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  1. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    I think it's the gunked-up roller that's the issue rather than the separation belt itself, which looks to be intact. Stripping the whole thing down, cleaning it thoroughly, and treating or replacing the rubber rollers everywhere is in order. Hopefully the problem with Appletalk is the cable. Will have to check the cable with a 512.
  2. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Further on the LaserWriter — might be some liquification of rollers: Service manual tells me this is called the “Transfer Guide Assy”, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to take the whole thing apart and clean everything.
  3. elbaroni

    MacTablet...maybe not.

    Well, it does not work with the ThunderScan power from the floppy drive widget. "Yeah it works" eBay question answer my arse. Ah well. Back to the hunt. Installation program is interesting: Also a 16GB SD card in a SCSI2SD, apparently.
  4. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Oh, not knockoff: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014RO8WPE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    I think mine have hardened, but need to look closer. I got a knockoff cartridge to see if the printer worked. Wouldn’t recommend it - foam seal on it melted as soon as I put it in, so I think it’s very old. I’ll see if I can work out where, but it’s not showing up in email search for some reason. ‘his is right, but expensive (although I suspect you get what you pay for): https://www.tonercartridgedepot.com/canon-lbp-cx-4875-d.html ‘If I can get it working fairly well I’ll buy a proper cartridge.
  6. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    A LaserWriter Plus update. I have a "new" cartridge for it. Boots up happily, tries to draw paper from the sheet feeder and jams without moving anything. Not unexpected. What is irritating is that the foam sealing the little door over the imaging drum of the cartridge melted immediately. I always thought that was a function of the thing having sat around for a million years (which of course may well be the case for this one too). Tried from the manual feed and...we're not as far off as we might be: Not a total triumph, but not too shabby. The thing won't show up in AppleTalk from my Plus. Anyone know if there's a upper limit to the LaserWriter driver that'll see one of these? More probably it's one of my network cables being problematic, but I only have one Appletalk cable and one DE-9 Appletalk box. Will need to see about that.
  7. elbaroni

    MacTablet...maybe not.

    Fair - a late night whinge is not going to get me any help! It’s a Summagraphics MacTablet. The power plug plug comes off the serial port like so: and its its plug looks like this: I’m now wondering whether it might worked plugged into the little device that comes with a Thunderscan which harvests power from the floppy port. Will have to try that out, but in the meantime — anyone got one of these adaptors?
  8. elbaroni

    MacTablet...maybe not.

    Ugh. Arrived, looks the part. Cable, stylus, power ada...bugger. No power adaptor. Did not notice that on the eBay ad. Anyone who has one able to tell me what voltage etc it was? Who knows what the pinouts on the weird four-pin cable were. Bugger.
  9. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    It has a 68k chip on board, which sits right above the one on the motherboard. Not sure if it *is* the one from the motherboard resocketed or not.
  10. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Fair point Trag - I don't think I've seen any contemporaneous information to that effect, but everything I read online indicates that it does. It would make sense to let people use more SIMMs, but I wonder if a Mac Plus can actually address more than four? Mine seemed not to work with six 256k SIMMs installed, but perhaps that's a symptom of something related to the "256k only" jumper on a Mac Plus logic board. I'm pretty happy with my SCSI-clad and 4meg-stuffed Mac 512 though, RAM disk or no.
  11. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Got the MacRescue working — six 1 meg SIMMs, recognised as as four megs. I was hoping that I could get the RAM disk working, but Connectix Compact Virtual which was reported on vcfed.org to be the right software is actually a virtual memory utility, not a RAM disk one. Bummer. It would be really good if we could get the proper driver for this, or at least find out its name. Also managed to zap myself while reassembling the 512. Always fun, not. *All three jumpers set to "on", by the way .
  12. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Had another look at MacRescue tonight. Seems all the SIMMs are 256k, so six on a fully-populated board - 1.5megs. Add in the 512k on the motherboard and that brings us to two megs. Interestingly the weird black black screens are the same as those shown on an AppleTalk.com.au thread which was answered with this: In short, I’m buggered if I know what the dip switches are doing. Will find some 1meg simms tomorrow and see how I go.
  13. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Following through on my threat to break out my MacRescue boarded 512. As advertised, it boots and sees 2 megs of RAM. Opened up the case to find a fully-populated MacRescue board, with the three jumpers set 101. Logic/guesswork dictates that each of these would be for a bank of RAM. All three populated = all three should be on. Turned the middle one on, rebooted, found this: The question mark floppy was the same, and it didn't ever complete a boot. Tried all the jumper combinations using this safety-first setup which I must never show my mother or girlfriend: 000: sees 1 meg ram 001: weird black screen, won't complete boot, audible electric noise from within 512. 010: weird black screen, FloppyEmu reboots constantly, audible electric noise from within 512. 011: weird black screen, won't complete boot, audible electric noise from within 512. 100: sees 1 meg ram 101: sees 2 megs ram 110: weird black screen, won't complete boot, audible electric noise from within 512. 111: weird black screen, won't complete boot, audible electric noise from within 512. No matter what, with the middle jumper on it won't boot, so my working hypothesis was that the middle bank of RAM was borked. But then 001 doesn't work either. Maybe the third bank is RAM disk only, the second bank is borked, and the weird black screen is some ghost of the built-in 512k of RAM? Does anyone have a fully-populated one of these that'll boot? I know the extra two megs can be used for a RAM disk given software, but will it boot without some sort of driver?
  14. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Have decided to pare my collection down a bit - focus it more. This means essentially machines that run system 6 - I just don’t get the same nostalgic feeling for the later machines. A few exceptions - the LC500 series because I had a 520 in high school, my grandfather’s old iMac G3, the iMac G4 because it’s rad and I got two broken ones practically for free. First on the the chopping block is the pinup girl of the SpindlerPlastik era, the Twentieth Century Macintosh. It’s an interesting machine, but I just haaaaaate it. The crappy design, the leather, the self-indulgent nature of the thing. I know it was Jonny Ive’s first machine, but watch the TAM video and consider how much Ive’s aesthetic has moved on (for the better IMHO). I like his new stuff better than his old stuff. Delighted, however, to find that it still works, albeit after re-seating the RAM SIMM. Will clean it up and advertise properly here then on eBay, but if anyone in a Australia or thereabouts is interested in a working TAM (after that excellent sales spiel) drop me a line. Main unit seems to be in fairly impeccable condition possibly excluding what might be a loose eject button, and there are a couple of minor scratches on the Subwoofer.
  15. elbaroni

    Baroni’s Collection

    Also — Stuffit 1.5.1 runs perfectly in Classic on a G4. That's some robustly written software. Raymond Lau is a goddamned hero.
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