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  1. Hi everybody,


    I am trying to set up my LC III for networking and I can't seem to figure it out. It has an ethernet card in one of those weird pre-PCI slots (are they called NUBUS or something else?) I think the brand is Farallon or something, I had downloaded the driver and installed it on there.


    Let me go through the list of things I have done, maybe I did something out of order.


    1. I originally did a clean install of Macintosh System 7.5 (not 7.5.3, just 7.5)

    2. I installed the ethernet driver.

    3. I installed MacTCP

    4. I ended up upgrading to Mac OS 7.6, because for some reason there is some kind of bug with 7.5 where the operating system always uses all the RAM save for 5MB, which is not enough to run any kind of browser.

    5. Since I have 7.6 and TCP/IP, I uninstalled MacTCP.


    So now I configured the ethernet manually and have it plugged into my switch, which is connected to a bunch of raspberry pi devices that I have various uses for. I have one that runs a simple nginx web server. No matter what I put into the URL it just times out.


    I am stumped. Can someone point me in the right direction?

  2. On 2/22/2020 at 2:15 PM, dcr said:

    I should also add that I have an external SCSI2SD that I bought hoping to use it on my Mac SE, but I have not been able to do so.  So far, I have only been able to get my Quadra 800 to see the SCSI2SD.  I am guessing I probably have something configured wrong, but haven't been able to figure out what.  The Mac SE doesn't recognize it being there at all.  I somewhat recall, but can't remember for certain, that the problem might be that the Mac SE doesn't provide SCSI power but the Q800 does?

    I am guessing this has something to do with your scsi2sd configuration... but you said you could get it working on the Q800...

    This guy was apparently able to do it:


  3. I am glad to read this topic, I just got an LC III as well and I have the same problem with whining speakers. I just bought new caps for the logic board and plan to recap as well. Don't have any plans to recap the power supply though. I am using a scsi2sd not a hard drive so hopefully voltage won't be a problem.

  4. Hey all,


    So I was saddened last night to find that, after probably 2 years of not being used, the hard drive on my Macintosh is a goner. I got the dreaded "?" disk icon when attempting to boot.

    As you might have gathered from the last post I made here, I have recently configured my scsi2sd to work with my Macintosh LC III, which also had a dead drive. I suppose I could swap it between the LC III and the SE when I want to change things up, but that's a lot of opening of cases and plugging/unplugging of parts. I hate the idea of that brittle plastic snapping and getting broken.


    But I also hate the fact that a new scsi2sd now costs >100 dollars. I am wondering if there is a cheaper option.

    I should mention that I currently have a floppy emu. I know this supports smart drive, would this work as a hard drive for my SE?

  5. 10 hours ago, jessenator said:

    I went mad testing every f'ing cable in my collection before I found one that would actually connect. I really thought I had zapped the SCSI2SD, because how can so many wretched cables not work?! In the end it was a good thing as our phones are all USB-C now, and thinning the herd  was a necessity.

    yeah same here. I could have sworn that most of them were data cables. But maybe they were all power only. Also I ended up using my macbook that my work provided for me. Running scsi2sd-util in linux is a pain. If  you don't run a release that is current to the version of scsi2sd-util you are using, then you won't likely be able to install the libraries necessary to run it.


    Not that you likely care about all of this. In addition to venting I am recording this for my future self. Whenever I am working on a problem that I know had solved before, I search this forum, and then realize, "Oh yeah, THAT'S how I figured that out!"

  6. Hey guys, I could not find any official help page about this so I posted here because I am getting desperate.


    I have a scsi2sd (v5 I believe, the short red one that uses microsd) that I have configured before, a long time ago, maybe 2017 or early 18.

    I used to use it in my LC III, but then I configured and used it in my Apple IIGS. I want to use it in the LC III again. But the 30mb volume just ain't gonna cut it. I know it still works because I was able to initialize it from the disk tools startup disk.


    I downloaded the latest scsi2sd-util:



    And I followed the user manual here:



    But no matter what I did, it just keeps saying "searching for bootloader" forever. I even let it run overnight.

    I have tried like four different usb cables, and I tried it in linux and windows. No go.

    Am I missing a step or does the latest software just not support this model?


    In the meantime I will try to dig up the old laptop that I used to configure it before...

  7. 8 hours ago, superjer2000 said:

    Just to be sure, when you press the select button on the printer I think there are two green lights side by side that turn on. You may need to push the select button twice to activate them both. Are both of the green select lights on?

    There is a "print quality" button that matches that description. I had made sure both of those lights were on.


    At any rate, the new cable came in the mail today. I swapped out the cables,and now it is printing like a charm! I guess that is all it was. Thanks everyone for the input.

  8. Hi everyone.


    I have recently taken a renewed interest in the Apple IIGS system I acquired a few years ago.

    It came with an ImageWriter II printer. I just installed a new color ribbon for it and did the self test, and it works fine.

    I have printed from this printer before, both on this IIGS as well as from a Macintosh SE. I recall it being rather painless. But that was a couple of years ago, and I seem to have lost some brain cells since then because now I cannot seem to figure it out. :huh:

    I wonder if any kind soul here can help me work through this puzzle. I have tried printing from both AppleWorks and Calendar Crafter. It basically just sits there for a while and doesn't print anything..


    Here are my settings as far as I can tell. I haven't changed anything since the last time I used it, other than the ribbon obviously.


    From the setup screen (this is what I am calling that screen you get to by holding the option key when you start up; I don't remember what it is actually called):

    slot 1 is printer port

    slot 2 is modem port


    Here is what I see in my printer settings from the setup screen:

    Printer Port

    device connected: printer

    line length: unlimited

    delete first UF after CR: no

    add LF after CR: yes

    echo: no

    Buffering: no

    baud: 9600

    data/stop bits: 8/1

    parity: none

    dcd handshake: yes

    DSR/DTR handshake: yes

    XON/XOFF handshake: no


    From the control panel on the appleworks system disk:

    select a port: printer

    select a printer type: ImageWriter CL


    Then when I go to print, I have tried with "color" both selected and deselected. Same result.


    I have double checked the port and it is definitely plugged into the printer port. The cable I am using has 8 pins and has the two arrows pointing in different directions.


    Any help would be appreciated. :)

  9. I just sold it today to a guy in Kyle, he paid me 80 bucks for it. He seemed very excited to pick it up. I am glad that it went to a fellow vintage mac lover.


    I had forgotten about this, but I texted him later letting him know that it had an apple video system installed. I hadn't installed the software for it yet. All it needs is Apple Video Player right? Or does it need extensions?

  10. On 8/24/2018 at 3:09 PM, Retro Rider said:

    Damn, you found that in Austin? I wish I found that. I got one that looks like that that doesn't work. I live near Austin and might be interested.

    It was from a friend of a friend. She was an older lady; her friend had given it to her over ten years ago and she never got around to using it. The only thing she asked of me was to copy off all her friends' personal data from it (and her own personal data from an old windows 98 PC she also had there), and zero out the drives. She wanted to get rid of the machines.


    If you are still interested, let me know. :) If it were a few years ago, I would not be wanting to get rid of this machine. As it is, I have so little free time now, and my collection is gathering dust. My wife has been purging a bunch of stuff she doesn't use anymore, and I need to do my part. I also need the extra space in the garage because I want to turn it into a combined office/man cave.

  11. This is a pretty good find.


    An elderly woman had a couple old computers that she wanted to get rid of, and that included this Power Macintosh 6500 that she apparently had for a really long time but never used. Her friend had given it to her about ten years ago and it has been sitting in her office all that time. She simply wanted me to back up the personal data and wipe the hard drives (which I did from Linux, I zeroed them out completely).

    It is hard to tell from this picture but there is remarkably little yellowing on the case or monitor. It has been quite a while since I have possessed an apple CRT monitor from this time period; I have always used PC CRTs with an adapter. It seems to be working but I have noticed the occasional dreaded "zap of death" that I used to get on one of my old CRTs before it died. I have moved my A/V video system to this machine. It has 32mb of RAM which apparently is not enough to play starcraft on top of mac os 7.6. :( There is also no ethernet card and this is not a nubus mac so I can't move the old card from my 6300 to this one.

    I am not sure what I want to do with this machine. I feel like I am running out of space and I don't have a whole lot of time to devote to my old computer hobby anymore, so I am considering selling it on eBay. I figure eBay is best since a lot of people there will pay pretty decent money for things like this. Unless there is someone here (hopefully someone from the Austin area) who would be interested in it.

  12. Hi all,

    I am having issues with my  best CRT monitor. Basically it started with random refreshes/zaps, it would happen sporadically while I am using it. But then I started having an issue where there would just be no picture. The light would turn green but the screen would remain black. I know that the tube is still good because of how sometimes I still get a picture. I thought it might be the video card, but I plugged the computer into a different monitor and it worked fine. I am wondering how hard it would be to fix something like this. It sounds like maybe a bad relay or something; or if it is blown caps then that is easy to fix. Anyone had experience with this  before? I had it  happen to an old CRT and I put that one in recycling. I just got this monitor a couple of years back and never had problems with it until I started using it again a few weeks ago. It is a really nice monitor and I would hate to junk it.

  13. On 10/29/2016 at 6:27 PM, itsvince725 said:

    I ordered one of these off eBay, as the price was right and they explicitly market it as working on compact Macs:




    Meanwhile, today brought Macintosh project #2! A 2.3DP PowerMac G5 with no RAM and no hard drive. Yeah, I kinda overpaid for it ($100), but I was planning on maxing out the RAM and changing the hard drive to a SSD anyway. Anyone know where I can get the guides that you need to keep hard drives inside the G5 drive bays?



    This makes me chuckle a little bit, because I remember when I was in high school and Apple started selling these G5s... and at that time 100 for it would be an absolute steal, even with no ram and hd. They were top of the line at the time. I remember the web form where you could build your mac to order, and I maxed everything out and the estimated total was like $3K or something crazy like that. They had these in the computer lab at the community college where I took dual credit courses, and I used to drool over them.