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  1. beachycove

    Freezer NiMH battery trick still works!

    Well, my eMate battery (adapted from a pack of 4 NiMH cells bought off eBay maybe 3 or 4 years ago) was getting bad, with short charges taken and disappointingly short runs resulting. So just as I was about to change it for another battery, I decided it would be worthwhile if I popped it in the freezer overnight. Back in the old days, this was a way of rehabilitating powerbook battery packs and such, the principle being that it breaks down the crystals that impede battery function. I haven’t tried that in years. That was a couple of weeks ago. Took it out of the freezer, let it warm up for a couple of hours, and gave it a charge, in which the cells for the first time in a long time took power in a proper, long charge — and the darned thing has been running my eMate for two weeks. In terms of being tinker-friendly, NiMH cells beat the crap out of Lithium cells!
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    SE/30 ROM Slot: Replacement possible?

    I tried Trag, who tells me that he has the sockets I need, so I think I will go with that solution.
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    SE/30 ROM Slot: Replacement possible?

    A fly in the ointment appears. Aren’t these vram slots 68 pin? My understanding is the the ROM slot is 64 pin. Mind you, I might still be able to use one of the pins.
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    SE/30 ROM Slot: Replacement possible?

    Thanks for that very useful information.
  5. I have been having trouble with a just-recapped SE/30 logic board: "Resource" errors on multiple software installations, bus errors, Finder crashes, failure to recognise RAM, you name it. After farting around with it for two whole days, more or less, I've discovered on close inspection that there is a bent/ twisted pin in the ROM slot. I've no idea how that happened, but the board was sold to me years ago and had possibly been discarded as troublesome. I am unsure whether the bent pin would not be getting good contact with the ROM simm, or whether it is touching another of the pins when under the pressure of the simm. It's impossible to see and so to tell, but the working hypothesis is that the ROM slot needs fixed. So if this has got to be fixed, I have the obvious question, how best to do this? Can the pin itself (i.e., the pin only) be extracted and replaced with one from a sacrificial board, can I buy a new one and solder it in, or what logic boards have the same physical ROM slot to remove and use? IIsi, IIci and IIfx only?
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    G5 Standing desk

    What's the G4 mini/ g4 iMac Frankenthingie?
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    G5 Standing desk

    I like it as well, but that's a heck of a Mac Pro shelf too. How do you support the side panel in the G5 case? With wooden supports or runners of a sort?
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    SE/30 PDS Memory Card?

    Were these ever produced? See the period advert below:
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    Apple 13" Monitor failing

    I have a 13" 640x480 Apple-branded CRT monitor here connected to an AWS95 server, which I start up occasionally to do network software installations and so on. On Saturday past the machine ran unattended for most of the day with the screen on, and when I went to shut it down, the screen had faded and grown fuzzy or washed out. By that stage was more or less impossible to read the menus. I just started up again a couple days later and the screen is back to being crystal clear. What would cause a screen to fail in this way? Caps or something less repairable? I like this little CRT and would like to keep it around if possible. Nice shape, compact, and hitherto well behaved.
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    Centris 650 surprise

    The badge can be changed.
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    Monitor on PowerMac 8600

    Check your vram chips.
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    Viewing video in on a 6500

    It's been a long time, but i think you need to select the source in software, e.g., NTSC or PAL. Control Panel, maybe? There definitely was a floppy disk that came with the card(s).
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    Apple TechStep Overview Video

    Yes, that would be welcome here, but pay attention to the stock machines as well as varied options among the souped up versions, since most Compact Mac mortals do not, alas, have these highest of the high end upgrades! I do, however, have an SE with an Ethernet card and an SE/30 with either Ethernet or a Radius video card, and would like to know my options better.
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    Powerbook keyboard problem

    Mine shows no signs of life when pressing the power on button. The power supply is good - it will start up a PB160, for example, so it is not the problem. I may have a spare logic board from a 145b here in a box of parts, so when I get “a round tuit,” I’ll probably try that. It would be less work than fiddling with the fuse. Was the fuse your problem or that cable you mention?