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  1. ants

    Tantalum recap success

    I agree! I'd consider fixing mine up, but there's a very good chance I'd wreck a solder pad. I actually have one more SE/30 motherboard lying around, I'll go for perfection on that one with smaller caps as per @Bolle's suggestion and your adhesive idea.
  2. ants

    Tantalum recap success

    Haha I freaked out when I first read about it - but once you try it you'll see that it's really not that bad Thanks for the kind words.
  3. ants

    Tantalum recap success

    I can vouch for the twist method too- I've done 2 boards this way with 100% success. This is a great idea, because holding the cap in place while you solder is tricky. I'll definitely try this with my next board thanks.
  4. ants

    Tantalum recap success

    There's different sizes?!?! Lol that would have made it so much easier!
  5. ants

    Tantalum recap success

    Well I don't care what you all say, but recapping with tantalum capacitors is HARD! Last time I tried, I gave up and switched to electrolytics - which I found much easier. That said, this time I had success... I bought this NOS motherboard over a year ago, still in original packaging. Apart from the leaky caps, the board is immaculate. Yes my caps may be a bit wonky... but hey the board now works like a charm so I'm happy
  6. ants

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    In a word, No, unfortunately. The Colour Classic CRT is much bigger than the original B&W ones. I think there would also be issues with the analog circuitry required, and also the shape of the glass on the front.
  7. ants

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    @Trash80toHP_Mini wow great job! I didn't read the entire thread in detail, but from your experience, do you think you could get an acceptable picture projected onto the back of the CRT glass?
  8. ants

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    What a creative idea! I'm really curious to know how this would turn out - you might even be able to mount all the components inside the original tube?! (perfect for all those clear Macs about to hit the market :P)
  9. ants

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    I got everything off eBay, and yes the LCD was not cheap! It was certainly a big risk when I bought it. There are Mitsubishi panels that are much cheaper, but from my reading of specs their luminance & contrast ratio are not as good (although I'd like to test this one day): https://www.ebay.com/p/MITSUBISHI-LCD-Display-8-4-Inch-Aa084vc03-640-480/1145844889 The Mitsubishi panels are CCFL backlit, but I believe you can quite easily upgrade them to an LED backlight - might be a cheaper option.
  10. ants

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    It's been done before here: Seems to look OK?
  11. ants

    Fun with colour on my SE/30

    I believe the panel I'm using was released in 2012 - well according to the spec sheet anyway. I had to hunt around for the correct LCD controller that listed this panel as compatible. The panel has an LVDS interface, and I also needed to source an inverter board for the LED backlight. At first I had issues with all the colours being scrambled, but then the supplier of the LCD controller showed me how to change the "LVDS mapping" via a hidden menu in the on screen display. The different mapping resolved the issue.
  12. I've been scrounging parts for a while now to somehow upgrade an SE/30 to a colour screen. I finally started piecing it together: The Mac has a RasterOps ColorBoard 264 in its PDS slot, and I've connected it to a VGA controller via a DB-15 to VGA adapter. Thankfully the VGA controller supports the 65hz refresh rate that the RasterOps card outputs. The star of the show, however, is the LCD panel I managed to find. It's an NEC 8.4" NL6448BC26-27, with a native 640x480 resolution and LED backlight. The contrast ratio is perfect, with the blackest blacks and beautiful clarity. I've actually got a dead CRT tube lying around, so at some point I'm going to attempt to depressurise it and cut it open!! I've watched enough YouTube videos on the process to hopefully not seriously mame myself. Then I will attempt to mount the LCD behind the curved glass. Watch this space.
  13. @Gorgonops lol I can't say we ever got Look Around You in Australia, but I've asked my family to now thank me by saying "thants"
  14. Great work! A really simple solution to breathe new life into an old Mac.
  15. Follow these steps : https://github.com/antscode/MacWifi
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