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    Macintosh Portable error code

    Well, it probably hasn't then. So you need to either recap it yourself, or (if you don't know how to solder) send it off to someone to have it recapped. Recapping is the process of replacing all of the old, leaky electrolytic capacitors on the logic board. You really can't diagnose any further until this is done. Bad caps cause all kinds of weird issues.
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    Powerbook 5300ce power supply

    You’re welcome!
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    PowerPC 7457 upgrade for iMac G4

    There’s a difference between reasonable prices and “giving stuff away”. I’ve gotten good deals from people in the past, and I’m happy to return the favor (not tell them what an ass they are for wanting to get a good price).
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    Powerbook 5300ce power supply

    I believe there was multibay power supply that went in place of the floppy drive, but from what I can tell those are quite uncommon.
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    Macintosh Portable error code

    Has the board been recapped/washed? If not, start by doing that.
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    PB145B’s finds

    Ah, ok. Cool! Thank you once again for your suggestion!
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    PB145B’s finds

    Thanks for the suggestion! I was really kind of clueless about which version to try (there's so many!). And yep, definitely going to give Neptune a try! Also gonna try NT 5.0 (Which is what later became Windows 2000).
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    PB145B’s finds

    I have made great progress on this Inspiron 8100! I have straightened out the bent frame, replaced the optical drive, and replaced the fan assembly. Here’s some pics of the original. These were worn out and incredibly noisy. This fan assembly can be had NOS for about $6 or $7 on eBay. And just for the hell of it, I put Windows Longhorn on it (the build number escapes me, but it is apparently one of the more “stable” versions of Longhorn if there ever was such a thing). I do know it’s a pre-reset version though (Google that if you’re not sure what that means). I really need to put more memory in this though. 256MB is not ideal for any version of Longhorn, and I suspect with 512MB it should run better. It currently takes it quite a while to boot up. I’ve had a few issues with this (which is to be expected from a beta I suppose). The startup/shutdown sounds don’t play (even though they are set and work fine when you manually play them). I also haven’t been able to get it to connect to the internet. Messing with beta versions of Windows is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, and now that I’ve started, I’m hooked! Windows “Whistler” (XP code name) is going to be the next OS I try on this machine. So, here are some pics of Longhorn running on this beast! I was shocked that i8kfangui worked on Longhorn! i8kfangui is a utility I highly recommend to anyone with an Inspiron 8000 series machine. It is an excellent fan control utility that keep these things running very cool! IMO these 8000 series Inspirons just let them self’s get too damn hot before kicking the fans on (to the point where it is uncomfortable in your lap). I think that running i8kfangui on these will definitely extend their life. BTW I do have another drive for this machine setup with a Windows 2000/XP Home Editon dual boot. That is the primary drive I use with this machine.
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    PB145B’s finds

    I tried it and it worked! I have used it several times so far and haven’t had any issues.
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    PB145B’s finds

    Well I couldn’t help myself on eBay once again and bought a Dell Inspiron 2500. Super happy to finally have one of these. Please see my post about it on the vintage computer forum here: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?64287-Dell-Insiron-2500#post521615
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    LC no sound

    Awesome! I replaced a sound IC in an LC II once, but that turned out to not be the problem. It was the speaker jack, and plugging something in and out of the jack a few times solved my problem.
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    Testing CRTs

    That's very interesting. Never heard of an electrostatic CRT before.
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    Testing CRTs

    Dang, that’s so cool! I’d love to have one of those. It seems like I read somewhere, once that some of those early TVs didn’t have the rubber cup over the end of the flyback cable and the claw was completely exposed. Is that one like that? Just curious.
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    PB145B’s finds

    I didn’t know that Office XP could still be officially activated. I’ll give it a shot! Last time I tried to activate Windows XP I couldn’t get it to work, so I found a pre activated iso image and that has worked fine ever since. And yeah, the activation crud in Windows/Office XP is very simple compared to newer MS software.
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