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    SE/30 can’t find HD

    That sucks that it wasn’t properly cleaned last time. I’m wondering if you can give it a good wash to actually clear any remaining electrolitic fluid and then just resolder each pin one at a time along that side facing the capacitors. Just 11 pins right? If you have a solder sucked it shouldn’t be too horrible. Maybe someone with more experience around that chip can comment. At any rate, if previous owner screwed up cleaning there you can probably assume the rest of the board had a crap cleaning job as well. So a thorough washing is probably in order regardless before other common areas are damaged.
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    Couldn't help myself...

    Lol that’s not surprising at all. Literally the late 2009 Core2Duo original 13” MBP with a solid state drive, 4GB of ram and a hack to force Mojave to run on it would kick the crap out of ANY spinning disk MacBook Pro’s boot time (dual or quad core i3 to i7, doesn’t matter) assuming they still had their factory drives, which scuttled along at a leisurely 5400rpm. If you are trying to daily drive a Mac for the first time in 15 years at least stock it with hardware that will make it enjoyable and not migraine inducing. We’re over half a decade into the SSD age. Amazon has a Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SATA SSD for only $80. We’ve definitely hit affordable SSD storage prices.
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    Macintosh TV questions

    I’m glad you were able to get your Mac TV powering up! SCSI2SD will definitely work in there and should run just fine off of the SCSI bus power, no molex needed. At least that has been my experience. You may want to buy the mounting bracket adapter from there as well so you can secure it to the hard drive sled.
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    FTP and OS7.6

    Oh then really you could run any supported OS decently well, from 7.1 to 8.1.
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    Macintosh TV questions

    @Mac TV Diver your question might best fit in its own thread in this same area. That said, start by recapping the logic board. Don’t forget to rehwash while all the caps are off.
  6. Sometimes that happens if you don’t have a startup disk/system folder (later versions of 9) selected in the Startup Disk control panel.
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    FTP and OS7.6

    That changes everything. Assuming you have a decent bit of RAM... I’d say 16mb for 7.6 or 24mb for 8.1. But yes, with adequate RAM you should definitely consider those later OSes.
  8. I want to say there was some issue with the DOS Compatibility cards and OS 9.1. It may have been networking. I think the Read Me for the retail Mac OS 9.1 installer touched on the topic a bit. If in the end you can’t get everything ironed out I’d reccomend giving it a try with Mac OS 8.6 installed instead. Best of luck!
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    FTP and OS7.6

    Just a heads up, 7.6 is a tall order for a stock Color Classic. At least, that was my experience with it. Most things for 7.6 can work with 7.5.3. That aside, I agree with what others have said here. 7.6 will not likely address your concerns, especially if you already have OT installed on your 7.5.3 system.
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    Installing system 7.1.1 Pro on Color Classic?

    Is it having timeout errors? I’m wondering if that could be a cause of the FTP host/client software? Or potentially the wrong version of Ethernet card driver (assuming non-Apple)? On my CC with stock logic board I find 7.5.3/7.5.5 to offer a decent balance of performance vs features. Though my board is maxed out at 10mb of RAM. I typically run Net Presentz on it to act as an FTP server so I can push files to it from my MacBook.
  11. @mraroid, for OS go find that eMac 9.2.2 CD that @Cory5412 mentioned at the garden. Install that. Once done, install 10.4 (and update to 10.4.11) on the same partition. If you are only going with a 128gb disk I’d say stick to one partition. For OS X up to 10.4.11, as long as you have 512mb ram or more you generally got better performance from the same hardware the higher you pushed the OS. Assuming you have a CD burner installed, either OS (10.4 or 9.2) will be fine for writing your CDs. You may need Toast for OS 9 (or certain images in X). But really, networking will be much more convenient if you can do that. While booted in 10.4.11, use tenfourfox. While booted in 9.2.2, use classilla (my preference, some may prefer other vintage browsers but I think your G3 should be plenty fast for classilla). I agree with others, skip the G4 board swap. Your board you have now will be great for what you want to accomplish. If you want upgrades, I’d say do the following: RAM to at least 512mb PCI SATA card (gets around size limitation and way faster than onboard IDE. Plus you can use modern, aka cheap, disks and ssd... 1TB spinning disks are cheap) USB 2.0 card (requires at least 10.2.x[8?] to run at 2.0 speed, otherwise works but only at 1.1 speed). Good for transferring data to modern computers using USB sticks. USB floppy drive will likely not see any change in performance from this. Last, the Radeon 7000 PCI is a decent OS 9 and early X GPU for systems where AGP cards aren’t an option. It’s a good balance of affordability and performance. If buying one that wasn’t originally a Mac version, make sure the seller who flashed it to Mac did it right. I recall there being weird quirks if not done correctly. That said, this is last because what it came with is decent enough and the other upgrades will be more practical.
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    Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

    Just kidding. My router was only "Supported*" where the asterisk was a whole lot of broken features. So I ordered a GL-AR300M. Amazon has a deal going on right now for the model without the external antennas for $40, plus 10% off at checkout. OpenWRT comes preinstalled. I'll update on my progress of following your setup in a week or so.
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    Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

    This is way cool! I have everything necessary, except that specific router. However, my router is OpenWRT compatible. Maybe this is the project that makes it worth trying out. Also, for anyone interested, Amazon Echos can be used as Spotify connect targets as well. I imagine other smart speakers also work if they have Spotify support... maybe Sonos?
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    Recommend a support Mac for my Color Classic Mystic

    Ah okay, makes sense. Totally fair, I have a few systems running certain things certain ways for the exact same reason.
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    Recommend a support Mac for my Color Classic Mystic

    Just curious, why 4.7 instead of 4.8?
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    Free Clamshell iBook!

    Very nice find!
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    Recommend a support Mac for my Color Classic Mystic

    If you can't find the official 575 CD, then I believe the Apple Software Restore 1994 disc on the garden may be able to reinstall 7.1 for you with the proper System Enablers. Good catch, I knew there was something different with the 400k disks vs the 800k disks, but couldn't quite recall what it was.
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    Recommend a support Mac for my Color Classic Mystic

    @mraroid I agree with @Cory5412, if you can get the CC on your network life will be significantly easier. I have one of these https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Apple-Computer-Macintosh-Mac-Color-Classic-PDS-Ethernet-Card-LC-Performa/272846522387?epid=2241961242&hash=item3f86eb8813:rk:1:pf:0 and it seems to work pretty well. There are plenty of other examples right around that $15 cost point as well. So not horribly expensive, about 1/10 the cost of adding ethernet to an SE/30. Once you have your Mystic CC up and running on a network, the Garden is browsable (still pretty slow), or you can run AppleTalk file sharing or (in my opinion, better) an FTP file server from the CC and then just push files to it from any computer running FileZilla or another FTP client. I use NetPresentz on my CC. That's what I do from my MacBook, but Windows would work acceptably for the task as well. Any computer with a CD writer should be able to burn .iso or .toast images just fine (windows or mac), you only really need to worry about the authoring computer's OS if you are making a disc from scratch as opposed to just writing an image. That's where resource files can get broke, etc. That said, stick to CD-R discs burned at a low speed (I usually do 4x). That seems to have the best compatibility with the older SCSI ere CD-ROMs. I can confirm that my Apple 300e external CD-ROM has yet to be able to read a CD-RW disc. Maybe later revisions or a 600e can do it, but mine definitely can't, unfortunately. I will agree with others here as well that the G5, just for the sake of a bridge Mac, is probably not the best choice. If you want one for the sake of having one, go for it. Otherwise, there are better options on both end of the spectrum. On the old side, a Beige G3 is a great machine for all the reasons @davidg5678 (and while 10.2.8 is the last official version, 10.4.11 runs well with enough RAM and XPostFacto support ), @Cory5412 added a few reasons as well, and also notated some of its shortcomings. However, I'll also throw in that if you ever plan on using a Mac that needs 400k/800k disks, I do believe the Beige G3 is the last desktop Mac to support being able to work with those disks due to the floppy disk hardware. I think even then the 400k disks may have some limitations. But 800k has clean support to 9.2.2 on a Beige G3. Jumping to the new side of the bridge Mac spectrum, I'd throw in a recommendation for the Mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro. It shipped with 10.5.x, which I believe Leopard is the last Mac OS to support read/write of 1.44 mb disks via a USB floppy drive. Also, as mentioned above I am pretty sure 10.5.x is the last version to be able to speak AppleTalk lingo out of the box with no mods. More importantly though, this particular Mac also supports SATA-3 disks, so a modern-ish SSD will fly pretty fast and should saturate that connection, and it can be upgraded to 8gb of 1066mhz ram. OS support officially ends at 10.11.x and Windows 7. However, I can speak from experience that Windows 8.1 will work fine with some playing around of the drivers (I used to own the 2.53ghz model of this machine up to 2014 before I got my rMBP). And it appears that there are tweaks to get it to run up to Mojave as well (http://dosdude1.com/mojave/), so a triple boot/partitioned drive for Mac OS 10.5.8/macOS 10.14.x/Windows 8.1 (maybe 10 instead?) would allow great coverage and browser support, while still giving USB floppy disk support (1.44 mb only of course, but fine for CC), general HFS read/write support at the desktop, and a computer that could still be comfortably used for general day to day tasks (i.e. web browsing, current MS Office, Netflix, etc). And yes, it has a built in SuperDrive for burning CD-Rs. All while being significantly smaller than a G5 tower, using way less power, and easy to tuck away when not in use. Hmm... I kinda wish I hadn't sold mine back in 2014, but getting $600 USD for a 5 year old laptop to go towards my rMBP seemed like a good deal at the time. Last, but not least, I don't believe the 575 board in your Mystic (or even the original CC board) is capable of booting into System 6. I believe your options are limited to 7.1 through 8.1. Maybe someone else can confirm that. Good luck!
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    Color Classic Mystic Mods

    Very cool Good work!
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    Are vintage injket printers useable still?

    Many of the StyleWriters could use cartridges from similar Canon Bubblejet and HP Inkjet printers of the era... maybe some Epson models as well? At any rate, those cartridges were manufactured well into the 2000s. Inkjets.com (or any cartridge remanufacuting company, that’s the only one I know off the top of my head) may have new remanufactured cartridges as well. I’d imagine there is a chance NOS cartridges from the 90s and early 2000s could have dried out, but not really sure. What I’d be more concerned about with all those printers are the rubber rollers that grab the paper drying out, as well as various plastic bits getting brittle. I’ve had the rollers dry out before. It causes the printer to not be able to grab the next sheet of paper, and it believes you are out of paper despite 30 sheets in the tray. I wonder if it would be possible to rig up a Raspberry Pi to appear as a StyleWriter and then forward the document to a modern printer. I know it can be done for AirPrint That way you don’t have to deal with maintaining a vintage printer.
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    SCSI2SD 32gb SD

    Thanks @netfreak and @Cory5412. Based on that link I went ahead and formatted the MicroSD card using a USB adapter on a Beige G3 running 10.4.11 with the following settings: 1 HFS (Mac OS) Extended Partition -entire disk allocated to said partition (~32gb) -Apple Partition Map radio button under Options... ”Install MAC OS 9 Disk Drivers” checked as well Also used scsi2sd-util to set the adapter to recognize as a 32GB drive instead of 2GB. When it completed I popped it back into my 6100 (with Sonnet G3). OS 8.1 had no issues working with and booting from it.
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    SCSI2SD 32gb SD

    Is it possible to use a 32GB microsd card in a 5.0b SCSI2SD and have it appear as one ~32GB drive under Mac OS 8.1 PPC? i have a spare SD card left over from an rPi upgrade. Normally I just use 8gb sd cards and partition them into 2gb sections. But it would be nice to have one big disk if possible.
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    Color Classic Mystic Mods

    Not sure if you have tried yet, but you might be able to use a modified disk tools disk. Just ditch the Apple first aid and drive setup applications, toss in the extension for your CD drive, then boot from the disk tools disk and run the 8.1 install from the CD.
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    Mac Plus Disk Drive Issue

    Has the drive mechanics been cleaned and re-greased? That’s usually a pretty good starting point for drive issues. The wiki on this site has the instructions. When you have the drive apart, a q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean the drive heads should suffice. Just be very careful to not pull the heads too far apart. If you do they will come out of alignment and that is no good.
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    Next up...Mac 512k

    Following up. Can confirm, my Plus does indeed do the ticking noice after the memory check completes. Very cool, thanks for that Learned something new today. I always just figured my Plus's disk drive had issues but paid it no attention since it seemed to read and write okay.
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