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  1. 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?
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    Cheaper/alternative solution than scsi2sd?

    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: http://appletothecore.me/files/scsi2sd_mac_se_solid_state_drive.php
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    Re-cap gone wrong.

    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.
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    Cheaper/alternative solution than scsi2sd?

    Oh dang, I was checking eBay. I should have looked at the manufacturer's website.
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    scsi2sd-util not finding my device

    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: http://www.codesrc.com/files/scsi2sd/latest/linux/ And I followed the user manual here: http://www.codesrc.com/mediawiki/index.php/SCSI2SD_UserManual 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...
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    scsi2sd-util not finding my device

    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!"
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    scsi2sd-util not finding my device

    I finally got it. It was a magic combination: USB cable and version. I used the last one from 2015 and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    scsi2sd-util not finding my device

    yeah it's in there. I haven't removed it since initializing it.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Haha.. my wife has already given up on me. She doesn't even ask why anymore.
  10. 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. 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.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    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.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Well doggone it. I tried from the SE last night, and that wasn't printing either. I even tried my old trick of pressing the select button after choosing print. It twitched for a moment and then nothing after that. No matter what buttons I pressed, nothing. I don't know how I did it last time. I ordered a new cable in case that is the problem.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Tonight I will try and print from the SE again, and see how that goes. If I can print from there, then it must be a problem with the configuration on the IIGS.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    So I also remember that I had two separate cables, and they both looked essentially the same but had different symbols on them. One of them ended up working for the printer and the other didn't. Right now I can only find one cable that fits. I wonder if there is anything I might be missing there.
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    Printing on ImageWriter II from Apple IIGS

    Yeah I pressed it and it is activated. I remember with the macintosh I had to press select right after sending the print job in order for it to print. Is there any trick like that with the IIGS?
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    Internet on older macs

    Hi everyone, the reason I am posting this is because I have seen multiple people express interest in using email/web with older macs, i.e. system 7. I have been working on a project called LegacyWeb that is intended to turn a raspberry pi into a wireless bridge combined with a kind of middle-man that allows you to use email, file sharing and various web services from an older computer. So it assumes you have your old computer plugged into the ethernet side of the rpi, and the wireless connection is the WAN. The web side of this is still a work in progress. As of yet I have only implemented a stripped down version of google maps and started on one for wikipedia, which is currently really ugly and only does text, no pictures (I intend to change that soon, like in the next couple of weeks or so). I guess the reason I am posting now instead of when it is more "mature" is because: 1. A lot of people are interested in using their old web clients with modern email. LegacyWeb includes an stunnel setup that wraps the pop3 and smtp connection in SSL, as well as a postfix setup that will do your SMTP authentication for you in case your client does not support it. So yes, you can use your really ancient version of outlook/eudora that does not support SMTP auth. 2. I would like perhaps some suggestions for different kinds of sites to add as web services for legacyweb. I intend to add weather, news and youtube (basically this will be a web interface for starting the video, and send it to vlc, and the video out of the raspberry pi would have to connect to an apple video system in order to view the youtube video). 3. I would like to see if anyone else might want to contribute. The basic secret behind doing web dev for vintage clients is: 1. For alignment, tables are your friend. Don't use divs. 2. No SSL. If you need SSL, tunnel it. 3. No Javascript. Or very little. Make sure it actually works with your old browser first. 4. Do everything you on the server side (in php). For user input, form submission is your best friend. 5. No new media. Old browsers will choke on pretty much any images other than jpg and gif, for example. What I am doing is either downloading the image from the site, converting it if necessary and then storing it in a ram disk in /var/www/html/images-tmp (I don't want to do it on actual storage, since I don't want to wear out the disk). I have done my testing in Netscape Navigator 4.04. Project site: https://github.com/justinschw/legacyweb
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    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.
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    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?
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    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.
  20. I got a 6500 board on eBay. It arrived this weekend, wrapped in bubble wrap, not in anti static bag. Ugh. At first when I tried putting it into my performa 6300cd, it wouldn't respond to the power button at all. I found out this was because some of the pins were bent. I fixed this using a tiny bit of superglue, then I put it back in. This time it turned on, the speakers coughed, but there was no chime and nothing came on the screen. I checked if the ram was seated properly, it seems to be. Th seller apparently put some "warranty void if removed" tape across the rom and the ram for some reason. I wondered if anyone had an immediate idea of what could be wrong here. Otherwise I am probably going to see about getting a refund.
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    I guess 50 bucks would be good enough for me. That is a 50 dollar profit, after all. :P
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    Help with external apple cd300

    I paid a pretty penny for an external SCSI CD-ROM drive on eBay. It was listed as working. I have had one of these in the past and I don't remember the setup being that difficult, just plug it in and it works. But for some reason I can't get it working with my LC III. I noticed there were two SCSI ports on the back of the CD-ROM, I have tried them both. It just spins up, blinks for a little, then goes dark. No CD on the desktop. Before I go back to eBay and report that the item is not working, I wanted to check and make sure there is nothing I am missing here. I don't need to install drivers, do I? I am using Macintosh System 7.5. I remember plugging one of these into my SE in the past and I didn't need drivers then. Any help appreciated!
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    CRT repair?

    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.
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    Evie's Conquests

    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.
  25. I have recently installed and initialized an external mass storage drive for my Apple IIGS and installed System 6.0.1 on it. I had been able to access floppies just fine from within GSOS booted from the hard drive. But I had noticed that the 5.25 wasn't working, and then I noticed that the second floppy wasn't working. I rebooted and messed with the slots and set the startup slot to 5, and it seems I am able to boot from the bottom floppy, but when I boot back up from the hard drive even this floppy is not showing up on the desktop when I insert one. I am wondering if it is possible that my slot configuration is wrong or something. Also I am unable to boot from my 5.25, which I was able to do before. I have checked and the drivers are there for the 3.5 and 5.25 drives in GSOS on the hard drive.
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