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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
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    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    Nice conquest, and congrats on finishing your TAM! I have mine spec'd out exactly the same way (plus an SSD), though I got my 500MHz Crescendo by way of picking up an entire machine. I'd say you're right smack-dab in the middle as far as prices go on that. There haven't been a whole lot popping up for sale recently (not that there ever are, at least not since the early 00s) and the least expensive I've seen was untested so it's not a bad plan to pick up a known-working card from a reputable seller.
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    Pb 3400c wont startup!!

    It might be that the backlight has gone out. Does it still sounds like the machine is booting up after the chime? Power on the machine and leave it sitting long enough for it to boot up, then shine a flashlight at the screen and see if you see anything.
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    Memorex CP8 Turbo Programmable Remote Controller

    I'd imagine not! Though, if you did and sat down you'd certainly find out where that remote was in a hurry I'm assuming that the style of that remote (black case with a silver insert around the buttons) was just an 80s style because, apart from its size, that remote looks similar to one we had for the Magnavox TV we had when I was growing up: The last universal remote I had before getting into the Harmony series was called the Kameleon (picture below). Coolest thing about it was that it wasn't an LCD but the buttons displayed changed based on what input you selected. The major downside was it absolutely sucked down batteries because of that screen and the tilt sensor being way too sensitive.
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    Dummy Batteries? (iBook G4)

    I don't know if an actual dummy battery was ever made for the iceBooks, but I do know that the bottom cover with the foot is just glued on to the battery pack. I remember having several come across my desk that somehow had that "cover" missing. If your battery is already stone dead you could give removing that cover a go so you'd at least be able to cover the hole. The other option is picking up an NOS battery. I've had very good luck with the ones I've purchased and though I haven't bought any from this particular seller, it's eBay and since this one is sold new/sealed you've got the money back guarantee. I figure ~$18 for an NOS OEM battery is about as good as you're going to find. https://www.ebay.com/itm/143449758025
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    6100 Sonnet sticker location.

    I feel like I've seen machines with 6's sticker placement before. That "feels" correct to me because it matches the left justification of the "PowerPC" text.
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    Bolles finds

    Wow, that's quite the accelerator. Always nice to see a red PCB as opposed to the standard green or yellowish green. I shudder to think what that cost the original owner
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    Upgrading a G4 Cube

    Out of all my machines my G4 Cube is one of the last few that haven't had a whole lot of upgrades...and I'm looking to change that. It's got a reasonably large HD which I figure I'll switch out with an SSD at some point but that's easy so I'll likely tackle that last. I've already maxed the RAM and installed a new video card (Radeon 7500) so the only item remaining that I'd like to do would be a CPU upgrade. I know I'll need to add a fan if I don't want everything to roast (slim 80MM correct?) but had some other questions. As far as the actual CPU upgrade goes my options are: 1 - Upgrade to a stock G4 from another Apple machine (dual 500 or something faster) 2- Upgrade to an aftermarket G4 from Sonnet or PowerLogix, providing I can find one Which would be the better option? I thought I had read that only some of them really "required" the higher spec VRM, but since I'm using an ADC monitor if I can get my hands on a CPU upgrade I should probably do the VRM as well just to be on the safe side, correct?
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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).
  15. 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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