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  1. Von

    SSD Infinity Stones...

    Happy Holidays All. Recently I cleared the deck of some house projects and have been able to dust of my vintage Mac bits, 2 of which include these beauties: I had the Bit Micro but had never been able to get running on my IIsi or SE/30. I found a thread from member max1zzz about some 68 to 50 pin SCSI adaptors that in August of 2014 I purchased but had not been able to get running until today. With Lido from the IIsi I used Easy Format to get this 4.5GB drive working. The Adtron unit on the right was an eBay find ~2015 but went untested as the Macs were in storage. Today Lido formatted one of these to reveal 183MB of space. These were from some sort of server application and are half height, the really nice thing is that they are 50 pin so no adaptor needed. I added System 7.5.5 and various other tools and apps to this drive and had it running in the IIsi all day. Xmas came a day early (; Von
  2. Hi group. I'd like to start doing some more work on my Powerbook 3400. My intent is to make it into a triple boot (if not triple, dual boot) machine with: Mac OS Linux NetBSD (if I can get triple boot; Linux is priority) Biggest bottleneck on the machine is the hard drive (both in terms of speed and capacity). I searched here for SSD options and it looks like something like this may do the trick, with a 2GB mSATA drive (or whatever size I can find that works for me). Has anyone had any success with this type of setup? Thanks, -10d
  3. Hi guys, So the saga continues... Put together the iBook G4 with the SSD in place. Boots up great and the machine is acceptably fast now (also installed more memory) However, when I duplicated the previous drive onto the SSD (I used DD on Ubuntu), it turns out it didn't do that magic that allows Mac OS 10.5.8 to resize the partition on the now larger drive. The error I get is -- "MediaKit reports partition (map) too small" I've tried two things so far: - using Gparted live CD (doesn't work on PowerPC macs) - deleting Bootcache and other files -- deleting the files as recommended in the link didn't go exactly to plan, I couldn't find Bootcache.data Also the file .volinfodatabase wasn't exactly the same. it was called volinfo.database I'm just wondering if those instructions are for Intel based macs based on the date. http://superuser.com/questions/233531/how-can-i-resolve-the-error-mediakit-reports-partition-map-too-small "Why not just boot into single user mode? Hold down command+s on boot. Performcheck disk and then mount the drive. Go to /Library/Caches and /System/Library/Caches and remove everything in those folders. Then go to /private/var/db and remove BootCache.data, BootCache.playlist and .volinfodatabase. Reboot and use Disk Utility again. Just did this here and it worked moving from a 120GB SSD to a 250GB SSD. Was getting the dreaded medikit error too small or whatever. You might just have to remove the .volinfodatabase. Try that first. If that doesn't work try the .volinfodatabase again and the BootCache files. If that doesn't work try what I tried." If anyone knows how to resolve this on OS 10.5.8 I would appreciate it.
  4. winterlight

    ibook G4 HDD surgery

    Hi guys, I'm new to macs in general so please takee it easy on me... :b&w: I just recently got an iBook G4 and want to replace the HDD with an SSD. Two issues that people have mentioned but seem to have no hard information about: 1 - The pin set-up of the original HDD. Some people have told me it's not a normal sized IDE. It's smaller. I can't really tell from the pictures on the internet so I'm hoping someone has done this before and can tell me definitively 2- Sata 3 to PATA. The SSD I want to use is a normal 2.5" SATA 3 HDD. Once again, "people online" have said that SATA3 won't work with the PATA interface not matter what adapter I use. I have no idea about this. So has anyone tried using a plain old SSD in an iBook G4? (It's the A1134 (14") model btw) Given the above I see that there are such things as PATA SSDs on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/128GB-KingSpec-2-5-inch-SM2236-Controller/dp/B0091T4ZWU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1475294391&sr=8-5&keywords=ide+ssd Maybe that's easier? Anyone think that will work? Thanks for your patience guys.
  5. Hello all, I acquired a recapped SE/30 about a year ago. All was well until early this year when the notorious Quantum hard disk failed. The machine shipped with System 6.0.8 and before this failure I had already purchased a USB floppy drive and floppies to create install disks (using a TiBook with Tiger so I can format and write images / files with Mac OS Standard formatting). I successfully upgraded to System 7.0.1; shortly after this, the drive failed. Once this happened, I bought a RaizinMonster (CF to SCSI adapter) from artmix and a 4 GB SanDisk Extreme CF card. My dilemma is that the SE/30 will not recognize the CF card (using a boot disk and a patched copy of HD SC Setup 7.3.5). I downloaded Lido 7 onto the TiBook but the application is too large to fit onto my System 7 boot disk. Is it possible to create a barebones boot disk that has room for Lido? Also, what is the reason why HD SC Setup won't recognize the RaizinMonster/CF card as a SCSI device (I removed all the jumper pegs for ID=0 and Termination=ON for internal use)? Is an AztecMonster instead the way to go / is there any preliminary formatting I have to run the CF card through in order to use with Apple's utility? A lot of questions I know, but I miss using this machine. I even found an ImageWriter II to use with it for old-school word processing. Any help with this is much appreciated.
  6. Since I have been doing this for almost 10 years, I want to continue the experiments further and post my results. Hopefully others will share their experiences of what they found. Note: These experiments are done on PowerBooks with PCMCIA slots and IDE Hard Drive Ports. That's anything from the PB 190/5300 to G3/G4 iBooks and PowerBooks. It also includes the 500-series PowerBooks as they have an optional PCMCIA slots and the PowerBook 2300 and PowerBook 150 (I think) which has an IDE Hard Drive Port. In both cases, to work with a Compact Flash Card (CF card for short) you will need a CF card to IDE or CF card to PCMCIA Adapter. With all other 68K PowerBooks, you would need a CF to Laptop-SCSI adapter, which I do not have but would like to one day. I have many PowerBooks from which they could benefit from a SSD because of their dying hard drives. There are also IDE SSDs which can also be used, which will also be discussed. I used KingSpec PATA/PATA II SSD on a couple of PowerBooks and they work great. But I have heard others complain about KingSpec's SSDs. I think its the luck of the draw here, and in late years they have improved. Other technologies will also be discussed as well - Linear Flash and SRAM Drives usually in PCMCIA Format will also be discussed as soon as somebody has access to them. Thus far, I have found that CF card on a PCMCIA Adapter is faster than a CF card on a IDE Adapter, with the same CF Card being used. Depending on the CF card, this difference can be huge, more than double; because the limiting factor is the speed of the IDE Port and the PCMCIA's connection to the system bus being direct and the IDE Bus is not. In either case, both adapters are faster than a hard drive, twice as fast or faster. I can discuss details later. But I found some (really old) PCMCIA Flash RAM cards which many used in the day as temporary storage for hand-held devices like the Newton and some laptops used them as well. But are they faster than a CF on a PCMCIA Adapter? Theory says that at best they should the same, at worst because of them being older and slower memory cores that they should be slower than the CF. Using SiliconeDrive's PC Card 64MB Flash Memory SSD (model: SSD-P64MI-3012) I had to format and put in a system that would fit into the tiny space. I chose System 7.6.1 from my 5300CE which I whittled down from 186MB to 56MB, getting rid of a lot of drivers, extensions, control panels and preferences that was stored on the original System. This not only boots on the 5300, but also on the 1400cs/166 as well, and it is the 1400cs that I would be using as a standard machine. On a CF with a PCMC on the 1400cs, even with the full 186MB system, it takes less than 45 seconds, close to 30 seconds. That is, from Smiling Mac Icon to Desktop - it takes that long for it to boot. Everything else before the Smiling Mac is diagnostic and memory testing routines. On the 64MB Flash Memory PCMCIA Card with the shrunken system - 10 to 15 seconds! The smaller system file has something to do with it. But I noticed that the Diagnostics was faster. I think it is because the Flash Card is able to set up its parameters into the PRAM faster than a CF. Also the PCMCIA card uses all 68 pins of the port, while the CF card uses 50-something of those 68 pins. So access to the PCMCIA Flash memory card must be using DMAs and other things not used by the CF card through its adapter. Mind you, this card is at least 10 years old with a slower memory core than a CF card though both uses the same Flash Memory technology. More experiments must be done, I'm waiting on an order of 1.2GB PCMCIA Flash Memory card to use a full sized system and a few apps to replicate access a hard drive. I'll post my results here when I get it. I will also be posting up videos, maybe, as I will have 2 1400cs to run together side by side simultaneously. Only then will I get some real results. What you guys think? What are your experiences?