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  1. lagomorphonic

    SE/30 Unstable behaviour after 128MB RAM install

    Sorry I haven't been in in awhile. Looks like you got yourself quite sorted SE30_Neal? Did soldering the pins work? I haven't had the chance yet. I've been too busy/lazy. I just leave my case lid open and press on the ROM-inator manually if it doesn't work! The rubber bands I had in place stopped working
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    SE/30 Unstable behaviour after 128MB RAM install

    SE30_Neal if you're going to use an elastic band you'll need to make sure it *really* pulls on the card. I had to triple up the bands on mine and still occasionally will need to press on the ROM-inator on bootup (the corner of is is just barely accessible if the case is open. Get something non-conductive and press it forward if the rubber bands alone don't work just to see if that's the problem). Ideally I will put some tiny solder blobs on each of the pins at some point to help maintain the tension. It's a bit annoying that these are "known to be faulty by design" for use in the SE/30 considering it is probably one of the most desirable old Macs for it to be used in.
  3. lagomorphonic

    SE/30 Unstable behaviour after 128MB RAM install

    According to that page, nothing needs to be done (i.e. no resource editing) in order for the ROM-inator to work with my system. I'm running 7.1.1 and it looks like everything there is only necessary for 7.5x and higher.
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    SE/30 Unstable behaviour after 128MB RAM install

    SE30_Neal if you don't use something like a rubber band or paper clips to apply forward pressure to the ROM-inator it will create the vertical stripes issue. Mine does this consistently as the rubber bands I use are not tight enough. For now, I'm just lightliy pressing the ROM-inator forward with my finger when I boot and that will fix the issue with the stripes. It's fine for now because I leave the case off of my SE/30 for now as I'm constantly going back and forth adding software via the SD card. No I have not done any Res Edit stuff nor have I seen any reference to having to do this. What is it? Dochili no the board is not recapped nor is the logic board so it makes sense that there'll be an issue like this. Not much I can do about it in the meantime until I recap them. On a side note, what can even be run on an SE/30 that would consume up to 128MB? I often wonder what the point is. I upgraded pretty much for the same reason everyone else probably does: because it's cheap and "because you can".
  5. lagomorphonic

    SE/30 Unstable behaviour after 128MB RAM install

    The good news is that I took out the RAM from block B leaving only 64MB and ran the machine for quite awhile last night without any freezes. The programs that took a long time to launch before with 128MB were quicker this time and seemed to launch more stable-y. However I noticed that the display was sort of flickering a bit more than usual which I guess would be consistent with what trag said about voltage? Tonight I'm going to try to swap out these four SIMMs for the four I pulled to see if maybe there was something wrong with one of those other four... I'll measuring the 5v line at some point this week when I have a little more time to dig out my multimeter.
  6. lagomorphonic

    SE/30 Unstable behaviour after 128MB RAM install

    Thanks for the replies. I did reseat the RAM but no luck. Trag that was what I was going to try next: using only 64MB "just to see if that helps". I'll try the voltmeter, though if it's not up to voltage there's not much I can do about it right now. Nothing on this one has been refurbished and I'm waiting on my recapped board to be sent to me which will be awhile yet (though that still doesn't address the power supply). Tanaquil I ordered it from macsales.com aka "other world computing". It's brand new RAM.
  7. After chugging by and barely being able to get along with the 5MB RAM my SE/30 had in it, I finally got myself 128MB. Unfortunately, after the install, the computer behaves erratically. In particular, certain programs (Emacs especially) now take a ridiculously long time to load, when they don't flat out freeze the machine. Apart from the long load times, the machine will often just freeze randomly and not recover, which is the real problem. I'm running System 7.1.1 with the BMOW ROM-inator II and also an 8GB SCSI2SD (512MB OS partition and two 2GB partitions). 32 bit is enabled and Virtual memory is disabled. The disk cache is set for the "default" of 4096k, (was originally set to 32k, no difference in behaviour between the two) Apart from being a bit slow, I'd never had any issues with the machine or freezing before the RAM upgrade. Are there any other "obvious" things I need to do to the machine to get the 128MB working properly? Maybe I've got some bad RAM? Since the ROM-inator disables the check, is there another way to do a check? Any help would be appreciated. This is very frustrating as I've finally gotten the machine into a nice working state that I could be quite productive on (mainly using Emacs/Textures for documents) and the performance boost from the RAM upgrade would have been great. Now the machine is essentially unuseable. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks.
  8. lagomorphonic

    Getting LaTeX on an SE/30 with 7.1.x

    Thanks Dog Cow OzTex looks like what I need...
  9. lagomorphonic

    Getting LaTeX on an SE/30 with 7.1.x

    Hello all, Long time listener, first time caller here. I have an SE/30 up and running with a SCSI2SD under System 7.1.1. I would really like the ability to compile LaTeX documents on it. I even see that Emacs 1.17 has a latex-mode! However I can't find even mention of a LaTeX distribution that exists or can run on an older Mac system. Anyone know if it's even possible, or better yet, where to get a version that works! Thanks.
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