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  1. Innes

    Recent spike in PPC Mac prices?

    Prices in the UK for these things seem to be fairly stable at the moment. A 800mhz TiBook in decent nick went for 80 quid recently and Pismos also seem to be between 80 and 90. AlBooks are ranging from 20 to 70, and no-one wants the white iBooks. I actually won one for 99p last month and messaged the seller saying 'hey, i'd be pissed if this happened to me, feel free to cancel it'. The only ones selling (selling mind, not just listed) above 150 are the clamshells, which as far as I'm concerned are the least deserving of it. If any of the other laptop models came in different colours then I should think that would have put a premium on those too as everyone brought them all for their shelf. Its interesting that you post this now, as iv found that Jan and Feb seem to have lower prices in general. I figured this was down to more people listing things after Christmas to try and scrape back a few funds, and less people bidding for pretty much the same reason
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    Nabbed a 6500/300 with a few differences

    Thanks for the link, thats really helpful. I'v pulled off the side now to have a look at the subwoofer thingy, gave it a bit of a clean, re-inserted the cable connecting it to the video in board, twisted the volume knob a lot, and now its working quite happily.
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    Nabbed a 6500/300 with a few differences

    So i'v been using this machine for a wee while now, shifted the OS back down to 8.1 as I have enough systems running 9. A few interesting things have happened along the way. I tried plugging a spare floppy drive into the floppy port, which stopped the machine getting past it's chime, bit of a shame, i was hoping to make use of that. More surprisingly tho, about an hour into playing Warcraft II, the subwoofer suddenly came back to life, I never disassembled it far enough to see if it was there, (I actually thought it was missing) and my word did it sound good, what a brilliant idea it was to put one of those in there, such a shame no other models had them. Unplugged the external speakers to find that the internal sound had started working in it's entirety. Sadly, 20 mins later and it stopped as suddenly as it had started. Loose connection perhaps?
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    Nabbed a 6500/300 with a few differences

    These things usually do have regular stickers on them, i screenshotted the below from another ebay listing, i guess the distinguishes from NA ones is that these say 'assembled in ireland'.
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    Nabbed a 6500/300 with a few differences

    Well the voltage that comes out of the walls here is 230v but there is still the option to knock it over to 110. Someone clearly didn't trust people not to fiddle with that switch, hence the note. I tried it once not really knowing what it did. It exploded. The modem appears to be German as it says Apple Computer GMBH on it, they probably all said that across Europe, the graphics chip appears to have come from Malta. My theory regarding the prototype stuff is that the case was perhaps part of a test unit for a reseller or Apple Europe or whatever, as thats the only bit that shows signs of that. From having a look at other pre-production machines on the net, it seems that almost all parts including the CD drive tended to have 'not verified by the FCC' stickers on it, and i cant find any more on this computer so the logic board and everything else was probably a later addition and from regular machines. One thing that does strike me as interesting is how another hole next to the modem is labelled for the ports on the Avid card, despite being hollow.
  6. A few days ago on eBay UK I won what I thought was a 6400, the seller didn't specify much, it was a low effort listing and there was no way of knowing if it would even work, it did, so £57 plus postage was a good price. It arrived yesterday and after taking it apart to dust it off, noticed it had a fan on the CPU. Turns out its got a 6500/300 logic board in it with 64mb ram, a modem, fallorn ethernet card and Avid capture card. Everything else is a bit all over the place. No floppy drive, and no built in sound, it doesn't look to have a speaker in it. The CD drive is an old 600i from '95 which I don't think is right (my 6200 has one of those), and the case has a build date of late 96, so the logic board clearly isn't the original. The HD is a 8GB Quantem Fireball which looks to have been pulled out of a G3, as it has a 'About Your Power Macintosh G3' (or something to that effect) text doc on it, sadly nothing else to indicate what this machine's past life was as its a fresh install. It still needs a clean and I'm going to reinstall probably MacOS 8.1 over 9.1 which is currently on there. On the whole, i'm quite pleased with it, although i haven't managed to disassemble it fully yet to see for sure if it has a speaker. Can't get the side panels off and haven't found anything on how to do it yet. :P
  7. 145 seems to equate to both 640x480 66hz, and Hi-Res 12-14". Not sure what the difference is but both are in in Composite Sync. I was rather hoping I would be able to feed the signal into my capture card so that another monitor on the desk wasn't nececery, however it doesn't seem to be able to pick up the signal. Same goes for my 630 in this resolution however its fine with that machine running in 800x600 and I don't know enough to know why. (832x624 also works but there is interfearence when putting out that). Perhaps one of these other combinations may help (sans those with too high a resolution).
  8. Oh i see, its the converter itself. Thanks for that Switches 1,4 and 5 are turned on, I'll have to wait to this eve to check what that means in it's guide.
  9. Hi all I got a IIsi today, its jolly nice and up and running, just finished the long runaround of finding and putting a copy of stuffit on it that isn't compressed with stuffit, thats always fun :/ I have it outputting to an LCD screen via a converter to VGA but im not entirely sure what its actually outputting, as System 7.1 doesn't seem to have any resolution options in the monitor control panel. So its onboard video is either outputting 512 x 384 or 640 x 480. Is there a best way to find out which? Cheers!
  10. Hello I have a 6200 with what I think is a borked power supply, as the logic board and hard disk are all ok when inserted into another one. Trying to turn it on makes the speaker pop faintly and holding the button down results in the noise happening every couple of seconds. Just wondering if anyone could confirm this and if it sounds like a standard caps issue or something lousier. Cheers!
  11. I thought about that, but my Pismos which don't really differ from Lombards all that much, both boot to the last selected drive without a PRAM inserted. I removed them when they started preventing them from starting up at all
  12. Ctrl+Apple+Power forces a reboot. If your pressing and holding the power button without any response then I'd suggest that something is wrong. One other option is the reset switch between the VGA port and modem, the icon is a triangle in a circle. The inability for it to remember the startup disk that has been selected isn't standard behavior either. Perhaps it's a quirk of using compact flash as the main drive.
  13. Neat. I'm definitely snagging one myself then. Cheers!
  14. Do these bring any noticeable performance improvements?
  15. Innes

    Iomega Jaz SCSI cable

    Sure. I'm not around the specific unit at the moment but heres one I found on google https://s1.dmcdn.net/LE6C9/x1080-p1r.jpg
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