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    Questions about ImageWriter II

    I never had an ImageWriter. But don't they have a serial connector that can hook right up to most Pre-USB Macs? My first Mac printer was a StyleWriter that went with my 7200/75. As for the ribbons being dried up, you never know. If they are sealed they mail still have some life in them. I took my MPS-1200 out of storage from the 90's and it still printed fine on the ribbon that was in there. My Star NX-1000 Rainbow still has a star ribbon that came with the printer that works great. If I am not mistaken it is still possible to get freshly made ribbons for the IW2, color even.
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    LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Very cool MO drive. I was a Syquest user back to the Amiga and with my Mid 90's Macs so I never really used MO. If I find one around for cheap I won't hesitate to pick it up. Not sure what all the hubbub about ZIP being a bad media. I still have my original internal zip drive and have many, many disks of 100MB and 250MB. While I have archived those disks over the years to CD and DVD media they all still work just fine. Out of the 50 or so disks that I have, (I inherited a bunch when a friend got rid of his Mac stuff) I don't think I every had one go bad and we used them at work to carry files to both a print house and our home workstations. Can't say the same for floppy disks over the years as I have tossed out dozens of those that went bad. I still use Zip disks today with the systems that I own that still have the drives in them from when I bought them new. I do think that there are a lot of great options for transferring files from more modern systems to older systems and Zip, as well as networking, CD drives, Syquest drives, and many other options are all still viable. I just don't rely on old tech to store my priceless data. It was pretty much common knowledge back then, that the Zip drive was killed by CD burners, not by the click of death. Same goes for Syquest and most of the removable market leaders. Personally, I always preferred Syquest over Zip and sill have my 88MB drive, bought new, as well as a EZ135, SyJet (crappy drive) and a few in between. I only ever had one Jaz drive that someone gave me and it failed as did all the carts with it. Syquest suffered from later lower product quality and some pretty bad design decisions. The Syquest EZFlyer, SyJet and SparQ mechanisms had problems and it was clear that quality had suffered. The "push-in" drives in those models seemed very unreliable in comparison to the "lever" type drives of previous models.
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    SCSI zip drive

    I had no idea they were going for so much on eBay. I guess I should have figured that, being that prices seem to go insane on eBay. I made it a habit back then to always order my Macs either with the Zip Drive built in (8600, G3, G4) or get the internal kit after. I never had an external drive before the firewire version I bought. I did find a SCSI Zip 100 at a thrift store a year or so ago for $7 in the box. It was actually brand new and everything was still in the factory bags. I was quite happy about that, although I don't recall seeing a Macintosh disk in the package and I did unseal the envelope, but it has the PC disk and the Tools disk, which also has the Mac software on it.
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    PM 8600/200 Startup Annoyance

    Did you find a solution to this? I have a PowerMac G3 Beige tower that does the same thing. It always takes the 3 finger reset after first power on to startup and then it works fine. This one came to me with battery damage that I repaired. This G3 also has an aftermarket ZIF CPU upgrade that I have not yet identified. It has a rotary switch, and I don't have an original 266mhz CPU to test it.
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    Powerbook G3 "Main Street" Long Startup

    Mine also does the first part when you plug it in and the HDD spins for a second. I think as pointed out it is because of the dead PRAM battery. They are rechargeable but I have 3 PBG3s and none of them will charge. They are a pain to replace in the first gen models but a bit easier in the lombard/bronze keyboard models. Of course the cells are pricey. I wish there was an alternative. Mine, however, turn on and boot right away. There is not a 2 minute delay.
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    Thinking about a Beige G3 - Questions

    Good advice on the SATA card conversion although those SIL 3112 based cards are pretty sparse these days and no longer $10. Usually $20 - $40. I too prefer IDE but only because I have a ton of IDE drives. SCSI drives are more rare these days, unless you go after a SCA 80-pin server drive and use a SCA 80 pin to 50 pin adapter. Those server drives are built like tanks and have MTBF in millions of hours usually. They are a bit loud though as they are usually 10k RPM to 15k. I have plenty of dead quantum SCSI drives that were from Apple systems. One just died from a Performan 6116CD about a month ago.
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    7200/75 Sound problem

    That sounds more like a faulty chip or logic or something on the board. Have you tried zapping PRAM? I would have to check my 7200/75 board to be sure but my *guess* would be the first 2 are codes for manufacturing or something like that. 16 volt 47uf and 6 volt 100uf as you probably figured out. The last one is different in that it is probably 16 volt (16S), 10uf (10). The 5B6 is probably a code. Again this is my guess based only on my experience replacing caps and I am a hack at best and far from an electronics guru.
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    Troublesome 9600 won't put out video...

    This probably won't help you but just in case. I have a Beige G3 that when I first turn it on gives a chime but no video and no boot. If I hold down Cmd + Option + (keyboard) power button it will reset and then boot normally. This unit has an aftermarket CPU card so it could definitely be related to your daughter card.
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    Dead PM 7600 ?

    I second the CPU daughter card. Also try removing the cache DIMM. I have had those stop a PM 7500 from booting. The plastics in these era systems are so brittle it is almost impossible not to receive one damaged no matter how well it is packed. It is a shame really that they didn't use softer plastics.
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    PM/WS 8500 needs AV module to boot?

    Neat thread. So if I understand this correct when you put a stock 7500/7600/8500 CPU card in the machine boots? You have to love those cases these days, so brittle. I hope you found better case parts for it. I have an 8100 and the case is falling apart. Every time I move it something inside breaks. Ugh, these cases might as well have been made out of potato chips!
  11. Maxell should have stuck to making tapes and disks. Why they blow up more then any other brand I am not sure, but they seem to.
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    LC III found curbside

    Nice! Sheesh the only thing I ever found on the curb was some boxes with clothes in them. They weren't even in Apple boxes.
  13. Unfortunately the main batteries for the PBG3 are dying for many and there are no replacements beyond rarely finding NOS that may not even work or rebuilding yourself, which is an iffy proposition. At least with a working rechargeable PRAM battery the unit can sit without power or battery and still keep time/settings for a period. I have 2 different PBG3s a Wallstreet and a Lombard and neither has a working main battery or PRAM. The wallstreet i purchased some time ago came with 2 modules installed in the bays but no batteries so I don't even have a battery for the wallstreet. The lombard has a battery that is dead and won't take a charge.
  14. I am trying to build the PRAM battery with cheaper, smaller cells then what it calls for (same voltage and chemistry) because the cells that it uses are redicoulesly expensive. The site you listed does not actually have any to sell it is just a listing. You might want to ask one of the mods to move this to the PPC PowerBook and iBook section as it might get more hits...
  15. Thanks guys for the info. I found a less gimped CPU board that is 266mhz with L2 cache, so that should work. This is the model with the 66mhz bus (the 250 and 292 had 83mhz bus), so glad to know it is workable with the CPU cards from the later model Wallstreets. Fortunately this model has a 14.1" TFT so the screen looks great. I am glad it is not a DS as, ugh, those screens are hard on the eyes and not easy to follow your mouse. Slow motion ghost displays...