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About Franklinstein

  • Birthday January 20

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    Tokyo, Japan
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  1. Thinking about a Beige G3 - Questions

    Beige G3s are pretty fun and, despite my love for the B&W, I find them to be far more reliable than the latter where, for example, one of the performance enhancements (the Ultra ATA controller) is eliminated due to a faulty controller chip and subsequent ATA mode reversion under OS X. I do really enjoy the B&W's processor activity LED, though. So cool. My current beige G3 MT has an ATA DVD-RAM (yes, RAM, with the caddy-loading tray), 640MB internal SCSI MO, 40GB 7200RPM ATA HD, Voodoo3 3000, combo USB/FireWire PCI card, A/V personality card, Rev. B ROM, 640MB RAM, all on an 83MHz board run by a 292MHz G3. I have to run OS 9 because I couldn't seem to get the combo USB/FW card to run properly under 8.6. The only thing I'm missing is the Zip drive, because it isn't easy to find internal SCSI Zip drives just laying around (or indeed, at all anymore). The MO is more spacious and reliable anyway I wouldn't bother with using a SCSI hard drive, really, unless you're doing some kind of disk-thrashing A/V work. With an internal Zip and optical drive you have only one spare drive bay available, so it's not like having the ability to install 14 more hard drives will do you any good; you're better off with SATA if you want a performance/capacity boost. If you're doing a file server (or anything on a network, really) you'll probably want to use one of your PCI slots for a decent Ethernet card anyway; the onboard 10bT sucks and I often have lots of collision errors with it on modern networks.
  2. PM9600 - TwinTurbo128 Drivers

    Apple provided the ix3D drivers integrated into the Mac OS installer program from System 7.6 through 8.6; I think they dropped them in OS 9. Thanks slomacuser for uploading the standalone driver installer. Which processor do you want to move from the 9600 to the 7300? If it's the Apple High Performance Processor card in the 300-350MHz range, it probably won't work; those cards are designed with the 9600 in mind. It may work in an 8600, since they're basically the same, but older models probably won't like it. That being said, I have a 9600's 233MHz processor module clearly marked "9600 ONLY" that I installed into an 8500/132. So it's worth a shot, but don't be surprised if you have stability problems or it just won't boot.
  3. Quadra 950 Capacitor burned (C26)

    I have a spare Q950 with the same capacitor burned out. I replaced it and it burned out again almost immediately. I checked voltages with the capacitor removed and nothing exceeded 12v, so I don't know why it kept dying. Just for kicks I cleaned it up, reassembled and attempted to boot the machine and it turned on. It booted System 7.5 from a floppy, loaded the desktop, had a good display, produced audio, etc. I didn't check the Ethernet or serial ports but nothing seemed affected. It soft-powered on and then soft-powered off. No idea what that cap actually does other than explode.
  4. Macintosh TV

    The Mac TV is pretty much a big Color Classic: very collectible but kind of sucks to actually use since it's painfully slow and has an 8MB RAM limit. Plus you can't use the TV in a window and the Mac at the same time; it's one or the other. Not that you can actually get broadcast TV on them anymore anyway. That said, yes the analog board is pretty much the same as other 68k boxes in that form factor, except for maybe some of the '040s; they changed some stuff for later models. The display popping is likely caused by bad solder joints on the flyback transformer, so you may want to check/repair those assuming you're a competent technician. If not, familiarize yourself with how to discharge a CRT before working on it: this is a very high-voltage part and can contain hazardous voltages even after the machine has been powered down. If you're unsure how to do it safely, don't touch it.
  5. PowerBook 150 - screens all destroyed?!

    I'm 90% sure that Apple didn't skimp on the screens. Indeed, they often had displays (on the high-end models, at least) that were the envy of the portable computer crowd at the time. Plus it's not like knockoffs from FlyByNightVendor.com or whatever were common in the '90s: take apart an Apple display and the LCD manufacturer will likely be Sharp, Toshiba, Sony, Casio, Philips, or IBM. Many of the same panels reside in contemporary PC models, especially when display sizes standardized around the 10-12" era (1997ish). Anyway the worst of Apple's LCD quality issues didn't start to crop up until LG or Samsung displays started to appear (Defective 13.3" on a PDQ? Pink Pismo? Pink or dead Apple Cinema Display? Guess who made them). I've really only seen severely damaged LCDs like this overseas. I saw an ADC Apple Studio Display with bubbles in diagonal streaks; I assumed it was from improper storage or cleaning products (my aunt ruined a 50" LCD TV in a similar fashion by cleaning it with ammonia or some other harsh glass cleaner). Years ago I bought a PowerBook 520 and it looked like the display had been dipped in acid, as warped, bubbled, and rusty as it was. I recently bought a PowerBook 160 with a similar screen but the damage was near the battery, which had bulged; I assumed that battery fumes had got to it, but the keyboard and the rest of the case are fine, so I dunno.
  6. SCSI HD with floppy power connector

    I recently acquired a IIcx without a hard drive. It did have the cables, however, and the power cable had the standard square logic board plug on one end but the drive connector is the mini-Molex floppy connector. My google-fu failed me in trying to locate a drive that may have used that power connector and I cannot recall ever having seen a drive with it (and I've seen hundreds of different SCSI hard drives). The closest I found was a weird Maxtor drive, but that was some kind of special 3-pin thing. It's possible that these were made in such small number that they don't turn up frequently, like Kyocera or Sony hard drives. Has anybody here seen any mini-Molex SCSI hard drives? The only other option I can think of is that the power cable has been modified or custom-made for one of the SCSI-to-flash adapters, but it looks original: it's standard length, there are no splices or obvious trauma to the connectors to suggest being modified. Plus the condition of the computer (non-booting with obviously leaky caps, full of dust) suggests that it was likely not recently retrofitted.
  7. Another Noobie.

    Welcome, welcome! There are many Macs around to be liberated from the landfill and/or recyclers. I myself have liberated several platoons worth of machines lately, but there are more to save! Hey, at the very least, we're being green, keeping hazardous materials from being introduced into the environment by keeping these things around. I've saved enough Macs to pretty much be carbon neutral for the next ten years.