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  1. There will be no issues "downgrading" to OS 8.6, however the sweet spot for such a machine and you don't want OS X is Mac OS 9.1.
  2. It's not fun, but doable. You'll need to crack open the Clamshell display to check what LCD and cable you have then source the replacement. Doing this isn't so bad as you just need access to the top lid and it all pops out easily enoughm but be careful you don't crack the plastic around the Apple logo (which all tend to crack), don't overtighten screws when reassembling. You could also consider the 1024 x 768 mod if you have the right cable, as sourcing one of these panels is easier (snow iBooks and 12" Powerbooks use)
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    ATX2AT Smart Converter on Kickstarter.

    I saw this on Vogons, but it didn't cross me that it'd be useful for vintage Macs.
  4. 1x0 'books often have teething problems starting up, related to the removable battery usually. From what you have described, it's fairly normal and not suggestive of any issues.
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    Rounded SCSI Cables for SCSI2SD?

    I'd say you'll need to DIY (in the noughties I used to do this all the time to 40 pin IDE cables, using a razor and zip ties), but be aware of SCSI being more sensitive to signalling issues so if there are any SCSI quirks, it's that cable.
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    550c power issues

    I'd check the pins for damage, both on the connector that goes to the PB and inside where PCMCIA cards slide in
  7. Anything Pioneer should work nicely
  8. Sorry haven't time to look, but another member posted a method on here for cracking open 1x0 power adaptors using pencils and a vice - I've tried and this worked well.
  9. I can confirm an overclocked Quadra 840AV ~ 48Mhz does not play nicely with a Radius Rocket II @ 40Mhz; it boots with the card but freezes are soon as you try to run RocketShare.
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    Apple TechStep Overview Video

    Great informative video! Nice to see the TechStep being put to use; I imagine they were only used for a few years at best in Apple authorised stores, in the day. I bought one about ten years ago and I don't even remember what ROMs it came with, however your video has spurned me on to have a look
  11. Yes, I'd be interested in a few bare DIY boards, if anything to have a known good PSU for testing Macs. You'd also have a good market for SE/30 boards if you decided to design.
  12. Not that sure on the PDS card (assume cache, it doesn't look too complex), but it might be worth a punt as it looks like the PRAM batteries were just taped down and stored on top. The battery leakage might have just taken out the top lid, floppy drive and not affected the motherboard (assuming that it doesn't have more PRAM batteries in their proper holders!).
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    Brittle plastic OMG!

    I feel your pain , and frustration - sometimes it's an annoying hobby Of similar era, I pulled apart a black teardrop ADB mouse recently for cleaning. About ten chunks came off it from hardly any force. It continued to fleck chunks off while I cleaned it. Definitely not rough play, just cheap shitty plastic from the time. It's all repaired and back together now, but I'm wary of doing this again ...
  14. Last year I battled getting a 1710AV running - one had the recalled yoke board but bad CRT, the other good CRT dead yoke board ... switched ... Spinder Plastic snapping all over the place ... got it up and running but don't want to go there again
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    ADC video card that works for 6400 ?

    They look the part and good keepers for late PPC Macs.
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    ADC video card that works for 6400 ?

    Cheap - I've picked up two the past year for < $30 AUD
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    ADC video card that works for 6400 ?

    Poorer quality RAMDACS used in generic VGA cards can often be the cause of not being able to reliably push higher resolutions. Do some research on your card of choice - FWIW the later ATI Rage cards do not particularly like working in onboard video Macs such as the 5x00 and 6x00, and worse with G3 upgrades. A Voodoo II on the other hand ... will give a massive boost in games that would normally not be playable in software 3D modes (but I appreciate you want to drive an ADC display so this wouldn't be a good choice).
  18. 100% will work fine; note Apple offered an additional external numeric keypad for the 128K style keyboard.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    Do you know what Cardbus mod was done? Of the six or so 2400c machines I've come across (mixture of Japanese and US models), each one I did the "resistor removal" mod to get Cardbus enabled. I've not come across the "yellow wire" 2400c models that needed that wire to be cut - they sound like an earlier model which perhaps is not fully Cardbus compliant?
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    Trackpad Clamshell not working

    Even without the Trackpad control panel, it should still function as a normal mouse. Try a retail OS install of OS 9.1. Reseat cable, check for damage - they were easily severed.
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    PB 150 hinge repair alternatives

    Look up the super glue and baking soda method, using built-up copper bezel mounts. I'm ashamed to admit but I've done quad screws to replace a very brittle PB180 screen ... not that long ago. The screws stick out like dog's balls but I'm going to paint or cover them with a grey cap somehow. It works well, no concerns with further cracking. Open the screen slowly ...
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    It shouldn't have any issues copying to a PCMCIA CF adapter card; these devices predate CARDBUS. I'd look inside the card cage for any pins displaced, dust/fluff or clean the pins with contact cleaner spray. If no improvements, the usual PRAM reset, and check over the internal HD for errors - I'd say you have a hardware issue.
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    PowerBook 2400c questions

    What's the wifi and USB card you are trialling in your 2400c? I've had success with a MacAlly 2-port dongle USB card and Orinoco Gold wifi card in mine. Try also formatting the USB drive on the 2400c first, instead of on a more modern machine. Wifi on OS 9 is pretty limiting considering limited encryption support, I'd suggest getting a USB to wifi adapter such as the Vonet branded one and letting this connect to your modern wifi instead. With enough RAM, OS 9.1 is the sweet spot IMO for the 2400c.
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    Compatible Replacement Screen for PB 180?

    The best fix would be replacing the CCFL backlighting with an LED strip, keeping your existing panel. There is also issue with moisture getting into the substrates of the LCD, or the polarising panel delaminating causing other display issues. However, I've read little online here or elsewhere about rectifying these, it's a future project of mine to look into - noting it might take some significant research, work to successfully reproduce.
  25. Hi all, I've just been doing the same thing! A Mac Plus with no display (flickers on with a tap on the side) that tripped the mains power after 5 minutes. Replaced the line filter capacitors on the analogue board which ceased it tripping power, but found the J1 connector, pin 1 plug was completely burnt out - I needed to rewire this cable directly to the board. Then I thought something on J1 failed again, but it wasn't that, rather all three cable connectors on the analogue board were flaky and needed resoldering (with new solder). So far seems good. JB