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  1. Franklinstein

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Kanga issues

    Also, totally just realized that I put this in the wrong section. Oopsie.
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    Kanga issues

    Hey guys, I've a Kanga/3500/original PowerBook G3, and it refuses to boot. It started having issues a year or so ago, so I started transferring the data from the hard drive and at some point, it locked up completely. I did a soft reboot (ctrl-cmd-power), it chimed, and then it sat there blankly. I decided to try to fix it recently using a spare charge card that I had in storage (since this seems like a power issue). However, a replacement charge card did nothing: it still won't power up. What it does: When pressing the power button (or, since the PRAM battery is disconnected, when power is applied), the machine chimes, and then it sits there. The CAPS LOCK light will respond, but nothing else will: the hard drive never spins, the expansion drives never attempt initialization (the CDROM would usually whirr, or the floppy would make some kind of brief noise), the display never illuminates. It does respond to a soft reboot, to the same effect. Only once in a multitude of soft resets did it ultimately produce the broken glass sound following the startup chime. What reliably happens is that the speakers make a low hissing sound that will change a bit after 5-10 seconds following power up. I've tried removing everything, including the internal display and combo modem/Ethernet card, before attempting to boot, and still it never does anything after the initial chime. Since I seem to be at a loss and don't seem to have anything to lose, I may try to reflow the major BGA chips on the logic board (other than the CPU, which I'm not touching, that would be the graphics controller and the two VLSI-made chips) to see if that helps anything. I'm not sure it's a system RAM failure, since the display usually lights and goes gray during the full RAM test. The Apple Tech Info pretty much says "replace logic board" at this point, but since the Kanga isn't exactly a common beast, I'll probably just reassemble it and put it aside until I can get a donor. Maybe I'll use the case parts to resurrect a scruffy 3400c/240 that I was going to cannibalize. Any thoughts?
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    Powermac G3 AIO OEM CD question

    I'm not sure why they'd have the disc labeled "AIO only", because really there's no way the OS can differentiate between the machines: the Personality Card is the same (Whisper or Wings) across all three models. So yeah, it'll likely install on any first-gen G3 desktop, but may have some AIO-specific software on it, or may be lacking software available for the other two models (the MPEG-decoding Personality Card wasn't an option on the AIO, for example, so it may not have the DVD player installer on the disc). SSW used to be flexible like that (except when System Enablers were involved...), but somewhere between 8.0 and 8.5 they changed it: I tried an original SSW disc for a B&W G3 (8.5) and it wouldn't install on anything but a B&W G3. I've tried a few others (mostly iBook and iMac 8.6 and OS 9), and they also refused to boot anything other than the intended machine. I did manage to extract the OS 9.2 image from the OS X installer discs for an iceBook (so, 10.2 or something), and it runs on any compatible machine I put it onto (although it has iBook-tailored software and settings on it).
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    Dual 604e

    Are you sure it says 85/9500 and not 86/9600? The 200 MP card was only shipped in a 9600; the fastest DP card for the 9500 was 180MHz. Anyway, the main difference between the x500 and x600 models is that the x600 models didn't have a L2 cache soldered to the logic board. The x500's L2 cache was slower than the CPU required, and apparently the machine couldn't (or wouldn't) disable or work around it. This kept the high-performance (200MP/250/300/350MHz) cards, which had their caches mounted directly on the CPU card, from running in those machines. Plus, some of those cards required more power than the standard power supply shipped in an x500 series could provide.
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    Outbound laptop help needed

    I wish I could help with a picture or something, but most of my stuff is in storage in central Illinois, and I'm in England. However, if memory serves, it required 19vDC, 2A. There should be a sticker or imprint on the back/bottom of the computer or near the power port with the correct ratings, though. If you have the original adapter, you can use that as a starting point and find one that's the same in voltage, and the same or higher in amperage; just make sure that polarity is the same. Incidentally, if you're not using the original adapter, you might want to check to make sure that the one you do have is correct: that red light may indicate that it's providing insufficient voltage/amperage or is the wrong polarity. I know nothing about a battery other than the camcorder-style main battery that mine used. It would boot with or without a battery present, and lasted about an hour with the brand-new battery that I managed to find at Radio Shack in 2001.
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    PowerBook 190: Underrated Classic?

    I have a base model 5300, and its original grayscale display is passive, not active. Interestingly, the back of the display has a different style than the other 5300 models, with a horizontal line and two vertical lines in the center of the case as opposed to the two vertical lines on the outside of the case in the other models. It's also the only basic 5300 I've ever seen in person even though I've managed to accrue a stack of the cs and c variants in addition to a couple ce models. I'm not 100%, but I'm pretty sure that, like the variable amount of soldered system RAM, installed VRAM for the internal display wasn't always the same between models: the base model 5300 likely had around 256k, whereas the midrange color models had 512k, and the 5300ce probably had between 512k and 1MB. As for the "N/A" or "1MB VRAM" figures quoted on sites like everymac.com or LEM, that's the VRAM on the optional external video card, not the internal display. On another note, has anyone ever seen the 3.5" CDROM drive for these things in person? They were supposedly available but, like the LiIon batteries for these machines, nobody can find them. However, I'm pretty sure that the reason these drives are so rare is that nobody used 80cm discs, not that they were recalled due to a fire hazard. The only example of this drive I've ever seen was in Jeff Goldblum's 5300ce from Independence Day.
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    Mac Classic II

    Most likely it's bad caps, as other people have said. However, there are many hard-power Macs (usually '030 or '040-based) that refuse to boot properly without a good PRAM battery. I learned to jump some of mine, either via the reset button (if available) or a quick power cycling. Later models with both soft power and hard power switches (typically AIO models, like the LC 520) may need to sit plugged in with the hard switch turned on for a day or two before they'll power up via the keyboard power button, regardless of the PRAM battery. Equill helped me with that tip when my new Mac TV wouldn't turn on.
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    Outbound laptop help needed

    All I know is that often, old clones like that relied on ROMs pulled from donor Macs (ROMs couldn't be purchased individually or legally cloned) in an interesting arrangement: they'd sell you the Mac and the notebook, pull the ROMs and put them in the notebook, then repurchase the Mac as a parts machine and give you the functional notebook. I had the original manual for mine and it didn't really mention anything about EEPROMs. The software that came with it really just controlled the display and that trackbar thing. It may have included a battery monitor program as well, or maybe a patch to use Apple's program. I've got it stashed away somewhere... If I get bored in the future I'd like to dig it out and try to get it to work again. Maybe I'd try to put in a real 68030 and an FPU or see if an SE/30's ROM would work in it so that I can use more software on it.
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    PowerBook 190: Underrated Classic?

    The 190/190cs wasn't a bad machine, but it was really a cheaper 68k-based alternative to the 5300. Personally, I'd rather have the 500 series because it had: dual batteries, stereo speakers, integrated modem, integrated ethernet, and optional PC Card capabilities. It too maxed at 40MB of RAM, but unlike the 190 series, it could also be quickly and easily upgraded to PPC (the 190's "upgrade" consisted of replacing the entire logic board with that of a 5300, whereas the 500 series used a processor card with later models reaching 180MHz). The factory displays on the 190 were passive-matrix b&w or color with optional upgrades to 640x480 active-matrix panels, though I'm sure nowadays you could easily swap in an active matrix panel from a 5300, maybe even one of the 800x600 panels from the 5400ce. Like I said, the 190 wasn't a bad machine, it was just sort of 'meh'. Also, the 190 and 5300 series were released concurrently; the 190 wasn't the 5300's predecessor, just a low-end companion. If I had to choose one 68k machine, I'd probably go with the 540c.