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  1. How to make GS/OS boot disks?

    Do you have a serial cable and a serial to USB adapter? If so, you can bootstrap the IIgs into ProDos/ADTPro and then make the disks on your IIgs. Download and install ADTPro to your modern computer, connect the serial port on the IIgs to your USB adapter and then connect that to USB on your modern computer. Download the GS/OS images and put them in the disks folder under the ADTPro application, and then follow the guide here: http://adtpro.com/bootstrap.html This is how I did it. It took about 10 minutes, start to finish.
  2. Laserwriter Pro 630

    Ahhh. I hear you now. A hardware ethernet bridge would work great. Also, I suppose you could install LocalTalk bridge on a Mac with both ethernet and AppleTalk and then use AppleShare to share the printer, although I have never done this. Another thing I had to do to get it working, I had to "borrow" the PPD file from 10.7.5 on my iMac and copy it to my newer Macs. The driver was not included in the newer OS.
  3. Laserwriter Pro 630

    It's been a while. How have you been? I almost looked you up to see if you had any parts for one of these. I lifted a pad on the communication board for one of the surface mount caps. I was able to solder the new cap's leg right to the trace itself. It is not very pretty, but it's functional. I started a blog at www.retroadventures.net. As soon as I get the last two caps (DC controller board, C201-C202) from Digikey, I'll do a write up on the entire process. It's really easy to do if you have a linux box, even easier if you have a Raspberry Pi. I bet you can do the same thing with CUPS installed on OS X as well. Also, I can now add my Powerbook 540c to the list of computers that can print to it. It's awesome that it supports the Appletalk from the IIgs over the 8-pin cable and also supports Ethertalk to/from the network at the same time.
  4. Laserwriter Pro 630

    I finished recapping the comms board in my LW Pro 630 and now it is working once again! I still need to replace the caps on the DC controller board but at least it is working now that the communication board is resurrected. As soon as my next shipment from DigiKey comes in, I'll get the two caps on DC controller swapped out and she should be like a new printer. I have connected the MiniDin-8 to my Apple IIgs, and the ethertalk to the network. I configured ethertalk to my Raspberry Pi running A2SERVER and then shared it via CUPS to all of the modern computers in the house. The computers that I have in this house that can all print to this printer without changing wires are as follows: Apple IIgs (GS/OS 6.0.4) Mac SE (7.0.1) Mac Color Classic (7.0.1) iMac 5,1 (10.7.5) Macbook Pro (2011) Macbook Pro (2008) Macbook (2017) As soon as I can get the Laserwriter drivers installed, I'll be adding my Powerbook 540c to the list.
  5. Connecting old Macintosh to the net using serial

    You're welcome. I've subscribed to this thread, so I will be following along.
  6. Connecting old Macintosh to the net using serial

    Hi, I am the owner/author of the blog jeffhacksthings.wordpress.com, I've moved my blog to a full domain name. It is now at www.retroadventures.net. I've been cleaning things up as I move them, and I found this thread. Anyhow, I'd like to see if I can help you get this working if you are still interested. To make this work, you will need to know what the device name is for your USB serial adapter. Find that by running this command after you plug in the USB device: dmesg | grep tty This should give you a result like this; (note that I have three of them plugged into my Pi, so there are three listed here) [ 0.000000] Kernel command line: 8250.nr_uarts=0 bcm2708_fb.fbwidth=640 bcm2708_fb.fbheight=480 bcm2708_fb.fbswap=1 vc_mem.mem_base=0x3dc00000 vc_mem.mem_size=0x3f000000 dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=ttyS0,115200 console=tty1 root=/dev/mmcblk0p7 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait [ 0.001232] console [tty1] enabled [ 0.930724] 3f201000.serial: ttyAMA0 at MMIO 0x3f201000 (irq = 87, base_baud = 0) is a PL011 rev2 [ 2.196881] systemd[1]: Expecting device dev-ttyUSBlower_hub24.device... [ 2.204180] systemd[1]: Expecting device dev-ttyUSBlower_hub04.device... [ 2.211368] systemd[1]: Expecting device dev-ttyUSBupper_hub05.device... [ 2.218448] systemd[1]: Expecting device dev-ttyUSBupper_hub03.device... [ 4.676395] usb 1-1.2: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0 [ 4.680188] usb 1-1.3: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB1 [ 4.683907] usb 1-1.4: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB2 The last three lines tell me that I have a pl2303 USB serial adapter mapped to ttyUSB0, ttyUSB1 and ttyUSB2. In most cases, if you only have one, it will be ttyUSB0. We'll use that in our examples. The next step is to install PPP: sudo apt-get install ppp Then you need to configure PPP on your Pi. You should have created a file at /etc/ppp/options.ttyUSB0. Replace the IP addresses with your own. # /etc/ppp/options.ttyUSB0 noauth nocrtscts passive local maxfail 0 persist nodetach proxyarp What you are doing here is setting up a PPP link with two addresses: and The first address here will be assigned to your Pi on the ttyUSB0 device. The second is the address that PPP will be looking for a connection from. After this, you need to create the PPP service, so you can start pppd on the ttyUSB0 device. Create this file at /etc/systemd/system/rpippp.service: # /etc/systemd/system/rpippp.service [Unit] Description=PPP [Service] Type=idle ExecStart=/usr/sbin/pppd -d /dev/ttyUSB0 57600 Restart=always [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target Alias=ppp.service Once this is done, you need to setup the forwarding in iptables: (Here, replace the wlan0 with the name of your network device that is used to get your Pi on the Internet. sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o wlan0 -j MASQUERADE That should be all of the setup you need on the Pi. Now let's get the Mac configured. To configure the Mac, install MacTCP, MacPPP and MacWeb and configured MacTCP and MacPPP as follows: MacTCP: IP address: Obtain Address: Manual Gateway Address: (PPP address of the Pi) Subnet Mask: Domain Name Server Information: (Domain name and DNS Server IP Address of your Internet Provider) MacPPP: Port: Modem Port Idle Timeout: None Echo Interval: Off Terminal Windows [ ] Hangup on Close: [X] Quiet Mode [X] PPP Server Config: Port Speed: 57600 Flow Control: None Tone Dial Phone Num (blank) Modem Init (blank) Modem connect timeout (90) seconds Back on the Pi, run these commands to start the services: (two commands, one at a time) sudo systemctl daemon-reload sudo systemctl enable rpippp.service That should be it. You should have a working PPP connection and it should forward all of your traffic to the internet via iptables. Try this and let me know what your results are. Come by my new blog site and see the rest of my posts, if you are interested.
  7. I need to replace the capacitors on the two circuit boards in my Laserwriter Pro 630. Here is my current cart at DigiKey: http://www.digikey.com/short/jmmbcm As far as I know, these would be the same type, size and kind as the originals. Is this what is recommended or should I switch to tantalum or ?
  8. Ethernet on my CC

    I have a Netgear 10bt hub somewhere too... Right now, I have it connected to a Linksys WiFi bridge, not the most "compatible" device known to man, or Mac.
  9. Ethernet on my CC

    I updated it to 1.2.1 (IIRC) I didn't see a 1.3.1 available to download. I agree. I am going to find another card to try.
  10. Ethernet on my CC

    I cannot ping the loopback at or anything else. I even went as far as to load 7.5.5 and OT and still had nothing. I am beginning to think that the NIC that came installed in this CC was dead. I may have to get another one and try it out.
  11. Ethernet on my CC

    Everything I am reading says I should be able to run Ethertalk in System 7.1 I have it installed and I can select the icon and it seems to allow the selection. I am wondering if there is a compatibility issue between my NIC and my WiFi bridge device...
  12. Ethernet on my CC

    I do have Ethernet selected for TCPIP. Also I have it selected for AppleTalk. When I try to use Chooser to browse, shouldn’t it load the stack at that time? i do not have MacPing. I will get it and try that.
  13. Ethernet on my CC

    My Color Classic is repaired, and I have loaded 7.1 on it with Update 3. Now I want to install either MacTCP or OT and setup the ethernet. I have an Asante MCLC Twisted Pair card installed. When I plug in a cable, it lights up. I have tried unsuccessfully to get this working. First I installed the Asante Ethernet Installer 5.2.9, that installed MacTCP 1.1.1, but it would not connect to my LocalTalk network via EtherTalk after that installation. Serial LocalTalk works fine. I searched the net a bit and found a walkthrough for installing ethernet in an SE/30 running 7.0.1 or 7.1. Using that guide, I installed the Network Software Installer, followed by MacTCP 2.0.6 and the patch to 2.1. Still, I cannot get any communication to work over ethernet. Does anyone have any advice for me? Did I mess things up when I installed the Asante stuff first before I installed the Network Software Installed and the MacTCP 2? Should I be using different versions of this stuff?
  14. Best Mac OS version for Color Classic?

    I do have one. It came to me with an Asante MCLC TP card. I downloaded AsanteTalk 5.?? (can't remember in my head) but I had to go to work. Rescuing old Apple hardware doesn't pay the bills...
  15. Best Mac OS version for Color Classic?

    Yeah. I was able to go back to the 1.2GB Quantum Fireball that I first used in the external enclosure and it now works internally. Hopefully, I can still use the external SCSI port with this setup. I want to use the 4.3GB external drive and a Zip 100. I just use the hacked version of Apple HD SC Setup for all of my drives. Works well. http://lowendmac.com/2007/format-any-hard-drive-for-older-macs-with-patched-apple-tools/ I changed out all of the caps for Tantalums, but the pads under C4 were so badly gone I could not save them. Right now, I have a new cap soldered to the exposed traces leading up to the old pads. It's not held on there very well, but at least the gobs of solder look like what a dog hides under his tail... We'll see if the machine will hold up. So far, it's been rock solid performance-wise since last night. About two hours of installing software and it has not shown any signs of instability. For a free machine, I can't complain...