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  1. I can send you the contact info for a guy who did my G3-> G4 cpu swaps on my Pismos boards. I have a 400MHz and 500MHz G3 cpu boards that I upgraded each one to the MPC7410RX500LE (BGA). Could not be happier with the results... 100% reliable after upgrading the rom with OS updates.
  2. FacnyFreddy

    Powerbook 5300 Operating Systems

    I have 7.6 and 8.1 on my 5300cs and 5300ce and they run just fine. As far as suggestions, I would look at 8.5, but, I think 8.6 will require 30+ MB of RAM to be of any use. I had it working on my 5300ce with a full 64MB and SSD and is "acceptable", but, nearly as snappy as 7.6. Regards...
  3. FacnyFreddy

    NOS Batteries

    If you look inside the Pismo battery, there is no circuitry for a "counter". I have taken a factory battery and recharged it at least 30 times and the counter is not changed.
  4. FacnyFreddy

    PowerBook 1400c and mSATA SSD

    Never mind... I see that it was a 4GB mSATA. I don't recognize the brand, though. but, if the CF solution is working, then use that.
  5. FacnyFreddy

    PowerBook 1400c and mSATA SSD

    What size msata did you have in it on your 5500? On my older powerbooks, pre-Pismo/Lombard, I can only use it with <= 64GB mSATA drives, and only SanDisk or Toshiba brand. I find the 16GB SanDisk mSATA SSD is cheap and flexible. (but, I also backup to my A2SERVER network drive...) There is a model of the mSATA IDE adapter that is a smaller form factor that has a 3.3v/5v switch. I've not tested it, but, it might run it at lower voltage and reduce heat. Someone on the Thinkpad forums found a "hack" of sorts to put a different SMD resistor on one of the traces and got it down to 4VDC. I dislike running these mSATA drives at 5VDC, as that is the BLEEDING edge of what they are rated for. But, they work (a bit warm).
  6. FacnyFreddy

    Still hunting... Pismo BookEndz

    If anyone comes across a vintage BookEndz for a Pismo (no-SCSI) please let me know. I've been searching high and low, but, with no success. This is the one thing that has eluded me for nearly 15 years. I really wish I had snagged one when they were $99 as I was gifted my first Pismo from a co-worker. He had one in his office drawer that he used frequently when jacking into the monitors in the office cubicles (we could "squat" for upto 2 weeks back then, and folks just re-reserved the same one over... and over... and over again). Just so darn slick... Also a VST LS120 drive for the pismo/lombard as mine is shattered and looks like crap. (Tried to "fix" it with JBweld and it still is a beast to eject. I don't want to use it again lest I break it permanently)
  7. FacnyFreddy

    lithium batteries - longevity of them

    I don't think I have ever seen a Pismo battery "bulge" from age/elements like I have the "flat" cells in more modern powerbooks/macbooks. The round cell design tends to be more reliable, historically, but holds less power storage/in^3, which is why macs went away from the format years later. I charge up and discharge my pismo batteries 2-3 times a year, but, never run them completely empty.
  8. I've had VERY poor results with "new" 4/3 cells lasting any length of time. Tenergy are craptastic. Yeah, AA cells are "less" but easier to find/source and the smaller size gives you some extra room to work with.
  9. My NOS Pismo batteries tend to last about a month on their own, but, need to be plugged in the night before use. I have a pair of NOS 5300 packs. One holds a charge for a week (but runs for 4 hours under normal use) and is then useless. The other lasts 20min and then is "dead". both have excellent connectors/conductor pads. The one that is near-death is going to get "chopped" and I will finish putting in new Enloop Pro cells (AA - 2500mAH). Factory cells were 2000mAH. I did recell a NiMH battery for my old toshiba Satelite 133 pentium. I had to come up with a special adapter for holding the welding tool (10gage how wire that was 3mm apart at the tips) and used a 12v car battery with a car soleniod. Scary as hell the first time I tested the setup, but, having practiced on some test strips and dead AA cells, I got the hang of it. I used cheaper Engergizer 2300mAH AA cells as they were 1/2 the cost of the Enloop Pro but still are better than the factory 2000mAH cells. [NOTE: Both the Enloop and 2300mAH energizer cells are "leak proof" designs] I pre-charge all cells and run them down to ~10% using a flashlight and then charge them overnight before final installation. I found that Loctite 2 part epoxy with a dab of Testors olive drab paint (kid makes models) got the color just about perfect. The Loctite Epoxy "Plastic" Bonder is what I used and doesn't lend itself to cracking as bad. It is Nylon safe!
  10. FacnyFreddy

    Using Ram Doubler - Speed Doubler, Ram upgrade.

    I've had great success with SpeedDoubler on some stuff in the past. I've never really used RamDoubler. SpeedDoubler works excellent on my 5300, and even though it has 56MB of RAM, the use of disk cache with the mSATA setup makes it a very nice notebook. Word 6 runs like 2x faster during spell check. Never bothered with my Pismo's since they have 1GB. NOTE: After upgrading the CPU to a 500MHz G4, the Pismos saw little/if-any bennefit to speed doubler. I also run 9.2.2 on them and have never looked bak.
  11. The other option would be to use a "donor" 16MB card and grab the chips and resistors/capacitors from it. I've heard of this being done with Toshiba notebook RAM modules in the late 90s.
  12. FacnyFreddy

    PowerBook 1400c and mSATA SSD

    I have started to refer to all those metal framed mSATA adapters as "Red Bastards" or "Red Headed Stepchild". I've not gotten ANY of them to work in my 5300, Pismo, or even older PATA based notebooks. This is the one and only mode that I have had ANY success with, and it works 100% of the time with Toshiba drives. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MSATA-Mini-PCI-E-SATA-SSD-To-2-5-Inch-IDE-Laptop-HDD-Enclosure-Disk-Case-White/361991673227 It uses the JM20330 chipset, which tends to run just a little bit warm... wish they could not the voltage down to 4.5VDC instead of 5VDC as the mSATA is really only for 3.3VDC I don't get any issues with bootup or restarts from cold. My G3/G4 Pismo books each have one of these in them with a 128GB (prtitioned 8GB OS9 and the rest for OSX 10.4) Toshiba mSATA drive. My 5300cs has one with a 32GB mSATA (partitioned in MacOS 8.1 2GB/8GB/8Gb/8GB).
  13. FacnyFreddy

    NOS Batteries

    Depends. Pismo and older books could take new(er) cells just fine as there were no "counters" on the logic board. I did "recell" a battery for my PB 5300ce (contacts were bad, so, the job was more of a "proof of concept").
  14. FacnyFreddy

    3D-Printed Objects

    What I would really love is a 3D printed face plate for more modern IDE slot loading DVD drives (i.e. pre-SATA Macbook Pro) for the Lombard/Pismo. That would be my Holy Grail right now. I'm still researching how to make a 3D printed battery for NiMH AA cells to work in my 5300cs and cse. I tested a setup using 2500mah enloop cells and they outlast the remaining working battery pack I have by 2:1 (and they are leak proof and don't drain dead in a week on the shelf)
  15. FacnyFreddy

    3D-Printed Objects

    Seeing this on the 9500 *almost* makes me regret dumping mine on Fleabay a few years back. 1.5GB of RAM and SCSI2IDE bridge adapter for both CD and hard drive made this a very useable machine until 10.4 came out. (I could never get it stable with the hacks... and 10.4 was required by Office 2008. Even though Office 2004 was what I used for work)