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netfreak

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About netfreak

  • Birthday 08/28/1983

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    https://preterhuman.net

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  • Location
    BC, Canada
  • Interests
    Fast cars, audio production, video post-production, animation, antique and rare computers and software.

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    System/Network Administrator

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  1. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    Yeah I'm not going to toss the boards. One board I already pulled some other caps off for future use. May also pull other chips off. I was actually looking on ebay for CPUs but ones that ship to Canada were still more than I'd want to pay.. Plus there's no guarantee I could ever manage to solder that in.
  2. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    Had a 6100/60 board come in from ebay and it works fine with the rest of my original parts. I guess that means I've got two boards with dead CPUs. Sigh. EDIT: yeah I just popped the heatsink off this one to put new compound on it... it looks much different on the working CPU than my head ones... they're clearly fried.
  3. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    Yep there is a pre-compiled bash on a jagubox mirror, and I've also grabbed a bunch of other stuff such as gcc 2.7.2. The first time I ran A/UX back in 2001 I also didn't do much UNIX with it but I've got plenty of better Macs for doing Mac stuff so this machine can just be my retro UNIX workstation. I'll probably fail miserably to get anything interesting compiled but I'm planning to spend a good amount of time on this project. I'm also putting together a complete noob guide: https://wiki.preterhuman.net/Newbie_Guide_To_A/UX_(Apple_UNIX)
  4. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    Things are happening... I ordered more RAM for it too.
  5. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    I've succeeded in my plan to install A/UX 3.1.1 on the system. I went with a SCSI2SD after failing to get any of my 68 or 80 pin SCSI drives to be recognized using adapters. I've also found that despite having added another 512K worth of VRAM the system still doesn't offer me any higher monitor resolution, and I'm still at 256 colors. I'm using a VGA adapter without the switches so maybe I need to manually dial it in. I think I'll also dump 64MB RAM in there too. EDIT: ok yeah I dialed my Griffin VGA adapter to the higher resolution and it seems to work that way. The OS is too old to deal with my switchless adapter.
  6. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    I've got a handful of 256K VRAM SIMMs so I've added a couple to the system. Won't be doing a whole lot of graphics heavy stuff anyway.
  7. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    Yeah I managed to find some old 256K VRAM simms kicking around my pile. It looks like I can do a 1MB config but that page indicates a 1.5MB config is a no go. That'll be good enough for my uses I think.
  8. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    Yeah Jurassic Park is also one of the big reasons I wanted the Quadra. It also must have SOME vram since the display works but the whole system is in french so I won't figure it out until I put a new system on there. I've got some spare SIMMs around here too so I can throw more in there I think.
  9. netfreak

    Finally a Quadra 700

    I've always liked the look of the Quadra 700 and wanted one for years. One came up on ebay last week within Canada and was already hit with a stack of offers and over 10 watchers, but the buy it now price was still far less than any other I've seen so I went nuts and bought it. Had the original battery in it so I popped that out. Zero leakage. Appears to have 20MB real memory but the vram bank is oddly empty. Original 250MB drive still works but naturally its noisy so I won't be using it. I picked this model specifically to be a permanent A/UX box as my other 040 machines won't run it.
  10. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    Yeah I've got two power supplies and I opened one of them without seeing any OBVIOUS problems... The ROM and L2 chips in there now are what was in there when the system used to work. I did get another ROM on ebay and remove the L2 chip but nothing changed. Symptoms unfortunately point to broken CPU, but it really didn't look broken. Actually yes I will be trying something like this, or potentially more absurd like a run in the dishwasher. I dishwashed my LC board for fun when it was completely dead and works just fine now.
  11. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    I had looked under the heatsink before and the CPU did not look like it was cracked, and after my recap I also cleaned the CPU to add more heatsink compound. I've been super careful with the heatsink but I suppose something may still have broken at some point. I have a spare board with the exact same symptoms and the CPU looked OK on that one too. Now I'm not sure if I have two faulty boards or two faulty power supplies or who knows.
  12. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    Argh, recapped the board and nothing has changed. Hoping the CPU isn't broken...
  13. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    I don't mind the recapping. I don't do a pro job because I only care about functionality over how clean the job is, so it isn't overly difficult for me to get it done. I'm just super lazy with getting projects going so I have yet to recap the 6100.
  14. netfreak

    IIsi Complete System & Extras

    I had all of those exact items when I bought my IIsi (my first computer) in the early 90s. Damn was that an exciting day... I still own the IIsi but no matching CRT.
  15. netfreak

    Figuring out dead PowerMac 6100

    Yeah I tried a new battery from a small stash I ordered last year and didn't make any change. Also tried the double tap method. I haven't gotten around to the recapping yet but I'll try that first and hopefully it solves my problem.
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