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    PRAM won't zap?

    Are you using a stock Apple keyboard or an aftermarket one? Even though it shouldn't be the case I've had problems with the one aftermarket keyboard I have and commands like that. Whether it was zapping the PRAM or booting off a different disk for some strange reason that particular keyboard didn't always work reliably when it came to keyboard commands at boot. The second I'd switch to a stock Apple keyboard everything went off without a hitch.
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    Jessenator's conquests

    Congrats, and welcome to the 500MHz club! If/when you get a 50MHz board you'll be glad you've got this. Somehow, it's still amazing to me that there are folks on eBay (and similar places) that only, or primarily, sell computers / hardware / etc. and don't understand how to properly pack things.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Have you already tried rebuilding the desktop? Strange that it shows the correct icon on the file as if it knows the correct association but then doesn't open Stuffit. On an unrelated note, that oriental rug mousepad is a nice touch.
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    Macintosh Performa 5200CD

    They're not even in the same zip code, let alone ballpark. Much as I rag on Bose the speaker system in the TAM is noticeably better than any other integrated speaker system in an Apple machine of that period.
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    Macintosh Performa 5200CD

    Sounds like the case might be chock full of dust that's shorting out the flyback transformer, since you mentioned popping, color shifting, and flickering. Still though, not a bad haul for 12 quid especially since the case appears to be intact.
  6. Congrats on the surprise socketed DayStar in that SE/30! Like Crutch said, you're definitely coming out ahead on this conquest. One of the more technically inclined folks will be able to confirm but I'd imagine if the 40MHz clock was swapped out for a 50MHz version you could either run CPU/FPU overclocked at 50MHz or you could swap in the respective 50MHz versions of each. Even if you keep it at 40MHz that's still quite a fine surprise! I do wonder what kind of life that machine lived before you got it though. Dust that dark and pervasive makes me think some type of industrial shop.
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    Soph's mac finds

    Whoa, talk about a college flashback
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    Se30 - help identifying an expansion board

    Even without a driver the card "should" show up under the Monitors control panel. All the video cards I've seen at least are at least recognized in there even if advanced features are unavailable without an enabler/extension/control panel/etc. Have you tried connecting an external monitor to see if you get a signal?
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    Se30 - help identifying an expansion board

    The lettering is a little worn but that's a Nutmeg 30/8, which if I'm not mistaken gives you 256 colors on an external display. There's one thread I could find in a quick search on here that touches on its grayscale cousin, the 30/2:
  10. I'd call that well-bought. Congrats on the conquest!
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    TAM questions - How is it as a stereo?

    Despite what eBay would have you believe, these aren't all that expensive if you're only after a good condition functional machine, and not all the original boxes and pack-ins. Granted, ~$700-800 is still technically "new computer money" for a lot of folks (myself included) but they seem to have leveled off in value so even if you bought one at that price I figure you'd still be able to sell it for that much later if you decided you didn't want to keep it.
  12. Depends on how much you're after that particular machine and what "no upgrades" means. If it's base as the day it was built (maybe 16MB RAM and a ~1GB HD) then I'd say it's a bit steep, but if it's got a fair amount of RAM, a larger HD, and perhaps a CSII ethernet card that's reasonable. I'm assuming that "no upgrades" means nothing like an L2/G3 or a USB card.
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    TAM questions - How is it as a stereo?

    As long as you're not expecting it to rattle the windows it works perfectly well. Think of it as being in the same class as an Executive stereo system; it certainly fits the bill as far as looks go and it's got the remote too. I've got iTunes 2.0.4 installed on my TAM, which if I'm not mistaken is the last version that will run on OS9.
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    Color Classic Analog Board problems

    That noise you hear when flipping the switch is the monitor degaussing. I'm a bit concerned by the ground strap not being connected though. Out of the many CCs I've had the only one that didn't have the ground strap connected properly was one that the previous owner had attempted to turn into a Takky but did a fantastically bad job of it. It's not something that likely to just come loose in shipping, no matter how rough of a ride it took. If you have the motherboard out of the machine and flip the power switch does the fan kick on? If you've added a hard drive, that should also spin up. The only time I've heard chirping from a CC analog board was when it was already dead and wouldn't fire up with a known good board. The power light on the front also lit up every time the analog board chirped. Of the machines I had with that problem, most would do it three times and give up, and one would keep trying until I turned the switch off again. Was this a machine you picked up on eBay? I'd get in touch with the seller if you haven't already.
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    G3 Pismo Dead in the water; Ideas?

    I used to have this issue occasionally with the dual USB G3 iBooks / iceBooks and resetting the Power Manager fixed it, unless it was a hardware problem with the DC jack which only happened once. On the back of the machine between the modem jack and the VGA port there should be a very small button, which you'll need a paperclip to press. Remove the battery and then hold down this button for ~30 seconds. If the machine still doesn't power up after you pop the battery back in and plug in the charger, try holding down the main power button for 30 seconds (again with the charger disconnected and the battery removed) and then see if it fires up.