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  1. 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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    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!
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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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. Bueller? Amy succinct explanations are welcome.
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    G4 processor swaps

    Thanks everyone!! Much appreciated. 1Ghz should be plenty for even the most demanding OS9 gaming.
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    I want to buy this 4 MB RAM for apple //gs

    Cool thread. Guess I should hold out for the A2 8mb card to come back in stock, though the 4mb is tempting... Installing these seems pretty easy, I think even if you don't "trust yourself" it's plug and play here. There's not much opportunity to break anything.
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    G4 processor swaps

    I guess i'm not sure. From what i've been reading, part of me thinks this processor upgrade should be plug and play with OS 9.2.2. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know before I spend $50-$100 bucks on a paperweight Thanks
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    G4 processor swaps

    Question. I am looking at a 1ghz Powerlogix processor upgrade for my 450mhz G4 Cube which I use as an OS9 Gamebox (among other things.) I only run 9.2.2 on an 80GB hard drive. At any rate, the CPU upgrade card comes with a fan but no install instructions (pretty sure I can figure that out) and no firmware. This is what worries me. I don't want to buy the CPU upgrade if I can't find the firmware that might be needed. There are some good install videos here: https://everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g4/faq_cube/power-mac-g4-cube-how-to-install-upgrade-processor-cpu.html And further info here: http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/g3CARDS/G3_1.1GHz_vs_G4_1GHz_review/index5.html Any tips? Do i NEED the firmware? Or should it run "plug and play" on a fully updated 9.2.2 OS. Thanks!!
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    Apple IIe Craigslist find

    I have always wanted an Apple IIe. I used them in grade school and they are just SO solid. The case design, everything. Love them. But I was not about to pay to ship one of these tanks. I always keep an eye on CL locally, and came across this nice, clean, two-owner (one family) gem. It came with a monitor, two 5" floppy drives, a bunch of software and documentation, disk caddies, and even the original apple stickers! The joystick I had already... I cleaned the floppy heads, wiped everything down, and it works great. I have been playing some Atari games on it myself and using some educational software with my daughter. I think, upon opening the case, that the 1MB RAM upgrade card is in there as well, which is a nice bonus!
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    Apple IIe Craigslist find

    It looks like his VGA scaler is specific to the IIc. Is there anyone that makes one for the IIe or would that one work? What would you do to this IIe that is necessary you think to get it running in top form? The processor, more RAM possible/needed, VGA Scaler, Disk Emulator, anything else? This computer is a keeper for me so i'm not afraid to put in the time/money over the next few years. Thanks!
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    Apple IIe Craigslist find

    Haha...thanks. It's hard not to upgrade a beauty like this, but I think my IIgs has me covered for my high power needs. That being said, this thing is a beauty. I think it will be chugging along for decades while other newer computers in my collection have long since died. Edit: Scratch that! The site is amazing. A disk emulator is a must... Have one for my Atari ST and they are very handy with these old machines.
  20. I am trying to find a period monitor to go with my LC III. Is there a list anywhere of what monitor models match various LC and Performa models? I recall the LC monitors would mostly sit right on the pizza box itself wheras the performas usually had a little stand in between them. Have been keeping an eye out on ebay but these are getting somewhat hard to come by.. Thanks in advance!
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    I just bought a TAM!

    I never thought I would get one of these...for a quasi-reasonable price anyway. Listed for $999 on ebay, put in a best offer of $900 and won it. Looks to be in great shape I may just need to re-do the speaker covers and leather on the keyboard at some point (certainly isn't terrrible now.) Will be keeping an eye out for the UPS man this week! Now................what to do with/on this thing? Original listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Twentieth-20th-Anniversary-Macintosh-TAM-Mac/282459152220?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
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    I just bought a TAM!

    Gotcha, thank you. If anyone sees a one slot riser that will fit in a fat back (and/or a fat back for that matter) please PM me. This is what I have to do to get programs on the TAM for now but I will take out the dual slot riser in between to keep stress off the PCI input. Thanks for the heads up everyone.
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    I just bought a TAM!

    Wait do you mean grounded? Physically it is pretty securely in there an not going anywhere.. What can I do as a cheap fix to make sure there are no issues?
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    I just bought a TAM!

    Do you think apple still has a closet full of Fat Back's for the TAM kicking around at Cupertino? Works great, have uploaded a number of games and programs through the USB slot reader. Strangely starts a little slower than it used to....and froze on me once when starting. Going to try clearing the PRAM as the new battery went in at the same time as this card.
  25. The past few months my cube will randomly start up (when I bump into my desk for example), sometimes when gaming, it will randomly crash as well (luckily less frequently.) Recently, I put in a new 80GB HDD, with a fresh OS 9.2.2 install, and also did a new PRAM battery. I zapped the PRAM 3 times when starting up the first time. It had no issues for several days after this. Then randomly, one day, a window popped up on the screen that said "this computer lacks the proper software to go to sleep" and the machine crashed on me. I went into energy settings after this and changed the sleep setting to "never" rather than 20 minutes. Since then its been starting up randomly again and has crashed twice. It really bothers me not being able to leave it plugged in. I'd like to fix this once and for all. I tried rezapping the PRAM as well, to no effect. It crashed after when playing a game. I even checked the wires on the power button and blew dust off everything. I'm not sure but don't think that it's a loose connection. Any suggestions much appreciated.
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