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  1. Cory5412

    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Correct. SCSI would have been for if you wanted to use peripherals directly on a IIgs. As far as I know, there was never any server software for IIgs, that was always done on Macs or with other purpose-built hardware. I just searched on eBay and got thirteen hits. The only brand name I don't recognize from around 1999-2004 is Ratoc. I looked at their web site and they appear not to be building a SCSI to Firewire or USB adapter at the moment, so I imagine what happened is Ratoc picked up the slack on these adapters a few years after OrangeMicro (belkin) and Iomega gave up on those adapters, and then stopped probably just a few years later. My guess is either the same 13 items are just sitting there and the demand isn't actually that great, or this market is a lot like the market for DEC/Compaq/HP Alpha-based workstations and servers (especially anything that can run VMS): Not great, but extremely urgent and not particular cost-sensitive when it comes up (which means that machines around equivalent to your every-day G4 go for between one and three thousand dollars.) One of the adapters mentioned a particular scanner. If that's a crazy high end drum scanner or something of the like, some shops are going to find more economy or utility in buying a $400 adapter to use with a modern (or even "modern") computer than bothering to mess with 20+ year-old computers and the attendant hassle of getting (legal) software and then, further, file transfer. Relative to our position (here on the forum) where we already have most or all of the needed bits and processes down.
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    I'm likely to agree that it's not gouging for no good reason. As far as I happen to know these devices haven't been manufactured in a few years, so it's not exactly as if someone's buying parts for $3 or even $30 and then marking up the price 10 or 100x. These devices were manufactured for a couple years back when it made more sense to buy a Firewire adapter for your Jaz drive than to buy a new Jaz drive (And, thinking about it: IIRC the Jaz drive only ever really shipped in SCSI versions) or to move to a new type of storage/transfer cartridge altogether. Or, if you had a bunch of SCSI peripherals that cost more than storage peripherals tended to do (especially once people started to move to USB/Firewire external disks rather than cartridge systems and didn't want a multi-machine workflow (which I tend to advocate for these days, because often the machine best equipped to acquire an image or a video isn't necessarily the best one you have to edit the content or ultimately transfer it to the Internet, but that's a much newer concern, really. At this point, in some circumstances, it might be easier to think about just having, say, a G3 or G4 tower equipped with both SCSI and USB/FW to use with peripherals like these. (Except the SCSI2SD, explanation below) Depending on how your SCSI2SD is positioned physically, you should be able to take the card out and put it in an SD card reader for use on a more modern system. I believe you can also (on the v6) mount the card over Micro USB. I wouldn't waste a scsi/fw or scsi/usb adapter on that.
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    Demand for Performa 630CD?

    Just to basically mirror what's been said, I think the 630-640 as a series are important machines to consider for anyone wanting a 68k Mac, because they're often inexpensive and the things that made them ho-hum compared to stablemates such as the 610 and 650 can make them a little easier to work with today. The IDE storage in particular, and the wide availability of inexpensive LC-PDS Ethernet adapters, for example. The video subsytem supports fewer resolutions than some of the higher end systems, but in most of the environments you'd expect to see 630s (or 605/475 or 610, for that matter) high resolution displays (really, anything above 640x480) weren't common until later on in the '90s. They're not my favorites, but for better or worse, I'm not looking, I got lucky and most of my computers were acquired a decade or more ago when much "nicer" machines were a lot cheaper, but in practice, if you're going to set up a system 7 machine for most mac-appropriate tasks, almost any machine will be "fine." As far as space concerns go: you should be able to run a 630 on its side, if you needed to, say, put on big rubber feet and prop it up behind an LCD display. However, because most of Apple's own CD-ROM drives did not have clips to hold a disc in place, you would lose use of the CD drive. If you wanted to sell yours, it would make a great starter kit for someone who wants to play mid-late 68k era games or get going on some totally sweet early-mid '90s system 7 productivity.
  4. Whoops: Gonna pretend that when I was literally looking at that specific page yesterday I noticed the refresh rate listed as part of the resolution support. Thank you for making sure of that! So, the limitation is probably more about pixel dimensions than refresh rate, especially given the way IIRC the Performa video subsystem uses DMA to dump the video signal directly into VRAM.
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    Using an SD card with an older USB Mac

    I should clarify my comment: I meant, but didn't originally write, that the SD card out of a SCSI2SD (any version, as far as I know) should just mount on a newer Mac with an SD card reader, with no trouble. If you do this, the simpler your partition and disk layout is, the better, It doesn't really matter what OS or hardware you use for this particular bridging task so long as it supports reading and writing to HFS disks.
  6. I have one 5.25" drive and one 800k 3.5" disk drive with my IIgs. When I was setting everything up, I used the 800k disk drive, and then I installed the OS onto a CF card in an IDE card and then networked it to one of my PPC Macs using a localtalk cable, to transfer more data. At that point, I had put the drives away and was running my system without them entirely, for a little bit of a cleaner look. I came across a small stash of 5.25 disks at work and I had intended to poke at them a bit, but I haven't had an opportunity to get the IIgs out in a little while.
  7. Most inexpensive LCD panels just down-convert higher refresh rates to 60Hz in their electronics, so if it "supports" say 1152x870@75Hz or 640x480@67Hz or anything similar to those, it's probably purely for legacy compatibility. With what, I don't know. It could be shared parts with something meant to be a little more industrial where a Mac or something like a Mac was being used as signage It would be interesting to see what happens with a Performa on a 67Hz display. I"ll have to look, or get the bits later on, I'm expecting to get my hands on a 6200 variant in the mid-near future, and if it has the video system, I"ll give it a go in a few configurations. As for Apple's performa-specific monitors: Most of them were fairly low end. EveryMac doesn't list a refresh rate for some of the low end monitors, it's known that they are often rebadges of PC OEM or generic monitors, and in the interest of saving some money if that meant that Performa displays were 60Hz instead of the more comfortable 67Hz provided by their higher end monitors, I can see Apple doing it.
  8. Cory5412

    Question on graphics on Color Classic

    Are you asking why the colors aren't the same, or why the image on your screen looks like it has been stretched and you can noticeably see lines on the display, and why things are blurry? I think the raster (the picture area) on your machine has been adjusted to be too big. On most Macs and Apple-branded monitors, there's usually a black border around the picture of around a half inch to a full inch, depending on the display. I don't remember if the image settings on that machine are in the Monitors or Monitors and Sound control panel, depending on your OS version (the 7.5.3 install set you used would support it) or if they're in holes in the back of the machine you'd adjust using a plastic screwdriver or spudger. The service manual will know.
  9. I don't think 60Hz has anything to do with it. AVP works fine on the Macintosh Color Displays and those typically run at 67Hz. (They are, in fact, "fixed sync" displays.) Based on my observations of the Beige G3: full screen is probably only possible at 640x480. If your display is a multi-sync/multiple-scan display, just switch to 640x480 when you want to use full screen video through. If your display is a fixed-sync display (such as the 16" Macintosh Color Display I use with my Beige) then you are pretty much out of luck, you can only use AVP in a window unless the OS will let you display a letterboxed 640x480 display. (the AudioVision, at least, can show 512x384 this way). I don't recall if my Beige shows that on the 16", with 9.2.2. If you just want to display a video source on your TV, you could consider using the TV's composite input. Check the manual if you have it or can find it online: sometimes TVs that "only" have component support composite by connecting video to one of the ports (often "Green" if I remember correctly) and if ther's only one port you can use a switch selector if needed. However, as I said elsewhere, if I remember correctly the Wings comes by way of the Quadra and Power Mac video systems, not the Performa 630 one, and so that detail may be different.
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    Floppy drive compatibility question

    Macintosh floppy disks use a unique connector. The 630 has it, but no G4s have it. The last machine(s) to have that connector are the Beige Power Macintosh G3 and the original iMac G3. What other stuff do you have on hand? There may be other tools you have that can be used. If you have any systems between those two, you may be able to use an appropriately wired serial cable to connect the 630 to the newer beige g3 and establish localtalk file sharing to copy the files, then re-configure the middle system to talk localtalk over ethernet to the G4. There are also localtalk to ethertalk adapters, if you have one or could fine one, you can network them directly. There are also things like modem simulators, you may be able to stuff or binhex all the files and use like ymodem or xmodem to transfer them, it would be the slowest but you could set it to go and just come back in a few hours. 630s can have LCPDS ethernet cards added fairly inexpensively, that may also be an option. Other thought: the floppies a 630 writes will be compatible with imation superdisk drives and with other USB floppy drives, you could connect one of those to the G4 and transfer files that way.
  11. For some reason I had parsed it all out as if you had an 8100 with that card in it, separately. That's how I'd use it, if you already have the 8100 HPV card in the 6100. That's the fastest video configuration you can get for that machine. You can probably find other cards that can do higher resolutions, because I believe that configuration is only good for up to 1152x870, but in my personal experience, 1152x870 is "good enough" - the only reason not to use it is if you have a bigger or newer LCD monitor, but at that point we should think about just using those monitors on newer computers. (An upgraded Beige G3 should be able to do 1600x1200 and some PCI video cards can do 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 with no trouble.)
  12. I haven't personally upgraded my 6100 with much more than some RAM. The main thing I want is actually one of the high performance video cards from a 7100 or 8100. You're supposed to be able to run those in the system, but I don't know about compatibility with G3 upgrades. That's the fastest video solution for the 6100. This should be fine. Anything that new will read CD-Rs and CD-RWs with no trouble and be noticeably faster than the original drive. In some situations, the 4-meg HPV cards from the 7100 and 8100 are supposed to run in the 6100. I don't remember what compatibility is like with the G3 cards, however. If the A/V card is installed that can accept 2MB of VRAM and should be a lot faster than the onboard graphics and also allow some higher resolutions and/or more color depth, depending on the configuration. NuBus boards should work, however you'd need a 7" or smaller one. The ideal one to look for might be the dispaly card 24AC. It supports all the same resolutions and modes as the 8100/7100 HPV video card and is availalbe in a 7-inch slot. Also I believe it explicitly works in PowerPC machines. It's a toss-up as to whether a NuBus video card will be any faster than the 6100's onboard video, however. I wouldn't bother with more RAM than you've got, I don't think any appropriate games for that hardware will use more than a hundred, let alone 20 or so megs of RAM, but if your'e using a lot of high end productivity software, database stuff or if your'e using a lot of newer stuff then it can be worth having more.) Anything you put in and aren't getting anything out of, you can take out and move to another system later. Have fun!
  13. Cory5412

    Power Macintosh G3 Minitower Upgrades

    I believe there are one or two PCI sound cards for Mac, I wouldn't bother. Most Mac gaming targeted whatever the cheap or highly available Performa/iMac of the day was, and so it's unlikely the games you want to play on Mac will have had like, high-resolution audio files or whatever it is the card will claim to do better.
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    bootable sata, the eternal struggle

    Good luck finding the ROM chip! Just anecdotally, back in the day I popped a USB card into one of my Macs running OS 9 and I couldn't get it to work without a whole OS reinstall, so it may be worth trying that out if you have some time. I don't know what magic it installs that you can't just run the package installer for yourself.
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