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  1. KeenerB, Although the FloppyEmu does Macintosh HD20 hard drive emulation, it is not compatible with an SE/30. It works on the other compact macs prior to the SE/30, but compatibility for the HD20 is not implemented in the ROM of the SE/30. (I think you can buy a 3rd party compatible ROM, but it costs just as much as a separate hard drive emulator.) I suggest looking at the SCSI2SD for hard drive emulation -it is a little fiddly to set up, but it works extremely well once it is. If you haven't already, I would definitely recommend following a floppy drive lubrication tutorial before trying to use the floppy drive and boot off of any floppies. An unlubricated drive can strip the teeth off of the gears in the ejection motor. There are replacements available on eBay if this has already happened, but it is best to avoid altogether. I have linked a great tutorial explaining how to do this. Good Luck!
  2. Connecting a Macintosh iisi to a VGA monitor

    Thanks for the suggestion: I cleaned the entire computer and motherboard thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol, but unfortunately it had no effect. I need more information about the way the IIsi works with displays before continuing with recapping.
  3. Connecting a Macintosh iisi to a VGA monitor

    I attached the CRT to my G4 Cube with VGA and was able to run the display at 640x480 60hz, but the G4 would not let me set anything lower. (I think I read something about 15hz?) I took a closer look at the IIsi and realized that it does not have a boot chime. This probably means there are some capacitor issues with the computer. I would like to determine if I can even theoretically use the computer with my monitors before attempting a re-cap. (there is no noticeable damage after cleaning the board) I re-read a post above where a Pivot Cable was mentioned: what is the purpose of such a cable? Can someone explain what the Pivot Card does and how to use it? -I am not sure I understand. I do not know where to continue from here. Thanks for all of the help!
  4. Connecting a Macintosh iisi to a VGA monitor

    I have a PowerMac G4 that can probably run the screen at 640x480. I am unsure whether or not the G4 will run the screen at the same frequencies necessary for a IIsi. I will test it out today.
  5. Connecting a Macintosh iisi to a VGA monitor

    I did a ton of troubleshooting with my monitor adapters, and I was not able to get anything to display on the screen. My Belkin adapter looks the most promising, but it is missing a plastic knob which might be necessary for use. I am unsure whether or not this makes a difference, but I have a Radius Color Pivot IIsi Video Interface Card. Does this fix the video subsystem issues? I have no clue how to use it or if I can set it up without first using the computer normally. I looked up the model number of my CRT (Dell 781s) and found this: https://web.archive.org/web/20011220004743/http://docs.us.dell.com:80/docs/monitors/688en/en/spec.htm#General I appreciate the help, and I really hope I can get this to work!!
  6. I am having trouble setting up my Mac iisi with a monitor. I do not own any compatible DB15 Apple monitors; however, I have a Dell CRT monitor with VGA. I also have a few different DB15 to VGA dip-switch adapters that seem suited for this task, but I am unsure what settings to use. Do I need a specific kind of CRT to use an adapter, or are they plug and play? I have read that only specific LCD models work, but I am unsure whether this applies to CRTs. I have never seen this computer work before, so I have no way of changing settings within the operating system. In theory, I have everything necessary to use the computer. I just need to configure it properly.
  7. Connecting old Macintosh to the net using serial

    After trying these troubleshooting steps, I still cannot connect to the internet or establish a connection to my iBook. I completely uninstalled FreePPP and replaced it with a fresh install of MacPPP 2.0.1. I do not have ethernet in my workshop, but I tried sharing the wifi connection of my MacBook through ethernet to the iBook. This gave the iBook an IP that started the same way as everything else. My router became and the iBook became The SE/30 remained Do I need to change the address I created for the SE/30 to something specific? I am not sure whether or not my serial functionality is working. I now am running the command with tty.usbserial instead of cu.usbserial. When I press open on the SE/30, the computer says it is establishing a connection and a while later that the link is dead. I am not sure why it is not working. Something interesting is that MacPPP and FreePPP have different max baud rates. FreePPP has a max of 230400 baud, so it would be nice to use in the future. There are additional settings within MacPPP that you did not mention. Do I need to change any of these? In MacTCP, there are also checkboxes for something about subnet masks. Which do you have checked? Is there a general way I can verify my serial adaptor and computers are working? I have never seen this SE/30 online before. I still am not using a proxy, but I think I need an initial first connection with the iBook before adding that. I appreciate the quick and detailed response to my wall of questions. This will be very exciting once it works.
  8. Connecting old Macintosh to the net using serial

    I have just tried this out with my iBook G3 running Tiger, but it is not working quite yet for me. I have a USB to RS232 adaptor (similar to the one you linked) connected to my iBook and to the modem port of my SE/30. I installed FreePPP on the SE/30 and set it up the same way as above. I am using FreePPP as referenced in the old guide -would using MacPPP as listed above make any difference? MacTCP is configured the same way you described; however, I was not sure what to enter into the Gateway Address box. I have an AirPort Extreme set up for my iBook as it does not like my modern router. Should I use the IP address of my modem, router, or AirPort? On the iBook side of things, I am running OSX 10.4.11 which I figured would be the most similar to what the original tutorial was using. I installed the same drivers from Prolific, (they still host them on their website -no archive.org required) and I plugged the adaptor into the computers. When I plugged the adaptor into the iBook, it opened a new menu in the Networking panel of System Preferences listing a ton of settings specifically for a USB serial device. Do I need to change any of these settings? When I ran the code from the other thread, I received errors about the KeySerial1 device. I assumed I could change that to cu.usbserial as that was the way the computer seemed to detect the adaptor. This did not seem to work. Is there a way to find what I should type in after the baud rate? I also changed IP addresses so they corresponded to the laptop IP and the SE/30 IP. Was the IP of the SE/30 the same as the from before? I am also concerned that there may be an issue between using a address and a 192.168 address. I pressed connect on the FreePPP after running this command but I received a message stating that the connection did not work. Is there anything I am doing wrong? Do I need to use the PHP Proxy Script? I really hope to get this working as it seems like great way to connect my mac to the internet. Serial Adaptor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017CZ3FZ2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Code from other thread:
  9. Bridge Mac

    I would like to clarify the current functions of Zip Drives: With the most current releases of MacOS (10.6 to 10.13), you cannot write to Standard HFS partitions. This is the file system used by the Compact Macs. There was a driver that allowed for this in newer operating systems, but it seems to have stopped development. My current process has been to download files onto an HFS+ flash drive, transfer the files onto an HFS compatible iBook G3 running OS9 and use a USB Zip Drive to transfer files to my older Macintoshes. It would be much more convenient to use my modern mac to write standard HFS partitions, but without drivers, this is not an option. Does anyone know a better way of doing things?
  10. List of Mouser part numbers for Color Classic Caps?

    The link for the DigiKey cart is slightly glitchy. (it makes a suggestion to buy more capacitors for a discounted price) If you click "View Options" under options, and then click add, the correct cart will be displayed. (it contains two other capacitor types)
  11. List of Mouser part numbers for Color Classic Caps?

    The linked Digikey cart below contains all of the surface-mount Color Classic Motherboard Capacitors along with a few spares for each part. These were perfect sizes and values for my Color Classic motherboard. As stated in my above quote, the size C capacitors are largest -they also seemed to fit best for many of the larger surface-mount capacitors. Sizes B and A are better for the smaller (and tiny) capacitors. http://www.digikey.com/short/qq1z81
  12. Colour Classic 400v snap-in cap

    From reading many forum posts, it seems that the Color Classic is just a difficult machine to get working. I recently repaired a dead Macintosh Color Classic. When I first opened the motherboard tray, I thought that it was missing ram SIMMS and a processor. After research, I realized that there was built-in ram (additional SIMMS can be added -hence the empty slots), and I was only missing an optional co-processor. When I plugged the Macintosh into the wall, flipped the switch and attempted to turn it on by pressing the keyboard's power button, nothing happened. I then cleaned and re-capped the entire motherboard. (The attached picture shows the analog board which probably does not need to have its capacitors replaced yet) This still did not fix the computer. The computer only turned on when I inserted a fresh PRAM battery. With a battery installed and the system re-capped, the computer booted instantly and began operating normally. It now turns on and off -operating reliably just as any other restored Macintosh does.
  13. Cap kits?

    I have bought all of my capacitors from Digikey.com. When buying, it takes a little extra time to pick capacitor value, brand, and size. They are definitely a reputable source as a large company with many customers. MacCaps.com has listings for many computers showing exactly what capacitors to purchase. In general, as long as the capacitance is the same between old and new capacitors, voltages that are higher than the original capacitors are fine. I would recommend sticking with surface mount tantalum capacitors in the A, B, and C sizes. (C is largest A is smallest) Anything smaller probably will not fit on the circuit board. http://maccaps.com/MacCaps/Capacitor_Reference/Capacitor_Reference.html
  14. Floppy with an X

    The X normally appears when corrupt floppy disks are inserted. The Macintosh Plus needs a floppy disk with a Mac OS to boot from -without it, the problem you described will occur. It is indicating that no floppy is inside the machine. Before inserting ANY FLOPPY and further troubleshooting, you should clean and lubricate the drive. Without this, the drive may damage itself and will not read disks very accurately. I would recommend following a tutorial such as the one below that covers repairing 400k Macintosh floppy drives.
  15. Where can I get software for my emulated Compact Mac?

    There is a piece of software called hfs disk maker that allows you to create disk images for emulator use. http://www.charlessoft.com/HFS_Disk_Maker.zip