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  1. I wish this was the case, but this is not true for me in the least. I can clone it, but it will not boot from it. There are posts on Apple's discussion boards that show many people have had issues with SATA III drives that are not seen or bootable using the on-board bus of the G5, and it's less of a headache to get a SATA I or II drive, or even another separate controller. I tried a clean install, and it installs the OS, then on reboot - nothing.
  2. I bought a couple of SSD's on sale over the holidays and thought that using one of them to replace the 160GB drive in my June 2004 G5 might be fun. Both of the SSD's I chose are easily seen and managed by disk utility, but neither will boot after using CCC to clone them. In researching this, it appears that the SATA III spec is not as backwards compatible as it claims, and that the G5 cannot reliably boot off of a SATA III drive, spinning platter or SSD. So I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a SATA I or II drive that they've had luck using as a boot drive in the early G5's?
  3. I just got a replacement power supply for my 30 inch Cinema HD display (They're finally down to reasonable prices on eBay if anyone is looking for one) but I didn't realize my only G5 doesn't have a Dual Link DVI card, so it can't drive the display at the native resolution. Does anyone know of a decently-priced AGP (It's a June 2004 G5) Dual Link DVI card for this display? There are Dual Link DVI versions of popular cards out there (and many listings for cheaper non-Dual Link DVI version), but finding a Mac-compatible one has proven to be a challenge.
  4. trigf

    The Newest ImageWriter II?

    I believe that this a pre-1990-ish model, as it does not have an alphanumeric serial number, but I don't know a lot about ImageWriter serial decoding.
  5. Now that you guys mention it, yep, definitely @haplain's W.A.L.T. - the 1.01a handwriting matches. Glad to see that they were able to get the hard drive up and running! Hap, you gotta get a copy of that HD made before it croaks permanently!
  6. http://sonnydickson.com/2019/04/09/video-of-apples-w-a-l-t-in-action-the-1993-edition-iphone/ I don't know if anyone else saw this, but I thought I'd post it here since it's technically a 68K Powerbook (side note: We should probably have a forum dedicated to discussion of unreleased &prototype devices and software). Pretty neat to see it in action. I posted on the YouTube video that they need to get on the Macintosh Repository and Macintosh Garden forums, so we can get the software off of it.
  7. trigf

    The Newest ImageWriter II?

    In the back pages of MacAddict circa 2000-2001, you could still buy brand new LC 5xx and PowerMac 5xxx machines from third party sellers for less than their shipping costs.
  8. trigf

    restoring Li Ion batteries

    Once a Lithium Ion battery has deep discharged, it's pretty much done for. Why not just send it to Batteryrefill.com for a refurbishment? http://www.batteryrefill.com/laptops/apple/
  9. trigf

    PowerBook 550c

    Charadis just sold the 550c on eBay last weekend. It went for $550. Check completed auctions and you can find it
  10. I ask because I accidentally tore mine the other day when performing a HD swap. Now it's pretty much useless until I can find another one. Short of buying another 5xx, any idea if there is a replacement for it? I checked eBay, but didn't find one.
  11. I'd like to put together a thread to gather information on a couple of PowerBook 5300 accessories that may or may not exist, and may or may not have seen the light of day. Read on to gather what I've found. Documented by former Apple engineers in the book, AppleDesign: The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group, the PowerBook 5300 was not going to be the first Powerbook to ship with a CD-ROM drive. Instead of featuring a standard 5.25 inch CD-ROM drive, a marketing executive pushed to brand the M2 (the 5300's code name) as the "smallest" full-featured laptop available. This meant that there was no room in the chassis for a full sized CD-ROM drive. Instead, the engineering team began work on a 3.5 inch cartridge-based magneto-optical drive. As far as I can tell, this magneto optical drive has never seen the light of day. This article (and the Wikipedia article using it as citation) is the only reference to the first-party magneto optical drive I've ever seen. VST/LaCie, Fujitsu and Logitech all had expansion bay magneto-optical drives on the market in the late 90's, but there is nothing but the digital whisper of an Apple-branded version. If I had to guess, I would say that Apple pulled the plug quietly, and left this need to be fulfilled by third party solutions. This brings me to the next piece of impossible-to-find hardware for the PowerBook 5300 - the miniature CD-ROM drive only ever seen in prototype form, in the 1996 blockbuster film, Independence Day. As David (Jeff Goldblum) and his father are traveling to Washington DC, David is shown trying to stick a miniature 80mm CD-ROM into a CD-ROM tray, mounted in the expansion bay of his PowerBook XXXX. Never shown is David getting the CD-ROM onto the spindle, or shutting the disc tray. I note that in the brief moment that the tray is visible, it looks nothing like the CD-ROM drives that would ship in the upcoming 1400 and 3400. All other close up scenes of the PowerBook XXXX clearly show a standard floppy drive in the expansion bay. Fun fact: You can also see a prototype "M-2" label where it would normally have the PowerBook 5300 label. David's Powerbook also appears to be running System 7.5.x, with Apple's Appearance Manager from Mac OS 8 installed, giving the OS the Platinum appearance that would appear with OS 8's release. Barring an interview with Jeff Goldblum about a tiny, insignificant detail from a movie he did 23 years ago, I am apt to believe that this was simply a Hollywood prop. I'm confident that this 3.5 inch CD-ROM drive has never been seen outside of that movie, specifically that scene, in any form. I am creating this thread to document further developments in researching the prototype devices, and possibly one day hunting them down. To be continued...
  12. trigf

    haplain's never-ending quest

    Hey, @haplain Any update on the WALT? My guess was going to be that if you tried to start it with Extensions off, it wouldn't have loaded the WALT software.
  13. trigf

    I just bought a TAM!

    Never repaired it. I'm still on the hunt for a decently priced Bose base. No parts for sale at this time, sorry.