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  1. Renegade

    Macintosh Classic (XO) Custom Rom Disk?

    IIRC, the Classic had a 40-pin rom chip, which is less common nowadays. Am I wrong ?
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    Sil3132 Flashing (SATA II) (G5) (PCIE)

    btw, I haven't been able to boot from a drive connected to it yet ...
  3. Hi, I realized that both Firmtek and Wiebetech sold Sil3132 based controller cards for late-2005 PowerMac G5. I had a Sil3132 card sitting in a drawer so I decided to give it a try. Fortunately, this card has a 4mbit eeprom. The firmware file (ROM.3132.2SE2) was taken from Firmtek's latest available update. Flashing it via updflash.exe in DOS mode was easy. But my 2.0 GHz dual core G5 is unstable with the card installed and a HDD attached to it (WD Green 500GB). Most of the time it will crash during boot or a few seconds past login... I tried the previous firmware revision ( and it doesn't seems to be better. By any chance, does somebody have the wiebetech firmware file ?
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    The replacement board arrived today, but it was so poorly packaged that it was damaged during transport: A chip and a cap were floating around in the box : They come from the areas in the yellow and red circles. Great. Now I'm stuck with two damaged boards. Repairing is not an option since my soldering skill is... Zero. Sorry for being off topic, but I wanted to share this "experience".
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    most of my macs are stored in an attic where the temp can reach 35°C (91° F) during summer.
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    Yes. But at least 3 capacitors are missing and lots of PCB traces are damaged as well. Ram and CPU should be Ok though.
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    I believe there are good chances to save the Q610 mobo. Concerning Q660's mobo, well I decided to get one from eBay. Cost me US$ 81.20 with shipping and import taxes. D'oh!...
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    Another tragedy discovered today... Quadra 610 and 660av didn't make it The mess was still liquid in the Q610 : Funny though, another soldered Varta battery from a Mac II still showing some charge
  9. Renegade

    Sil3112 flashing (SATA)

    Bad, or rejected by a B&W G3 ? It's not the same Those seem to become pickier about ram quality.
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    Sil3112 flashing (SATA)

    Thank you Doug. I don't understand why it failed last year... Could have been a problem with my Quicksilver, or with the PC mobo I used for flashing.
  11. Renegade

    Sil3112 flashing (SATA)

    That's the original flash chip. See post #4 in this topic.
  12. Renegade

    Sil3112 flashing (SATA)

    Thanks to your discussion with Doug, it's a flashed one. I bought a few of those cards with a 512KB chip last year when somebody told us about in this topic. I had to use the UPDFLASH.EXE dos flasher to feed them with Firmtek's ROMFILE.1S2. The red one is a genuine Ratoc (= Firmtek), the green one is the flashed one. Here's the chip:
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    Sil3112 flashing (SATA)

    Max: YES !!! I tested it in a G4 QS DP800 with OS 9.2.2 IIRC, that firmware was supposed to be compatible with MacOS ≥ 7.6.1 . Am I wrong ? I could test 8.0/8.1 on a Beige G3, but I don't have any older PCI PowerMac in working condition.
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    Sil3112 flashing (SATA)

    Yes, it is.
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    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    My turn ... Scared by this thread, I decided to remove dead batteries from the most easily accessible in from my collection. I removed 12, only 1 leaked, guess what brand it was... It was in my PM 8100/80. Even the optical drive has signs of corrosion Funny, the exploded/leaked Maxell battery was the newest of the 3. It had an expiration date reading 1993, while the two other had 1989 and 1990. Those Sonnenschein Lithium batteries (the blue ones) seem to be reliable anyway.