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mdent23

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  1. mdent23

    SE/30 - Front casing plastic fix?

    PM'd you my address info, olePigeon; looking forward to receiving the bezel! Thanks again //mdent23
  2. mdent23

    SE/30 - Front casing plastic fix?

    Very cool, though thanks to olePigeon I am expecting a new front bezel now which I will chemically treat to remove any yellowing and get the color match to the back rear case as close as possible. Will keep you all posted with results! // mdent23
  3. mdent23

    SE/30 - Front casing plastic fix?

    olePigeon that would be amazing!! The seller treated the plastic to remove yellowing and gave me the recipe so I should have no problem matching it! Just let me know how I should send my info and we can talk details. Thank you -mdent23
  4. Hello all, I wanted to hear your thoughts on this; I recently acquired a recapped SE/30 (which as of this past weekend is now using a CF card for solid state storage and super-fast startup!) The machine is beautiful, but what has proven a mixed blessing is the damage to the plastic of the front casing that occurred during shipping (I say this because I ended up getting the machine for free via UPS shipping insurance due to the damage and an unseated ROM SIMM which caused SimasiMac) To cut to the chase: Has anyone had any experience repaired cracked or broken off plastic on these compact macs? My plan is to reattach a piece, fill in the cracks (pictures below) with some kind of material), then sand it down so it is flush with the rest of the casing. Here's a link for a two-step plastic I found, if you have any suggestions or alternative solutions, I'm all ears. http://www.plast-aid.com/ // mdent23
  5. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    Paralel, if this is the case, could it have contributed to the reason that the Quantum drive failed?? The seller noted stiction in the hard disk when I bought the machine; I cracked the case open to check for the notorious disintegrating rubber loops that the head will stick to but they were in great shape! Incredible if it was electrical interference that wasn't allowing the disk to function properly. Probably best practice to run the machine with the terminator attached for the time being, no? I'm glad too, takimoto. Lightning fast now too. Boots 7.0.1 in 8 SECONDS!!!
  6. Excited to have CF storage working on my SE/30; now it's on to Ethernet... : )

  7. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    Hello again All, SUCCESS!!! I can finally breathe easy after a couple months of fingernail-biting Mac-life-support-limbo... I will detail the solution below for anyone interested, hopefully this will help others with CF card issues in the future as well. (LINKS marked throughout and included at the end for reference) TL;DR Ensure that you have an active terminator installed on the external SCSI port before attempting to format a CF card with Lido 7. Ensure your jumper settings on the SCSI > CF adapter are set to ID=0 and on-board Active Termination=ON for internal use (on artmix's RaizinMonster this means all jumper pins removed). ... On Saturday I received two packages I was expecting: 1) An DB-25 male (external SCSI) active terminator from SF cable (thank you to Paralel for bringing my attention to external termination; this unit was $8.77 including shipping; I also went with active termination over passive because of the old wiring in my building, just to be safe) (LINK 1) 2) The Mac ROM-inator II (LINK 2) that allows the SE/30 to boot into System 7 from a custom ROM chip (also handles 32-bit addressing, so you don't end up having to install MODE32 to max the RAM out at 128 MB; I currently have 32 MB installed but plan to max it out at some point) ... For good measure, I re-formatted the CF card using a USB reader connected to my TiBook (Sabrent makes a decent one which you can pick up on Amazon for cheap (LINK 3), and Disk Utility on Mac OS X Tiger which allows you to read/write Mac OS Standard floppies (LINK 4) with a USB floppy drive (LINK 5) and partition storage devices using the Mac OS Standard partition scheme. ... After installing the active terminator and seating the custom ROM SIMM into the tray on the logic board, I booted the SE/30, choosing the RAM disk option. To repeat, with artmix's RaizinMonster (SCSI > CF adapter) (LINK 6), I had removed all of the jumper pins, which sets the SCSI ID to 0 and ensures on-board active termination is ON for internal use. After being greeted with a System 7 desktop (running off the ROM chip), I inserted the floppy that BadGoldEagle provided the image for, running Lido 7 off the floppy. NO MORE ARBITRATION / TERMINATION ERROR!! After scanning the SCSI bus, Lido found my RaizinMonster SCSI > CF adapter just fine. I was able to format the card; I chose to split into three partitions: 1) 1 GB "Macintosh HD" - The primary partition I will use with System 7 2) 700 MB "System 6" - I will load System 6 onto this partition and switch between the two using System Picker when desired. 3) 2 GB "FreeSpace" - I will use this final partition for long-term storage of applications/files; to minimize risk of wearing out the boot partitions (CF cards have a limited number of write cycles) The remainder was left as unformatted free space. Lido formatted and partitioned just fine, finally mounting all three partitions as separate hard disks on the desktop! ... I rebooted from my System 6.0.8 install floppy, and installed the system software with no problem onto the Macintosh HD partition. Eventually I will run through the upgrade cycle (creating several install floppies) to get it all the way to System 7.5.5 which is where I will draw the line. There is a great little site called fenestrated.net that walks you through installing Classic Mac system software and includes links to patches and enhancements to get your 68k Mac running at its best! (LINK 7) ... As I detailed in a previous post, this has turned into the best-case scenario. I now have two boot partitions on the CF card, plenty of free space for storage, a custom ROM I can boot off of in emergencies with the added bonus of built-in 32-bit addressing, which as said before eliminates the need of installing the MODE32 utility for maximum RAM utilization. The SE/30 now proudly sits on my bedroom desk, where my girlfriend and I can write stories, screenplays and the like distraction-free, with an ImageWriter II for that satisfying retro dot matrix print feel. Next goals include getting Ethernet running on this machine! Thank you all for your assistance, this was a definite team effort and I couldn't have arrived at this solution without your input. // mdent23 LINKS: LINK 1: http://bit.ly/1PXu0d4 >> DB25 male (external SCSI) active terminator LINK 2: http://bit.ly/1U48ek4 >> Mac ROM-inator II (custom bootable ROM chip with built in 32-bit addressing) LINK 3: http://amzn.to/1VUYUnw >> Sabrent CF card reader on Amazon LINK 4: http://amzn.to/1OlpmFe >> Maxell Mac formatted floppy disks (10-pack on Amazon) LINK 5: http://amzn.to/1Ynothn >> Sabrent external USB floppy drive LINK 6: http://ebay.to/28xkzXI >> RaizinMonster (50-pin SCSI to CF card adapter, artmix in Japan) LINK 7: http://bit.ly/1ZL8A2V >> fenestrated.net (a great site detailing Classic system software installation processes)
  8. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    Thank you for your input Elfen. I think this was just a misspell on the part of takimoto. I did indeed buy a 4 GB "SanDisk" card from Amazon ( SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash 4 GB Memory Card 40MB/s SDCFX-004G-X46 ) so I can assure you it is genuine. As of yesterday I have solved this issue (which I will detail in my next post below), making for one of the happiest weekends involving computer repair in my life // mdent23
  9. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    Bought the terminator. Will keep you all posted with results. // mdent23
  10. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    You're talking about a DB-25 male connector, correct? I found this: http://bit.ly/1XFp6UY If appropriate, I will buy it and give it a shot.
  11. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    UPDATE: I was able to create a 6.0.8 + Lido boot disk with no problem. Now I am encountering an error when running Lido to format/partition the CF card, to the effect of "Arbitration failed! Check all SCSI device connections and terminations). I have ensured that the cable is properly connected to the board and the RaizinMonster. By default, the jumper settings of the RaizinMonster give it ID 0 and Termination ON. Not sure what I have to do at this point to allow Lido to see the device? Welcoming your thoughts...
  12. mdent23

    SE/30 and CF card issues -- Please Help!!

    Thank you all for your help. I did some digging in the meantime and found a device called Mac ROM-inator II (http://www.bigmessowires.com/mac-rom-inator-ii/) that allows the SE/30 to boot from a custom ROM chip, thereby allowing me to use floppies, since the FD wouldn't be occupied by a boot disk. Just purchased it yesterday though, so while I'm waiting for it to arrive I will attempt the solutions mentioned above. BadGoldEagle, thank you for the image file. Immensely helpful. takimoto, it is a SanDisk card, however it is a 4 GB card so I will be careful with partition size since anything above a 2 GB partition won't be compatible. Either way, I will post the results here; best-case scenario I will be able to format using the 6.0.8 + Lido solution, then I will have a formatted CF card running System 7, and a nifty ROM that I will be able to boot from in the future!! Thanks again. ~mdent23
  13. Trying to get my SE/30 back to tip-top shape : /

  14. Hello all, I acquired a recapped SE/30 about a year ago. All was well until early this year when the notorious Quantum hard disk failed. The machine shipped with System 6.0.8 and before this failure I had already purchased a USB floppy drive and floppies to create install disks (using a TiBook with Tiger so I can format and write images / files with Mac OS Standard formatting). I successfully upgraded to System 7.0.1; shortly after this, the drive failed. Once this happened, I bought a RaizinMonster (CF to SCSI adapter) from artmix and a 4 GB SanDisk Extreme CF card. My dilemma is that the SE/30 will not recognize the CF card (using a boot disk and a patched copy of HD SC Setup 7.3.5). I downloaded Lido 7 onto the TiBook but the application is too large to fit onto my System 7 boot disk. Is it possible to create a barebones boot disk that has room for Lido? Also, what is the reason why HD SC Setup won't recognize the RaizinMonster/CF card as a SCSI device (I removed all the jumper pegs for ID=0 and Termination=ON for internal use)? Is an AztecMonster instead the way to go / is there any preliminary formatting I have to run the CF card through in order to use with Apple's utility? A lot of questions I know, but I miss using this machine. I even found an ImageWriter II to use with it for old-school word processing. Any help with this is much appreciated.
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