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I picked up a Multiple Scan 15 monitor today for $10.  Not sure if it works or not yet, will test it tonight, hoping it does though.  It's in fantastic shape.  I'm hoping that it will solve some of my KVM issues - I have a "Basic Color Monitor" that does not work well with my KVM, or anything else, for that matter.  I think it has to do with resolution switching and several VGA adapters.

 

Maybe tonight I will be free of VGA adapters entirely and have a working KVM!

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I was given a Performa 577 yesterday!  It even came with a StyleWriter and nice keyboard, mouse, and bag of cables.  Works great!  Been a while since I got a freebee.  Unfortunately it's suffering from the typical brittle plastic syndrome and is missing little chunks here and there.

 

I'll probably be parting ways with either this one or my Performa 550 - haven't decided which one I want to keep yet.  If anyone's in the western South Dakota area anytime and wants to do some horse trading, hit me up.

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Hmm, if you decide to part it out (I'd come and pick it up whole, but I'm ~2,000 miles away), I'd love to have the front bezel (the one around the disk drives that has the badges on it), the rear bezel (for the logic board) and the analog board. My 578 is in okay condition, but two of those parts are iffy (all the clips that hold them in place are broken), and I just wouldn't mind having a spare analog board in case the one I have fails (I already replaced it once in, I think 2007 or so; it was one of the first major repairs like that I ever did; I can't remember if I ever had it recapped, but I don't think I have, and I really should....).

 

Anyway, no big deal if you don't want to do that, but I thought I'd ask nevertheless.

 

c

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I think both of them will stay here... and intact... unless someone stops by.  I already broke both of the tabs off the Performa 550 rear cover - I'm not going to disassemble them any further.

 

Kind of a shame to part them out - there's not many surviving 5xx machines now, even with a few little chunks missing, I think I'll keep them intact.

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I just picked up a 933MHz QuickSilver G4 that has maxed out RAM, AirPort, probably some other goodies, a 2.0GHz G5 that allegedly works, and a 1.25GHz G4 Mac Mini for $25.

 

:beige::smiley:bw:)

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34 minutes ago, Brett B. said:

I just picked up a 933MHz QuickSilver G4 that has maxed out RAM, AirPort, probably some other goodies, a 2.0GHz G5 that allegedly works, and a 1.25GHz G4 Mac Mini for $25.

 

:beige::smiley:bw:)

Jeez, I paid $25 just to have my Quicksilver shipped me...

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QuickSilver works great.  Had a nice Adaptec FireWire/USB 2.0 card that made its way into my old QS, as well as the GeForce4.  Probably will keep it as a parts machine.

 

Mini works great too.

 

G5, I will test tomorrow. It's not in good shape, very dirty. But maybe it sees more than one bank of RAM. That would make it a great parts donor and possible hackintosh case donor.

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I met up with the same guy again and bought a Performa 6200CD from him for $10.  Came with a bunch of software, external SCSI CD drive, and some other cool stuff.  Haven't tested it yet but will probably clean it up and maybe pass it along - or maybe not, I haven't decided.

 

The G5 seems to work but I got a kernel panic when I tried to boot from my Tiger DVD (10.4.0)  I think I need a newer install disc.  The 6200 came with a disc labeled "Mac OS Leopard 10.5 Server" so maybe that's what the G5 was used for.  In any case it's a Late 2005 dual core 2.0GHz machine and has not really peaked my interest so I think it will get passed along.  These stupid G5's are so cool looking but they're either totally beat up, leaking coolant or have logic board failures.

 

The guy said he might have an old IBM PS/2 system, possibly a model 55, stashed away somewhere and will let me know... definitely looking forward to that if it happens!

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2005 G5s require...10.4.2? at the minimum so yes, 10.4.0 isn't going to work.

 

If you sell that CD drive I might be interested...

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I picked up the IBM today... it's a PS/2 Model 55 SX.  And... wow.  I am not kidding when I say it is all like new.  Monitor and keyboard included, in the original boxes.  Can't wait to hook it up, it's so cool!

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I don't collect IBM machines, but that PS/2 55 SX would be the one to get if I did.  I have very fond memories of that specific computer while hacking away on... TURBO PASCAL!  Yeah!  I can even smell the CS lab by just looking at images of the PS/2, plus my mouth still gets dry... no beverage allowed in the lab, so I was always thirsty!

 

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I need to stop.  I haven't even turned on the 6200 and have done very minimal playing around with the rest, but I just HAD to pick up a pair of LCIIs and a 600E CD-ROM drive.  One of the LCIIs appears to boot, the other suffered a battery explosion but came with a IIe card (!!!) that I don't believe was damaged!  I'll get 'em both up and running eventually.

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So since my last post - I swapped out the 6200's logic board with one that I saved from a 5260/120.  Huge improvement and I also added a bunch of other spare stuff - ethernet, TV tuner, AV card, etc.  The 6200 came with a 256k L2 cache card that prevents the 5260 board from booting but works fine in its original home... don't know what's up with that.

 

Haven't touched the LCII's - they're on my winter repair list.

 

I did dig through my box of expansion cards and found a "2-8MB memory expansion card", an ethernet card, and a 50 pin SCSI card for the IBM.  I think I saved them from a dead PS/2 I tossed years ago - never thought I'd find a good home for MCA cards!

 

I also scored again last night and bought two G4's - a 400MHz Sawtooth and a 733MHz Digital Audio.  Both work great but the DA is kinda beat up and missing two bottom handles/feet.  I also got a Cinema display of some sort that is missing its power supply unfortunately.

 

The biggest score was in the DA - It had a Sonnet Tempo-X SATA card! :OAND, a 4 bay external SATA hard drive enclosure full of 250GB drives!  I haven't figured out exactly how to make it all work yet and I think one of the drives is dead but it was totally worth $30 for the lot!

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Cinema display of some sort that is missing its power supply unfortunately.

If this is the one with the white square Apple PSU, they are bad most of the times.

 

I did repair one a few weeks ago hacking a generic 24 volt PSU, pretty easy, just two wires and you are done.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, bibilit said:

If this is the one with the white square Apple PSU, they are bad most of the times.

Any of the Aluminum-clad models fall under this category; most of the plasticy, easel-style ones that I know of are powered via the ADC port.

 

Anyway, I seem to be lucky so far, as I have my 9 year old 20" display whose original PSU is still working like new *knock on some hard, wood-like substance*

 

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This one is an earlier graphite cinema display and has a plastic case - it has a single cable that splits into DVI, USB and a 3 pin power connector.  I will probably hack an aftermarket PSU - just kind of a bummer that I don't have the original, even if it was dead, I wouldn't have to cut off the connector on the monitor end.

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5 hours ago, Brett B. said:

it has a single cable that splits into DVI, USB and a 3 pin power connector. 

What does the 3 pin power connector look like?

 

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Round, small, about the size of an ADB port with three larger round pins.  I'll try and remember to take a picture.  I am fairly sure it's the original 22" model, M5662.

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Well, about half of it comes from responses to a craigslist ad I have had posted for several years.  

 

On occasion I also have found things at thrift stores, Facebook marketplace, in the trash, yard sales, etc.  I am a pretty dedicated scrounger and make the rounds at a variety of good spots at least weekly.

 

I'm kinda back to the point where I need to part ways with a few things.  I have a pile that I really don't want (like theses G4s...) but they had some unique item included that made me bring home the lot.  

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