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About travistouchdown

  • Birthday 10/24/1983

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    Rick Valenta

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    Burlington, Vermont
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    My family, business, vintage video games and computers, reading, boating, motoring, wintersports, golf, fine dining, philosophy, dogs, hiking/camping.

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  1. travistouchdown

    G3 Pismo Dead in the water; Ideas?

    Thanks guys! Is there a good how to page anywhere on accessing the PRAM batteries for these computers? Edit: Nevermind...duh (Let me Google that for you) lol
  2. So i went to fire up my G3 Pismo the other day after a year or so in dry, dust free storage; and nothing. Won't power up. Tried both of my PSU's; nothing; just dead. Has anyone encountered this before with these G3s? Is there a hard reset somewhere on the MOBO i could try; or will this thing need some parts most likely. Thanks for your input!
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    Factory 32mb Video Card for G4 Cube

    Ordered a SSD from the Operator Headgap store with 120GB, Adaptor, and Dual boot 9.2.2 and 10.4.11. I'm done dicking around with these 3.5 IDE drives
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    Factory 32mb Video Card for G4 Cube

    Thanks I will look into this. So I tried my old 20GB drive last night with similar results. The 80GB gives me the folder with a question mark, the 20GB gives me the disk with a question mark. I guess it's not that big a stretch that both drives could have gone bad. Still given that I switched the video card and replaced the internal DVD drive, could it be anything else I need to troubleshoot? I've zapped the PRAM, and hit the reset button for the Real-Time-Clock on the motherboard. Anything else I could do to get this thing up and running short of a new HDD? I know the 80GB is bad because of the noise it makes, the 20GB i'm not so sure... working on replacing them regardless but just wondering as it seems like a coincidence that they would both be out. What magical key sequences should I be trying?
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    Factory 32mb Video Card for G4 Cube

    So i get my new video card and DVD drive in and put everything back together, and sure enough my 80GB hard drive that I got a year ago from the headgap store dies on me! Damn...if it's not thing it's the other. I'd like to replace it with an SSD drive, any way to get that working with an IDE interface? Or even Compact Flash to IDE. What are peoples thoughts on replacing HDD's at this time? Seems like anything spinning is just bound to fail sooner rather than later, the QA not being what it used to be on these.
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    Factory 32mb Video Card for G4 Cube

    You guys are the best! Going to snap up a 7500 today and attempt to put the baseplate from my 16mb factory card on it. If not, oh well, I keep my 17" Studio Display plugged into the ADC port full time anyway. Thanks again!
  7. So i've tried once to upgrade the video card for my G4 cube, which has 16mb VRAM from the factory. I have found that the few other cards for G4 tower computers that technically *will* fit in the Cubes short AGP slot, but do not fit well, they need things removed, don't fit flush (ie are recessed and monitor cable doesn't plug in well), etc. etc. The G4 cube supposedly had a factory 32MB options from two companies (source Low End Mac): ATI Radeon with 32 MB of VRAM Nvidia GeForce2 MX with 32 MB VRAM Had anyone seen these in the wild ever? Do both of them exist to peoples knowledge? Would love to find one someday, but starting to lose hope on the factory upgrade card.
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    Bodge Wires on LC III Motherboard?

    I have similar wires on my LCIII and remember the old thread from when I got mine and had to look it up! Yeah must have been a factory PCB error that needed mass repair. Fun stuff. The repair must have been decent because it seems like most of them are still working!
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    Got a free Power Macintosh 6500

    Nice clean find! Love it; looks close to it did right out of the box. I am a big fan of apple monitors and always try to use OEM when possible over old PC monitors, which of course isn't always easy to do.
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    Clamshell SE and Snowball 17”

    Great finds, love them both! Pretty great to have OS9 on the imac...one of the last I believe that would run it.
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    My quest is at an end

    Wow great find! I hate to say it, but I like the paint scheme on the donor computer. Reminds me of early Silicon Graphics machines of the era... very late 80's/early 90's!
  12. Super helpful! I will be referencing this thread for a while until it is all fully ingrained. I knew most of this at one point but the 5 1/4 needed to be at the end of a chain I did not...so super helpful thanks to you both.
  13. Bueller? Amy succinct explanations are welcome.
  14. I know this is a dumb question, and i'm sure a i'll remember after the first post. But how does a functioning daisy chain work/function best again? So the primary disk drive is plugged into the computer, and the second floppy drive is plugged into the first...but when you fire up the computer it only reads off the first correct? If there was a program with a disk two, would you have to hit a button or key sequence for it to run the second disk. For example on an apple II, IIe, c, or gs. If anyone is up for it please remind me how best to utilize the second daisy chained drive. I guess on the GS, or computers with a GUI, both discs are visible and you can choose to run either one, so what about earlier Mac Dos systems? Thanks in advance!
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    G4 processor swaps

    Thanks everyone!! Much appreciated. 1Ghz should be plenty for even the most demanding OS9 gaming.