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    Which Was The Best Compact Mac Made?

    Gotta be an SE/30 for me. The SE/30 is nicely expandable, in terms of memory and peripherals. Rubbishy capacitors let the machine down a bit, but once they're replaced it's hard to beat. At the time these machines were new - there was no way I could justify the price of any Mac. In my very humble opinion they were always vastly over-priced for what you got. Windows was pretty poor at v3.1 but it was affordable, and compatible. I just remember classrooms full of Mac IIs and Compacts at both my A-level College and University with no-one using them; everyone gravitated towards Windows for some reason. I'd guess something to do with software support. I remember cheap software being sparse on the mac platform for a while and I think that pushed a lot of students over to the PC platform. I use my SE/30 a fair bit; often as a terminal for something else as the keyboard's pretty good (Apple Keyboard II), and now I've re-soldered some of the analog bits the screen is pretty good. I'd love a colour classic though. Sigh.
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    Thanks for the memory...

    Oh, I see - Thanks for the info. I'll give that a go. Yes - it was recapped about a year ago... Should be all okay there. Seems to be very stable now the memory's sorted out.
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    Thanks for the memory...

    Just wanted to post some experience I've had recently, and ask a quick question... I've been suffering from random icon corruption for some time on my SE/30. The memory on this machine has been expanded to 68MB - 4 x 1MB and 4 x 16MB. I've followed the gamba placement instructions (although if you don't, the machine won't start anyway (chimes of doom and simasi mac)). Usually just after boot, and when the desktop icons have been covered (e.g., by a window, or an application), and when they are subsequently redrawn when they become visible, they almost always had a single vertical line - sometimes down the middle, but often not. I'd also get some mouse cursor glitches (it would just turn into noise momentarily), and some bus / address errors when opening large things (e.g., websites, pictures). AppleShare transfers were also unreliable, unless I moved the data using another AppleShare machine to start the copy process. This looks like memory I thought, so I firstly disabled MODE32. Now I've got 8MB RAM usable, and the problems go away. AppleShare transfers work, no icon corruption, better stability. If I remove the 64MB leaving just 4MB (4 x 1MB), and then put another 4MB (4 x 1MB) in, again no problems. So that's that. Well, no. I want the memory capacity back. 8MB just isn't cutting it I try some reasoning. If the machine works fine with 8MB addressable, but not 68MB, then the problem is probably with the memory outside of the first four slots. This is the 64MB that is slightly larger (in height) than the first 4MB. So I order some more, and put it in. Same thing again. The problem was with the first 4MB all along! I've replaced that and now is all hunky dory. So my lesson - don't assume anything! This memory has been in and out, and mixed up a number of times. I do now have 64MB kicking around - it's the same - slightly larger height - but it won't seem to fit (it's too high once the mac is reassembled). So my question - is there any way of fitting it?
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Okay, so here's the 'version' details (erm, can't see a version number), and performance graph for FWB's Hard Disk Performance Test... This is an SE/30, 68MB RAM, System 7.5.5. Notice the slight corruption in the HD icon. This appears to be pervasive, although is always sorted out by forcing a redraw of that area. Anyway, that's something for a different post.
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Well, that definitely didn't work! The Intech driver wouldn't allow this SE/30 to boot. Just the same chimes 'o' doom each time. Now back running the Anubis driver, and everything's hunky dory. Perhaps a little more stable than before. Have now mounted the device internally, and closed the case. Am thinking the low level format is the answer to this. The strangeness I was getting before I did this was ridiculous - crash after crash. Now it seems relatively okay (bus / address errors every now and again). So, back to the performance stuff, so I can post back, which of the disk performance testing tools would you recommend for putting this setup through it's paces?
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Mine's now working pretty well - pleased with it. I'm going to try and replace the Anubis driver with a SpeedTools version as tt mentioned, as it looks like mine's a bit unstable in the writes department. Getting a lot of bus/address errors when installing / uncompressing stuff, although not on file copies, which is strange. These errors also cause problems with installing the benchmarking software, so I'm not there just yet, but soon...
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Looks like I've got to the bottom of this. Now working, although I still can't clean install System 7.5.3, so maybe something's wrong with my copy. Anyway, the key was to boot 7.5.3, install the Anubis driver, then low level format using Drive Setup 1.6. This took well over an hour for a 1GB CF card. I've now dragged a 7.5.5 system folder over, and everything's pretty normal. Hope this helps someone else.
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Kind of thought as much. I guess the next step is to buy a new CF card that is a little quicker - these cards are a bit old. Thanks for all your help - much appreciated.
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    I've tried a few of them, but could get none of them to start. Maybe the files are busted / flattened. I'm also not sure what OS / version combination to use. 7.5.3 seems to work with Hard Disk Speedtools 3.3, whereas it won't run with 7.5.5. Anubis seems to run on either.
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Still no cigar. A clean installation gets 'An error occurred while trying to complete the installation. Installation was cancelled, leaving your disk untouched.' after some minutes. It doesn't matter if I do a quick install or a custom install (with only the System Software). It goes through the installation until 'Reading Apple Guide: Shortcuts', where it says 'closing files', and looks like it's finishing the installation - but mighty quickly. Then the above error pops up. There's nothing on the CF when I checked it. The activity light does flash occasionally (can't tell if it's reads or writes), and I can copy stuff to and fro to my hearts desire, using the hfs that the Anubis software installs. If I leave a System Folder on the CF when I install, the installer recognises it (with appropriate version / upgrade messages), and won't allow me to use the disk. I've tried another Crucial 128M card. Same results. Blind writes are disabled for both. And I've tried with a range of SCSI ids, internal / external enclosure, and termination.
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Only the one partition, and just a copied system folder from an older SCSI disk with a 7.5.3 and a 7.5.5 system folder on it. The folder is copied over un-blessed, and then blessed on the CF. The computer shows a happy mac (for less than a second) before playing the chimes of doom. Thanks for the suggestion - I think I'll try a clean install, as if I don't copy the system folder onto the CF, I just get a flashing question mark when trying to boot from the CF, which I would have thought is a good thing from a driver point of view!?
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    Very strange - the anubis software works, in that I can format the drive and copy the driver on to it, but again, when I try and boot I get a sad mac, and the codes indicating there's no partition map. Also the formatting / driver writing process seems a little flaky. Occasionally I'll get a bus/address type error, and I'll have to start again. Terminated / unterminated and on the internal or external SCSI (mounted in a CD300 enclosure) seems to make no difference. I've not low-level formatted these CFs... as, to tell the truth, I can't find the options to let me do that in the Anubis or HD SpeedTools software..! Perhaps it's something to do with terminology, and I'm looking for the wrong thing. I'm wondering if that's the problem, or if it's something to do with the SE/30 itself. It's been re-capped, and has been happily running A/UX for some years without too many issues. If anyone needs any pictures, I can certainly help out there while it's out of my mac... What do you need specifically?
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    The terminator is not set - the jumper is not there. I've also tried a range of SCSI ids, and a couple of different cards - this one (1GB) and a 32MB one, with no luck. I'll try the anubis software - thanks.
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    CF AztecMonsters have landed

    This is all very interesting. I have to say the price wasn't that bad. Anyway, some really good information here. I've taken delivery of my Aztec Monster and installed it in an SE/30. It seems that the hardware's okay. I can format and mount a 1GB CF card with HD Speed Tools 3.3, but after copying a blessed system folder over, I can't boot. I get a sad mac indicating the partition map is bad. I've tried this same process a number of times, and each time it's the same result. I can also format the CF using patched HD 7.5.3 setup, although this is unusable, with any writes (including the one to name the device post formatting) causing bus / address errors. Often I have to power cycle the machine to get control back. Occasionally I'll have to (debian linux) gparted the CompactFlash disk clean, before it will be recognised again. Performance when copying files to or from the CF 'feels' quicker - for example, the time spent on each cycle of read/write when copying using the finder is significantly lower on the CF phase. I'll aim to get some stats from a stock SE/30 once I can boot from the compact flash. I'm using 7.5.3 or 7.5.5 (preferably). Any ideas, or general advice you could share? Thanks.
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    Where to get my Mac SE/30 Recap'ed

    Phreakout (on these forums) did a very good job on my board. It's now working perfectly.
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