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  1. Quadra 700 speaker.. same as IIci / IIcx?

    Toby is a real graphics card. Not accelerated, but real nevertheless. It's probably in the machine for dual displays. A Toby-driven 12/13/14-inch display would be good for palettes, where the 700's onboard video will outperform most NuBus video cards that existed at the time of its introduction and can easily handle more color and higher resolutions.
  2. Revenge of the Clones

    Mac plastic would generally not have been brittle in the '90s, but I would be 100% unsurprised to find out the 8500/9500 already had a reputation for drawing blood. It's a bit of a shame because at the low end, the clone vendors were doing good work with the Gazelle architecture and low cost versions of the Performas, but as it stands, it took long enough to clear the backlog of systems (all Mac builders, including Apple) built in 1996-1997 out of the sales channel. New-old-stock S900/910s were available from catalog resellers for at least a year or two after UMAX stopped building them. Apple clearing out its own backlog and canceled orders from resellers was specifically cited as a reason for decreased profits at Apple one year, although I forget which one. The other thing, of course, that would've killed Apple in good time, is the huge glut of models. This was cited as a part of the problem that had been causing reduced demand for their machines.
  3. Revenge of the Clones

    These are nice systems and are basically Power Macintosh 9500s in cases that are easier to use. I believe the motherboard has been re-shaped slightly and is either EATX or something like it, so these systems' boards are good for dropping into different cases. Otherwise, they are still Macs. They need Mac specific video cards, storage cards, the types of RAM Macs used, SCSI disks, Apple floppy drives, ADB keyboards and mice, etc. If you get a G3/G4 upgrade, I personally recommend putting it in the PTP 200 and keeping the faster 604 CPU in use, although these CPUs are highly interchangeable, so you could put a G4 in the system with the 225 chip and the 225 chip in the 200 system. Apple would have died, and with it, so would have the Macintosh. NeXT would have gone the way of Be.
  4. Any opinions on new Ebay RAM?

    To add: I have bought RAM from eBay, it could be worth a shot, especially if it's a good savings over what that RAM might cost you elsewhere. Regarding setting up an 8500 specifically: I would target somewhere around 256 megs. I have an 8600 that I'm going to be setting up, and I'll probably try to get it around there. It has 128 megs now, if I remember correctly, and I know that will be a fine starting point. Larger amounts of RAM will be good if you decide to do things like get into multimedia production, run Mac OS X (which I'll agree with the above, probably won't be a particularly rewarding experience, but it could be neat to try out anyway), or run modern linux/bsd for, as johnklos said, tasks there that might require a bit more RAM than your typical '90s desktop workload.
  5. New 1400c

    Mac OS/System Software 7 can not use Extended. If the 1400 is running Mac OS 8.0 or newer, it can read HFS+/Extended volumes.
  6. New 1400c

    Congrats on the new machine! What version of Mac OS X is the new machine running? Somewhat recently (last few years) HFS Standard write support was removed from Mac OS X, making this a much less direct connection. If your 1400 has the complete OS install, it should be able to format the SD card as FAT or PC format and both systems should be able to read and write to it with that format.
  7. $50 Mid 2010 Macbook

    This is a bit moot now, but this machine only supports 3 gigabit SATA. Was there an issue with some SSDs dropping down to 1.5 gigabit SATA? If so, it probably still felt faster than the original spinning hard disk anyway, but depending on what you're doing (multimedia work, mainly, but also swap with low RAM situations) that additional performance is important. The 850 isn't newer than the 750, the difference between them (they are both of the same "generation") is that the 750 is a lower ("budget") grade drive. 960 is the higher grade (PCIe NVME) drive, and is a generation newer than both the 850 and the 750. They're all good SSDs, if the price is the same, I'd probably pick an 850 over a 750, but the benefits of an 850 over a 750 will almost certainly not show unless you have a more modern computer with a faster 6-gigabit SATA connection. Ultimately, what I do with older machines I want SSDs for is go to my local office supply chain or big box electronics retailer and pick up whatever reasonable capacity I can find that's cheapest. I don't think (on a system this old) you'd notice the difference between any of these Samsung drives and a less expensive one from WD/Sandisk. I'm using a Sandisk 240 gig disk in my Mac mini (which has 6-gigabit SATA) and it's fine.
  8. I haven't ever seen any references to opening image files with applesoft basic. I don't know about any other version of basic for the system, if basic got used for that kind of app, it likely was an app that had its own image handling routines added, otherwise you'd need to refer to the documentation included with the development tools, which can be difficult to track down. I would look into whether or not HyperCard on GS/OS is better for your particular needs
  9. testing linkage

    "My Attachments" is exactly what it says on the tin. Your attachments, when you are signed in. When I click that URL, it brings me to page 1 of attachments I've entered, of which there's only five pages.
  10. Power Macintosh G3 Minitower Upgrades

    PCI Rage128s for Macs normally have 16 megs of RAM, at least the ones I have seen. Some Rage128s in iMacs and laptops have 8, if I remember correctly. In Mac OS 9, VRAM only really starts to matter (beyond ~4-8 or so megs for framebuffer on big-ish displays) for 3d gaming. It could be worth looking at the requirements for the games you want to play. The blue-and-white G3 is in kind of an awkward spot because any game that needs a lot more graphics card than a Rage128 will probably work better on a newer system where every other subsystem is faster (and often, bigger too) such as a Power Macintosh G4.
  11. Power Macintosh G3 Minitower Upgrades

    Are there any games for Mac OS 9 that need more than 64 megs of VRAM to run? The peak OS 9 card is probably the Rage128. Everything after that ships in systems really designed with Mac OS X in mind first, and OS X itself was a much more voracious user of graphical horsepower than OS9 ever was (as in: Quartz and CoreImage, etc). It won't hurt to have a more powerful GPU, but if you can get away without it based on what you're using the machine for, then it may be a worthwhile place to cut, just depending on what your budget is.
  12. Power Macintosh G3 Minitower Upgrades

    You'll be able to upgrade a beige g3 (or a blue-and-white, for that matter) so it slots in between the iMac and the G4. Whether it's worth doing and whether that will give you a discrete performance level that's worth using in games is a question that's worth asking. I have a Beige G3@333 in pretty close to stock condition for that model, and it's a great machine, but it probably wouldn't be worth using if I had a working fast iMac G3 and also a fast 6100 that has been G3 upgraded. The cap for the Beige G3 will be some sort of fast G3 or G4 chip, which will probably be drop-in upgrade on the socket, 768 megs of RAM, a PCI video card (if your games need it, otherwise beige onboard video is perfectly good), and there will then be two more PCI cards for whatever specialized things you'd like, such as SATA storage, sound card, USB/Firewire, etc.
  13. Mac SE serial port vanished ?

    That's correct, prior to OpenTransport, the printer port was used for LocalTalk networking, probably because networking multiple Macs to a single LaserWriter was one of the more common uses of early LocalTalk networking.
  14. Odd Quadra Motherboard

    I made a typo in my post, what i meant about the 8100 was whether it was structured like the 840av, which has its internal i/o connectors (scsi,e tc) along the top of the machine, or if it's closer to the 800, which if I understand correctly, has its internal i/o connectors elsewhere and the power supply slots directly into the board (as with the IIcx/ci/vx/vi/P600/Q700/Q650). Unless by "rear" what you meant is that like the scsi port et al are at the front of the motherboard? Of course, within that range, different machines have different things, ethernet, sound input, the beautiful HDI45 connector on the 7100, etc., so not all the cases are directly compatible without dremeling, but the point is that the internal structure on those machines is all the same.
  15. G3 Mainstreet

    If you have enough RAM, you can go all the way to 9. If you want something other than 9, then the factory preload of 8.0 or 8.1 if you can find it would be good. I would not bother with Mac OS X on this system. It will be a bad experience.