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    MacFox's Finds

    As promised, I'm finally giving an update about the shareware CDs I bought. I finally got around to uploading some disc images of the shareware CDs I bought that weren't already on Macintosh Garden. The CDs were Shareware Breakthrough, Shareware Breakthrough 2.0, and Shareware Breakthrough: Mac Multimedia Collection. Here's some pictures of the CDs I am referring to:
  2. One thing I noticed while removing/replacing these batteries is that if you’re not careful, the plastic on the top half of the battery holder can snap off.
  3. Just out of curiosity, what other Mac models act weird without a PRAM battery?
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    MacFox's Finds

    Well it turns out I needed a new PRAM battery, so I bought one off of ebay and things are working as they should. I noticed that since I installed the new battery that the display works correctly even without installing the Basic Color Monitor extension.
  5. Update: bought a Saft brand battery and everything works as it should now. Thanks again everyone!
  6. You’ll need Leopard Assist to install 10.5. I recommend using a separate HDD for OS9. I tried installing both 10.4 and OS9 in my Sawtooth on one HDD and OS9 froze on me when it booted up for the first time after the installation.
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    Centris 650 and SCSI2SD V5.1 query

    I recommend checking out this thread in our Peripherals section:
  8. Yes I am running it without the PRAM battery. Any recommendations for brands available today that are the least likely to leak?
  9. Hello, I recently added a Centris 650 to my collection and am having a bit of a conundrum regarding 32-bit addressing. I removed the PRAM battery the first day I got it. It wasn't leaking, but I didn't want to take any chances. Unfortunately, 32-bit addressing must be a PRAM setting because when booting up from a cold boot under 7.5.3 or 7.5.5 24-bit addressing is on instead. I tried using a control panel named PRAM Auto-restore, but it didn't help much. It made it so that the 32-bit addressing switch was turned on, but I still had to restart the computer in order for 32-bit addressing to actually work. I tried upgrading to 7.6.1, which turns 32-bit addressing on by default, but when I do that the Mac restarts itself during startup. What happens is: chime -> happy Mac -> black screen -> chime again -> happy mac again -> boot proceeds as normal. This also happens under 8.0 and 8.1. I should note that I formatted the drive, a 500 MB Quantum, using the patched version of 7.5.3's disk tools. The 8.1 installer reports my drive as a non-apple drive and refuses to update the disk drivers. 8.1 will still install though. HD SC setup on the 7.6 and 8.0 boot disks can't see the drive at all. What I am asking is this: 1) Is there any way under 7.5.3 or 7.5.5 to make it so that 32-bit addressing is turned on by default without having to restart? 2) If I must upgrade to 7.6.1 or above, is there any way to fix the issue of 7.6.1 and above restarting during the startup process or is that normal for those OSes? Is there a third-party tool I can use to update the hard disk drivers if necessary? Thanks in advance
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    MacFox's Finds

    Thanks to Jinnai, I now have a total of 32 MB of RAM in the Centris! I also finally figured out how to make the green tint on the screen go away, thanks to an old thread I found here. I found out that I needed Apple's Basic Color Monitor extension. I found a copy of it on Apple's old downloads page via archive.org. According to the release notes, certain Quadra and Centris models, including mine, need this extension in order to fix the green screen problem when using Apple's Basic Color Monitor or a VGA monitor. The extension works in 7.5.3 and up to at least 7.6.1 based on my tests. Not sure if it would work in 7.1, the release notes didn't mention OS compatibility. I changed the settings on my VGA adapter to switch 1 on and all other switches off. I tried 7.6.1 on this Mac and it has this weird problem when booting up where it makes the chime and gets to the happy Mac and then restarts itself, makes the chime again, and then continues to boot normally. This doesn't happen when I have 7.5.x installed. I went back to 7.5.3 then updated to 7.5.5. I'm currently trying out a control panel I downloaded via another thread called PRAM Auto-Restore. So far the Mac will remember that 32-bit addressing and virtual memory is set to on, but I still need to restart in order to use them. Unsure if I'm not using the PRAM Auto-Restore control panel correctly or if I've ran into some kind of limitation with it?
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    MacFox's Finds

    I’ll send you a PM.
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    MacFox's Finds

    I looked up one of the chip numbers and it’s for a 16MB stick. If you are willing to sell it, how much would it be?
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    MacFox's Finds

    I put the old 8 MB RAM stick back in and everything is working again with 16 MB of RAM. I wanted to upgrade the RAM because I thought I would need a lot of RAM for Netscape. I bought an AAUI transceiver for this purpose. Turns out 16 MB is fine as long as virtual memory is turned on. Problem with virtual memory is that the Mac doesn't remember that you turned it on unless you have a PRAM battery installed. I would have to restart my Mac every time I wanted to run Netscape because I need virtual memory. Thing is, every time I restart, the picture on the display gets a strong green tint to it that only goes away when I shut down the Mac and turn it on again, which of course erases the PRAM settings. So my options are: 1) Put in a new PRAM battery 2) Buy more physical RAM again, but this time make sure to get some that is known to be compatible with the Centris 650. 3) Upgrade to 7.6.1 because it turns virtual memory on by default. The Mac originally had 7.5 on it, but then I did a clean install of 7.5.3. Of the three options I think I'm leaning towards upgrading to 7.6.1.
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    MacFox's Finds

    Well, the new RAM I bought doesn’t work and I can’t glue the captive screw back together. Also that VRAM SIMM doesn’t work (must only work on LCs I guess).
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    MacFox's Finds

    Added a Centris 650 to my collection. It works great, but there were some issues. The floppy drive stopped working, so I had to replace it with one from my broken LC II. I noticed something was off with the Centris' floppy drive when I put a disk in and it was a very tight fit getting it in the drive. It still read the disk and ejected though. I figured maybe the case wasn't lined up with the drive (that's happened to me before). I removed the PRAM battery while I had the case open. It wasn't leaking, but I didn't want to take any chances. Anyway, when I put the case back on, I couldn't even insert a disk at all into the drive. I readjusted the case and re-seated the drive multiple times, but to no avail. I noticed that when I inserted a disk, it kept bumping into this metal tab in the drive. I bent the tab down using a flathead screwdriver and the disk could be a inserted (again, a very tight fit), but it couldn't eject when the case was put back on. Then I took the drive out and held it up so it was level with my eyes and inserted a disk. When I did that I noticed the disk wouldn't go down onto the spindle. Not knowing how to fix this, I replaced the drive with a working one from my LC II. I can insert and eject disks normally now. I stored the broken drive inside the LC II. Another thing that happened in the process of opening and closing the case was that I accidentally broke off the head of the captive screw. The case will close without it, but it is not as secure as it used to be. I'm gonna try and glue the head of the captive screw to the rest of the screw tomorrow and see if that works. If it doesn't, is it possible to replace the captive screw? After all that, I decided to put in a 512KB VRAM SIMM from the LC II, but I'm not sure if it worked because I can't run Apple System Profiler (I guess it's a PPC app?). After messing around with the jumper settings on my Mac to VGA adapter, I tried some settings I found in an old post here and got 256 colors at 640 x 480, which is good enough for me (as long as none of the programs I want to run require 800 x 600). The settings I use are 1, 4, 5, 6 ON (my adapter only has six dip switches). I ordered 2 32MB RAM SIMMs from ebay, hopefully that works out. There's currently 16 Megs of RAM in the system. There's an 8 MB stick occupying one of the slots and the rest is the built-in memory. Should I keep the 8 MB stick or remove it?
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