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  1. mrpippy

    Apple PHX 100

    Found an old Usenet post which said that it was a special product line customized for businesses, like Performa was for consumers here in the US https://groups.google.com/d/msg/fj.sys.mac/NYZC-J8cFnU/htOow4WdijEJ
  2. Something I've always found fascinating was the use of Power Mac G5s as the original dev kit for the Xbox 360. For years there was little to no info about these machines or the software used, but that has changed in the last few months! A hard disk image is available, and apparently the original Xbox emulator is even included and works (see original Halo running in the video below) General info: https://www.xenonwiki.com/Alpha Info on putting together your own machine: https://www.xenonwiki.com/FrankenXenon Hard drive image: https://xbox-archive.obscuregamers.com/projectxenon.html Big forum thread at Assemblergames with more screenshots: https://assemblergames.com/threads/xenon-development-kit.70227/ YouTube video:
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    mrpippy's finds

    I picked up one of the last machines I've been wanting at an estate sale last month--a G4 Cube, with 15" Studio Display. Nothing special specs wise, just the usual 450 MHz with Rage 128 although it has been upgraded to 640 MB of RAM. I love having the whole setup--it just isn't the same without matching monitor and keyboard/mouse!
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    PowerBook 2400c backlight but no video

    I swapped the flex cable and inverter/button board between the displays, same result, no image I looked closer at the driver board, the problem is the FFC/FPC ribbons attached at the bottom of the driver board that connect to the panel itself. I think the ribbons are soldered onto the board using a "hot bar" which applies pressure to the whole width of the ribbon and then heats it to solder. Might be glue involved too (sometimes they use a conductive adhesive). I have a hot air station so I could probably get them off, but re-soldering them (reliably) with a regular iron just does not seem possible. Especially since the pads aren't even visible. https://www.crystalfontz.com/blog/faq-hot-bar-soldering-for-tab-cof-style-modules/
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    PowerBook 2400c backlight but no video

    Yeah the cracked LCD otherwise works great, backlight lights up, and in the very corner you can see the cursor/control strip. The picture in the thread I linked shows the control board, I don't know how I could swap that between panels.
  6. A couple years ago I bought a PB 2400c on CL that turned out to have a cracked screen (but otherwise working great). Then last summer on eBay, I bought a PB 2400c display (including hinges/lid) which was untested but at least isn't cracked. Finally got around to putting the screen in, the machine boots, backlight lights up but no picture. I guess the next step is to open up the displays and swap the flex cable from the cracked screen to the good one. Has anyone done this, or had this problem before?
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    CC's Latest...

    No thanks, I had actually bought it off eBay (advertised as untested/broken) not long before just to harvest the CD drive bezel. I have an Indigo iBook that I got from shopgoodwill last year, in great shape except for that missing bezel.
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    CC's Latest...

    LOL I think I sold you that iBook on eBay! Was it hard to fix the charger port? As I remember there was some letters scratched into the battery cover which made me think it came from a school district.
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    Just overclocked my Pismo

    The 500 MHz Pismo also has a much better metal heatsink for the CPU, the 400 MHz heatsink is partially black plastic and just doesn't seem like it would dissipate heat very well 500 MHz: 400 MHz:
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    9.2.2 for iBook 16 VRAM?

    These CDs are from an iBook one generation newer than yours (the early 2003 32 MB VRAM), but they should work: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/ibook-g3-early-2003-software-media-set-mac-os-v922-mac-os-x1024
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    DAA Adapter - part 820-0445-A

    I think it does go with a Duo Dock or MiniDock. Outside of the US the dock would have that board (and mini DIN port) rather than a standard RJ-11 phone jack, and there would be some country-specific adapter to connect to the phone jack. https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!search/“daa$20adapter”/comp.sys.mac.portables/IwN_lDIm_GM
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    A different kind of conquest...

    What a cool story, and historical artifact! I couldn't help but do some stalking, and look up the Shuttle mission and astronaut: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-51-F https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loren_Acton
  13. Here's a video of a 476 with the same case, unfortunately he never moves the keyboard so you can't see the lower sticker:
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