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    Recent spike in PPC Mac prices?

    iBook clamshells seem to be more pricey than iceBooks partially because of the supposed unreliability of the iceBooks and partially because they're distinctive looking machines that were all over the place in the 99~01ish timeframe in pop culture. It also helps to drive up prices when you have a single individual turning loads of them into "art" projects. As for the iceBooks, any that were going to die from the GPU/motherboard problems they had would have died off ages ago so the ones that are left now are, in my opinion, as reliable as any other period machine. That bad rep does help keep prices low. You can pick up a decent working machine for under $50. All of this is just conjecture though, it could be that several people decided that now was the time to buy PPC Macs and drove up prices at the specific time you were also looking.
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    SE/30 & Micron Xceed & clear plastic goodie

    Congrats and welcome to the grayscale (capable) club! You certainly dodged a bullet with the Maxell explosion as it looks like it didn't affect the card. I've seen more than a handful of cases where the battery explosion also messed up whatever was PDS card was installed.
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    2x BeBoxes!

    Congrats on finding not just one, but TWO BeBoxes! I've only seen a handful out in the wild and the fact that you managed to pick up two of the dual-133 model is quite a feat. You definitely see the Mac influence on BeOS, right down to using the same shortcuts.
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    Hotdog's Stand

    Wow, that's a very nice conquest! I have to imagine it was in some sort of clean room environment, or it was exceptionally well taken care of, because it's rare to see a machine that's seen use of any sort that has so little dust.
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    Major Score! 8600 with Sonnet CPU, 3DFX card, Etc

    Even without a SATA card, getting an IDE to SATA bridge board and a cheap SSD is more than overkill for just about any IDE Macs. You really can't beat ~$30 for an SSD that works with IDE Macs ($10 for the IDE to SATA bridge and $20 for the SSD): https://www.microcenter.com/product/317195/kingwin-sata-to-ide-bridge-board https://www.microcenter.com/product/485877/inland-professional-120gb-ssd-3d-tlc-nand-sata-iii-6gb-s-25-internal-solid-state-drive-(120g) I've used that exact combination in my G4 Cube and Beige G3 minitower on the stock IDE controllers with no issues.
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    SCSI to IDE Adapter

    I've had a fair amount of trouble getting SCSI2SD to work for me, but it turns out that it was mostly a PEBKAC situation. I picked up a few of the v5.1s because it's much easier for me to deal with full size SD cards and not have to worry about finding adapters to read micro SDs in other machines. The biggest hurdle for me was I originally thought that the SCSI2SD utility formatted the SD card when it was setting up the drive options (size, starting block, etc.), which it absolutely does not do. Once I cleared the existing partitions from the SD card and created a raw 1GB partition I was able to get Silverlining to recognize the drive and format it. I didn't get it working under Apple Drive Setup, but then again I didn't mess around in the SCSI2SD config utility changing the drive name/type to one on the "Apple approved" list. Knock on wood, it's been running reliably in the machine I popped it in for a good bit of time now.
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    Nabbed a 6500/300 with a few differences

    Might be dirty contacts on the motherboard or the connector inside the case. I've had that happen in more than one case and usually a blast from an air duster took care of it.
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    Major Score! 8600 with Sonnet CPU, 3DFX card, Etc

    That almost sounds like you're trying to install an International English update on top of a North American installation, or vice versa. The only time I've seen that localization message was when I was using SheepShaver and didn't realize that there was a difference between the two.
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    btober's conquests

    That's a very nice haul, congrats! I'm surprised to see such a clean and intact 9500, but even more surprised to see an iBook in that good of condition. Looks like everything was very nicely taken care of.
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    Rare Macintosh Plus with Total Systems Accelerator Board

    Very nice, especially that blue PCB. Always a treat when you find something other than the standard green or yellowish green in a machine of this age. The original owner must have really loved that Plus as I'd imagine the accelerator / video board combo cost nearly as much as an entirely new machine back in the day.
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    PowerWave weirdness | picky about video card

    Seemingly silly question, but are you using a stock Apple keyboard (or a PowerWave branded one) or just some generic ADB keyboard? I've only got my experiences on it but for whatever reason every single non-Apple keyboard I've used has been crap in terms of resetting PRAM or other startup key combinations. I'd be holding the keys down and nothing would happen, then I'd switch to an Apple keyboard (using the same ADB cable) and *boom*, all of a sudden the computer is recognizing all the startup key combos.
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    LC575 screen

    I thought I remember someone on here having luck with removing the CRT and shipping that separately from the rest of the machine. Of course, that introduces the new problem of how to keep the CRT's neck from breaking in transit when it's not protected by the case (the case it would crash through and absolutely destroy if it were left in for shipping). If you're looking to sell I'd have to imagine there's someone in your neck of the woods that would be interested in doing a local pickup.
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    Major Score! 8600 with Sonnet CPU, 3DFX card, Etc

    Congrats, and yeah I'd agree you got an absolute steal there. The Voodoo3 card alone goes for almost as much as you paid for everything. Assuming you got it from the original owner, sounds like they were a Mac gamer since I wouldn't think people trying to do any sort of graphics work would be springing for a gamer video card.
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    Help identifying an SE accelerator

    That looks like an Applied Engineering TransWarp SE, specifically the 68030/25MHz version. Back when I had an SE I had the 40MHz version with onboard RAM pictured below (TW1340), but the giveaway here is the part number on the stickers on the socketed chips / TW1325.
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    Mounting hard drive in TAM bay

    Ditto on the double sided tape, that's what holds my CF to IDE adapter in my TAM. 3M makes a double sided tape that they market as mounting tape that works very well and is cut-to-fit. https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Permanent-Mounting-Tape-Inches/dp/B00347A8GC