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    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Be aware the G4 Mini with the Radeon 9200 has a 135Mhz pixel clock limit over the TMDS encoder for digital displays. Something to do with if the display is coherent or non-coherent. I ran into this issue a few times with later 1080p TV's. You just won't get any picture out of them at all if you exceed the 135Mhz pixel clock, however lowering the resolution to 720p works, and you can also monkey around with the settings in SwitchResX. Unfortunately, display manufactures don't really list if a display is coherent or non-coherent, so it can be luck of the draw for higher res displays. A good display we know works is I think the 23" Apple DVI LCD made and sold around the time the G4 Mini was new. Other newer higher res single link DVI displays may, or may not work.
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    The Holy Grail of PCI Macs: Daystar Millennium Quad 604.

    With regard to running OS X on this machine, it likely wouldn't see any CPU's that are not propagated in the device tree, but it should be possible to write a driver, hack the kernel, or maybe even do some Open Firmware hacks to enable the additional CPU's. Really cool machine, I'm super jealous of your find, let me know if it's ever for sale.
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    The Holy Grail of PCI Macs: Daystar Millennium Quad 604.

    You can run up to 10.4.x on the 604, just need to compile the Kernel so it doesn't halt on unknown CPU's. I think the CPU check was added with 10.3, so kernels from 10.0-10.2.x should work out of the box.
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    Cameront9's finds

    Hmmm........ https://charlotte.craigslist.org/sys/d/apple-imac-g3-desktop/6705088916.html Not to far from me, but who wants to pay the shipping.
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    Sonnet Crescendo G3/L2 in TAM Not Working

    Never had one of the L2 Sonnet upgrades, or a TAM, but from the pictures I can't see any caps on the card. One would think, with a card this age, that failed capacitors would be an issue, however if the card doesn't have any, the other thing to check would be the thermal compound between the CPU and the heat sink.
  6. Thanks, I was thinking it did, that I had tested it, just couldn't remember for sure.
  7. I had a few LCII and LCIII back in the day, and I'm sure I tested more than one drive on the internal 50pin SCSI bus, but I can't remember if it worked?
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    Score, PPC!

    I normally don't check my local craigslist, but I've been looking for another Quicksilver to do a PC conversion with my son this summer. Only PowerMac listed was an iMac G3 Blueberry "PowerMac". I was thinking that he just didn't know what to call the iMac, so I almost didn't click on the ad, but I was looking into doing a Mac Mini swap into a Blueberry last night, so I figured I'd look at it, low and behold he had a picture of the iMac, and a picture of a Quicksilver and said $20 takes them both. Needless to say i bought them, no questions asked, as I didn't care if they worked, because I'm going to gut them anyway. Real score for me, not to have to pay shipping on these two heavy beasts. Both work, tho the iMac has issues not wanting to power on unless I press the Cuda reset 3 times first. I'm thinking it's a flaky power supply on the iMac, as it runs fine once it powers on, but I'm not sure, as I have never owned any iMac before. If you need parts for a Quicksilver or a Slot Load iMac G3 400, check the market place, or PM me, because I have nothing to do with the guts.
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    Revenge of the Clones

    One of the elusive Sonnet G4 1 Ghz would be a nice card to have. They sold their remaining stock in Japan, so check the Japanese auction sites from time to time, and you may come across one.
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    Realitystorm's collection

    I installed Debian on an old LCIII I had, years ago. X Windows was a little much for it, even tho it was max out ram( 32MB ) and Vram ( 732k? ). Fun old times, even had Mac OS 8.1 hacked one to it, and I think OS 9.1 appearance control panel with the "Foam" theme.
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    Yet another free PPC for me.

    Those extra drives are a perfect home for LinuxPPC. I still miss my old PM8600 with a Sonnet 450Mhz G3 and Voodoo3. I mostly ran Linux, and fired up OS 9 and OS X with Mac-on-Linux. I don't know if MOL's kernel module will build with the later kernels, but you should be able to get direct rendering( HW OpenGL ) working on your Radeon 9200 under the latest DebianPPC.
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