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  1. Ugh - I'd been looking at an old copy of the PB1400 Service Manual which I now know to be incomplete - it was missing most of the "take apart" stuff towards the end, so I stupidly thought it was more of a troubleshooting doc. I've got the full service manual now and I'm looking at the steps involved in replacing the PRAM battery, and, uhhh... Yeah, I get why someone else referred to this process as "a total motherfucker." Wow. This is pretty brutal from a complexity standpoint, and (maybe even worse), given how brittle a lot of these mid-90's-era plastics are, I'm legitimately nervous that I'll crack or otherwise damage my machine doing this. Curse you, Mid 90's Apple Engineers! Who the hell thought this design was a good idea for a consumable part?!
  2. Hi everyone! I've been spending some time with my trusty old PowerBook 1400, including my recent project to install the NUpowr G3 upgrade I purchased from @Johnnya101 - it's gone well overall, and my PB1400 is humming along smoothly... except for an obviously-dead PRAM battery. The machine can't remember the date, and it powers up the moment the AC cable is connected, so it seems pretty clear that the battery is shot, and given the possibility of those old PRAM batteries killing beloved Macs, I'm a little concerned. I've seen various references to the process of replacing those batteries in the 1400, ranging from "very difficult" to "it's a total motherfucker." I'm not having much luck finding a good step-by-step guide, though, so I'm wondering if anyone here can point me in the right direction. If I can find a good / clear guide, I might film the whole process for future reference, if you guys think that would be helpful - it certainly doesn't look like there are any good how-to videos for this on YouTube at the moment anyway... Thanks!
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    Boxed PB 2400c/240 - 56K Warning

    Wow, this is fantastic! The 2400/240 is in my very short list of remaining "Holy Grail" machines too, so I'm both happy for you and a little jealous too Please keep us updated as you get that PRAM battery extracted and boot her up!
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    Apple eMac

    I have so many fond memories of the eMac series. Back in the spring of 2004 when I started working for Apple as a "Solutions Consultant" (as part of their ill-fated partnership with the doomed CompUSA chain), literally the first new Mac I ever sold was a 700MHz eMac, with (IIRC) the add-on for the clear plastic swivel-base. Something about the eMac's design always felt like the ultimate evolution of the original iMac G3 design-language, updated to neatly span the design-era separating the late-90's look (curvy, brightly-colored plastics) and the much more sedate and refined look of the early 2000's (clean white plastics + touches of elegant brushed metal). Anyway, congrats - it's a lovely machine!
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    Free Clamshell iBook!

    Great find! I have a Tangerine iBook G3 which I bought in ~2003 from an ex-girlfriend, along with a form-fitted Kensington carrying bag. It's not a super powerful machine anymore, but it's so much fun to pull out - it's probably among Apple's most whimsical designs ever ('whimsy' being a design aesthetic which is notably lacking from their current style-guide) and the few times I've taken it to our local coffee shop or to my office, it immediately drew happy and excited reactions from everyone nearby. Congrats! Huxley
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    Lisa Paperweight, Cube, Upgraded Wallstreet

    Congrats! I think I've seen that listing for the Lisa a few times (I'm in the SF Bay Area so Sac listings pop up for me sometimes) - I'm happy that someone here snagged it, and for a good price! Huxley
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    Legit "barn find" Apple IIe

    Man, this post is bringing out some seriously mixed feelings for me: joy at seeing an Apple II rescued from a hazardous environment, sadness at an awesome old computer that's very likely been killed by mice and rust, hope that the expansion cards and disk drives / monitor may be salvaged, optimism that the Apple II itself could be made functional again, or at the very least might serve as a donor machine to another Apple II, and a weird feeling of delight that there are still vintage computers sitting in barns in the world, just waiting to be found and restored. Congrats on your remarkable find - please keep updating us as you work through it all! Huxley
  8. Hi everyone! I recently found a rough-but-working Kensington System Saver via a local eBay auction. It's working well enough - it passes power and the fan is moving air, but the fan is making a rather unpleasant low rumbling / grinding sound. Given that I recently rebuilt my desktop / gaming PC with an emphasis on reduced noise, now I'm wondering if I could do the same for this old System Saver. Specifically, have any of you ever swapped out the old fan with a newer, quieter one? If yes, what make and model of replacement fan did you use? I see one video on YouTube where the gentleman replaced the fan, but he also did a fairly significant overhaul of the electronics inside the unit and reshaped the interior plastics, which is beyond both my skill-level and current interests. Thanks for any suggestions!
  9. Good info, thanks. My hearing loss occurred when I was a kid, in the years prior to my first exposure to computers, so I guess it's not a big surprise that I'm totally oblivious to this CRT sound-effect! If I wasn't worried about overheating, I'd think about crafting some sort of foam-rubber shell for the CRT to dampen the sound, but that would be a bad idea.... right? Or would it.....?
  10. Hi everyone! My big nerd project during Christmas break this year is playing with my Apple IIe Platinum - not counting a few random / "to be expected" glitches, it's all been working well and I'm having a blast. However: my 8yo son has informed me that whenever my AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe is powered on, he can hear a very high-pitched, very painful sound coming from it. I have some degree of hearing loss in both ears and I'm totally unable to hear any of the sound he's describing, but it's clearly painful enough for him that he's getting annoyed whenever I play on my Apple II. A couple folks on Twitter commented that "they always did this" and maybe that's true and it's just been a while and I've forgotten... but if there's any strategy for eliminating (or even reducing) this hum, I'd be really interested. Thanks for any tips or suggestions! Huxley
  11. As in the title, I’ve gotten SO CLOSE to having Tweet65 setup, except it keeps insisting that my Uthernet II card is in Slot 4 when it’s actually in Slot 5. As instructed, I’ve used Notepad on my PC to create a file named “ETHERNET.SLOT” with “$05” as the sole content of the file, and the file is in the directory (via CiderPress) but it’s still not recognizing it. Is there some subtle tweak to the ETHERNET.SLOT file I’m not getting? Thanks for any tips!
  12. This is kinda crazy - I recently dug out and resurrected my old PowerBook 1400, and I'm dying to get it back online. I've gotten there, sorta, by leveraging a serial cable and my handy-dandy Simple WiFi232 modem, which allowed me to access some BBS's using the Communications tool within ClarisWorks, but I'd love to go a big step further and get some real Web access going. This method sounds like just the thing, since I have the serial cable and at least a couple Keyspan Serial-to-USB adapters floating around. Looking forward to trying this soon!
  13. Stopped into a local thrift shop yesterday and was just about to leave empty-handed when I spotted these wedged into a bookshelf: a pair of AppleDesign Powered Speakers! I searched all over the store any sadly was unable to find the matching AC adapter (anyone who has a spare or even the specific specs please ping me!), but just having the speakers is pretty cool. Album here (I deleted the embedded pics because our forum software is terrible about incorrectly rotating pic uploads) Huxley
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    IIgs Prototype

    Man, this is an awesome find, especially for that price. Congrats! I'm just annoyed I didn't spot it myself - I live ~45 minutes from Sunnyvale and I could've just run over to pick it up on my lunch break!
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    Fan replacement for a Mac SE/30

    Funny you posted this - I've been thinking about replacing the (loud, wiggly) fan in my SE/30 too, preferably with something very quiet. Definitely curious to see any responses on this threat...