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  1. 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.)
  2. 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!
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    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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    SCSI zip drive

    Fair warning: Zips "Are the least reliable storage technology to come out of the '90s" might be a more accurate way to put this. I've got intent to build out some more storage option KB pages that shows some of the ephemera/miscellany mentioned here, but for a few different types of storage devices. One of my vintage Mac projects of late has been working with some Iomega Bernoulli 230 megabyte stuff, and that requires a specific driver. The reliability and design problems the Zip has will eventually be documented on those pages. Being well-informed is important. For the moment, probably this is the best post for information about zip disk unreliability (among other things), there's other tidbits in the thread it's in.
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    Using an SD card with an older USB Mac

    It should! Up to 2TB. I've been using a 2TB WD EasyStore portable hard disk on my QS'02, and I have mounted 32-128GB SD/CF cards using one or two different adapters.
  7. 46c is probably fine for a G3, they're fairly low wattage. There's probably several ways to improve that, including adding a fan, adding CPU heatsink paste, or refreshing the paste if it was ever there. Intel refers to the maximum temperature on their chips as "TJMax" - that's the top temperature the chip "can" run at. (There's an intel-era Mac laptop joke that the fans are set to kick in at literally TJMax.) That spec is between 95 and 105C on every Intel chip for the past ~10-15 years. MacBook Pros have pretty much always run hotter for whatever reason than any other contemporary laptop. It's been getting more severe in the past few years, as the chasses of these machines get smaller but they continue to have 100w of hardware in them.
  8. It's less about "nefarious wardrivers" and more that WEP is so ridiculously easy to crack, a literally trivial amount of cpu horsepower is able to do it. Seven years ago in a class, another student demonstrated it using I forget which, either their moderate cell phone (from seven years ago) or a laptop they could have found on the street for free. If your wireless network isn't online and no important data is on any of the machines, it probably doesn't matter, but if your'e using it for internet access or for any kind of "real work" at all, then I'd say go with bridges that can handle WPA2. The other thing is many actual routers can operate entirely in client mode, so you can just have a number of machines in another room all joined to a wifi network together. Repeaters do something a little different, and this isn't that, but the two ideas could be used together. (And, some repeaters can be used just as clients, I think.) For me, and for many, this solution would be more convenient (although I mentioned I just strung a long ethernet cable across my apartment with a switch at each end and that really does work better anyway) because my main appletalk/appleshare server is on my regular Internet network.
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    USB -> 10/100 Adapter -> Vonets WiFi?

    It appears vonets is just a specific brand of wifi bridge? Get that bridge or any other and connect them to the Ethernet port on your favorite Mac. Your Mac does not need to have wifi at all. I've ilnked another bridge a few times that should work fine for this purpose as well, and might be easier to get in the US: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-Portable-Travel-Router/dp/B00TQEX8BO Again, I recommend you do not bother with internal wifi at all, because it'll be needlessly slower and less secure. ("secure" in the randos driving by your house can crack WEP encryption in a few seconds, look at all your wi-fi traffic, and use your internet connection for their own use sense.) AirPort is "fun" but wifi is much better and the better way to use it at this point is ot just run a bridge from a modern wifi network to whatever ethernet device you want to use. Of course, in all circumstances, wires are even better than all that.
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    USB -> 10/100 Adapter -> Vonets WiFi?

    Also I'm afraid but curious: What do you mean by "Gossamer kludge" -- are you upgrading a Power Macintosh G3?
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    USB -> 10/100 Adapter -> Vonets WiFi?

    802.11b is only rated for eleven megabits, and only in extremely favorable circumstances. Imagine an iBook sitting on a plastic table in the middle of a beautiful open field, totally flat, connecting to an AirPort base station that's twenty feet away. - You'd get 11 megabits! You should look at 802.11N stuff at the absolute minimum, and ideally dual-band or 5GHz stuff, as that's where the real speed is. I've been using my beige G3 with a QS'02 as a file server and I haven't felt like I would benefit from any faster networking. A few things would probably be faster, but not enough to actually do it. Onboard 10BT is going to be "good enough" and ultimately, anything people say about USB hard disks being slower than FW400 hard disks because of the way USB works will also apply to USB-based Ethernet. The other thing to consider is USB will always operate at 1.1 speeds when you're booted into Mac OS 9, and on most cards there's a single controller, so you're looking at a situation where you're asking networking, one or more disks and anything else that might strike your fancy to share a single 11 megabit channel into the computer. (Some later Macs have two onboard USB channels, but by then you had 10/100 Ethernet at minimum. anyway.) So, doing this might be interesting, but you are going to end up with a wasteful solution that is less performant than other possible configurations.
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    USB WiFi stick for clamshell iBook?

    There are a few USB Wi-Fi devices that work in Mac OS X. I don't know, but I've seen a few references for Mac OS 9. However: Mac OS 9 will never speak WPA, WPA2, or WPA3. A small WiFi bridge such as https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TQEX8BO/ref=psdc_300189_t1_B000066JQU can be configured using a web browser either on a newer system or on your Mac laptop and can connect to the Mac's ethernet port.
  13. One possible thought: For a few years, wifi client bridges were a popular way to get game consoles online. Slightly larger ones for both bridging and for range extension continue to be popular, and they're commonly available at electronics and office supply stores. Here's an example of a small modern one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TQEX8BO/ref=psdc_300189_t1_B000066JQU although there are others that should be slightly more common. These should be hanging around inexpensively, and I know some routers (especially anything that can run third party/open source firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato) can be used as client bridges. This may be an easier route to go than bothering with Wifi. Especially for newer/faster machines. Anything with 10/100 or Gigabit that can use most of that speed will probably be better served by an 802.11N or 802.11AC bridge acting as a client to your regular router than an 802.11 B card. As a bonus, you can group a few machines nearby into a single client if you use routers as bridges, and you'll get better speed and almost certainly better coverage, plus better security. Once the bridges are configured and connected, they shouldn't need any further configuration, either, so you can swap out, say, a Power Macintosh G4 plugged into a bridge for a Color Classic or an Amiga or a Sun. My house/apartment isn't very big so I ended up just stringing a 100-foot network cable from the back to the front, but where that's not an option, wifi bridging is probably the next best option.
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    USB -> 10/100 Adapter -> Vonets WiFi?

    What Mac has USB but not Ethernet? Is this for the TAM thing? Why not just use Comm Slot 2 Ethernet and a regular wifi bridge? ALso, Gossamer/Power Macintosh G3s had 3 PCI slots and onboard Ethernet as well, so they can use other, easier/better Wifi solutions.
  15. Education thought: Many of the Macs that have been most popular in education were popular not because they were actually good computers for the needs of educators and learners, but because they were inexpensive, and easily buyable in bulk. (I've got the packing list from a bulk pack LC520 for example. The eMac happened to hit upon a really good combination at the time of inexpensive, capable, well-built (minus the capacitor issues plaguing the one lat generation model) and a pretty good (heavy, but not too big and unweildy, and shorter than many of its predecessors) form factor, along with (for the first few generations) running OS 9 directly, which would be important for any school who saw the tides changing and wanted to buy a last group of systems that could run a fairly large back-catalog of software for Classic Mac OS. I've seen eMacs hanging on in K-12 as recently as just about five years ago.
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