a bigger point and, in short, I hope that he is right. What I do know was that my problem lay with the internal configuration of the printer. I enabled EtherTalk in the Network menu and "C321" appeared in both the LaserWriter8 and AdobePS printer driver in Chooser. I chose the AdobePS driver, created a PPD and was able to print. The printer is connected by ethernet. So, a happy end. Thanks to all who responded.
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    AdobePS & PostScript Printers

    Thanks for this. Something learned today. According to the menu map of the printer, EtherTalk is set to disabled, so I might be lucky yet, if I can enable it. I'll give that a go.
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    AdobePS & PostScript Printers

    A neighbour gave me an Oki C321dn because she had finished her studies and didn't need it no more. It is a PostScript printer but comes with no drivers for Mac OS 9. It does have drivers for Mac OS X 10.3 onwards and I have installed PostScript drivers for both Ubuntu and Windows 10. I have installed the Adobe PostScript driver (AdobePS) v8.8 on my PM 8100/400 but nothing appears when I click the AdobePS driver in Chooser. It is not seen on the network. The Oki page gives PPDs for Linux which I have downloaded and put into the Printer Description folder in Extensions. The OS is 9.0.4. The Powermac can get online and both the Windows machine and Ubuntu can see it. What am I doing wrong? Am I simply expecting too much from generic PostScript printers? I have never used the AdobePS before but I have heard a lot about it. I was under the impression that all PostScript printers were supported. If AdobePS is the way to go, would someone kindly point me in the right direction please? Thanks very much.
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    An album (, but not an LP)
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    Possible to share one ADB keyboard among two Macs?

    Nice (and relatively) compact too. Mine is the same height, one third longer with a simple knob in the middle.
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    Possible to share one ADB keyboard among two Macs?

    I know of 2 KVMs (keyboard,video, mouse) for ADB macs: Dr. Bott's & Black Box. The latter is rackmounted. I have seen 4-, 6- and 10-port varieties. They are heavy and bulky. The Dr. Bott's are heavy and compact. My 6-port Black Box has the nr. 724-746-5500 on the front.
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    LC 475 installation woes

    Do you have an external SCSI zip drive or MO that you could boot from? BTW, do you have a fan on the full 68040? It mightn't be a bad idea.
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    The biggest haul I’ve ever made.

    Well done and congratulations. A haul is exhilarating. I've had two so far and I am happy for you. I almost sold a dual Bernoulli drive for next to nothing to Adam some years' back. I couldn't really test because I had no Bernoulli disk and the postage was something phenomenal. These are heavy things. I'm glad that his items are going to good homes. I (and half the community here) would love that IIfx, if you're not going to keep it.
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    Floppy drive for Macintosh IIfx

    I understand that. Do bear in mind that replacement floppy drives are quite heavy and unless you get them locally, the shipping will be expensive. Floppy EMUs will work on any Mac with an internal floppy port and can hold the contents of a micro-SD card. Original floppy drives are, furthermore, 30 years old and may need some tending loving care (i.e. they need to be fixed). So many items in the Mac II era are now sold as «untested». Care needs to be taken with them and the original floppies too. There are available exploded diagrams of the various macs and these list Apple part numbers. We should all have one of these for each of our macs. The Service Source files have useful info too. tim.id.au's site is rather good (and not just for some manuals). Here is the Service Source for the IIfx: http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/legacy/macintosh_ii.iix.iifx.pdf The part number for the floppy drive in question for the IIfx is 661-0542.
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    Floppy drive for Macintosh IIfx

    I have a lot of rarely used macs that I use more often as the source of spare parts for things like this than I do them.. These are mechanical items which need greasing every decade or two and most haven't been looked after. Somewhere on the site may have one spare to sell. However, I think that the Floppy EMU from BMOW may be the way to go: https://www.bigmessowires.com/shop/product/floppy-emu-model-c/
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    Scored a Mac SE/30 with Ethernet and video card!

    Quite well, I should think. It does have 8MB RAM. Maybe Studio/1 from EA would be a better program to use though.
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    Scored a Mac SE/30 with Ethernet and video card!

    I'm seconding Byte Knight's comment. I think that that 15-port on the back is an AUI port. Now you may have a video card inside there but you won't really know until you open it up. You probably should also take the PRAM battery out while you are at it (or, at least, replace it with a new one). I suppose a look at the Monitors control panel or a look inside the System Folder for INITs might reveal an Xceed, Radius or Lapis card, but I guess not. It was not uncommon for SE/30s to have been servers back in the early 1990s. It is a part of the reason why network cards for it are not uncommon.
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    Mac 128K with Mac Plus upgrade

    Well, cats are attracted to things with mice...