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  1. Scott Baret

    Best macOS version for IIci?

    The earliest version which can run on a Iici is 6.0.4. Use any variant of System 6 if you really want to see this machine fly.
  2. As others have said, re-capping the components, removing and replacing the battery, and looking at other moving parts such as the floppy gear are all excellent steps to take. (The only exception is if someone already re-capped those boards, re-furbished the floppy drive, or the battery was already pulled). All of the above safety advice is great as well. I've usually let my pre-SE boards sit for a week, which has always discharged everything, but the proper discharge procedure is still highly recommended. (Keep in mind my experience falls under the law of small sample sizes; even though I've worked on about a dozen pre-SE computers, that's still 12 out of thousands). Be sure to wash the boards before re-capping. I also advise removing any dust from the case, fan, etc. You can also give the case a bath in Endust for Electronics. There is one other thing to prepare for: the fun you'll have with this machine. The SE/30 is a blast--it's got a ton of power in a tiny package. Go ahead and test its limits--I once got an SE/30 to play an MP3 file on its internal speaker, which was a lot of fun just to do as proof of concept!
  3. Scott Baret

    LCII crapped the bed

    What exactly is the Egret chip and which Macs have it?
  4. Scott Baret

    The Newest ImageWriter II?

    Don't forget the LCII variant Performa 4xx machines. The 410 was built until November 1993 and even got the 475-style case! (Of course, so did some non-US LCIIs...I think they were in Australia, can anyone from there verify?)
  5. Scott Baret

    The Newest ImageWriter II?

    Ooh, a 1996! Any chance you have the week number on it? There is still a shop in my neighborhood which uses an ImageWriter II for receipts. It's connected to a Quadra of some variety.
  6. Scott Baret

    The Newest ImageWriter II?

    Sparked by the discussion in another topic about LC475s being manufactured later than thought, here's a question--who out there has the newest ImageWriter II? According to most sources, the ImageWriter II was still around as late as 1996. They got the brown shipping boxes and revised manuals (there were actually four ImageWriter II manuals to my knowledge, at least for the US version of the printer). It would seem reasonable to believe Apple had many sitting in storage after a while. Once the StyleWriter came along, the ImageWriter II's popularity faded rapidly for most--with the exceptions being those looking to print multipart forms or banners, people who wanted a cheap color printer, and schools who already had plenty of them in the ecosystem. They were also inexpensive to network. As far as finding late models, I personally have seen one made in 1994. I decided to check things out on eBay and found one made in April 1995. I don't think I've seen one newer. Does anyone out there have an ImageWriter II made after that? Any 1996s out there among us? I'd be curious to see when they pulled the plug on production.
  7. The drive came with Adaptec Toast (back when it was Adaptec). I believe the version was 4 offhand. It seems to me that was the only way to make this drive work. I'm not sure if that version of Toast was optimized for it or not, but it was included on a purple CD with the Zip name on it. Come to think of it, I'm not sure these drives could even burn directly from iTunes (the early versions). Putting Zip on everything was like how Oldsmobile put Cutlass on everything to try to sell more cars, even if the products weren't all that related. We all know how that worked out for Olds...
  8. I have one of these drives and can tell you that is a power adapter connector. The drive I have is purple and uses the standard USB connection. I remember buying it back in 2000 since my iBook didn't have FireWire and it was one of the only, if not the only, USB 1.1 CD-RW drive on the market. Does anyone know the internal unit used in these drives? My drive has a working power supply but the drive unit itself seems to have failed. It shouldn't be too hard to swap a new drive into this but I'd like to replace it part for part, especially since there are still some NOS replacements for many drive units out there.
  9. Does anyone out there have a MacChimney? I've never seen one in person but have known about them for decades...
  10. If you can run 7.1 and don't need particular features or compatibility offered by 7.5, always run 7.1. It's much smaller (useful if you have a smaller hard drive) and more responsive. Just be sure you have the proper enabler for it if you get a generic set of 7.1 disks--load it on your Install disk and Disk Tools disk.
  11. The 475, 580, and PB190 all stuck around a good while. Apple was trying to sell them in bulk to schools and make a profit; those computers cost next to nothing to produce by that time. The ImageWriter II also was still kicking around at that point in time. Regarding 5300s, it is possible they were spare parts, also possible they made a batch when they realized they had a lot left over. This may explain the glut of SE SuperDrives from 1991.
  12. Scott Baret

    Universal Install vs SE/30 install

    The Installer customizes a System file when it does this. Replace that file and you’ll be ok.
  13. Scott Baret

    IIvx not powering on.

    Regarding system discs/disks...I'm not sure about the 600CD, but there were a few other systems without them. Notable among them was the PowerBook 145B, a cost-saving computer. Floppies may have been cheap, but Apple was looking for any way to save cash by that point. They may have also used that as an excuse, as they saw PC companies not doing it and felt like playing the same game. I know for a fact the 575 came with a CD, which would place the timeline of definitely including CDs in early 1994. I just sold a Performa 575 last fall with an original restore CD. The 550 is another story. I'm not sure if they ever came with CDs in later times, but they did have restore partitions on their hard drive. It's well documented in early editions of Mac Secrets. Apparently there were disks available if you asked Apple nicely--again, it was mentioned in Secrets or some other old Mac book. I believe there was also a CD for Apple techs to use that had the Performa systems on it at one point in the late 1990s. I'll have to go back and read that MacWorld article again to see what they said about performance. Regarding the Iivi/LCII comparison...ooh, that could be a good topic of debate for many computers! IIx and SE/30? Classic and SE FDHD? LCII, CC, Classic II, and Iivi? Portable and PB100? Lots of ways of looking at them; not one of them is wrong, all are from different vantage points. Regarding the IIci--another thought is they kept it around but were just using up inventory. Apple seems to do this sometimes. The Plus was technically on the market through October 1990, but how often do we see Pluses made in 1990? The same goes for 1992 Classics. Latest I've seen of each is December 1991 (Classic) and December 1989 (Plus)--although someone in one of the groups once told me he had an early 1990 Plus. (This can also go the other way--there are a TON of early 1991 SE SuperDrives out there despite the model being discontinued formally a few months earlier; likely just had a bunch of extra parts to use up and made a batch of them for those who pined for the expansion slot the Classic lacked). Those of you out there with a IIci--what's your manufacture date? Anyone have one past mid-1992? One random question about Performas--were the IBM 80MB drives common in them across the board? I have one in my 200. They seem relatively rare in other Macs from that era, most of which had the Quantum or Conner of some variety.
  14. Scott Baret

    IIvx not powering on.

    Funny you bring it up--I was just reading that issue last week. The 600 was indeed very positively reviewed, so much that it was viewed as a superior option to the IIci (still on the market despite being several years old at the time). What MacWorld failed to mention was the crippled data bus, looking only at clock speed. The CD-ROM was another huge perk. They really liked the 200 as well, as it was priced the same as or less than the Classic II but included software. That issue didn't mention anything about specifics with software, but it wound up being ClarisWorks. Other companies were bundling software and introducing novice-friendly features. I have an IBM PS/1 from the same timeframe (1993, but close enough) and it came with both MS-DOS 6 (yes, you read that correctly, an IBM shipped with MS-DOS and not PC-DOS) and Windows 3.1--plus MS Works 2.0 for Windows and a host of simplified features. Among the most notable is a menu that appears at startup where one can choose between Windows, the DOS shell, and the DOS prompt. There were some simplified utilities in Windows, a Mouse Practice type program, and easy to read manuals. Also like the Performa, costs were kept down by not including system disks. I have a stack of floppies made from a backup program and remember the task of making them!! This was my grandfather's computer; he had to go to an office supply store in the middle of the process because it took 13 floppies and he only had a box of 10. One more similarity--it could be upgraded, but most of the user-friendly features got wiped out. When I got the PS/1, I upgraded it to Windows 95. In doing so, the menu was bypassed and the computer pretty much felt like and worked like any other Win95 box. The same could be done with a Performa and, say, System 7.5 (even if 7.5 did incorporate some Performa features). As for the IIci being on the market--it hadn't been a flagship machine since the IIfx was introduced but was a very close second for its first two years of life. Since the tooling for the computer was quite old at that point and the prices were still quite high, my guess is Apple kept it around for the profits. It was a proven winner by that point and was even "upgraded" in 1991 when the cache card began to ship standard from the factory. There also wasn't any compelling reason to replace it given where it sat in the hierarchy of Mac models by that point. The LCII was released for the ability to use virtual memory, the Classic II was intended to consolidate the black and white compacts (even if the Classic wasn't technically discontinued for another year--although I have never personally seen a 1992 manufacture Classic), the Q950 was a speed bump to differentiate the higher end Quadra more, and the 600/VX was a new design altogether that just seemed more "consumer" than the CI. Of course, the IIsi was also still on the market...a machine that seemed to suffer from a problem of poor fit for a while... The IIvi is the real mystery. It's an LCII that can't run System 6 in a case with more slots and an optional CD-ROM drive. I've actually wanted one for a while just because of how obscure it is, although I've been out of space to put another machine in my personal collection since plunking down a whopping $30 on a IIfx last fall.
  15. Scott Baret

    Desktop backgrounds on compact macs

    I've used a public domain utility called Backdrop.
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