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  1. pcamen

    KVMs

    @Trash80toHP_Mini Yea, those MiniView's are what I was referring to. They are great! I'll probably end up just having a local KVM setup in my mechanical room for my headless Macs and other computers. I used the MiniView in the last iteration I had like 10 years ago.
  2. pcamen

    KVMs

    I've definitely seen quite a few remote KVM over ethernet solutions where you simply extend the KVM from one spot, over the network, to a receive at another spot. Might solve my problem half-way enough.
  3. pcamen

    KVMs

    I run quite a few machines at home. I also have a slate of machines at my company in a server room. For the server room, it's essential to have bios level remote management for dealing with problems while off-site. But those are almost all windows machines, so the older remote KVM units work ok. But I do have one Mac there as well that I use to download internet ZONE files daily, as well as scrape our local business license database looking for changes (list of companies locally that register new business licenses or let them lapse). That's what I do a lot of, taking an older Mac machine, like a 2010-2012 Mini and using it for a specific purpose. I have another I use for torrenting. I have an Intel NUC that I use for my video surveillance server. I have a new Mini with large RAID drives I use as a server. Almost all of these are on or near my rack in the mechanical room of my house. It's a small thing, but sometimes it is just more convenient to be able to deal with a boot-level issue and not have to go back and forth to my basement, or if I am away. So yea, for playing with Macs, being in front of them is nice, using the old keyboards, mice, and CRTs. But in some case not having to be in front of machines, even some vintage Macs used for specific purposes, is nice.
  4. pcamen

    KVMs

    I've also got several of the Dr. Bott KVM's. Certainly great for a local experience (sitting in front of a Mac) to have multiple Macs share a single KVM. But it still leaves the remote part out. The problem with Timbuktu, and all other software solutions like it, is that they can't access the machine when it borks up with issues that affect the network, or it is going through for example a repeated boot screen level reboot cycle. A hardware remove KVM would allow bios level access from afar. That's mostly what I'm interested in.
  5. pcamen

    KVMs

    Anyone use KVMs with Macs? I've used a ton of KVMs over the years, and some time ago I even had a couple of my vintage Macs set up on a KVM as I have a couple of DB-15 + ADB to VGA + PS/2 converters that worked well with my older PS/2 KVMs. I'm looking for something now that will work with a wide variety of systems, including modern Macs, vintage Macs, Windows PCs and Linux boxes. The thing that makes it more complicated is that I really want remove KVM over IP capabilities. The older (circa early 2000's) solutions I've used have an embedded VNC server in the KVM (or an add-on remote unit like the SV1110IPEXT from StarTech). The issue I've often run into with Macs of any era and remote KVM is mouse synchronization. With Windows, if you turn off mouse acceleration, the mouse pointer synchronizes perfectly with the local (KVM client) one. However, with Macs, it seems ALWAYS a problem. I did find a command to supposedly turn off mouse synchronization: defaults write .GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.scaling -1 But that didn't help. I looked for a more modern solution, with USB and HDMI support instead of VGA, but there don't seem to be a lot of them out there. Not sure why, but even the vendors like StarTech that used to have decent solutions don't seem to be making them anymore. There are high-end providers like Raritan, but I just can't see spending thousands of dollars for a KVM for my "hobby". One of the reasons I'm so interested in this is that I like to run a lot of my machines headless, using screen sharing / VNC / Remote Desktop to access them when I need to. But, eventually one of them will lock up and be inaccessible, and unless I'm willing to drag out a monitor / keyboard / mouse, I just have to hard power cycle them and hope it doesn't happen again. Yes, I could just have a normal KVM (which doesn't have the mouse sync issues as remote VNC KVMs do) but then I still have to go down to my basement where my rack is to deal with the problem. Hence the appeal of KVM over IP solutions. I would love love love someday to be able to run a couple of my vintage Macs like this in my basement, and use them remotely whenever I felt like Mac'ing out. Less clutter in the office too. Perhaps one of them could serve up a website or be an AppleShare server. I'm curious if anyone else has found good solutions for this.
  6. pcamen

    Aeroflex SCSI to USB adaptor?

    I have two of the Microtech devices I’ve not been able to get to work on a modern Mac.
  7. Yes indeed to all three. I've got a couple of the dual slot IIsi risers that allow for two things to be installed.
  8. Yes, I agree, good to know definitively what this is. I can see it coming in useful for SE/30 work. It's definitely a pretty unique item to have.
  9. They certainly have great stuff, but I am constantly frustrated by their organization and the generally difficulty in finding things. I find more success getting to stuff on Archive.org via Google then directly.
  10. Well what do you know. https://archive.org/details/TNM_Creative_Solutions_Inc_NuBus/page/n1 Thanks @Alex!
  11. I'm happy to say that after having the motherboard recapped, this system works good now and accepts a video card. I've got a nice 40MHz 040 system now with decent Supermac card in it.
  12. I've never seen a card like this before. Looks to me like a straight through angle riser. Given the height, I would guess it is intended for a IIsi. I have a Mobius IIsi riser card that has both a IIci cache type slot and a IIsi PDS slot on it, and this connector fits either of them (clearly they are the same connector which is why everyone says be careful what you plug in to PDS adapters; make sure it is the right device for the right slot). Anyone seen one of these before and can identify its stated use?
  13. pcamen

    SuperMac Graphix 1.5

    I found this bit in an old InforWorld article from 1987. Since the board is dated 1987, this seems to fit. Sounds like this is a monochrome monitor with a max 1024x768 resolution. I am curious though as to the two types of connectors. I wonder if this allows it to drive a normal Mac monitor as well as a FPD type monitor.
  14. pcamen

    SuperMac Graphix 1.5

    Anyone know anything about this card?
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