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Brett B.

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  1. Brett B.

    What is this

    Well this has been very enlightening, and an interesting discussion. Unfortunately I do not have much in the way of peripherals or a monitor for this thing. I have it hooked up to my LC630's video input at the moment. It works but the image rolls slowly - didn't work on my CRT TV either, I just got jagged diagonal lines and static. I'm sure it's an issue with the TV itself and not the computer. I guess it's up to our imagination as to why the keyboard and upper half were replaced. Maybe they just wanted the numpad, or there was damage - who knows. I am probably going to clean it up and throw it on eBay. I don't usually flip old computers but these are out of my realm of interest... and I have multiple IIe LCPDS cards if I ever find the urge to delve into them.
  2. Brett B.

    What is this

    Gotcha. This thread has at least tripled my Apple II knowledge so far, lol. So this thing is for sure a ][ Plus, then, and not a ][ (no plus)? I do have a bunch of Apple II software that I kept - will have to sort through and try some of it.
  3. Brett B.

    What is this

    From what limited information I have found, it's definitely not an early model (black expansion slots and '78 copyright date) although the Language Card indicates that it's not a late production unit either, right? The fan is pretty interesting - it actually has its own power cord and a lamp style roller switch. I also got a pair of knob style game controllers (not pictured.) I have no reason to suspect that it's a knockoff - it was very dirty and the price I paid for it would indicate that the previous owner just thought it was old computer junk. Isn't it supposed to time out and eventually end up with the AppleSoft prompt? Or whatever it's called. It would literally sit there and spin and do nothing else for hours if I let it. I read on some other site that this happens when one of the chips on the Disk II controller fails? I don't remember my old IIe doing this, the drives would self test and then I'd get a command prompt. Apologies for my lack of proper terminology knowledge here, like I said my Apple II knowledge is incredibly limited.
  4. Brett B.

    What is this

    I picked up this thing from an estate sale. It was sitting in a corner on top of a bunch of car batteries and electronics trash but it looked special so I had to have it! I know virtually nothing about Apple II hardware but it appears to have a legit ][ motherboard, power supply, and bottom case. Is the top half and keyboard some 3rd party replacement or is this a clone with Apple parts in it? Anything else special about it? It seems to be in working order except the floppy drive spins indefinitely when the system is powered on if it's connected. What's it worth? I have no intention of keeping it, Apple II stuff has never really interested me - I just picked it up as a curiosity more than anything.
  5. Keep in mind that the beige G3's went through a lot of revisions and have, in my opinion, more than and average number of quirks. I was not aware that they would boot anything less than Mac OS 8. 7.6.1 is new information to me. So is the sound simply not working? And is this the internal speaker or external speakers? I occasionally have to reseat my Wings cards or things get weird. Just the way it is and always has been. Boot RAM test is always very long if you have maxed out memory. Both of mine take quite a while... again, just the way it is. No video on first boot - also not surprising - do you have a PCI video card? My "main" G3 has a flashed PC Radeon 9200 and will NEVER show video the first time. I give it about 30 seconds, do command+option+power, then it's good to go. Can't comment too much on CPU heat level - I used to monitor mine and it never got "hot" - maybe 120* F or so. Usually much cooler than that. I do have a 486 fan on it, though. Also can't comment on the expansion card issues and OS X - I use onboard IDE for everything... no SCSI or SATA. OS X was always finicky on these and in this day and age there is not much reason to run OS X on a beige G3 because much more suitable machines are readily available and at not much cost. Besides, the beige G3 is just about THE perfect OS9 machine.
  6. Brett B.

    Reviving Quadra 630

    I don't recall the 63x machines being more prone to capacitor failure than any other equipment - do they even have the leaky electrolytics like a lot of the others in that era do? I could be wrong but my LC630 is the only one I haven't recapped - it's been a few years but there must have been a reason for that. 63x machines have a power button on the back of the case, FWIW. You can use that to kill it or simply unplug it. Power key on the keyboard has never served as a power down button on any Mac unless the OS is loaded - then it prompts you - sounds like your machine is functioning normally. I run Mac OS 8.1 on mine but it is also overclocked to 40MHz, has a full 040 chip and maxed out memory. I have no issues with performance and 8.1 runs very well, although it could be a turd with a lot less memory and the stock 33MHz chip. I do recall a HUGE performance increase when I upgraded from 8MB to 16MB, and then to 52MB.
  7. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I need to stop. I haven't even turned on the 6200 and have done very minimal playing around with the rest, but I just HAD to pick up a pair of LCIIs and a 600E CD-ROM drive. One of the LCIIs appears to boot, the other suffered a battery explosion but came with a IIe card (!!!) that I don't believe was damaged! I'll get 'em both up and running eventually.
  8. Brett B.

    Macintosh ED DOVE enhanced

    Good work! That was totally worth the effort to fix, those are neat machines. FWIW I might have tried an electrolysis tank to remove the rust. Basically what it involves is a solution of water and washing soda and a DC power supply. You hook up one end of the power supply (negative) to the item that needs to be de-rusted, and the other (positive) to a consumable iron rod that is facing, but not touching, the rust spot. Both are submerged in the liquid solution. When power is turned on, the rust is slowly removed by a chemical reaction. Hooking the power supply up the other way actually creates rust on the object in question - also kind of a cool trick if you want something to look old. I've done this to a couple of antique rifles and some old tools that were in bad shape. The results are amazing. It does produce hydrogen gas and some fumes so it should be done outdoors.
  9. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I picked up the IBM today... it's a PS/2 Model 55 SX. And... wow. I am not kidding when I say it is all like new. Monitor and keyboard included, in the original boxes. Can't wait to hook it up, it's so cool!
  10. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I met up with the same guy again and bought a Performa 6200CD from him for $10. Came with a bunch of software, external SCSI CD drive, and some other cool stuff. Haven't tested it yet but will probably clean it up and maybe pass it along - or maybe not, I haven't decided. The G5 seems to work but I got a kernel panic when I tried to boot from my Tiger DVD (10.4.0) I think I need a newer install disc. The 6200 came with a disc labeled "Mac OS Leopard 10.5 Server" so maybe that's what the G5 was used for. In any case it's a Late 2005 dual core 2.0GHz machine and has not really peaked my interest so I think it will get passed along. These stupid G5's are so cool looking but they're either totally beat up, leaking coolant or have logic board failures. The guy said he might have an old IBM PS/2 system, possibly a model 55, stashed away somewhere and will let me know... definitely looking forward to that if it happens!
  11. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    QuickSilver works great. Had a nice Adaptec FireWire/USB 2.0 card that made its way into my old QS, as well as the GeForce4. Probably will keep it as a parts machine. Mini works great too. G5, I will test tomorrow. It's not in good shape, very dirty. But maybe it sees more than one bank of RAM. That would make it a great parts donor and possible hackintosh case donor.
  12. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I just picked up a 933MHz QuickSilver G4 that has maxed out RAM, AirPort, probably some other goodies, a 2.0GHz G5 that allegedly works, and a 1.25GHz G4 Mac Mini for $25.
  13. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I think both of them will stay here... and intact... unless someone stops by. I already broke both of the tabs off the Performa 550 rear cover - I'm not going to disassemble them any further. Kind of a shame to part them out - there's not many surviving 5xx machines now, even with a few little chunks missing, I think I'll keep them intact.
  14. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I was given a Performa 577 yesterday! It even came with a StyleWriter and nice keyboard, mouse, and bag of cables. Works great! Been a while since I got a freebee. Unfortunately it's suffering from the typical brittle plastic syndrome and is missing little chunks here and there. I'll probably be parting ways with either this one or my Performa 550 - haven't decided which one I want to keep yet. If anyone's in the western South Dakota area anytime and wants to do some horse trading, hit me up.
  15. Brett B.

    Couldn't help myself...

    I picked up a Multiple Scan 15 monitor today for $10. Not sure if it works or not yet, will test it tonight, hoping it does though. It's in fantastic shape. I'm hoping that it will solve some of my KVM issues - I have a "Basic Color Monitor" that does not work well with my KVM, or anything else, for that matter. I think it has to do with resolution switching and several VGA adapters. Maybe tonight I will be free of VGA adapters entirely and have a working KVM!
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