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  1. I got home late last night from a long out-of-state work trip, so I took some 'me' time today to poke around a few local junk-shops and thrift stores. I found a few great items for cheap at my first stop (if you look on the left side of the first pic you'll see my new DigiDesign 001 breakout box + custom cable, which I'll try using with the ProTools-equipped PowerMac G4 I picked up recently), but my second stop is where I struck a bit of gold: a Mac IIci with some internal upgrades + Apple Extended Keyboard II + the angular ADB mouse. The IIci and mouse are filthy and are definitely going to need a complete teardown and restoration. Based on the particular type of grime on the machine, I'm suspicious that it was being used for decades in some sort of industrial setting - this isn't just the usual type of household dust. Nevertheless, I've never owned a IIci but always loved the form-factor, so I'm pretty excited to see if I can get it running. It has what I think is some sort of Apple-branded network card inside (please chime in if you know anything about it!), and a DayStar FastCache card in the cache slot. Looks like all the RAM banks are full too, which is nice. Oddly there's nothing in the ROM slot - is that a showstopper on this machine, or was that slot "optionally filled?" There's no hard drive inside either, and I'm assuming I'll need to pull the drive array and/or PSU out to check for battery leakage, but I'm optimistic overall. It's absolutely disgustingly dirty inside and out, but structurally it looks great - no cracked plastics, no obvious signs of being dropped, no obvious signs of leaking caps on the motherboard, etc. I was about to walk out with the IIci alone for $20, but doubled-back and asked if the guy would toss in a keyboard and mouse. He wasn't willing to give them away for free, but after a bit of friendly haggling I handed over another $20 and felt pretty good. The keyboard is in fantastic shape other than a bit of yellowing (it was clearly not used in the same environment where the IIci was), and as a passionate Extended Keyboard II fan, I'm always happy to pick one up when I see one. All-in-all a good haul! I'm having trouble attaching any pics to this thread for some reason, so here's a simple Imgur album with the pics: https://imgur.com/a/m0tmeb8
  2. Hi guys! I now own two eMates, both in relatively-good / functional condition (dead batteries aside). I understand that hinge failures are one of the most predictable issues with eMates, and I'd like to keep mine in good shape going forward. Is there a guide or "how to" type doc on any preventative maintenance I should do on these, before I have a hinge failure? Thanks for any pointers, Huxley
  3. Huxley

    Craigslist Mac SE, Mac SE, and Mac Plus

    Man, your work here is really top-notch. I've recently been restoring a fairly-rough Mac Plus myself, and your work here has really inspired me to take my game to a higher level. Fantastic work.
  4. Oooooh, that CompuCable GDock sounds cool! Don't think I've ever heard of that before. Could you post some pics?
  5. A second Dual-Processor "Quicksilver" PowerMac G4! Some of you guys may remember that I recently found a Quicksilver G4 (800MHz) and have been fixing it up over the past few weeks - new speaker, deep-cleaning, SuperDrive installed, max RAM installed, hard drive added, upgrade to dual-G4 @ 1GHz, etc. Funnily enough, the Craigslist bot that lead me to the Quicksilver popped into my email again the other day, pointing out that someone in my region was selling another Quicksilver for only $20. I reached out and was able to make arrangements to pick it up. This 'new' Quicksilver was owned by the seller's father who bought it new. He used it for extensive writing and graphic-design work before retiring, and it has literally never left their home prior to yesterday when I picked it up. After the computer was retired the previous owner removed "all the memory" to protect himself from data theft, which means he took out the hard drive, the hard drive cable, the RAM and (oddly) the CPU fan. Go figure! After it was no longer in use, the family used it as an end-table alongside their couch for 10+ years In any case, I bought this second machine for the following specific reasons: 1. The outer case is gorgeous - the machine never left the home of the original buyer, and it shows - there's virtually no wear or scuffing on the outer plastics. It looks darn close to brand-new, other than some dust. Hell, it still has the original "S U P E R D R I V E" sticker on the DVD tray. Mmmmm minty! 2. I spotted some sort of PCI card in the (very low-res) pics from the original Craigslist post. I now know that it's some kind of SCSI card, but I don't have details yet 3. It's got a Zip drive with the special faceplate / bezel to make it look correct in the case 4. It's got the dual-CPU module installed! Given that I just paid nearly $100 for the same module, it seemed silly not to snag this one and see if I can make back the money I spent on my CPU upgrade, more-or-less Assuming the CPU board works, I'll probably list it (and maybe the motherboard too) in the Trading Post here, Once that's done, I may migrate the internals of my first Quicksilver into this case, since it's in such great condition. Fun!
  6. Wanted to post a quick update: I was able to de-solder the two dead switches and (after much effort and worry that I was about to rip them to pieces) extract them from the keyboard. I then disassembled both switches, carefully cleaned them out and bent the little X-shaped spring back into the main 'chamber' of the switch, reassembled, reinstalled and re-soldered them... and it worked!! Thanks you guys - really appreciate the guidance as always
  7. So my project to resurrect my recently-acquired Mac Plus is making real progress today - I've got fresh ROM's installed and completely tore down / cleaned / greased / rebuilt the floppy drive, and the machine will boot now. Hooray! However, I've got a new funky problem to resolve: The Mac Plus came to me with a relatively-clean-looking M0110A keyboard (the Plus style keyboard with the integrated number pad). The keyboard looks good and feels good, and most of the keys work fine. However, the "V" key is very spotty - it only occasionally registers when pressed VERY hard intermittently, and the space bar is completely dead. I've completely disassembled the keyboard (case removed, all key-caps removed) and cleaned it out reasonably well (decades of dust bunnies in there!), but the two keys remain stubbornly broken. I've been reading through older threads here and poking around in some of the repair guide PDF's that float around, and it seems like my options are: 1. Soak the keyboard in high-proof alcohol for an uncertain amount of time - maybe this will help? 2. Spray WD-40 down into the key-switch in the hopes of... something? 3. Run the whole thing through my dishwasher(!?) 4. Give up and buy another keyboard What would be your next step if you were in my shoes here? Any and all suggestions are welcome, but please keep in mind that my soldering skills are minimal at best... Thanks! Huxley
  8. Totally valid question. To be fair, the plastics aren't horribly yellowed - they just aren't really "white" anymore - almost like a butter color now. Thankfully I don't detect a whiff of cigarette smell from the machine (I can't stand the smell and my wife is even more sensitive than I am - she would've detected it instantly and ordered the machine out of our apartment!), so I just assumed they're yellowing with age. Given that the handles are easy to detach, I've already removed them and given them a quick wash in my sink - maybe I'll try a more intense sink-wash next...
  9. As some of you guys already know, I was lucky enough to recently pick up a "Blue and White" PowerMac G3, one of my personal 'dream machines' from my youth. Unfortunately, the years haven't been super kind to the semi-transparent parts of the machine, leaving it closer to being a "Blue and Yellow G3" than I'd like. I've never done any Retr0bright, but I'm sorta tempted to try it on the removable handles of this G3, in the hopes of getting them back to their former bright whiteish / opaque color, rather than the slightly "sickly yellow" they're currently sporting. Has anyone tried this on these plastics before? Any feedback?
  10. Definitely looks to be a Digidesigns DSP Farm, which various folks around the Web have told me would've been paired with an "001" rackmount box for interfacing with microphones and musical instruments. I'm not sure these cards are usable without the rackmount box, so I'll be keeping an eye out. Of course, even if I find all the required hardware, I still won't have any software to go with it, but maybe I can find an old version to play with eventually...
  11. Thanks guys! My B&W G3 is currently stashed under my desk while I play with my slightly-newer-to-me "Quicksilver" G4, but I'll definitely be revisiting this topic sooner or later H.
  12. Huxley

    G4 processor swaps

    I know it’s been nearly a year since this question was posed without a reply, but since I bought my own single-CPU Quicksilver G4 today (800MHz) I’m really curious about what my options are for CPU upgrades. Does anyone have a good answer to this one?
  13. Great info - thanks! There were a couple semi-gutted Performa's at the same shop, so it's a reasonable thought that the remote came with one of them. Congrats! I think I have a Studio Monitor (the LCD one with the big ADC port) in my storage bin - I'm gonna try to find it this weekend. The Quicksilver I got today is working fine with my modern HP display, but it doesn't look right next to the swoopy plastiglass G4
  14. Stopped by my favorite local junk-shop today, and the manager hooked me up - everything in the pic for $25 flat! I recently bought a Mac Plus from the same shop and while it came with a keyboard, I was a little bummed that it was missing its mouse... so color me surprised and happy when I spotted the missing rodent on today's visit! The manager also tossed in that Apple Remote - I'm not 100% sure what it goes with (maybe the old PowerCD player or Macintosh TV?), so please comment if you know. The same day I got the Mac Plus, I'd also picked up a gorgeous "Blue and White" PowerMac G3 tower, but at the time I didn't see a matching keyboard or mouse, so I was stoked when I spotted the matching blue keyboard today under a pile of random junk. Same for the larger "Pro" keyboard and Pro Mouse - there's something special about that era of Apple design, with the beautiful flowing glass-like plastics. Speaking of gorgeous flowing glass-like plastics, this was my big purchase today: a PowerMac G4 "Quicksilver" edition. This one has an 800MHz CPU, unknown amount of RAM (probably 256megs but I'll confirm later) and no internal hard drive at the moment, but that's an easy replacement. I had just started working for Apple in a sales / retail partnership role around the time this machine was being phased out, but the design really stuck with me - it's such a fantastic mix of retro / art deco style with ultra-futuristic presentation. I've wanted one ever since. Sadly the chrome speaker has been smushed inwards (this is pretty common with these models since they didn't have a grill covering the speaker dome) but is otherwise in remarkably good condition. A look at the rear will quickly reveal what caught my eye when I first spotted the machine: tons of weird ports! A peek inside the G4: this thing is overflowing with PCI cards which are labeled "DSP Farm." I haven't had a chance to investigate further (literally just got home), but 30 seconds on Google indicates that this may have been a high-end ProTools audio workstation at one time. Cool! Each of the "DSP Farm" cards has some sort of super-high-density connector on the back, but I don't know anything about it yet. I'm just hoping they don't require some sort of hard-coded dongle to use or something like that - if anyone knows, please leave a comment! Siblings together again at last. Love seeing the side-by-side comparison - they clearly belong in the same family, and yet the G4 is also a much more elegant and refined version of the design language, compared to the bold and playfully colorful G3
  15. Awesome, thank you! I've downloaded those images and burned them to CD, but for some reason the G3 doesn't like booting from either disc once burned - one of them gets a blinking "?" in a floppy icon, and the other never progresses past the grey power-on screen. I suspect that the aftermarket DVD-ROM / CD-R drive in the machine may be at the root of the problem, so I'll keep an eye out for a more OS 8 / OS 9 friendly drive I can test with.