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  1. 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.
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    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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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    It should use the same cable as the SE. Mini DIN-8 on both ends.
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    Picked up some old machines from a friend

    Does the iMac G3 make any noises when the display does this? I saw (and heard) this problem in a Bondi a few years back. I'd suspect the flyback first but wouldn't rule out any component driving the video or on the analog board. Best to take this one component-by-component.
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    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    I believe the RAM is the same since they share the same connector. I'm not sure about video though.
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    Color Classic Analog Board problems

    I'm having this same problem with a recently-acquired CC. I do have two known good logic boards to pop in (a 520 and a re-capped 550), so I can test this hypothesis for you this weekend.
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    Mac LC Weirdness - Electric Charge? Shorting Out?

    Popped a spare in and ran it for 20 minutes. No problems. The hard drive also failed to spin up two weeks ago. It worked fine today.
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    Mac LC Weirdness - Electric Charge? Shorting Out?

    When I started the computer up, it kept restarting every few seconds and the hard drive would start to spin down.
  9. I have an LC, both logic board and PSU re-capped, with a strange issue. The logic board appears to build up some sort of weird charge over time. It causes video interference over time and today caused the computer to short out while starting up. I unplugged the PSU from the board, re-inserted it, and it's fine now. It probably will have the video problem again a week from now. Any thoughts on what could be causing this? Monitor is not the issue; it has been tried on another LC with no problems. History of the board: before it got re-capped, the board had a video issue. It was related to caps. The board was re-capped in 2016 and worked flawlessly until the video interference issue showed up about 9 months ago. I have a few extra boards to try tonight to rule out the PSU.
  10. Monitors has an interesting history with the early versions. If you put the Monitors cdev in the System Folder under System 6, it won't show up in the Control Panel on a black and white Mac. It does open on one in System 7, but won't do much unless you have an external monitor installed. As I recall, Monitors and Sound lived from 7.6 through 8.6. I see no point in combining the two functions either since they are, as mentioned, completely unrelated. (The possible exception would be if you had the monitor with the speakers). Of course, did anything at Apple really make sense when 7.6 came out?
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    LACIE - Joule Modular Storage System - Snow White stripes . . .

    LaCie certainly had some interesting designs. My personal favorite was the Backster, which mounted on the back of a compact Mac. (I've always thought that it would give enough depth, if modified, to fit the CC's CRT into another case while installed).
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    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    I have a 190 sitting around and while it currently won't boot up, it's not a terrible machine. I got one that was almost new a few years ago on eBay. I always felt there was an identity crisis with the 190. It was some odd cross between the 520/540, 5300, and 150. The 100-series naming also made no sense. I would have called it the 510, personally, since when I think of a 100-series PowerBook, I think of the old, thick, gray models with the trackballs.
  13. In 7.1, it's simply Monitors. I believe 7.6 changed to Monitors and Sound. Did you find the model number of your monitor?
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    Newly acquired Mac SE with screen issue

    If it's an SE/30, which it definitely is, you need to replace the capacitors on the logic board. An SE/30 board will fit perfectly inside a regular SE. You may want to check your floppy drive to see if it was upgraded to a 1.4MB drive. Pop in a known good high density disk (if the drive is clean and working) or look for a blue label on the side of the drive. (800K drives have either red or black labels). To briefly and simply define the boards: The logic board is the horizontal board which contains the CPU. We can also refer to it as the motherboard. The RAM, ports, and controllers are all here. The analog board is the vertical board to which the power supply is mounted in an SE or SE/30. On some models, this can be called the "power/sweep" board. There is also a smaller video board which connects to the back of the CRT, although this attaches to the analog board. The analog board has some video circuitry on it, plus it has a power connector for your hard drive.
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    Minimum Compact Mac Value?

    The SE/30 has been in demand since the day it was discontinued. Look at materials from very late 1991 into 1992. The SE/30 was a beloved machine when new and was even described in one book as a "perennial favorite". This was in 1994. (Source: "Upgrading and Repairing Macs", published by QUE). Prices remained relatively high until the middle of the PPC era, around 1996-1997, when they started to bottom out--although people would still buy an SE/30 if it showed up at a surplus sale, later on eBay, etc. Rarely did they go for a buck or two like the other Macs. They could be had for double digits in dollars until the past few years, when the "new normal" became $100+. Regarding Mac prices: in any hobby, prices can and will fluctuate; generally, they will trend upward. For some hobbies, this follows a period of great availability and low prices. Somewhere, there's a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero on a Craigslist ad for about $1000. It's an old compact car, likely destined for its third or fourth owner, and odds are it will wind up with a high school student for the fall. However, in about 30 years, once reality has set in that Oldsmobile has been gone for a long time and the 2004 Alero was their final model, that car will be worth much more than $1000, even if it needs some work done to it. Try buying a 1966 Toronado. It won't be cheap. True, the Toronado was a superior model to the Alero in its time, but eventually, even the low end vehicles go up in price. Macs are the same way. The 1966 Toronado was the SE/30 of the Olds lineup. Smaller, but full of technology. It's always been in demand, save for maybe when these cars were 10 years old or so. Classics are like the Starfires, Cutlass Calaises, Aleros, Achievas, etc...they're out of production but increasingly in demand, especially since many of the mass-produced models are gone. They have gone up in value, especially for working or restored models. Tack on modern conveniences and the prices can go through the roof. Events can also trigger a change in price. When Steve Jobs died, old Macs got even more expensive. Everyone wanted to remember his legacy, even though most of our compacts were released after his departure from the company (and before he came back). When I sell computers, I sell them at values I believe are fair for the condition and the state of the market. The prices I have listed in my sale thread at the moment are not the same prices I would have listed two years ago. Two years from now, the prices may be even different.