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  1. NJRoadfan

    IIc and IIGS Key Caps - Interchangeable?

    The later Apple IIc with memory expansion (A2S4100) and the IIc plus should interchange with the IIgs keyboard as they have Alps key switches. Just note that they keyboard on the IIc likely does not have keycaps the same color as the IIgs.
  2. 8.6 is likely the best OS for 601 machines provided they have enough RAM and fast storage. I was able to run 7.1.2 on a 6100/66, but that board didn't see much revision.
  3. I was able to disable the onboard 3D Rage Pro chipset on my beige G3 by using some OpenFirmware commands as I use an ATI XClaimVR 128 as the primary video card on that machine. The reason was OS X kept defaulting to the onboard video on boot. This was many moons ago and I can't remember the command I used to do this.
  4. I had to keep a 10BaseT hub with a coax jack on it just to run my FP5. I later managed to snag another FP5 with the AUI module.
  5. The 10BaseT EtherModule for the FP5 is like hen's teeth, you'll never find one. AUI is best, at least you can adapt it to whatever you want. The FP4 has both AUI and coax built in. Regarding configuration, the FP5 or 5.0 PROM upgraded FP4 is relatively easy to configure using the Shiva NetManager software and even works on OS X 10.4 under Classic. Configuring the FP4 with 4.0 PROM using the old Kinetics FastPath Manager is a total PITA though and REQUIRES classic networking. The software doesn't work with Open Transport at all limiting you to Nubus Powermacs or a 68k machine running System 7.5 or older. Phil Budne (an engineer who worked on the FP5) has a complete set of manuals for the FP5, but they are not easily scanned since they are perfect bound books. I have been looking for a set for years and have come up empty. The FP4 docs are on uxwbill's site linked above.
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    Quadra 650 and Houdini II Dos Card

    The card came with the stock Creative Labs SoundBlaster 16 driver and application bundle, nothing special.
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    68030 PDS: implimentation inconsistencies?

    -5V is rarely used by expansion cards. The host's power supply might not have it available either.
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    SE/30: Micron Xceed Video Card, DB-15 to VGA

    If the Xceed card only has pin 3 and is following the standard DA-15 video pinout, its only outputting composite sync any maybe sync-on-green. VGA monitors only support separate horizontal and vertical sync with a small subset also supporting composite or SoG. Many of the switched adapters have a built in sync separator to convert the composite sync or sync-on-green to separate H+V sync. You can build a relatively simple circuit using a LMH1980 chip too.
  9. The 5MP lacks any sort of expansion slot, its a "personal" desktop printer. HP's official print server solution was an external parallel port JetDirect box.
  10. PPD = Postscript Printer Description, its used by the driver to define things like resolution, paper trays available, etc. The 5MP only has parallel and localtalk, so a bridge is likely needed for hassle free Mac use. USB to parallel cables work fine with Windows (which uses a PCL driver), but not Macintosh. Classic MacOS only expects Postscript printers to be connected via an Appletalk network, hence why the LaserWriter8 driver only works via the LocalTalk port.
  11. All you really need is the PPD for the printer and they shouldn't be too hard to find. The LaserWriter 8 or AdobePS driver does the rest. EDIT: Drivers are still on HP's support site for OS 8 and 9.
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    Power Macintosh G3 Minitower Upgrades

    Beige G3s can take standard ATX power supplies (mine is running one right now). There is a jumper that you have to change on the motherboard in order for them to work.
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    ATX to Tanzania / 4400/7220 PSU adapter

    The reason for the lower rating on the +5v rail is that modern machines use +12v to power the VRMs on the board for the CPU. Older machines directly fed everything with +5v. Honestly all that machine needs is a cheap ATX to AT adapter and some wiring of the 3-pin power switch harness. The only "work" would be wiring the +3.3V harness.
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    SCSI2SD reverting to default device config

    Real internal SCSI devices terminated in that manner. If you are using an external case without a termination switch, you were expected to plug a terminator into the open daisy chain SCSI connector in the back. There were some devices that attempted to detect that they were at the end of the chain and auto enable termination, but it was unreliable and caused headaches.
  15. Old ATX is the same as New ATX, just the latter lacks a -5V rail (irrelevant for Mac use) and has more power available on the 12V rails since newer machines rely on 12V powered VRMs for CPUs.
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