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    A Color Classic for the 21st Century

    Bolle, thanks for the link. I did discover this about the round Apple Mic after it failed to work. It's amazing how frequently you find these up for auction on eBay. No big deal since the USB Headset-Mic I have is great, albeit not very vintage looking. I used to have a set of vintage Apple headphones (they were black with a white apple logo on each earpiece, sans mic). Impossible to find on eBay after trolling for months and months. Bibilit, glad you approve. You'd be surprised how much some of these empty or non-functional components still cost. Think I paid over $50 for the empty HD20SC case on eBay. Bunsen, thanks for the Stupid ADB Tricks link. Wish I had the manual dexterity to alter hardware like that. Not sure I can even solder competently. One thing about this Color Classic "mod" is that it can be done by pretty much anyone. No real modding skills needed. A dremel might as well be a jack hammer as far as I'm concerned... Cory5412, thanks for the info on the Apple QuickTime Conferencing Camera 100. I don't know how I overlooked this option but it does sound like some work might be involved to get it to work with a Mac Mini. How would the cable from a dead external hard drive work? I see one of these on eBay right now. Thanks for all the feedback! Glad there are others who can appreciate this little beauty.
  2. A small number of you may remember a post on this forum a while back when I first started this project using empty or non-functional vintage Mac components purchased on eBay. Well it's slowly made its way to completion, and I thought I'd post again just in case this interests anyone. If someone has done something similar, please post as I'd love to see it. This is a fully functional "Mac Color Classic," (at least on the outside) which I have hooked up to a 55" Samsung HDTV (not pictured). Components include: Empty Color Classic case housing a late 2012 Mac Mini w/ 16GB RAM running OS X El Capitan. Also running a Win 10 virtual machine on the HDTV using VMware Fusion (not pictured). Screen is a Century LCD-8000U2 Black SVGA 800*600 Plus One, 8 inch USB LCD. Empty Macintosh HD 20SC case housing a 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate external USB drive. Two AppleCD 300s with CD-ROM drives replaced with two Sony Optiarc AD-7240S DVD/CD re-writable internal drives (yes both come in handy in my line of work). The drives connect to the Mac Mini through two Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA/IDE Hard Drive Converters USB-DSC9 (available on Amazon). Apple Adjustable Keyboard M1242 with Split Numeric Keypad. These keyboards as well as the ADB mouse connect to the Mac Mini through a Griffin iMate ADB to USB adapter (available on Amazon or eBay). The only inconvenience of the setup is the absence of a right mouse button, requiring "Control + mouse click" in its place. Otherwise all keys are functional and the mouse works well. Apple M6082 AppleDesign Powered Speakers. Fully functional through the Mac Mini's headphone jack but rarely used as sound in my setup goes through HDMI to a Denon AVR-x1000 receiver and out to 5.1 surround. Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen. Really made for a PC but works fine for basic teleconferencing on a Mac. Also not beige, but no real options other than black here. Andrea Electronics C1-1022600-1 model NC-185 VM USB High Fidelity Stereo USB Computer Headset with Noise Canceling Microphone and Volume/Mute Controls. Perfect for Google Voice or other VOIP calls. Apple floppy carousel. No idea if this is a genuine Apple product, but some guy was selling it as such on eBay. iPhone 6 and iPad 2. The only non-functional component is the small round Apple Microphone on the right. Inserting it into the Mac Mini Audio In jack seems to have no effect. Thanks for stopping by... Comments or critiques welcome.
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    Techknight, I'm simply lost in your expertise. Have no idea how to accomplish that. Guess I'll stick to the plain vanilla mod I've got now. It works for me. Thanks!
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    Here's a link to a video on which the CC mod was modeled. He says he used a 9" display, but I'm not so sure.
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    Your critique is well taken. How have others dealt with putting in a flat LCD screen that doesn't lay flush against the curved front surface of the CC casing? Based on my pics, I should probably move the screen up just slightly, which would be easy to accomplish, but as for the other stuff, it would be hard to find the time unless there's a quick fix that looks good.
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    I often think no one has as little time as I do for such projects, but let me tell you, this was as simple as it gets. The painting sounds like it could be a drag, though, and I suspect you would need a bigger LCD display than the one I used. Best of luck!
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    You can search for this on ebay. Cost was $137.99 and shipping took much longer than advertised. If you are going to use Yosemite, download the updated driver from the DisplayLink website. A link to the site is included on the CD that comes with the unit, but the included driver will work only on 10.9 or earlier. Good luck on your project! CENTURY LCD-8000U2 Black SVGA 800*600 PLUS ONE 8 inches USB 499g 3.2*21*15.1cm
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    My thinking exactly. A CD-ROM would have been a lot of work for very little value. I'll probably get a USB hub at some point in the future.
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    Simple Color Classic Mod Complete

    Inside is a late 2012 Mac Mini running a clean install of Mavericks with dual monitor set up. The screen is an 8" Century USB 800 x 600 SVGA that fits without need for any disassembly. Nothing else. I have no time to do a true mod to get a CD-ROM to fit in there, and this was a lot easier than the mini-ITX idea I had years ago. Glad you approve!
  10. Just a post to show the completion of my Mac CC trilogy. The three CCs are now complete, one with a Presto Plus dual booting 7.6 and 8.1, a second with an LC520 logic board, and now a third (pictured here) that I can use every day for 21st century applications. The die hard collectors on this forum will not approve, I'm sure. But I've had this empty CC case for over ten years and originally intended to mod it with a mini-ITX board running Win XP (truly blaspehmous, I know). I even bought an ADB to USB adapter back then, which I've since lost. Hence the newer keyboard and mighty mouse in the pics. After applying Salon Care 40 Volume Creme to get the case back to its platinum beige appearance, the thing looks great!
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    Reddish hue around Color Classic screen

    Guys, Looks like this thread went a bit off topic. But a in good way. Getting back to the reddish tint on the periphery of my CC screen, the problem does NOT travel with the recapped logic board (which was deftly completed by Uniserver, BTW). So looks like the problem might just lie with the AB. Hopefully not the CRT. Not too bothersome at this point to try to rectify, so I guess I'll leave it alone. Thanks for all the input!
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    Reddish hue around Color Classic screen

    Swapping logic boards is an excellent idea. Once I accomplish this, I'll let you know the results. Unity, I agree that it would be odd for the color adjustment to be altered spontaneously, especially on two separate CCs, though I guess this is worth a shot, if all else fails. On a completely different topic (which maybe should be posted separately), have you guys tried and had any major issues with using a 575 board for the Mystic upgrade? Thinking of buying a third CC to complete the trilogy. If I proceed, I don't intend to alter the native screen resolution, though I'm aware this requires a ResEdit modification all the same. Just wondering if the Mystic CC is known to be associated with any major bugs or decreased longevity of the unit. Some problems with the mod have indeed been posted, so just wanted to pick your guys' and anyone else's brains before proceeding. Uniserver, you might just get another logic board to recap in the process.
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    Reddish hue around Color Classic screen

    Uni and Uni, Thanks for your suggestions. Small world, Uniserver. Just as you bought your CC from Unity, I bought my recapped LC520 board from you as well as the recap service on my other CC MB with the Presto Plus. Remember? Both now run OS 7.6 with the Presto Plus CC dual booting 7.6 and 8.1. Great job, by the way! Aside from the screen issue, these are both functioning well. But what this means is that the MB caps are NOT the problem. Maybe the AB caps instead or the CRT? I see Elfin's suggestion about the red setting being too high as a possible explanation but am not sure. Oddly, the problem went away on my LC520-upgraded CC after I removed the back housing and used a leaf blower to remove every speck of dust on the interior of the unit. The thing had been in someone's basement for years before I bought it. The problem with my other CC came on suddenly a few days ago and hasn't gone away. Really annoying.
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    Reddish hue around Color Classic screen

    Thanks, Elfen. That was quite the speedy response.
  15. It seems that in most, if not all Color Classics I've seen, the display does not use the entire width and height of the CRT screen real estate, but leaves about 1/4" black border unused. Anyone know why that is? More importantly, in both of my CCs (one upgraded with a LC520 board and another with a Presto Plus), I've noticed that the black border now has a reddish tint to it which is really noticeable under poor lighting. This went away one day on the LC520 upgraded unit but remains on my other CC. Has anyone else noticed this on their CC or figured out what may be causing this? Just want to make sure that this isn't some sign of imminent screen failure. Thanks in advance for any input!
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