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  1. Scott Baret

    Hate to do this but... SE/30 Help needed

    Do you know if this Mac has been re-capped? If it hasn't, that's your first step. Every capacitor on the logic board should be replaced.
  2. Scott Baret

    IIci behaves like a compact mac

    Would the same trace also be responsible for a IIci that wants to stay on all the time? I had mine re-capped eight years ago and it's had this issue since (otherwise, it works like a charm). If I plug it in, it comes on. If I turn it off, it comes back on a few seconds later. The switch isn't turned; I do know they can be rotated to keep the machine on (honestly a great feature since they were popular server machines). Also, speaking of caps...if your IIci has a cache card, recap it!! I had a cap burst open with smoke on mine. I believe the card has two caps offhand, not sure the size as I don't have the new one I just bought this past weekend handy...
  3. Scott Baret

    HD Access LED Size for NEWER Quantum ProDrive LPS?

    Yes, the LED on the outside of the case.
  4. I have a ton of old ProDrives which I am using in my various Macs. (Yes, I'm a purist and will use these hard drives as long as I am able to maintain them). I keep them in working condition, but have one minor issue with the LEDs... The plug for the access LED is a smaller size on the newer ProDrive LPS. These bear a copyright date of 1993 for the EPROM but otherwise look and sound like the 1990 LPS model (commonly found in the LC). They are NOT the old bulky ProDrives from the 1980s with the big red connectors--these are the white ones. Since I can't go to Radio Shack to size these anymore, does anyone know offhand the size of these LEDs so I can order one? I put a newer drive in a Iici and the old LED no longer fits--it's too big (yet it will work on any of my other ProDrive LPS models from the early 90s).
  5. Scott Baret

    Re-cap gone wrong.

    If your hard drive isn't getting powered, it's almost certainly a power supply issue. I had an LC that was going through this same process and a re-capped power supply solved the problem. I had another LC on which the hard drive wouldn't even power up sometimes. Again, a new power supply solved the problems (as well as a video problem that couldn't be attributed to the main board, which was re-capped).
  6. Scott Baret

    SE/30 video redraw problem

    The tubes are the same, but the connectors may vary. A Plus CRT will work. Not all Classics will. There's a thread on this forum about compact Mac CRTs--read it over to see the difference between the A and B connectors on the Classic. All Pluses and SE models (both regular and /30) have the same CRT.
  7. Scott Baret

    Bootable SC20 with IBM disk

    Try Silverlining. I've ben able to use it for all of my non-Apple disks.
  8. Scott Baret

    LC/LCII/LCIII power connector

    Chances are good it was proprietary, albeit given to three manufacturers of the PSU. I believe Apple designed it alongside TDK, at least from what I recall of early notes on the LC. I'd say about 90% of LCs have TDK PSUs. The other 10% were made by Astec and Delta. Delta PSUs are easy to spot, as they have black switches. (They also are more reliable from my experience, as are the Astecs, but any LC PSU should be re-capped regardless as preventative maintenance). I've worked with countless computers over the years and have yet to find any other connector which even remotely resembles the LC PSU connector.
  9. Scott Baret

    Sales figures for compact Macs

    A roll call on here may or may not be accurate. Again, we have our preferences, and there are probably a disproportionate amount of SE/30s and CCs compared to the real world. I've actually flipped three CCs and four SE/30s in the past fifteen years. All have sold at a profit and sold rather quickly. Yes, I flipped a boxed CC, which I sort of regret two years later, but the more meaningful machines to me have been my personal LC (which I've had since it was new) and a regular SE (which brings back good memories of school). Counting those two, I know my current inventory is as follows: 1 128K 1 512Ke 4 Pluses (three were upgraded 128K/512K) 6 SEs (one is a prototype) 4 Classics 1 Classic II 1 Performa 200 1 CC 5 LCs 4 LC IIs 1 IICI 1 IISI 1 IIFX 1 LC 520 1 LC 550 with no CD Look for a few of those to get sold soon. It's rather representative of what's out there, however, in terms of what existed. (Now we also know who has the stash of pizza box LCs around here...)
  10. Scott Baret

    Sales figures for compact Macs

    Having entered the Apple world when compacts were still being sold, I can offer some insight, but no set figures. We know about how many 128K/512K are out there given when the million mark was hit. The 512K was produced thereafter for a short time as the 512Ke (which really began in 1986) and actually continued into 1988 in some markets as the ED. Pluses were very common, but few appear to have been produced in 1990. The majority of them were produced in the early years and many earlier Macs were upgraded to the Plus. The low price point is what attracted many late-80s customers to the machine in its later days. In the earlier days, it was the feature set. The "my first computer" syndrome arguably saved some Pluses, especially since many Plus users probably replaced them with something less iconic in the 90s (Mac or otherwise). The SE is a dime a dozen and was produced into 1991 with SuperDrive badging. If the Plus was the budget model, the SE was the optimal model for black and white Macintosh computing. It had an internal hard drive or two floppy drives, and the lack of external peripherals (which could add up over time) led many to buy it instead. It also just looked and felt newer, so if the computers were side by side at the store, some would pony up the extra money for the SE. Both the Plus and the SE (and the earlier models) suffered a lack of adoption in schools because of the abundance of Apple II educational software programs. Even the bigger players like MECC and Broderbund were late to the game with Mac versions. Carmen Sandiego didn't come out for the Mac until 1988, Number Munchers took until 1990, and Oregon Trail for Mac wasn't on the market until 1991. Macs started taking off around 1990-1991 in many schools, which explains the lack of Pluses in some areas and why the SE showed up more often sometimes. You're more likely to find the IIE or IIGS in school surplus from pre-1990. Classics were cheap. A lot of them were sold in 1990 and 1991, but they started to lose ground to the LC, which was really the machine that got Macs on the map in the schools, in part because of its IIE compatibility, in part because it had color and was the optimal choice for the killer educational program of 1991, Kid Pix. Let's face it: Kid Pix was REVOLUTIONARY. It brought an exploratory learning experience to young computer users and was versatile enough to be used in a multitude of educational settings. This was also around the time Oregon Trail, Munchers, Carmen, Math Blaster, etc were all coming to the Mac or had just come to the Mac. Both the Classic and LC were selling at this point, but the LC seemed to have a huge edge despite its higher price point. It was also over twice as fast. Just like there aren't many 1990 Pluses, there aren't many 1992 Classics. I've only seen a few, including one which was made in 1993 (it wasn't a US model; I believe it was somewhere in South America; keep in mind some non-US models were different with dates, like those rare Australian LC II units in the 475 case). There was also likely a big stock left from late 1991. The same is probably true of Pluses in 1989-1990. The SE/30 had its niche market and actually wasn't as appreciated as it has become until it was discontinued. Sure, the Classic II was the budget machine of 1992, and plenty of them sold (though not as many as original Classics in 1991; again, blame the LC on the Mac side and the rise of cheap PC clones and easy-to-use DOS machines like the IBM PS/1, marketed towards home users), but the better bus of the SE/30 wasn't appreciated until the Classic II's shortcomings were noted. Color Classics weren't huge sellers. Blame the LC series again, as well as the 500 series (which was introduced a few months after the Color Classic, first for schools as the LC 520, then for homes in Performa 550 guise). Let's not forget the Performa 200 here. I truly believe the reason there are so few of them is because they had people trained in retail sales selling them. They'd be more likely to upsell the 400 than a regular computer store. (Side note: the Performa 200 had a cool 80MB IBM hard drive, not a Quantum...at least the one I have has one). Next is the issue of retention of these systems. It was easy enough to use even the oldest compacts into 1996. I like to use that year as a benchmark since that's when 68000s were no longer on the market. Developers turned to the PowerPC, but started to eliminate the older machines from their system requirements. Pluses had been benchmarks for years, but in the mid-90s, the LC became the new benchmark, then the LC III, then the LC 475. Longtime collectors like many of us saved some of these computers in the late 90s and early 00s. There are still quite a few lurking in closets, some with their original owners. There are even occasional sightings at schools. Did a lot more survive than the eBay ***RARE Steve Jobs*** people think? They did, and I believe there are a lot lurking in OUR closets I would know, having cleared out a few surplus machines this summer with a few more to go. (Look for a listing for a non-CD 550 sometime once I re-cap my Color Classic; currently, I have its re-capped board in there). I wonder if that guy in Belgium still has his big wall of Macs...
  11. Scott Baret

    LCII crapped the bed

    I have nine LC and LC II machines and all work without a PRAM battery.
  12. Scott Baret

    "(Error #-199)" Error Code

    Have you formatted this drive recently? -199 represents a drive map error. Alternately, try copying the files directly from the System 6 floppies to the drive. There is nothing to decompress on a System 6 disk so the files can be copied without any problems. If you have the 1.4MB floppies, just drag the System Folder over, then go to your System Additions disk for anything else you may want, like MacroMaker.
  13. Scott Baret

    AppleCD SC M2850 disassembly

    The tabs are along the grooves on the sides. You'll want to use a small screwdriver. To avoid leaving scratch marks, wrap the blade in electrical tape. Apple's ZFP SCSI hard drives (i.e. 20SC) use the same disassembly procedure.
  14. Scott Baret

    You can never have too many storage options...

    Adding hard disks was always the way to go, but very few saw it due to the price unless they truly did the math and a little shopping, even in the very early days. Case in point: my Mac LC and its storage issue. When I got the machine in 1992, it came with a 40MB drive. That was the more affordable option, and when buying a new system, that's usually a major point of contention. RAM was falling in price and was easy to install, so that part of the puzzle was easy to solve, but storage was at a premium on that drive. A 40MB drive will already be over a third of the way full with a typical System 7.1 installation and Word 5.1 with typical options installed. Toss in MacDraw, Print Shop, Kid Pix, the Apple IIe Card driver, and a few games and the drive is reaching its limit. If there's a big-ticket item like Spelunx to be installed, plenty of programs are going to have to be relegated to floppy disk. Most of my HyperCard stacks were run from floppies, for example. My dad got tired of hearing me complain about the hard drive being too small. He did his homework and decided a 160MB external SCSI hard drive was the way to go. It didn't have cartridges, but was an effective one-time purchase that would deliver good performance and a decent dollar to megabyte ratio. It wasn't the largest drive available in 1993, when it was purchased, but fit the budget and my needs. The Apple-branded drives were expensive, but the LaCie got a good review and used the same Quantum mechanism. Between the two drives, there would be 200MB of storage, and as a bonus, the LaCie drive came with Silverlining, DiskDup, and a bevy of shareware. Is it expandable like a SyQuest or Bernoulli? Absolutely not. However, in the end, it had the right mix of storage space, performance, and affordability. Zip disks came out the following year if memory serves me right, so they weren't an option, but even if they were, this drive probably would have been a little better of a deal. It took years to outgrow it, and by that time, I had an iBook with a 6GB drive sitting alongside the LC. I still have all of the aforementioned equipment, and while I did dabble in Zip disks, the hard drive has outlived them.
  15. Scott Baret

    Early Mac LC proto?

    A few second floppy notes: 1. The LC II lacks the connector for the second floppy but it looks like most of the framework for it is there. Other than the 030, extra RAM, and lack of second floppy connector, the most notable change on the LC II board is the fact there are pin connectors for the fan and speaker (though it can still accept the assembly from the original LC). 2. There were single floppy LC IIs sold to schools at bargain prices. I believe they also sold an LC I this way. 3. There was indeed a blanking plate there. Look at an LC versus an LC II and you'll see it. It's similar to the ones on the SE and big-box Mac II, but unlike the SE, it lacks the LED cutout. 4. Can anyone with a IIe-Card equipped dual floppy LC handy confirm if the Apple II card sees the second internal floppy as a second 3.5" drive? I could always mod one of my spare LCs into one if need be to test, but if someone has one around or has tried, let me know.
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