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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Hey Y'all. Recently had Bob over at the Operator Headgap store do up a G4 Sawtooth for me as an OS 9.2.2 "Daily Driver." It's got: -Full Ram (I think 1.5 or 2GB-Only 1.5 usable by OS9 obviously) -1GHZ Sonnet Processor Upgrade -120GB Dual Boot SSD -32MB Graphics Card -80GB Backup Drive with both OS's on them just in case -5 slot USB card -External USB powered G3 themed 3.5 floppy drive -Later DVD Superdrive internal I have a really nice set of those Harmon Kardon see-through speakers and sub, that sadly will not work with this model (which takes a standard 3.5mm input.) Can anyone recommend a good period correct speaker set that will look good with this model that i could track down on ebay? I'm using the 17 inch flat panel monitor with the pro keyboard and mouse of the era. I also love that this computer was assembled in the USA; which is pretty cool. I'll take some pics shortly when i get it setup!
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Of course everything works just fine with a standard PC monitor......lol Wonder if the power draw from the ADC is freaking out the card or what...
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    No but this is probably a good idea. I'll take a look; or if you happen to have a link that would be much appreciated. I know this monitor can do 640x480 in OS9 because it did it on my G4 cube, granted it was the cubes stock 16MB VRAM graphics card, and this is a slightly later 32MB Mac ATI Card... I'm going to keep working on this.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Thanks! I'll try a VGA monitor tonight just for interests sake.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Any thoughts? I got 640 X 480 from this monitor with my G4 cubes standard 16MB Graphics card in OS 9.2.2 so i know its possible. Short of trying another graphics card; what would you try?
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    It's a ATI Radeon 7500 32MB DDR VGA/ADC AGP Video Card. I found the drivers page: https://gona.mactar.hu/ATI_Mac/ But not sure which one would be the best fit for my 7500 AGP as none of them mention it specifically. Anyone willing to point me in the right direction? Dropped the SIT on Stuffit Icon and sure enough it worked; thanks guys! It's weird because what i tried before was opening stuffit; and then selecting the file to expand, but that gave me a broken sit icon; like it didn't work properly. With this "Super Res" program that is supposed to allow me to force various resolutions; i still only have one option; so time to explore drivers i guess... Trying to get 640 x 480 for games like Doom, Wolfenstein and many other older games. Thanks--Love my oriental rug mousepad!
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Looks better with the right keyboard and mouse Will switch to any resoloution under the sun in OSX, just not in OS9, must be missing the drivers or something for my graphics card. Going to use a program to force resolutions, etc. Of course now i have a new issue...since zapping the PRAM i am getting the below error message, I can't unpack any SIT files!! Anyone encounter this before? I even tried reinstalling stuffit expander, and restoring the hard disk with disk utility, and i get the same message. Always something...oh well. Otherwise coming along nicely.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Couldn't get that program to install despite following the instructions. Bob says: "In 9 I guess you are talking about. I never used the Apple Monitors so I never had the problem. If it was a non Apple monitor I would tell you to unhook and rehook up the display. If the cable that attaches the displays doesn't read the cable you get limited. Zapping the PRAM (command option p and r keys held down at startup for 3 chimes) tell the computer to look at what It is connected to like it was the first time. If that doesn't help there is a program on the Kitchen Sink for 9 in the Video Drivers called Super Res. It allows forced resolutions that are not normally listed." I'm going to try zapping the PRAM. Should have been the first thing i tried really....lol
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Going to give this a whirl: http://www.madrau.com/SRXv3/html/SR2/indexSR2.html I did 640x480/256 with this monitor with my G4 Cube so i know it's not the monitor. Thinking it may be the graphics card. As to the above; "reccomended" is all it will alllow me to select. Will report back on the above extension tomorrow.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Now here is another issue....I for some reason only have one option for monitor resolution. I need 640 x 480 for many older games which I know this 17" is capable of. Recommended is the only option. Any way to force more? Very strange, haven't encountered this before (only one resolution available). I'm hoping it isn't the graphics card that is limiting me to this one resolution; usually there are like 4-8 to choose from. This is in OS 9.2.2.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    So for whatever reason it works; the audio goes to the sub; and the high pitch through the 3.5mm to the Sphere speakers. Sounds great! Have been playing around with it all afternoon. And please excuse the terrible MS keyboard and mouse until my period correct pro set comes in.
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Nice---great input everyone; thanks! Yes my sub has USB (on the packaging you can see it was originally intented for use with the iMac) but it claims it will work with any mac with OS9 with Audio update 1.3 or later so maybe it will work? The globes are the later 3.5 input and should work too if hardwired into the rear panel....so we will see. I am watching a later isub on ebay with the input for the speakers and volume control; they are pretty cheap these days ($20-$30) so worst case I have to pony up for another isub and save this one for when i find a cherry imac locally
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    Mac G4 Sawtooth Upgraded

    Okay so it turns out i have the later Harmon Kardon speakers with the 3.5mm, headphone jack input. So at least they will work. There is a sort of weird ring at the base which is why i thought it was some sort of composite input at first glance when they were in packaging from shipping. The thing is....my Harmon Kardon sub of the same style is a USB input model, so hopefully they can work together? If not may have to track down the Sub that matches with the later speakers? Not sure how that would work, probably more like a current setup; speakers into sub, line out from sub to computer. Hoping my setup just works as is, i have plenty of USB inputs to spare. The interesting thing is there is no volume adjust on the sub whatsoever, or speakers, so i guess it's all just through the computers audio panel. Yes running OS9 on a full gig and a half of RAM! Works great for 3D gaming etc, though i'm not sure how much i'm actually using. Would be interesting to run a program to test that. Will get this all setup soon and upload some pics. I know this computer is the farthest thing from rare or necessarily "interesting" but i'm looking forward to having such a beefy and functional computer in which to play around on OS9 and with my floppies of yesteryear.
  14. 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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    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
  16. 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!
  25. 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.
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