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Schmoburger

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  • Birthday 05/05/1987

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    http://macaddictisnotdead.blogspot.com.au/

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    NSW South Coast, Australia.
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    Volkswagens, Car Audio, XD-XF Falcons and ZK-ZL Fairlanes, vintage and NewWorld Macs, old tech computer and electronic equipment.

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  1. Much as I love G5's, I must concede that the PCI-X dual-processor machines are one of the biggest pile of junk paperweight boat anchors Apple ever made... I parted my flakey dual-2.0 out some time ago as I frankly could not even be bothered with a reflow on what is just an all out badly engineered machine. The PCIe 2.0 dual-core that replaced it is a far better, faster, more stable and also much cooler running machine which has given me next to no trouble with hardware other than the DVD drive going on the fritz, which is a normal wear and tear item in my books.
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    Unusual fan in an SE

    Nah Australias not too dangerous... hang on, is that a white-tail spider? Shit. Halp.
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    Regarding the 575 vs 580

    I find the 580 display cringeworthy in all honesty, however I had a 575 for some time, as well as the Diamondtron CRT Studio display and the beautiful Pismo LCD to compare with... Basically all the best monitors apple ever had, so I guess really any cheap 14" CRT is going to be hard to swallow by comparison. For what the machine can do, it is adequate however. And a cool simple little hack I did involved using a 6xxx series logic board with the 580 backing plate screwed in and creating a nice compact little AIO Powermac... albeit a fairly slow one. However back in the early 2000's when I did it, it was still a usable machine in this guise.
  4. I'm interested in the outcome of this, as I have a squealing pizzabox or two myself.
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    To Celebrate the Mac's 32nd Anniversary...

    Nice! I'm currently using the day and my convalescant state (severe groin muscle strain ) as an excuse to resurrect at least some of my stack of pizzabox Macs
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    I still used my SE Superdrive for word processing until about 10 years ago as it was nice typing on a crisp monochrome CRT with a small screen diameter that allows you to keep a constant line of sight and minimise eye fatigue to an extent. Tbh, if I had space to set one up permanantly, without being obtrusive, I would fully recap one of m Classics and keep using it for this purpose. As it stands, the SE now lives in a dark walk-in robe in a room without windows to prevent yellowing its nearly mint condition case plastics, and only comes out on occasions. I guess you could say it probably is the pride of my collection alongside the 200MP, the difference being that the latter has a pretty patchy case, is 10 years younger, and is vastly more useful so I am happy to use it daily.
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    ADB Hotswapping

    Those killer cords have made my goddamn morning!
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    Making A Bootable ROM Drive For The Classic II

    I have nothing useful to contribute to this thread at this point, however it interests me sufficiently to follow it.
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    80s-90s Apple CRTs

    I intend on doing this with my 750AV... they were usually a paperweight after a few years, and mine is no exception. I have no intent to fix whatever is stopping it powering up... simply going to install an LCD and throw the rest of the old internals in the garbo so I have a nice, superficially period and context correct Apple display for my 9600 that is reliable and wont give me headaches. I can't help but feel this is a slight bit of an overdramatization of the risk, if any exists... Not trying to be inflammatory or state point blank that these displays NEVER caught fire in isolated cases, but there appears to be absolutely no verifiable citations of it ever actually having occurred... Given that I have owned one for years it is in my best interest to do some searching of my own, so I did, and aside from a couple of threads on here dating back a few years, one of which contained a link to an apparantly deleted thread on MacWorld, there are absolutely none which even really allude to any specific involvement of CRT Studio Displays in fires. The only thing that remotely even mentions it after searching numerous strings and sifting through pages and pages of search results is this on TS... http://www.techsurvivors.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=22397 It however, specifically pertains to a monitor that was obtained with a partly severed VGA cable which was repaired with electrical tape (!!!). It however was merely referencing a statement from a Genius or some such "qualified" person that the cable may heat up and catch fire... tbh this seems unlikely for a data cable to do this. Power cable, maybe, but this would not be an issue with specifically this display. Any badly repaired cable would have this associated (and very real risk). As it turned out, the OP later goes on to state no such effects in the slightest. The only other references I can find are from two of your own comments in seperate threads on 68k in the past, Where you cite two sources, one of which contained the deleted thread i mentioned earlier in this post, and the other being a word of mouth anecdote from a contact of yours. Whilst not necessarily a false claim, neither can can be verified in any way thus far, and even if they could, there is no mention of any similar cases anywhere on the web to suggest that it was in any way an endemic fault with that series of CRT display... there is literally not one single mention made of one of these displays having caught fire aside from those two past comments you placed on here previously. Having said this, I also took the liberty of doing some general searches for reports of such fires, and only turned this up, which was in relation to a recall issued in the early 2000's that applied specifically to a series of 15" CRT's sold under the IBM brand but manufactured by Lite-On Inc. in 1997. http://www.crn.com/news/channel-programs/18821997/citing-potential-fire-hazard-ibm-recalls-six-year-old-monitors.htm As the Apple displays ran Mitsubishi Diamondtron tubes and such, I did a search of incidents involving specifically these CRT's, and again turned up nothing involving even remotely related hardware. Fair enough, the circuitry is probably partly a Foxconn concern but even then, there is a complete lack of citation in any case. Even assuming that a single display, even two of them DID in fact burn up, that is hardly enough to state that every one of the thousands built in all sizes and both colours is a fire hazard... I had mine turned on nearly 3 years straight before I deinstalled it for being too damn big and not matching my 9600 aesthetically after retiring the G4. Had an occasional flicker as they all develop eventually as well, yes, some of the compinentry back then was pretty flakey in Apple CRT's. But there is really nothing to suggest they were "Burn your house down" kinda flakey... Yes, there is always a risk of fire in ultra high voltage electrical equipment, but it is minimal, and it seems that there is nothing to say the Studio Display poses a risk that is any higher than the next CRT. And well, if there was a significant risk that Apple knew about at that time it wouldve resulted in a voluntary recall... the Pismo/Lombard power bricks were recalled at around that time due to them running hot and posing a fire risk under some fairly unlikely circumstances. I know this as I had mine replaced. the number of incidents was able to be counted on one hand, yet prompted action. If similar incidents occurred with the Studio monitors that were not very very isolated, these would have also been addressed I would imagine. Now as for the cables themselves, that may or may not be a different story... I have known the clear cables to fail. Not endemically but enough to warrant caution. So it is possible that somewhere along the line one may have shorted or heated up due to excessive resistance and started a fire. But if this is the case, then it is more correct to blame the cable than the actual CRT, and given that the cable is replacable with one of better quality than the crap Apple loosely describe as cables since the fruity era, this is really a non-issue after doing just that. I do know that a common failure point in the early yoyo Powerbook/iBook adators was the main power cable, which with repeated ocillations would break near the plug internally and this DID cause quite a number of verifiable fires. The altered the cable on the later model yoyo adaptors which fixed the issue to a degree, but they still did sometimes kink and fail to work... but not so readily burn up. Anyway... like I said, not calling anybody a liar or trying to be deliberately inflammatory. I just feel a bit of perspective is in order, and I also feel that the vote of zero-confidence in these pieces of equipment is rather unjustified, when not a single horror story can be found from the horses mouth or a verifiable and reliable authority. Personally I am not in any way concerned about the safety of my Studio 17"... Your opinion is yours however so do with mine what you will. BUt anyway, back on topic... yes I keep a selection of Mac monitors around, particularly the Trinitron ones, as I do not like using crummy old muddy VGA crap on my old Macs when I can have crisp Sony goodness witht the right badge. That, and I know they will usually work on anything. Except my Apple 21" single-res... i beleive there is a lot of vintage Mac stuff it wont work on. That said, right now it doesnt work, period lol.
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    How to spot a counterfeit Capacitor

    Oh dear...
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    How to spot a counterfeit Capacitor

    Holy crap on a cracker.... This makes me a little uncomfortable, and makes me far happier to just replace electrolytics every 10 years. Also I am curious as to what this error is at C22 on certain LCIII's.
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    Am I f----d?

    I thought one or two did exist back in the days of the early 601 machines... would have been fairly easy to implement givn they were architecturally rather similar. That said, in the presence of factory boards that slot straight in, I assume the market would have been limited.
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    Am I f----d?

    THis thread gave me a headache by the time i got to the bottom... But yes, I am going to say your machine likely has either a PPC upgrade or has a 6200 logic board in it. I will award points for style and commitment for the MSPaint replica of an error window.
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    Which Was The Best Compact Mac Made?

    Hands down, I must choose the SE, specifically the FDHD amd SuperDrive models as they are realistically the most useful, having an internal hard drive and ROM support for the HD FDD out of the box. I choose the SE by virtue of reliability and good engineering alone... in most other respects they are the same as any other 8MHz compact. Unlike the Plus however, the SE has active cooling, rather than convection cooling and the associated shortening of lifespans on the AB componentry as suffered by the Plus, and also 128k and 512K. There are still no SMD electrolytics in sight on the SE, so logic board rot or cap failure an almost a non-issue. The implementation of ADB is also very much a positive in favour of the SE, rather than that ridiculous RJ11/DB9 serial combination of input device sockets, and of course, the PDS slot, unique to the SE and SE/30. They also have the nicest looking case in my opinion. Whilst I do enjoy the Classic, it really is operationally just a cheapened SE, without any expansion slot, and with terrible surface mount electrolytic capacitors on the logic board that claim many a Classic... So realistically it can hardly be rated as the best as it performs the same, has no processor direct expandability, and breaks more readily. The Classic isnt an intrinsically bad machine in concept, being a little faster and better, and just as sexy, but unfortunately it is let down by the same issues that let down the Classic so it is a bit of a vote of little confidence also. The SE/30 is definitely worthy of second place by virtue of the huge amount of power and potential it packed into that tiny little SE case, however it is very much let down by the rubbish logic board capacitors also, having some of the absolute worst of cap rot issues. For this reason, it will oonly ever get second place in my books. So yes, all things taken into account, the SE FDHD and SE SuperDrive are the winners for me.
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    Powermac G5 2.0ghz x2 with PCIX and 6800 Ultra

    Can't complain for that price. My 2.0DP PCIX was relegated to a dank corner as a parts hack a long time ago after the U3 and possibly also a CPU went bad... I replaced it with a DC 2.0 PCIE and never looked back. All I can really say is, good luck with that machine... you will need it!
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