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  1. Update on something weird: I opened the Mac up, disconnected and re-connected the power supply, then moved the monitor off to the side and disconnected the ADB chain. No interference! I reconnected it. Again, no interference. Then, I put the computer and monitor on top of each other as usual. If there's any interference there, it's only me looking too hard and seeing what probably is just normal CRT behavior. This Mac had some sound issues when an Apple II card was installed, and it seems the Apple II card had done something to the logic board where it would short things out. I felt getting rid of all connections may help. LC is re-capped so caps aren't the issue on the main board. Any more ideas? Any way to prevent this in the future?
  2. Monitor has interference when cursor is moved or new text appears. This comes in the form of horizontal lines that are light gray against white. It's not an ADB issue due to modifier keys not causing this problem.This usually only happens or can be noticed on blank white screen.The monitor seems fine otherwise.I'm guessing potentially the boards/caps, potentially the fact it's on a circuit at an apartment building when many people have A/Cs running. Never have had this issue until recently. I do have a spare board with new caps to swap in if need be, but I'd like to rule out anything else first--specifically the CRT itself.Thoughts? I'm hoping it's just something on the boards since I do know an analog board swap has fixed similar issues on compact Macs.
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    StyleWriter I - no ink on paper

    My StyleWriter I won't output any ink on the paper regardless of which cartridge I use. I have used two new ones and blamed it on a defective one the first time. Now, it won't do anything with the other cartridge despite having purged the cartridge multiple times. Everything sounds fine otherwise within the printer. What is my next step here?
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    LC no sound

    ADDENDUM TO ABOVE: Remember how I said it played fine on the other LC IIs? This includes a few which have been recapped.
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    LC no sound

    I have a very strange problem on one of my LC IIs. The board was re-capped and most sounds play normally, but the music on Midnight Rescue does not. It comes out very, very faintly from the speaker. One thing to note is that the music on that game is not played from .snd resources but rather from SONG resources. This is the sort of sound that newer OS releases break, although I'm running 6.0.7 on this machine (and it plays normally on all of my other LC IIs). I've tried re-installing the program with no success. Could this also be related to the chip?
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    Macintosh SE Disk Drive Replacement

    I got a floppy cleaner last year on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028B7138/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It fixed the issue with my LC's drive, caused by reading a dirty floppy and gunking up the head. Even if your drive has an issue deeper than what this can solve, it's still a useful tool to have around if you have other Macs. Keep in mind most people didn't regularly clean their floppy drives when these computers were being used on a daily basis and 20-30 years of dust have accumulated inside them.
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    SE/30 hard drive LED mod

    Nice! I also put a blue LED in an SE once and it looks really neat! I too like the red LED on the SE. They seemed to come exclusively with the 20MB MiniScribe; larger capacity Quantums almost always had the amber light (although I have seen a few very late model SEs with green LEDs--they may not be original though).
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    A 1993 Manufacture Mac Classic?

    Was the Classic manufactured longer in countries outside the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan? I found a Classic with what appears to be a 1993 manufacture date and Classic II-style speaker holes on eBay today. It's located in Egypt. Any insight would be helpful here, especially if we have any friends from that part of the world on here! Here's the computer in question: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Macintosh-Classic-M0420-Powers-On-Sold-As-Is/173277079784?hash=item28581e68e8:g:dG0AAOSwqlFaqB0p
  9. Some re-capped machines do seem to have a slight boot delay. I've seen this in some of the re-capped LCs I have on hand.
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    I'm planning on buying a bulk pack of batteries for the lab I use with the kids and installing them, then replacing them in 4 years. The ones I have at home are easier since I can keep a closer eye on them. As soon as the battery fails, out it comes.
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    Vintage Rubber Feet + Bare Wood = Very Bad?

    I can do one worse. This past fall, I got an ADB keyboard and one of the feet was a little worn. I left it in my car for a day before taking it in. The foot melted on the seat of my car. It took a good hour and lots of elbow grease (and Turtle Wax interior cleaner) to get that mark off. Beware of the feet on LCs, too...they can get wonky over time.
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    ADB Wedge Mouse Variants

    The ones I have seen are as follows: USA MODELS Dark unscrewable retaining ring, darker ball, very click-y clicker. Seems to have shipped with the first batch of IIGS models. Light unscrewable retaining ring, beige ball, same click-y clicker. Common with the early SE and II. My 1988 manufacture SE came with one for reference. NOTE: Neither of these used Apple's traditional serial number scheme. It's hard to date them, but the 1988 date above seems a good indicator of when these were the only player on the block. My guess is they were discontinued at some point in early 1989. TAIWAN MODEL Black ball, lighter in mass and overall size, retaining ring doesn't unscrew like the other models. Clicker isn't as click-y. Seems to have been produced from 1989 until the end of the lifecycle of this mouse. I have seen this model with later 1989 SEs up through 1992-manufacture Classic IIs. This one seems to be the most common with 1989-1993 compacts; some LCs got these as well. These were the most common mouse with Macs which shipped from 1989-1992; within my mini-lab, most of my square ADBs are this type. MALAYSIA MODEL Light unscrewable retaining ring, beige ball (similar in mass to USA models). Clicker is completely different. These seem to have begun production at some point in late 1990 or early 1991 and are far less common than the other mice. My LC, a late 1991 manufacture, shipped with one. I have seen these mostly on LC and IIsi models. (I'm not sure what the Quadras came with). A FEW OTHER NOTES Both Taiwanese and Malaysian mice were shipping at the same time. In fact, the Macintosh LC user manual describes how to take apart and clean BOTH types of mice. I have seen (and may still own, I'll have to check my spare parts box) a Taiwan model marked as "Apple DeskTop Bus Mouse" (note the capital "T"). It had a 1989 date and came with an SE. I also have seen (and also may still have this one laying around) a Taiwan model with a longer ADB plug on the end, similar to the cable which came with the Apple Extended Keyboard II. It came with a PowerBook I picked up years ago and was likely purchased directly from Apple rather than ship with a Mac (since it was inside the PowerBook case). I believe the manufacture date on this was also 1989, which would make it NOS for its day since the PB in that case was a 170 (long since sold). The Taiwanese models tend to wear out faster. I have one right now that needs a thorough overhaul. The ADB II models also have several variants. I believe Taiwan and Malaysia got similar models with balls (I'll have to check on those to be sure; I don't have nearly as many of them) plus I know China was also producing ADB mice by 1995. Apple's later ADB keyboards, notably the Apple Keyboard II and AppleDesign Keyboard, also came in many variants by country and style. QUESTION FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO ANSWER IT All of my 1993 manufacture Macs that I have either owned or currently own came with the ADB II. This includes any LC III, Color Classic, Centris, LC 520, etc. Does anyone know if the models in production prior to February 1993, when the ADB II rolled out, and continued for a while longer got shipped with an old-stock ADB I? This would be the IIvx, Classic II, Performa 200/400/600, and Quadra 950 (I'm guessing they got them eventually since they were on the market for several years thereafter). Boxes for the newer Macs advertised a "new, more comfortable mouse" (the CC box says this on the sticker).
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    Small but Important

    I picked something up today that seems trivial. It was inexpensive, coming to $11. Nonetheless, it's something more important than most people realize. A box of DS/DD floppies. You know you've been around this hobby far too long when you know just how nice it is to open up a fresh new box of disks that will actually work in your 800K drives. Granted, they're NOS, and there may be one or two that don't format quite correctly, but having a few good disks is never a bad thing, especially when you have a floppy-driven 512Ke currently in service...
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    LocalTalk file sharing and IWII printer?

    I highly recommend tracking down a LocalTalk card. It works better than using an AB switch (which also could solve your problem of sharing that ImageWriter), especially since the ImageWriter can be shared with many, many Macs. They're a bit hard to find on their own these days; your best bet may be finding a spare ImageWriter II with one already inside (check old elementary computer lab specimens, where they were used quite often into the late 1990s as inexpensive printers for Kid Pix drawings; I got my first card from one).
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    CRT repair?

    Tubes are rarely the culprit. As stated above, flyback transformer and caps are the two things to check (in that order). If you have an identical monitor or can source one, swap the boards from it to rule things out.