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  1. I think those images got made, and, they're on vtools! Send me a forum PM with the user name you want for vtools and a starter password, 8 characters or less, and you'll be able to connect and grab them from the public share!
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    Macintosh LC 475 chimes, but no video

    Aside from other missing components, a way to work-around not having a PRAM battery installed, or having a bad one in place, is to rapidly turn the machine on, off, and back on. It's "not well researched" what impact this has on the power supply so my personal recommendation if you do this is to leave the machine running to the extent practical, unless you plan on not using it for a long time. (Or: install a battery.)
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    Performa 6116cd

    Another option is to get an account on vtools! (PM me here or email at the link on the site) 7.5.1 should be able to run the necessary updates, which you can get off of S7T. (Vtools can also be connected to with FTP and the updates are on it, to then connect with appleshare.) the old CD drives don't do well with CD-RW discs, it should read CD-Rs but that's up in the air for a 25+ year-old CD drive as well. My 6100 and 840 do okay with CD-Rs but not CD-RWs, and the fragility of those and most other era-appropriate removable media are most of why I set up vtools for myself. They won't write CDs though, if that's what you're trying to do, you'd need a burner and that didn't become common on Macs until 2000 or later. (Though there are plenty of powermac G4s with working CD burners that would do perfectly at writing CDs for older Macs.) 40 megs is a pretty solid amount of RAM. I think these things have a cache slot and 2 RAM slots, so if something doesn't fit don't try too hard.
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    Performa 6116cd

    (As I say about all Macs) - These are neat machines! A lot of information about them is availalbe here: http://www.kan.org/6100/ The 6116 looks like it would have started with one of the higher end configs. You can run anything from 7.5.1 (there's a small chance the 7.1.2 install from a 6100/60 would work too) up to 9.1 on them, although you'll want more RAM for 9.1 to be even a little bit comfortable. 8.1 or this may be a rare case where 8.6 might be worth looking at - because you'll get a lot more PPC code, which will be good for a 601 (versus running things in 68k emulation) but still a lower memory usage than 9.1 (supposedly, TBH resources on a stock or near-stock 6100 are typically slim enough I'd suggest looking at 7.6.1 or 8.1.) It's pretty ho-hum, it was the mainstream business desktop when the Power Macintosh family launched in 1994, so it supports up to 832x624 displays on the onboard graphics, and up to 1152x870 at 24-bit/full color if you put in an upgradeable high performance video card from a 7100 or 8100. What kind of stuff do you like? It's a reasonably competent tourism machne if you just want to look at MacOS, ClarisWorks, HyperCard, and Oregon Trail. It should be ~ok~ at 68k and early PPC gaming. A solid quadra is going to be faster than it at almost anything "68k" but that doesn't make it a bad machine per se. If you like hot-rodding there's the aforementioned HPV video cards, a DOS card, a nubus adapter and also G3 upgrades, with various combinations available. People were using these as dailies into the early 2000s with these kinds of upgrades. If you prefer "not very upgraded" but "not too upgraded" but "not too not upgraded" you could look into what cache yours has (none stock, there are apparently 256k, 512k, and 1m modules) or can have added and then look into getting the HPV a/v or graphics cards, which will make the system feel very sprightly. Add in some RAM and you have something that'll probably even benefit from the extra speed of a SCSI2SD v6, over a v5. (I've been meaning to test effective v5/v6 speeds on mine.)
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    LC475 / Power Macintosh 8200 / Performa 630

    Nice finds! Bummer about the 8200's power supply, especially if I'm reading this right and it's a /120 - making it one of the faster 601s that shipped. It should if configurations were comparable to the 7200 come with a healthy-for-the-platform complement of cache. Plus, having one of the fastest 601 systems is pretty neat. I've seen some rumblings about the start of an ATX to powermac power adapter, and 7200 would probably be in that group, so it may be worth holding onto it to see what comes of that. I think that the 630 family were available under LC, Performa, and Quadra labels globally. In the US, configuration details largely went as such: Performa models: home market, in-person retailers, often big-box stores and consumer electronics stores (sold next to washing machines and TVs instead of other computers), software/game/printer/modem/monitor bundle. LC: Education primarily, keyboard/mouse and maybe ClarisWorks only. Quadra: Normal Mac sales channel, full 040 with FPU. No software/monitor/printer bundled. In the US, the Quadra was announced a few days before the Performa/LC were, but I still tend to classify it as an LC/Performa, because it shares its architecture and expansion with that family more than with most of the Quadras.
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    Parental Controls in Leopard?

    Disclaimer: I have never used this function. Disclaimer 2: I do not have children. Based on the wording you're repeating here, this function probably relied on some service Apple used to run, or runs, whose certificate has long-since expired and been replaced. (Or: it was an internal proxy server running on the machine itself doing the filtering, and that internal proxy server's certificates have long since expired.) You should consider using a modern computer, even an inexpensive one, for this task, if you want to provide your child with Internet connectivity and want it to be filtered in this fashion. A chromebook or an inexpensive Windows 10 machine, whether a laptop or a desktop, might be suitable. Walmart has a cheap-but-reasonable house laptop brand called "MOTILE" using AMD processors with fairly reasonable storage and ram outfits for their price range. Dell/HP/Lenovo will also have inexpensive desktops or laptops, or you could install windows 10 on basically anything you can fish out of a dumpster or a public/corporate surplus property sale. My local university is ending resale of equipment back to departments that's over five years old so more equipment is actually leaving before its 10 years old, for example. 2014 Mac minis or ~2009+ macbook/minis and a very slim selection of iMacs may be suitable for use with 10.13+ or mojave/catalina patchers and those systems will have up-to-date parental protection/control functionality. Another option might be to hang out with your kids while they're using the Internet. Most modern routers or older premium routers have access scheduling functionality as well. Another-nother option is to do this at the router or security gateway level, perhaps even using software like untangle, which is available for $0 or for a home use license inexpensively, which has internet filtering functionality, targeted at small K-12s and public libraries. Another-nother-nother option is to be up front with your kid about the kinds of things they might see online and what your expectation of them is if they engage with it in a way you don't find fit.
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    Email on 68k?

    Yeah, you should be able to do that if everything else generally matches up. That's close enough to the idea of setting up your own email infra for all intents and purposes (i.e. not something most people can just casually do in an afternoon).
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    Email on 68k?

    The long and the short of it is "no" unless you either have an email provider that allows for outdated or no encryption at all, or you set up your own email server or forwarding tool. Check what your local ISP has, I've heard some smaller local telcos and CLECs may have this enabled, depending on who you have, really. Providing vintage-compatible email is an aim of vtools (worklog/thread), but email is another few months off at least, and is the thing most likely to get turned off if it's abused too badly.
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    Vintage Hardware Health?

    I meant to post this at lunch, and pair it with a "the fastest way to get the right answer is to post a wrong one" joke, but since I missed that opportunity I'll just say the thing I was going to say: This was almost certainly designed with intent to run 24/7. Network and conversion appliances like this tend to be. (Though in the '80s and '90s those individual power control centers were more common, so, like, take that for what you will.) The problem is that it was designed in the '80s or '90s to run 24/7 for probably a service life of optimistically five to seven years. I still think it'll be fine, but it can't hurt to give it a good once-over. Check the caps in the unit and the power supply and make sure the power supply is putting out the right voltage. If it's not, see if you can replace it with one that is, just to be on the safe side. Re a laser printer specifically: would it not be less wear to let it idle on its own? Does it have a periodic warm-up that puts undue stress compared to if you let it cycle on its own? (Or: what wattage does a 4/600 or similar pull when idling? I would think that'd be a better reason to switch it than anything else, especially if you're printing less than, say, 1x/week. It's an HP laserjet under the hood, it'll probably outlive you if you maintain it reasonably well, and this was one that does match another laserjet model (unlike the LWS360) so there is a pool of spares.)
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    The passive adapter should work, but "soon" I'll go ahead and pull out my MCD14 (which should have the same or similar modes as the 12-inch monochrome display) and shut down vtools and turn it back on with that display connected to see what happens. I forgot what video card or system mac84 was using. At worst, there are PCI cards that have DA15 output from the blue-and-white era that were expressly for using it with older displays (it was a side-grade from the rage128 in a couple early edu configs, also had analog video in/out) and the rage128s (both pci and agp) should work with the passive Apple/ATi adapters.
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    Wild, but, if it was going to work at all that kind of work would be the thing that would make it happen. What video card are you looking to use it with? Is it the AGP Rage128 or another one? I've been meaning to test the MCD16 with the passive Apple adapter on my G4, mostly because it would be convenient to free up my MS20 for different computers. One other thing to note is that the 12-inch monochrome monitor on the French page takes 640x480, the 12-inch color monitor expects 512x384. Mac OS 9 and OS X even from the OSXPPC era will switch (begrudgingly) to that res (I ran a small TV off my tibook that way as a chat window for a while) but I don't know if anything on intel will.
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    Ah, my bad, I missed that link entirely. None of those modes is for a 12-inch adapter. The thing that I think lets the passive pin adapters work is that newer multiscan macs can still recognize the sense pin configurations of the older monitors. In general this worked with video cards that were for Macs, and I've seen success with that kind of adapter on, say, the portrait display and an early-mid powermac g4. (I don't remember the model, mac84 on twitter was showing it off at some point last year, and I thiink it's in one of their videos.) That's why you need a Mac specific card from an era when that compatibility was still expected to be present to do it, and why the old fixed-sync displays are, as far as I know, never going to work with modern computers or generic PCs. (Even though using an MCD16 or so would be great as a putty sideboard.)
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    This adapter should let that work, presuming the card is old enough and it's the Mac version of the card and you're using it in a Mac. (I've been meaning to try this with vtools and/or my tibook and the Macintosh Color Display 14/16 or AudioVision 14). As far as I know, there aren't versions of these with DIP switches. The regular VGA monitor on old mac adapters with DIP switches are for using multiscan monitors and non-mac monitors on macs that expect certain sense pin configurations. (Mac II stuff, early LCs, that kind of thing.)
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    1400cs Won't Read CR-RW

    If you have OS 8.1 on the PB1400, you can format a CF card in it as HFS+ and insert that in a USB card reader on your modern mac and use that to transfer files. I use a 4GB card for this but bigger should work fine as well. Plain HFS (for 8.0 and older) should work fine, but you'll need a modern mac that read and write plain HFS, which was removed at some point. Plain FAT might also work, but for some types of data (not usually dc42 disk images as far as I know) you'll have to worry about the resource forks.
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    VHS Video editing on early PowerPC macs.

    It's exactly as you say: in 1993 terms you're talking about 15 grand in hardware before video capture was a reality on the mac. In modern terms, it's not 15 grand but it's still a bunch of specialized equipment that you have to find and then find documentation for or experiment with. SGI could do it in a little less, but not that much less. It was much more reasonable on both sides by 1996-7 or so, and it was "imminently doable" for $2000 by 1999. Most of that has to do with better compression technologies combined with better hardware existing up front. (i.e. the stock disk on a blue-and-white G3 is much faster than the stock disk on a Quadra 840av or even a PowerMac 7500). Lots of PowerMac 8000 and 9000 configurations shipped with AV disk options as well, and they had the second/faster internal SCSI channel, and of course faster CPUs to do better compression up front. RS232 or 422 control is a technique you can use to get away with it. The 840av has no problems grabbing, like, ten seconds worth of frames (worth noting: mine had 24, not 128 megs of RAM, at the time) at basically full quality, although in reality you would have worked with 320x240, which would make things a little easier too, so you'd start, capture the frames you could, and the computer would work on getting everything ready to get the next group of frames. That would involve a pretty high end deck though, which would track for the 840 which itself was like a $5000 computer, give or take, but wouldn't track for the LC/Performa 630 (which were sold pretty explicitly on the idea of home multimedia authoring) or even a 6200 or 7500. (Though, video in on the 6100/7100/7500/7600 was mostly sold as a business-focused thing, for, like, video conferencing rather than as a multimedia authoring thing, in both of those cases the multimedia authoring computer was from the 8-series, not that it wasn't possible, just that Apple didn't market them that way or as noted by dcr configure them that way.) Anyway - without support hardware like that on either side (or just moving to a much newer machine) you have to temper your expectations of what's reasonable or possible. I used DV when it was under ten years old on pretty ho-hum hardware and this wasn't my experience, as far as I can remember. The people I know who have DV stuff now talk about how poorly the tapes aged and so I suspect that's really it. DV will have this kind of problem harder than, say, any VHS or beta/betacam or non-digital 8-based format will because of, well, its digital nature. (Granted: it could be it had this problem in 2004 too and I never noticed because the glitches being described aren't noticeable at a glance, but I'm guessing it's due to the format and the hardware aging being made worse by things being digital.) Incidentally, DVD seems to have aged better, as a format, despite being almost exclusively consumer-oriented. I got a mini-DVD-R/RW handycam from a thrift store some time last year and plugged it in and puttered around with it and the video imported with handbrake pretty much as well as it is possible for it to have done. Another option for DV cameras is to record directly to hard disk-based recorders, via firewire, which was a thing that you could buy in the era, as a sort of prelude to video cameras with hard disks and flash memory card slots built in.
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