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  1. PB145B

    Color Classic Mystic Mods

    Damn, that is just too cool! All this makes me want to get a CC even more!
  2. The left fan in my trusty 1.5GHz 15" PowerBook G4 started making an awful sound, and I figured I'd probably end up having to replace the fan, but upon removing it, I found the sticker from inside the machine that had fallen lose was touching the fan! (Outlined in green in the pic). This was absolutely the cause of the noise, as the fan spins perfectly fine. Damn that was an easy fix! Getting a new fan wouldn't have been a big deal, but this was even better.
  3. Hah, same here! Had it ever since I was little. However, I can still hear the flyback sound on some of my CRTs.
  4. Never seen one of these done in all-tantalums before, but it seems to work great! The contrast drifting has almost completely vanished. Once I recap the inverter, it should be perfect. I also noticed that the overall image quality is better.
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    145B LCD recapped with tantalums

    Very interesting! I knew it improved the image quality by quite a bit, but didn’t really know exactly why. Now I do!
  6. PB145B

    Color Classic Mystic Mods

    That screen looks incredible in 640 x 480! Nice work! That mod actually looks pretty easy too.
  7. That’s not the actuator arm, it is the head locking mechanism, and it is completely normal for it to rattle when you shake the drive. The Hitachi/IBM Travelstar drives do the same thing. Some of the Toshiba drives even say right on the top cover “rattle noise is normal”.
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    145B LCD recapped with tantalums

    Thanks! Yes, it does actually look really good.
  9. OleLila, thank you for posting about this! I just bought some epoxy today, and I’ve got some broken back casings to experiment with, so hopefully I can successfully repair one! The original back casing for my 170 desperately needs repair, so I’m going to start with that one first (I’ve put a different, cosmetically worse, but structurally better back case on my 170 for now).
  10. I agree. As much as I love the PB 100 series, the hinge mount design is terrible.
  11. Cool! I’m curious to see how this holds up long term. I’d also like to see the inside again after a few months of use to see if it looks like anything is starting to break again.
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    LCD screen in a Color Classic

    For me, the CC was kind of an “acquired taste” (or “acquired look” I guess). I didn’t initially like the look when I first saw one, but it grew and grew on me to the point where I love it. Really would like to get one someday (with original CRT!).
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    LCD screen in a Color Classic

    What bothers me the most is the fact that the screen opening was enlarged. That just completely throws the look of it off. Doesn’t even look like a CC at first glance to me.
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Ah, okay. I was thinking there was more than that for some reason (maybe there was last I checked).
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    There’s a *lot* of them on eBay from China (If I remember correctly) so it kinda looked as if they were still being made, but maybe not. 
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    PBG3 PDQ 14.1 TFT LCD Display replacement

    85 dollars? That’s a LOT for an LCD for a PowerBook G3 in my opinion. I think for that price you’d be better off getting a junker machine with a good LCD panel. Not only would that be cheaper, but it’ll also give you some more extra parts. Also, if you can figure out the exact model of your LCD, you can search for it on eBay and there may be someone with a reasonably priced one.
  17. That cube 486 is insanely awesome.
  18. Wow, that’s also a sweet looking clone. Never seen one of those before. The cube design is very interesting.
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    IIvx not powering on.

    I’m not 100% sure. I’ve never owned a IIvx, so I don’t know too much about them.
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    IIvx not powering on.

    Has the logic board been recapped? The IIvx is definitely old enough that it’s going to more than likely have bad caps.
  21. Great find! I’ve gotta say, I’ve never been very into the Mac/Apple clones, but this is totally awesome! I’d actually like to have one of these. The Motorola Starmax is another exception. I’d like to have one of those too.
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    Someone should get this!

    I don’t think OS X is too bad on a G3, but that’s just my opinion. I’d probably do an OS 9/OS X dual boot on one of these. I actually put Tiger on my one of my iMac G3s and it runs very good IMO.
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    Insane SCSI to FW prices

    Probably the same reason SCSI to USB is 100+ dollars........ It’s called price-gouging. Make a specialty item in China for $3.00 and sell it $350. Stupid, isn’t it?
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    My quest is at an end

    Great find! The XCEED is definitely my favorite SE/30 upgrade. Absolute crying shame they didn’t make more of them. Not a huge fan of the paint, but I’m interested to see how well the paint preserved the case. Brake fluid might work to strip it.
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