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  1. Scott Baret

    Mac Plus with 4MB of RAM

    Having been around these Macs since Larry Pina was writing, I can say that I've used Pluses with 4MB and no fan without a problem. The likely reason Pina writes this is because the Plus (and earlier) had no fan and were prone to overheating when used in, say, a 9-to-5 environment, five days per week. This is what led to so many analog board failures in these computers. Since the upgrader already had the Mac open at the time, it was likely included as a reference for convenience. Why not put the fan in at the same time if one is to be installed? It saves from opening the Mac again and also saves a visit to the dealer or an order from MacWarehouse. If you do use a Plus without a fan, don't use it as your daily driver. The Kensington System Savers are the easiest way to do it. The only real drawback of 4MB RAM has nothing to do with heat. On a Plus, the startup takes forever since the Plus has to test the RAM. (It's also a good way to test how much RAM your Plus has if you buy a new one and the seller wasn't sure of the RAM--or listed it as 1MB since all but the newest Pluses say 1MB on the rear bucket).
  2. Are the key caps from the IIGS keyboard and the IIC interchangeable? Specifically hoping to swap out an option key for a closed Apple.
  3. While not a game, I'd recommend Kid Pix just for the sheer fun value.
  4. Scott Baret

    ABD Keyboard and Mouse Options?

    A few notes that haven't been mentioned yet: 1. The Apple Keyboard II was also an option for the SE and SE/30 in 1991 with purchase. As I've talked about before here, there were a number of SEs made in early 1991. My school purchased SEs that year with the Keyboard II. However, Apple still sold the original Apple Keyboard that year and would typically show the SE/30 with it in product literature alongside the Classic. I believe the keyboard was discontinued sometime around the Quadra introduction. 2. I've heard later model IIGSs were sold with the Keyboard II instead of their traditional keyboard. Can anyone with a 1991-1992 IIGS verify this? Mine is a 1989 and came with the original. 3. The Apple Keyboard II presents an interesting variant, and it's the one posted here. Most of the Keyboard IIs had a rainbow Apple next to the power key. At some point in mid-1994, presumably when the AppleDesign Keyboard was introduced, the Keyboard II lost its rainbow Apple in favor of the hollowed-out one. These seem to be somewhat rare, were made for a short time in 1994-1995, and were typically bundled with lower-end systems. They came with the 475s and LCIII+s my school bought that year. I believe this keyboard was discontinued entirely in 1995, but it may have exited the marketplace in 1996. 4. Many of these keyboards have variants between them. Country of manufacture will often determine the feel of the keys.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Scott Baret

    LCII crapped the bed

    What exactly is the Egret chip and which Macs have it?
  8. 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?)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. Does anyone out there have a MacChimney? I've never seen one in person but have known about them for decades...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.