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So to continue to beat this horse...

I got the system working with Gemstart 3.0 and Compact Virtual.

I guess Gemstart likes System 7.0.1 better than System 6.

With Gemstart there's no ramdisk option like the Railgun init has.

Compact Virtual appears to be using the HD for VM, not the on-board ram. It creates a swapfile in the system folder.

I could not figure out a way to enable a ramdisk with the on-board ram and direct CV to use that which would be the ideal.

As I mentioned above using the Railgun init with CV resulted in mouse not working, probably because CV moves the I/O addresses.

(I did try disabling that function in CV but still no mouse.)

ANYway, I think I'll stay with the Gemstart/CV config for this system.

The CPU benchmarks with Gemstart were almost the same as with the Railgun but the FPU results were a lot better with Gemstart.

(And for some reason my camera is crap today!)

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Resurrecting slightly stale thread but I recently got one of these (25MHz Novy Quick30) and am starting to play with it - forgive a rookie question but mine came with just 4MB on the card and I’m trying to upgrade to 16MB, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to remove those SIMMs. Is a special tool required? (I’m having trouble attaching a photo but they look identical to yours from the original photo of your board @MOS8_030, definitely not a standard Mac motherboard attachment type SIMM.)

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Thanks Bolle, would very much appreciate it.  (trying to imagine the engineering decision to not use a standard, snap-in SIMM socket...)

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Thanks Bolle.  Based on some googling and your helpful photo I believe that is AMP SIMM Removal Tool part number 382264-1.  I found one on BTW-electronics.net for $6.  We'll see if it works!

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@MOS8_030 did you try messing with the jumpers on this board at all?  Thanks to Bolle’s tip above I’m now running mine with 4x4MB SIMMs.  I can’t seem to get it to recognize 16MB, but if I move the jumper labeled “0/1/4M” down one position from where it’s shown in your photo (so, jumping the 2nd and 3rd pins counting from the “4M” side), I see 4MB total memory (I presume on my motherboard) and the Railgun extension boots with a 6.7MB RAM disk (the RailgunCdev shows “on board: 1024k, logic board: 4096k, protected: 7104k”).  This is without running Compact Virtual.  I’m not sure why it’s 7MB instead of 8MB, or if there’s any way to get access to all 16MB ...

 

Also — I had the same issue as you with CV freezing my mouse (actually, I could move mine vertically and use the button, but not move it horizontally).  Weirdly I found I was able to fix that by installing CV and telling it I have a Mercury board instead of a Novy Quick30Plus (mine looks identical to yours so I assume it is indeed a Quick30Plus).  Once I did that, I can run CV and the Railgun CDEV/extensions together with no problem.  (To be clear, without doing this I couldn’t run CV with any accelerator extensions, including GemStart ... I don’t think you had this issue with GemStart?)  However, CV only seems to let me use 4MB of memory (is it the motherboard or the Novy card?) — i.e. if I set it to 8MB of VM, it uses 4MB on my HD.  Also, having told it I’m using a Mercury board to get it working, CV won’t let me create a RAM disk.

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