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    550c power issues

    That sounds like it might be the case, though in any event it sounds like you've got yourself a very nicely spec'd PB550c. I'm wondering if you also have a CPU upgrade lurking inside. I thought the max the 5xx PowerBooks could take was 36MB (4MB onboard + 32MB).
  2. If you've got a rev 1 B&W board and are using the onboard IDE controller, yeah there can be problems. I noticed it with most when I tried to install larger, more recent drives but from what I've read it also happens if you have more than one HD installed. The problem manifested for me as random bombs in OS 9. I never tried OS X on that machine so I don't know how it reacted. Personally I prefer the Beige G3s over the B&Ws. In spite of the higher bus speed (100 vs 66 in the beige) and faster memory in the B&W it didn't "feel" all that much faster than the Beige. The one advantage I will give it is the case. No question the B&Ws are much easier to work with when it comes to part swapping.
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    Kendall's Collection and Finds!

    Congrats on the new IIc! Always nice to get things from original owners who had some pride in ownership. Ohhh, 80s hair styles! The people in the NES version have some quality facial expressions when they get an answer right (usually, smugness) or wrong (mix between shock and being rather PO'd). You have to wonder if the programmer was chuckling at seeing the finished product.
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    I'm Now A Member of the Cube Club

    My Cube originally didn't come with speakers and it took a loooooooooonnnng time for them to pop up for sale in both functional condition and at a non-highway robbery price. Best bet would be to set up an eBay alert for their part number, M7963. I still see them come up for sale every once and again. For a good while there was a person selling NOS replacement speakers (just the speakers, not the USB amp) and I'm kicking myself that I didn't pick up a pair or two. You can also pick up a cheap USB sound card but then you won't have matching speakers and you won't get the startup chime. The one I've linked below I know for a fact works under both OS 9 and OS X, it sort of matches the Mac color scheme, and it's $9.99. https://www.microcenter.com/product/444621/vantec-usb-stereo-audio-adapter
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    CD-R/CD-RW drive for IDE pre OS X Macs?

    Sony should be a safe bet as well. I've seen them as upgrades in both Beige and B&W G3s and iTunes and Toast picks them up just fine.
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    I'm Now A Member of the Cube Club

    Welcome to the Cube owners club! For an SSD I used an inexpensive IDE to SATA bridge board and a 120GB SSD. As long as I'm not shaking the Cube like a snow globe (and really, why would anyone ever do that?) it seems perfectly fine. There's enough tension in the IDE cable and the adapter / drive combo are so light I can't imagine it putting any real stress on anything, plus it's hard to beat a new SSD that works in the Cube with almost no effort apart from removing the old drive, and costs under $30: Bridge board - $9.99 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/317195/kingwin-sata-to-ide-bridge-board 120GB SSD - $15.99 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/485877/inland-professional-120gb-ssd-3d-tlc-nand-sata-iii-6gb-s-25-internal-solid-state-drive-(120g) I'd leave the internal drive as-is and just use an external firewire drive. They can be had cheaply enough (usually under $30) and any replacement internal drive you find now is going to have similarly aged rollers. The other option of installing an aftermarket drive that doesn't have this problem is more difficult because only certain drives worked and you need a special mounting bracket to fit anything other than the standard drive in the case. which I haven't seen for sale in the past several years.
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    Brittle plastic OMG!

    Ouch, that's too bad. Spindler plastic strikes again I've gotten to the point that I try and handle just about anything Apple from the mid-late 90s (5xxx, anything Outrigger (72/73/75/76xx, Beige G3 DT), and 85/95xx) as little as possible. Back when I had a Performa 5200 it made some very worrying creaks just adjusting the tilt, to say nothing of picking it up where it felt like the case was flexing. Given that the cracks and missing plastic appear to be at or very near the CRT's mounting points I wonder if it would make any difference to handle them with the glass facing down. Meaning instead of carrying it like a normal monitor by holding on to the sides with the glass facing back towards you, carrying it by holding the sides of the front bezel with the glass facing down.
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    ADC video card that works for 6400 ?

    Since I didn't see it mentioned yet (unless I missed it) you're not going to find a PCI card that supports ADC right out of the box, since that used a separate connector in front of the AGP connector to provide power, which you can see in red on the GeForce 2MX in the picture below. Your only option would be using the ADC to DVI adapter and at that point, as others have mentioned, you've got a very slim list of PCI video cards that a Mac compatible and have DVI output that you don't have to flash. Short of buying a Cube, which at this point you should do anyway if you want one as it's not like they're going to get any less expensive, I'd say the easiest option would be going all out on adapters...which in this case is the ADC to DVI converter, and then a DVI to VGA converter on top of that.
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    I'm an Idiot and Lost 24 Years of Data

    Ouch. I feel your pain. Substitute Newton for Visor Edge...and then for iPAQ (because apparently, losing my data once wasn't enough to teach me a lesson about backing up devices that store everything in battery backed RAM!) and I'm right there with you. It was after the second go round with massive data loss that I started being almost ridiculously redundant with my backups. My main machine has everything backed up on my file server, which also serves as a backup for the other machines in the house, and the file server itself is backed up on yet another file server. Non-sensitive items (photos, music, and things of that sort) are also copied to all the other machines in the house (which are just HTPCs). I thought about backing up the backup server and dropping that HD in a safe deposit box but as it turns out, they aren't as safe as many folks would like to believe, and doing that in addition to what I'm already doing seemed to be a bit overkill.
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    5th Generations Jukebox Five Floppy Disk Mechanized Hopper

    That is really cool! If PC floppy drives had had automatic inject and eject this would have made installing the floppy disk version of Windows '95 or Office '97 (44 disks!!) an absolute breeze.
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    Interware VDR-2a video card for Macintosh SE/30

    Seconded, you scored a solid deal there! I'd post a picture but since that's presently broken "all the best stuff is made in Japan", at least insofar as really nice upgrades for compact Macs that came out after the point that most folks had moved on to newer machines are concerned.
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    Macintosh SE Shimmering Video

    My tester SE/30 did this just last night except its death throes were much faster. Everything was going along peachy keen but then on a reboot the screen started to "shiver" and five seconds later it went out. Swapped the motherboard into a parts SE I had laying around and it's just fine. Not a big loss though, the tester's case was in really bad shape (hence, why it was used as a test machine) and I've got spares. Just annoying that it had to happen right as I was testing what turned out to be a IIfx ROM SIMM I didn't know I had.
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    Performa 6200CD needs an ethernet card

    I'd go for the Comm Slot card personally, since there were only two things made for that slot AFAIK: modems and ethernet cards. Like jeremywork said, keep the PDS available for something else.
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    xkcd: How is President Reagan?

    It's definitely amusing when a game says "In the future..." and the year shown is something like 2015.
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    SE/30 Xceed greyscale adapter cloning thread

    My question, with regards to the card destruction, is there any way of telling ahead of time whether the reverse engineering process would be successful in terms of being able to replicate the card fully after going through it? I certainly wouldn't want to see a card destroyed unnecessarily if there's no guarantee of success.