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  1. MikeatOSX

    Revitalization of a PCMCIA Rev. B card cage

    I got both modules very cheap with a 520c and a 540c. The owners didn't really know what they were selling.
  2. MikeatOSX

    Revitalization of a PCMCIA Rev. B card cage

    I'll try the Rev. B booting again, later. I'm refurbishing my three 540c before. They are really good machines.
  3. MikeatOSX

    Revitalization of a PCMCIA Rev. B card cage

    I assume you formatted the card with HFS, not HFS+. Your standard PB 540c: does it have a working PRAM- or main-battery? Mine doesn't boot that way. Main battery dead, PRAM battery new.
  4. MikeatOSX

    Revitalization of a PCMCIA Rev. B card cage

    Some more infos: Name: PC Card Software Version: 2.0 Released: April, 1996 Description: This software is for the PowerBook 500 series Rev C PCMCIA expansion module only and is required in order to use that module. This software will not update a Rev A or Rev B module to a Rev C - this can be done via a module replacement only. If you are using System 7.5.2 or System 7.5.3, this software can also be attained by using the Custom Install feature of the system Installer. PC Card Software 2.0 To use, download, double-click the downloaded file (this decompresses it), and use Disk Copy to create the disk or use a disk mounting utility to mount it on your desktop. Disk Copy can be found in the Utilities folder posted here. PowerBook PC Card Software 2.0: --------------------------------------------- File Name Version # --------------------------------------------- Apple Modem Tool 1.5.4 Generic PC Card modem 2.0.1 Motorola CELLect (Cellular) Motorola CELLect (Land) PC Card Extension 2.0 PC Card Modem (USA) PC Card Modem Extension 2.0.3 PC Exchange 2.0.5 Serial Tool 1.0.2 Text Tool 1.0.1 TTY Tool 1.0.1 VT102 Tool 1.0.2 XMODEM Tool 1.1 From the PC Card Software 2.0 ReadMe: Important Information About Your Macintosh PowerBook PCMCIA Expansion Module Congratulations on purchasing your PowerBook PCMCIA Expansion Module. This document adds to and updates the information in the manuals that came with your module. It is a good idea to read this document now, and keep a copy handy for future reference. If your PowerBook is connected to a printer, choose Print from the File menu to print a copy of this document. When you are finished reading and printing, choose Quit from the File menu to quit the SimpleText application program. Contents Tips - Using PC Cards - Using a DOS-formatted PC Card Troubleshooting - Selecting a PC Card as a startup disk - Starting machine with PC Card(s) inserted Tips: Using PC Cards • For best results, purchase only cards that have been qualified for use on a Macintosh computer. If you are in the United States, you can receive a faxed list of currently available PC Cards by calling 1-800-462-4396 and requesting document 10307. You can call this number anytime. In Canada, call 1-800-263-3394 and request document 10307. Outside the United States and Canada, please consult your Apple-authorized dealer. • Don’t use an SRAM storage card as a startup disk on your PowerBook. Use SRAM cards for extra storage only. • Never eject a PC Card manually (with a paper clip) while the PowerBook is in sleep. You may damage the card or lose data. Using a DOS-formatted PC Card • If your PowerBook has the Macintosh PC Exchange control panel installed and PC Exchange is turned on, you can use a PC Card that has been preformatted in a DOS format in your PowerBook. However, you cannot start up your computer using the DOS-formatted PC Card; you can only start up your computer using a Mac OS–formatted PC Card. If you want to reformat your DOS-formatted PC Card as a Mac OS–formatted PC Card, you need to turn PC Exchange off, and then format the card as you would any non-Mac OS–formatted disk. Follow these steps: 1. Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu. 2. Open the PC Exchange control panel. 3. Click the Off button and close the PC Exchange control panel. 4. Insert your PC Card. A window appears asking if you want to initialize (format) the disk. 5. Click Initialize to format the PC Card. • Once the PC Card is reformatted, you can turn Macintosh PC Exchange back on in the PC Exchange control panel. • You cannot reformat a Mac OS-formatted PC Card as a DOS-formatted PC Card with PC Exchange. To do so, you need to use a DOS/Windows computer with PC Card capabilities. Troubleshooting: Selecting a PC Card as a startup disk: • The user may experience some difficulty in selecting a PC Card as a startup disk. If a system alert "beep" is heard when attempting to select a PC Card as a startup disk, simply restart the machine, then reselect the startup disk. Starting the computer with PC Card(s) inserted: • Under some configurations, the user may experience problems when starting up with a PC Card inserted. If this occurs, remove the the PC Card before starting the computer. (revised 02/19/96) © 1996 Apple Computer, Inc. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, and PowerBook are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. DOS and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. PowerBook 520 540 550
  5. MikeatOSX

    Revitalization of a PCMCIA Rev. B card cage

    I suppose Apple repaired their CF card drivers for Rev. B in MacOS 8.1, but inside, without extensions. Rev. B allows to format a card in HFS+ so it can be used on a recent Mac for exchanging files, but Rev. B doesn't like more than one partion on a card. It wants to format this card. Limit is always 2 GB. Booting didn't work for me.
  6. My Rev. B card cage (Apple M2864 V1/B) was working, when I got it some years ago with a PowerBook 520c. But only for a short time, so I thought it became defective. Yesterday I've read these posts: https://www.mail-archive.com/powerbooks@mail.maclaunch.com/msg07749.html and it made me curious. I didn't know that MacOS 8.1 has built-in PCMCIA drivers, so I removed all extension named "PC card..." or "PCMCIA..." from the extension folder and one control panel. But not the PCMCIA control strip module. After restart I tried several of my PCMCIA2CompactFlash adapters and the smallest CF-Cards. And suprise (!) one CF Card and (second surprise!) a CF2MicroSD adapter with a 1 GB MicroSD card inside were immediatly recognized by the REV. B card cage and it invited me to format it, which was finished in a few seconds and I was able to copy files on it. I had problems with bigger cards (4GB and more) but I don't mind as I have cards now for exchange. So if you are owning a REV. B, don't give up and try all adapters and cards you have. Working CF-adapters: Transcend, DeLock and Startechnik CF-Cards: SanDisk Extreme III 2 GB and DeLock microSD adapter with 1GB microSD.
  7. MikeatOSX

    PowerBook 540c PRAM battery problem

    After hours of connected to the power supply the PowerBook 540c now holds all it's PRAM settings, when disconnected for some time.
  8. MikeatOSX

    PowerBook 540c PRAM battery problem

    Two of these batteries fit, must be soldered to the old cable.
  9. MikeatOSX

    PowerBook 540c PRAM battery problem

    Maybe PB 500 series. I tried this with several PowerBooks 5300, as all of their main batteries leaked and are dead. All PRAM batteries of them are charged by the power supply board, when they are sitting for hours connected to the power supply.
  10. MikeatOSX

    PowerBook 540c PRAM battery problem

    No difference with the new batteries. As I don't have a working main battery for my PB 540c, I let it sit provided with the power supply. Maybe after some hours I notice a result.
  11. MikeatOSX

    PowerBook 540c PRAM battery problem

    I'll see it soon: I have replaced the PRAM batteries and I'm reassembling the PowerBook now.
  12. Hi there, I own 3 PowerBook 540c and I'm very happy with them. One has a SCSI2CF and another has a SCSI2SD built in, everything works but all 3 have a little problem: after a few minutes without power supply, my PRAM settings disappear. Date & time and energy store are deleted. Date & time I can restore with Vremya or SetDate, but the PowerBook also wants to put the SCSI2SD to sleep after a short time loose it's own SCSI connection for a 3 or 4 seconds. So I also have to adjust the PowerBook control panel each time. Now I've disassembled a PB540c to add a new PRAM battery, but the old batteries show 5.62 volts! The new ones are 2x3 = 6 volts. Is the old battery still ok and there's a different reason? Can anyone give me a hint?
  13. I also use IDE2CF in my PowerBook 150: I formatted the CF card in the PCMCIA Slot of my Wallstreet (low level format). Made some partions and use it in my PB 150. No problems until now.
  14. MikeatOSX

    Powerbook 1400c power plug question

    yes, I do. As far as I know there are only problems with Duo power supply used with PB 2400c.
  15. MikeatOSX

    PowerBook switches off after repair

    My second 5300ce also doesn't start with it's trackpad connected. I think I have to clean all contacts...