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    Color Classic with weird behavior

    Oh my god, thank you so much Alex! It helped me a lot - and I must apologize for the late reply - I was waiting for new capacitors to show up before checking back here (I got this, by the way) Since it's my first ever try doing soldering, the first attempt resulted in the "Sad Mac tune" followed by absolutely nothing on the screen - after applying some more solder though, I got it to boot from the floppy. There seems to be some noise coming from the speakers so I'll check it some more - I'm just happy I didn't kill the board completely Edit: I spoke too soon - after the Welcome to Macintosh I got a "Bus Error" bomb >_< I'll just check the solders again and maybe start from stratch (thank god I got two sets :p)
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    Color Classic with weird behavior

    That's what I feared I've seen some posts about this part of the board especially being prone to break - and the caps looks bulgy.. Don't know much about caps or replacing them so I think I will need to pay someone to do this for me (any suggestions?)
  3. Hi everyone, I recently got a Color Classic and I'm trying to get it to work properly - the first step was to let it sit plugged in for about two-three days before it would even try to boot up.. then I installed a SCSI2SD and got 7.6 installed on it. The problem is - it is crashing a lot. When I tried to see when a few files were last modified, I got "," as the modify date and so I've decided to set the date - but to no avail. The attached is what I get when I open the Date & Time panel. No matter how long I let it stay, it never gives me the current time or allows me to set it. I've tried zapping the PRAM several times but it's not doing anything.. Any ideas?
  4. Hi everyone, As probably most of you know, Wallstreet G3 screen hinges have the tendency to.. well, give up. I've just got a Wallstreet and I would like to know how I can delay this as much as I can. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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    A Wiki for Classic development?

    This is magnificent! Can't wait to take a look once I learn more! (MacHub, especially, sounds really interesting) I just bought it I also bought the Toolbox Essentials and several others, which should be interesting.. It's a shame this died out, looks really promising I think someone should mirror it just in case, by the way. Speaking of references, I found Apple's own Macintosh Toolbox Assistant (which I couldn't find anywhere online) on one of the developer CDs I bought - if anyone is interested I can upload it to Macintosh Garden this weekend. Though I think Think Reference is much better - its a bit more outdated than MTA, but is more descriptive, has screenshots, etc (and best of all, its not in Pascal!)
  6. Hi everyone, I'm trying to learn Toolbox programming (oh how I miss Cocoa already, not going to lie) so I was thinking about setting up a Wiki for Toolbox and Carbon programming in C/C++ so I can document what I learn and people can add what they know to it. The reason for this is: Apple seems to have purged all pre-OS X 10.6 documentation, and all that remains (buried deep) are docs about how to convert Toolbox apps to Carbon and Carbon apps to Cocoa, how Carbon is depreciated, etc. Inside Macintosh is good but: It's mostly in Pascal (and who knows/uses Pascal nowadays?) It's lengthy - with information that most people don't need nowadays (who wants to read 24 pages about what a mouse is and what a menu bar does?) Other Mac C/C++ programming books are.. well.. not so good? Seriously, one I found had 5 (five!) pages talking about PowerPC's history followed by spec sheets for PowerMac models of early 90s. How is this related to programming? Even two paragraphs is more than enough but 5 pages followed by spec sheets? I thought I was reading an Apple brochure for a second. Most of which I could find either teach only the basics of programming with C/C++ (how to write loops, etc) or assumes you know the Toolbox inside out and dives right into advanced topics. Computers and PDFs of books designed for printing really don't mix well. So yeah, I was thinking about creating a Wiki just for Classic Mac OS development (mainly Toolbox and Carbon, we can add MacApp, PowerPlant etc later?) I was thinking about a little intro section that describes what the Toolbox is, an AppleEvent is, a run loop is etc and then documentation of (at least the most used) Toolbox functions with example code, etc. What do you think? Would you be interested in such a Wiki? Any help would be greatly appreciated..
  7. Speaking of moving to a Pismo, it appears that my Pismo doesn't like the SSD I've used in the Wallstreet (holding Alt shows the HDD as "Macintosh HD" but I get the "floppy drive with question mark icon" when I try to boot off it) does anyone know how to fix this?
  8. Ugh. You've just confirmed everything I feared.. I've checked both websites, they were both out of stock - and yeah, expensive! Bookyard sells one hinge for $15 while PBM sells screens starting at $35 going up to $60! There are machines cheaper than that on eBay hahah I could just buy another PDQ/Wallstreet and swap the insides but I guess I'll move on to a Pismo or Lombard - I don't want to spend money on a machine that will fall apart due to normal use.. which is a shame because for whatever reason I've never liked Pismos. Not sure if it's the lack of the rainbow Apple logo, dedicated volume keys, that delightful PC Card Eject mechanism or the presence of that "bronze" keyboard which, in my opinion, is... not that good looking, to say the least. My poor PDQ, it even had 2 batteries in perfect condition that held full charges, could go on for 4.5+ hours without me having to charge it. I think the best bet is to 3D print them, though I couldn't design or print a 3D object to save my life.. sign me up for 2 hinges if you succeed though!
  9. Years ago, when I was much younger, I remember buying a Wallstreet (or PDQ?) for around ~$10-15 because it was in horrible shape. But the worst thing about it was that the left hinge was completely broken. It was so bad that screen couldn't even stay up. Fast forward to this year, I bought a PDQ in good shape, maxed out the RAM, got a WiFi card, installed an SSD. I was using it as a bed-time-reading machine (Classilla renders Wikipedia etc pretty well) - until today. I was playing around with CodeWarrior (I'm trying to learn Toolbox programming) and wanted to take a break - while I was closing the lid I heard a loud cracking sound. I opened it and boom: the left hinge is gone. I'm guessing the right one wasn't in such good shape either, because - just like the other one I once had - it can barely stay upwards now. So I was just wondering, for those who might've experienced something like this: Is there a way to fix this? I've checked eBay but couldn't find any parts that fits mine (most are for Pismo or 12"/13" models) Does anyone know any online stores that sells such parts? Or anyone here has some spare parts for sale? How prevalent is this problem? Is this a design fault? I don't want to buy another PDQ just to have another broken left hinge 2 weeks later.. I know that based my experience this is just anecdotal but so far I've had a 100% failure rate on PDQ/Wallstreet left hinges (lol) I think Pismo/Lombard hinges are better? (I remember having a Pismo which could take a lot of abuse) - but I must say I like Wallstreet/PDQs much better. Thank you!
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    TAM as a TV

    Nope, it just adds huge black borders around the picture.
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    TAM as a TV

    Hmm interesting.. yeah I am not even sure why they even made TV capabilities of this machine so prominent (front bezel keys, remote, etc) since the LCD does not support upscaling. By the way, can you share the Developer Note? I think it might be an interesting read.
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    TAM as a TV

    Interesting find: I found "TV Monitor 1.0.1" from 1994 (not sure where, I found it on my TAM and downloaded just before Internet Explorer crashed - I think it was on one of the Info-Mac mirrors) and the release notes says one of the fixes for 1.0.1 was to make sure the window is not resized "beyond maximum size" since it would cause "frame rates to drop down" Not sure if the image actually fit the window when this happened or if the image was still 640x480. If it's the former, maybe it is a software limitation due to hardware available at the time? It also allows the window to be resized over 640x480 (not sure to what, but it almost covers the screen at 800x600) if I switch the color mode to PAL (this, of course, messes the colors up, but frame rate is more than acceptable) Might be wishful thinking but I think there might be a way to make 800x600 happen here..
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    TAM as a TV

    Ah damn it.. Now I have to admit I was wrong I can push my luck even further and try to use the G3 AIO I have as a replacement but that thing doesn't have IR support or RF in and it's huge (and well,.. let's say, unique looking.) so I really like having the TAM there. So it is the hardware that upscales it to 640x480? Based on some glitches I've experienced dragging the window, I have a feeling that AVP doesn't do anything other than just draw the window, with the card writing directly to video memory?
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    TAM as a TV

    Hi everybody, So the TV in our bedroom broke and I've been (stubbornly) pushing the 20th Anniversary Mac I had hiding in the closet as a replacement, ignoring my husband's pleads for a TV set. I thought it would be great: Nice sound system. Remote that controls not only the sound but also the can turn the Mac on/off. TV input (btw, kudos, Verizon, for having everything from RF to HDMI outputs on your set top boxes.) Software with CC support from RF (again, Verizon, kudos, for not stripping that out from RF.)[1] But the problem is Apple Video Player supports a maximum 640x480 resolution. Which would be fine if the computer had a CRT screen. So now, I have a huge black box around the video when I set the resolution to 640x480. Most channels also now broadcast in HD only, which letterboxes the video, which makes the picture even smaller to the point where all I can see from the bed is just moving colorful blurs[2]. So my question is, is there a way to hack the AVP to support a 800x600 resolution or is there an alternative software that can upscale the input? I'm not sure if the 640x480 is a hardware limit or a software one (or both?) but I'm sure there has to be way to at least upscale the input? All I could find on this was a FAQ on Quadra AVs, which had some links to alternative software but since it's from 1994, of course all the links are dead. And since apparently most people who search for Quicktime do so with the search term "apple video player", Google is useless. 1 People say I'm half-deaf so this is useful. 2 Unlike my hearing, my eyesight is pretty good. You know that guy you ask to read something to you when you can't? I am that guy usually.
  15. Hmm, it looks like I do have the correct cable, though =/ A Google search for "A2C0311" pointed me to an eBay listing* (it also has the picture of the box with that part number mentioned in the manual) with this photo, while the cable I have is this. And if my eyes aren't fooling me, the cable from the manual page Rick posted also has the Printer icon that my cable has. Could there be two version of this cable, identical looking, but maybe with different wiring? Or, again, both cables might be dead.. * Both A2C0311 and "Apple IIe Modem-8 Cable" returns no results on eBay, which would save me a lot of time.. This is the closest I could find, but I think I need the reverse of this? Yep, you are right. I need to stop ordering stuff at 2 AM
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