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    Upgraded my on 11'' lcd screen

    Top work - are there any quirks with running the screen? For example in the Clamshell XGA mod you have to apply an Open Firmware patch and there are several glitches in booting until you reach the desktop. I performed the mod on a 366Mhz Clamshell iBook - partly because I had the requisite cable and LCD and nothing else. It mounted quite well in there but definitely looks like a hack. How much did you pick up the LCD panel for?
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    Has anybody gotten a SCSI2SD v5.5 yet?

    Got one here too, with a 128GB MicroSD card in it. The early black case is pretty average so good so see a higher quality case is being made. It’s the closest we can get to a “thumb stick” device for SCSI equipped Macs.
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    Major Score! 8600 with Sonnet CPU, 3DFX card, Etc

    No, a utility such as OS 9 Helper will get OS 9.2.2 on there without concern. Unless you’re running OS X alongside it though I’d just stick with 9.1
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    Apple Imagewriter II Restoration

    I agree, most Apple printers were good pieces of kit, and coupling a functional one with your vintage Mac is a nice effort in building up a period era vintage Mac.
  5. That's some sort of sliding switch, crack it open again and see if there exists a home under one of the side switches. I'd agree it's probably a capacitor issue with the LCD (there are a few to replace but not too onerous a job), but I'd first be cleaning the ribbon plugs and connectors, reseating them firmly, before recapping. See also if you can elicit the issue by applying pressure around the LCD corners itself.
  6. If you don't plan on playing games, in OS 9 2D performance will be about the same across the board (although OS X of course will appreciate more performance). A Mac Radeon 7500 or Mac Geforce 2 MX would be good choices. Both provide good 2D performance, passable 3D/OS X acceleration and are both cheap and easy to find. There are better cards above this but you'll lose OS 9 driver support.
  7. Maybe try it out the suggestions made and practice?
  8. The polishing process should remove some of the oxidation/yellowing.
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    Major Score! 8600 with Sonnet CPU, 3DFX card, Etc

    Nice pickup! The 3DFX card is a great card to have for OS 9 gaming, it does get hot but the 8600 side panel fan should keep it cool enough. RAM for these machines is dirt cheap, and you could probably find a decent PCI SATA or faster IDE card for it for some SSD goodness.
  10. Thick white double sided tape works a dream (the stuff from craft stores, not the thin stuff for paper use)
  11. Follow directions? You need some lint-free towels for application, it's probably the gentlest plastic restorer so won't scratch
  12. Hi Bunbury, 1 + 2: I think you'll need to experiment with various products and formulations as de-yellowing clear plastics is comparable to fixing yellowed/oxidised car headlights as opposed to the usual "retrobright" process for white/beige plastics. I'd start with a wipe down using isopropyl alcohol and see if any yellow residue comes off that way (assuming it may be dirt or tar over sun damage), check also headlight scratch/restoration products as sold in your local automotive store. Meguiar's PlastX is good for fine surface scratches and polishing plastics, there are also other two or three step products for repairing clear plastics. 3 + 4: Cabling and foot probably from a donor 22" ADC with a smashed screen, or make your own ...
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    Macintosh SE/30 Restoration

    Thanks Bolle - I’ll try this method on some pending 2 x SE/30 board repairs. The old chop off vs. desolder method is proving less reliable as the boards age.
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    Macintosh SE/30 Restoration

    Is that twisting the caps off cold, Bolle, or do you touch with the the tip of a soldering iron to free up any old solder?
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    Pb 3400c wont startup!!

    Probably time for a power manager reset, and PRAM reset - pull the battery as well and leave the entire system unplugged for 30 mins http://www.jacsoft.co.nz/Tech_Notes/PP_Manage.shtml#faq7