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  1. TimHD

    Radius Color Pivot driver

    Try this link for various radius drivers: http://vintageapple.org/macdrivers/video.shtml Or this FTP site (login mg / password mg): www.max1zzz.co.uk:8000/#/*%7CMac%20OS%20Classic/Drivers/Peripheral%20Support%20Drivers/021%20-%20Radius/ If no luck, I have a floppy that came with my SE/30 pivot (monochrome) PDS card. The instructions seem to suggest the software covers color and grayscale pivot cards/monitors. Just tricky getting it to you.
  2. Hi I recently acquired a Personal Laserwriter 320 and have done a basic (not complete) pull apart and clean up of the printer (as it was printing test pages with excess toner). My first test (before disassembling) got jammed and looking inside, the old toner cartridge was leaking toner everywhere which likely contributed to the test page jamming in the fuser assembly. After re-assembling (with new toner cartridge) and printing the first Test Page, it was still largely just a lot of black toner (normal for first use of a new cartridge?), though within a few prints things calmed down and the text and images became visible (nb: earlier prints saw some images repeating along the page??). Nevertheless, even after things settled down, the test page still had excess toner - mostly at the start/top of the page, getting lighter as it progresses, but the next page once more starts quite dark, so I don't think its a case of printing more pages to get it clean. (see image below). If I recall correctly how Laserprinters worked, it seems that the black toner is getting to the page but the process which forces the toner to bond with the page where it needs to, seems to be broken with all that toner sticking to everything rather than exiting the fuser area! What's next - replacing the fuser assembly (922-0026) or possibly the fuser's fixing film assembly (922-0451) or is the toner not escaping as it should, so possibly, it's the Laser/ScannerAssembly (661-0027) at fault? (See last page of the manual for the part nos - http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/misc/plw_300.320_lw_4.600_ps.pdf) Some of these parts can be sourced, but prefer I went after the most logical one first, given I want to limit the cost of this refurb. Any suggestions welcome.
  3. Thanks, seems we're getting warm. ' By 'cartridge' - do you mean the toner cartridge? It's new and fine, and the previous toner cartridge did similar, so not sure it's that... By image roller, do you mean 076-0168 Transfer Roller Assembly?
  4. Hi I've been having some issues with trying to replace the old IDE HDD on my 630CD with a Compact Flash drive. I acquired the following hardware: - IDE 2 CF adapter: http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=384(supports UDMA) - 4GB SanDisk Ultra Compact Flash card (works fine in DSLR camera and via USB to iMac). - 4 pin Molex (HDD->FDD) cable (to supply power to the adapter board). On the software side, I have used Apple's (IDE) Drive Setup software from my 7.5.3 install CD (and other versions). This will recognise the "IDE" or "ATA" bus and the attached compact flash card is 4GB in size, and let me set the drive's partitions (went for 1 and then 2 at less that 2GB size each, if that could be an issue). However, whenever I try to initialize the drive (with or without a low level format first), it gets through the process (quite long when formatting 4GB!!), but at the end it says it's failed to initialise and thus won't mount the new drive(s). I have tried formatting the CF flash card on my iMac G3 via a USB-CF adapter (OS 10.4.1 Tiger, formatted HFS not HFS+). This worked fine and I was able to transfer files to the CF drive and back (so the hardware looks good) but when I attached this to my 630CD's IDE interface , it was not recognised. (NB: the IDE drive works fine, so it's not a cabling issue in the 630CD side). Any ideas? NB: I have read the various links here and elsewhere on related issues, (i.e. this is not a dual CF adapter, etc), though most of the other threads seem to be focussed on SCSI-CF adapters (is there a problem with IDE-CF I am not aware of?).
  5. I've had a few further attempts at this (while I await a new simpler CF adapter which will hopefully work). Found one in China for a few dollars that won't take too long to get to Australia. Meantime, I'll leave some notes below for further reference/use for future users who come up against similar issue (though, I have still not solved this yet): A few things I noticed when I tried this again with some of your earlier suggestions was that on my iMac G3 10.4 it initially defaulted to erase as HFS+ ('mac os journaled') for the CF card attached via a USB adapter, and would not let me select Mac OS standard until I reformatted the card in a FAT/DOS format. I then tried doing a 3 way partition and left about 500MB for the final partition. Interestingly, the first 2 partitions formatted fine as Mac OS Standard (now coming up as an option in Disk Utility) but there was an issue with the last partition. I now set the last partition as 'free space' and repartitioned and reformatted with 2 x 1.66GB petitions and 500MB or so as free space. Now, interestingly, despite these settings, the CF card turned out to have 2 x 1024MB partitions and about 2GB of free space (per Disk Utility!). Not sure why Mac OS Standard (HFS?) let me select 1.75GB and then only produced 1024MB partitions?? So despite the 2 x 1024MB partitions coming up (which I was able to transfer files to and run Verify Checks on the partitions in Disk Utility to confirm all good, Mac OS Standard partitions) I still could not get my Quadra 630CD to recognise it. (Indeed, Drive Setup didn't recognise any existing partitions this time! - whereas earlier, it saw the 2 x 2GB Partitions I created earlier (1 called 'Macintosh CF HD' and the other called 'Mac CF Backup'). Go figure! While the adapter is still looking the prime suspect, it was interesting that the CF Card failed to format the last few MBs and reverted to 1024MB partitions despite what was asked of it by Disk Utility. I don't have any different CF cards to test at this stage but will consider this if the new IDE to CF adapter doesn't work. Noted re: 5V and Master settings. Confirmed (and tried setting it to slave, but no go as expected). Meantime, will focus on a few other classic mac projects.
  6. Thanks Elfin, I am wondering whether the issue with these SybaUSA adapters could be their design. I noticed that the cheaper Chinese/US versions seem to not have any additional pins/circuitry on the PCBs, and in that regard, are just 'straight' CF adapters (i.e. pin for pin connection between the IDE cable and the CF card slot). The SybaUSA version I have seems to look a lot like their 'dual' IDE to CF adapter (i.e. leveraging same PCB design but without the second IDE (44pin) or slave CF connector). It seems they use the one PCB design and just tack on the additional IDE connection where those 40 pin holes are on the PCB. Given the issues with dual CF cards not working, this could be the problem. See comparison images below Single IDE 2 CF - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=384 Dual IDE 2 CF - http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=387 PS - I couldn't help notice that the link you had above was to a 'dual' CF adapter (though the image in the link was not a dual version!). I found this similar (not-dual) CF adapter in the US - http://www.ebay.com/itm/1pcs-PC-Desktop-Compact-Flash-CF-to-IDE-Adapter-40-Pin-Adapter-Male-Card-/361240624319. Might go with that one if partitioning smaller than 1.75GB doesn't work. One last thing - you mentioned formatting the CF card on my iMac would result in a HFS+ structure. I was aware of this issue but the formatting software gave me the option of "Mac OS Standard" (which I thought was HFS) whereas the other options were HFS+. Or are all OS X Tiger options only HFS+ versions?
  7. TimHD

    Is this 3.5" manual eject FDD recoverable?

    Thanks, I vaguely recalled that issue of IBM formatted disks being lower quality/size than Mac disks - and these were IBM formatted disks (I ordered Mac, but they sent me IBM - getting a replacement box shortly). Given this may be media related (rather than hardware) will try again with some Mac format disks to test it out. Frankly, given the age of some of the 3.5" media out there, it could be just the floppy disk, not the drive that's failing. PS - Is there any way you can be sure you are sourcing 'current' 3.5" diskettes - indeed are any manufacturers still making them, or are all of them just leftover stock now? (the disks I got were Verbatim but the supplier had since told me the don't make them any more!)
  8. Hi I have been fixing a Quadra 630CD I recently acquired from eBay and was having some issues with it's 3.5" internal manual eject FDD. After a general clean up of the machine's innards including an air pressure clean of the FDD (without disassembling the FDD) I tried a few test formats with some 'new' floppies. It seems that the FDD couldn't generate 1.44mb (less a small amount for file system) sized formatted disks - as it seemed to be losing space (bad sectors?) during the verify pass after the format (some down to 1350kb, another 1422kb). More worryingly, it seemed to damage one of my disks if that's indeed a scratch on the magnetic media - see image below (am trying manual linking this time as the insert function did not seem to work for everyone last time). Obviously, old 3.5" media can be iffy too (though again, this was a 'fresh' box of 10 1.44mb Verbatims) so I also tried a few of these disks on my SE/30 (recapped and with a restored/repaired auto inject FDHD floppy drive) and managed to get better outcomes - i.e. either a complete format of a new disk and even getting some of that 'lost' space back when re-formatting those Quadra formatted disks on the SE/30's FDHD. I did a few runs of a floppy head cleaner disk on my Quadra's drive and it seemed to get better results on a new disk, but was still losing a bit of space - 1422kb max - suggesting the drive's not up to scratch (pardon the pun). Thoughts? Is the manual inject FDD recoverable or is it just going to do more damage over time and I should toss it out and get a new refurb? Image link below. https://68kmla.org/forums/uploads/gallery/album_108/gallery_5459_108_1173136.jpg
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    ADB Hotswapping

    Another ADB switcher ('port juggler'!) is on eBay (re-listed at USD$ if still interested... http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-APPLE-Macintosh-PORT-JUGGLER-/391354056702?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6543#shpCntId
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    Asante MacCon SE30 affecting video

    I Should add, that thus issue came up despite this being after I had swapped out the Qantum 40SC HDD for a SCSI2SD board (which has gotta suck down a LOT less power than before).
  11. TimHD

    Asante MacCon SE30 affecting video

    Thanks. Would it be simpler to just acquire a new AB and PowerSupply (See link http://www.ebay.com/itm/131656565992) or just a tested 'new' power supply (http://www.ebay.com/itm/141837733321). Replacing the caps (after labour + freight etc) probably about the same.
  12. Hi, been trying to get my 'newly' re-capped Mac Se/30 to fire up with a either its existing internal 40MB SC OS 7.1 (which worked pre-recapping) or a new (refurb) 160MB OS 7.5.3 SCSI drive (sitting in an ext Apple 80SC, no jumpers set, ID=0, and no int. HDD in SE/30). The 80SC ext hdd box is connected via an ext. Apple CD 300e (on ID 4) then to the Mac SE/30. Two issues have emerged. 1. When I try to test my various HDDs using the ext 80SC box (with no int HDD in the SE/30, no jumpers on the ext. drive (ID=0)) and connected via an Apple 300e CD (ID=4), I regularly get Sad Mac Error Code 00000F / 000000C or 000000F / 00000001 (which I can't make sense of from the Sad Mac Web Page http://www.gla.ac.uk/~gwm1h/Error_Codes/Sad_Mac_Codes.html). 2. My 40MB 7.1 HDD (when in my SE/30) used to boot fine before the recapping but now can't get it to boot and have to load a boot floppy (OS 7.5.3 Disk Tools 1 with HD Setup 'normal') first before it will recognise the HDD (which has utils incl. HD Setup (Patched) and Lido 7 on it). The HDD passes all health tests, but just won't boot. Am I missing a step here? (I don't want to format it, but can offload HDD to zip drive and do so if that is what is needed to make it boot again). Have tried a few things (moving new System folder across, but no luck). Get Happy Mac then Floppy with "?" every boot. NB: CD 300e SC works fine on it's own. Have active terminator on the Ext HDD bay's other SCSI port and no HDD in the SE/30 when testing these drives this way. Any help appreciated.
  13. Thanks Gsteemo and Macdrone. Have taken your suggestion and swapped out the power sucking 40MB HDD for my SCSI2SD 1.9gb drive/board. However, I am now getting this screen error on booting up after I hear the normal boot up chime sound. See image below. Some sites suggested 'checkerboard' is ROM/SIMM issues but I have swapped memory and checked and cleaned contacts, but still getting this error. That said, I had thought a chime on boot suggests memory is fine...? (NB: HDD light flickers up initially, but does not boot while this screen is up. Will probably try to go back to the HDD only (though getting my SCSC2SD mounted in the drive bay was a little tricky first time round!)
  14. Recapping was done professionally, so should not be that. In any event, have managed to get around the Sad Mac issues by rejigging the order of the SCSI devices and cable combinations (Mac->iomega->ext Hdd->CD300e) and moved the active terminator (the short SCSI connector) to new end device. That seemed to make things work - go figure! (if you know why that makes a difference, let me know!) That said, still no luck booting off that internal HDD so I bit the bullet and just reformatted the 40MB Quantum HDD and installed 7.5.3 over it. The install onto the 40MB actually failed right on the last disc/step for some reason, so either it's a SCSI issue, a power thing, else that drive decided to fail post recapping and hence was the issue all along. (That said 2 other drives I have, 1 a new refurb, all wouldn't come up either - suggesting internal issues). Anyway, as it is, I just ended up swapping out my external HDD for a SCSI2SD 1.9GB drive and installed 7.5.3 on it without issue and my mac now boots 'fast' off the ext SCSI2SD (ID=1) and I scan see the 40MB drive (ID=0) too even though it won't boot! Next step, I think I will probably swap this SCSI2SD and 40MB around - wondering if the AB or power supply is having issues with these mechanical drives (as I tried 2 which all failed to be properly recognised or boot from the internal spot) and might do better with the SCSI2SD internally (indeed I noticed the SCSI2SD seems to be able to power off the SCSI cable without power when it managed to boot up from the external Apple 80SC enclosure which was powered off!).
  15. TimHD

    ADB Hotswapping

    Here's a link to an ADB 4 way switch currently available on eBay. http://www.ebay.com.au/ulk/itm/252153542078
  16. Hi, got this card off ebay, but without the connecting cable: Anyone know where I can get a second hand cable? Would the cable be the same as the Radius Pivot IIsi interface ( http://www.applefritter.com/node/4347)?Does anyone know where I can get this parts so that I can make my own connector? (see http://maclassic.com/wiki/Radius_Pivot_030_Video_Card - refers to these connectors as MTA 640620 or MTA 643814 but the link seems to not sell these).
  17. Thanks. Does the HackProject sell those cables so that I can give em a try, or just the boards? If not will see if I can make a replacement (though a few of those cables look pretty chunky with additional shielding) with those cables you linked to (thanks!) ps - Corrected fritter link http://www.applefritter.com/node/4347
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