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There's also a Drive Setup 1.3.1 CD that came in the package too.

I paid $69.00 for my copy of OS8 from Apple.

I must have pre-ordered it because the receipt is dated July 25th 1997.

Yes, I still have the receipt... :)

 

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8 minutes ago, MOS8_030 said:

There's also a Drive Setup 1.3.1 CD that came in the package too.

I paid $69.00 for my copy of OS8 from Apple.

I must have pre-ordered it because the receipt is dated July 25th 1997.

Yes, I still have the receipt... :)

 

Wow, that's impressive! I love documentation. I save the receipts to every thing I've personally bought...however, since college, that's not terribly as much, or as far back. That's definitely a nice piece to any collection. (Also...had a bad Craigslist experience once when I bought a MacBook, had to return it because found out it was stolen after I contacted the original owner through facebook...was out 500, never reimbursed. Officer actually came up to collect the Mac. Since then, I've become more aware on "ownership," and actually prefer paying the premium on old things if receipts/boxes/manuals are included). 

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Finally, my babies came! Pics of the two 550c laptops and the other PCMCIA module - turns out, it is a Rev B! I only need Rev A now. :) 

 

Cost about 150 to DHL the large one, 70-80 for the smaller one. Overall...I calculated about 700 + 260, nearly 1 grand for the lot below. Meh

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Smaller one first...packed just like my first 550c. Except more bubble wrap. I actually don't even remember my first one being bubble wrapped. Not this much anyways. Seems efficient though. 

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And, well...it survived. :) 

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Woohoo, now for the big one! 

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Flap opens from the side. Nice. 

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Behold, the sarcophagus has been opened. It rests..

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Well...I guess I have to stick these somewhere ;)

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This is definitely going back into the 550c. One of them anyways..

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Both are USA models! This will compliment my Singapore model nicely. 

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It all makes sense now. This was a "bargain" for a reason...

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As if that wasn't bad enough :/

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Well, I found the PCMCIA module disk with the stack of install disks inside the 550c box. 

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I'll have an update later on the first 550c. It is obviously in need of some attention. I've already torn it down, and it's not a simple clean-up it appears. Since I'm still at my parents', I'll have to wait until I'm back at my apt. to do any further work on it. 

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I was looking for 550c unboxing earlier on, but, disappointingly, could not find any at the time, so I made it a goal to do a video walkthrough if I ever found one in box. This is a supplement to the pics above from earlier yesterday. Being here in a small town, however, it only took about 10 hrs to upload a 24 min+ video. On the bright side, at least you can enjoy it in 1080p "Full HD." On the downside, you'll probably be previewing 1080p on your iPhone retina LCDs, retina MacBook Pros and 4k "Ultra HD" TVs, 5k iMacs..etc. On the bright side, I might be quiet enough that you might not be able to hear me much! On the down side...you'll probably still hear me. Ramble. And make some mistakes (see corrections). 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Charadis said:

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...

 

 

Part Numbers on the ROMS are different from the 520/540 CPU module... interesting.

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8 hours ago, Bolle said:

 

Part Numbers on the ROMS are different from the 520/540 CPU module... interesting.

I’m about to put each of the 500 series daughtercards that I have into one photo, would be interesting to note the differences of each. If I can figure out how to dump the ROM on the 550c module, I’ll try that out sometime this week. 

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As an update, I got my 3rd 550c up and working! This means I'm going to need another 550c...preferably damaged :) Also, some photos of all the 500 series daughter cards in case it helps for comparison. Only one of the battery connectors has been replaced on the board though. Waiting on a 520 board from a member here to finish the repair.

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Turns out, someone had replaced the original 33MHz daughter card with a 25MHz one from a 520c. Even the hard drive, a 320MB SCSI, was from a PB520. Mother truckers.... :/

 

I popped the PPC from my Singapore 'book to get it going

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Only other thing that doesn't work is the floppy drive. Destroyed the only replacement floppy drive flex cable I had on hand while fit-testing it (stupid me, was so close to wrapping it together), so I temporarily parted one from my 540c to try it out, and the drive still doesn't work. Going to see if a drive swap will work, otherwise, it might be logic board problem. Also, if anyone has a floppy drive flex cable they wanna sell me, you should shoot me a msg ;) 

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Finally, here are pics of the daughter cards.

Edit: Top row 68k, bottom row PPC. 

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For those that prefer woodgrain (Atari fans?)

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I've been so busy, occupied with fixing the 550c, that I haven't really had time for much other things. Well, that's all for now! 

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Only I would mix pictures up with wrong info. I'm only human

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Great thread, I really enjoyed the read. Thank you for sharing!

Suggestion of an »earthly idea what application you could use for a modem in a Blackbird in this day and age«: Consider to use an address manager application (like »Address Manager« or »CoMa Mac«) that does not publish your contact data to the rest of the world. Just wire it to your phone line in parallel to your phone. The machine can dial for you and pick up the phone for you and also send / receive fax messages. Depending on te hardware it might even serve as an answering machine. A set of one time pads and a fax connection can also serve for strongly encrypted telecommunication ;-) (the one time pad encryption works with any media, of course, but a fax can be a nice tool for practising).

The modem also enables the machine to set up direct network connections to other computers (think of ARA) or to dial into a BBS system.

If you could please take some notes of which combination of CF memory card, adapter, system software and formatting software works and works not for you, consider also to publish your results (positive as well as negative finds) in our Wiki, like on the page Flash drive test results.

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1 hour ago, register said:

Great thread, I really enjoyed the read. Thank you for sharing!

Suggestion of an »earthly idea what application you could use for a modem in a Blackbird in this day and age«: Consider to use an address manager application (like »Address Manager« or »CoMa Mac«) that does not publish your contact data to the rest of the world. Just wire it to your phone line in parallel to your phone. The machine can dial for you and pick up the phone for you and also send / receive fax messages. Depending on te hardware it might even serve as an answering machine. A set of one time pads and a fax connection can also serve for strongly encrypted telecommunication ;-) (the one time pad encryption works with any media, of course, but a fax can be a nice tool for practising).

The modem also enables the machine to set up direct network connections to other computers (think of ARA) or to dial into a BBS system.

If you could please take some notes of which combination of CF memory card, adapter, system software and formatting software works and works not for you, consider also to publish your results (positive as well as negative finds) in our Wiki, like on the page Flash drive test results.

 

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the read so far! I’m definitely learning a lot of new things myself! And I hope to contribute in furthering modern day applications for these beautiful machines. I’m out of town atm, but let me address some of your items if I can. 

 

The modem idea: interesting concept, I had actually thought of something along the lines for the fax portion, and possibly a telephony suite for my TAM. I knew I installed the modem on my 550c for a reason, but as I currently don’t have a landline service (because of iPhone and no permanent living space), I’d like to give it a try when I return to my parents’ place next weekend. 

 

Currently, I’ve only tried Transcend and Silicon Drive compact flash cards with a Memorex CF PC Card adapter for transferring files between my PB G3 and TAM. 4GB and 2GB cards work fine, but the PCMCIA module gets very picky if the cards aren’t formatted to Mac. If I somehow mess up the format on either 4GB Card, or format to FAT, the computer either doesn’t recognize it or I have limited options (ie, I can’t format the card). So I normally have to get out my PB G3 to format the card/s before I can use them in the Blackbird again to store data. 

 

For transferring files between my PS3 (it formats CF cards to FAT32), if the card is the 2GB Card, it shows up on the desktop when I plug it in the card reader, and I can transfer files between the devices (card shows up on desktop as PC format, but allows me to transfer files on it to the system). Very picky system. 

 

Hope that helps! Still doing more testing, but not sure if I’ll pick up anymore CF cards. I’ve had no success using CF as a hard drive with the cards I have, even after formatting on another Mac. Only the Seagate ST1 was recognized, but I assume this is an issue with the IDE->SCSI adapter than the system itself. 

 

I’ll try to add my findings to the wiki...I didn’t know it existed! 

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Took about 4-5 months, but finally found an original iTunes disc. Also, picked up a 240MHz PB 3400c for $62.65. More on that after the break ;) 

 

I was inspired after reading this blog post on one of the original iTunes CDs by Kevin Rye on his site, appletothecore.me, while I was hunting for one myself.

http://appletothecore.me/files/itunes204CDtake2.php

 

I had missed one that went up for sale on the Bay a few weeks before I started looking for a copy myself. Suffice to say, the wait was well worth it, and I was tickled to find this one last week! I'm sure more will pop up in the future, but this one is staying in my permanent collection. 

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Is there even a scratch?? Doesn't look like it (obligatory surface inspection, as per the blog post ;)

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The 550c doesn't seem to care for it much, though. :/ 

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It appears to be version 1 as the Read Me update shows last updated 8 January 2001. Apple officially launched 1.0 on 9 January 2001. 

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Not to mention, it looks flipping smexy on the TAM. What

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While I was searching about for a power supply from a 3400c (since the stock power adapter for the PB G3 fits wayyyyyy too tightly on the power socket!!), I ran upon a PowerBook 3400c in the ended listings that had no buyer, complete with power adapter and CD drive.  

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Macintosh-PowerBook-3400c-Series-Laptop/123128418617?hash=item1cab069139:g:-3IAAOSwodpa9wHy

 

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The thing that attracted me to it was the included 20x CD drive, which reminded me of the one that came with the PowerBook G3 "Kanga" I used to have. That, and the case plastics looked immaculate in the pictures. 

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So, what do I do? I sent the seller a message, asking if he planned on relisting his computer. The seller didn't respond until 3 days later, letting me know that he relisted it, and it was a Buy It Now auction for $49 plus $13.65 shipping. I bought it on the spot. After tearing it down, I found out there was corrosion on the board and on the connector of the LCD, so that explains the computer not starting up. A victim of pesky PRAM battery leakage. Sad. 

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When I got to the HDD, my heart kinda jumped with excitement. It was a 3GB drive, and if original to the computer, means I've just landed the 240MHz model! I knew this, because the 200MHz one I have had a 2GB drive, and looking it up I remember how unexcited I was about finding out the specs. Sure enough, when I got to the CPU, I knew exactly what I was looking at

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240MHz :)

 

It looks like it has the original RAM, too, so I believe this computer is bone stock. Sadly, it displays nothing on the screen and there is no sound, even after I swap out the LCD and HDD...no power is getting to the display as it does not even light up. There is visible corrosion on the LCD flex at the connector. 

 

However, when HDD and LCD are swapped out, it "Bongs" to life when plugged in, and the HDD spins up as though it is loading the OS, so there is hope, yet! I'm going to try and see if I revive it back to life. Otherwise, on the bright side, it looks like it will make a good parts machine for the 200MHz model I have. And, I guess it will finally have a black keyboard again. :)

 

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After some minor trace bridging on the 3rd 550c, I can finally set it aside as completely repaired. The only thing that was not an easy fix was getting the left side battery to be detected by the system. Under my microscope, you can see the pads are disconnected where I had scraped away the traces that were dissolved: 

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The battery leak corroded the traces connecting pads that linked the battery to the logic board. After determining the two connections that were affected by continuity, I cut some stranded wire to bridge those connections, and tinned the connecting ends so they could adhere to the exposed traces on the board. IMG_5096.thumb.JPG.524e5da3e8eccd41d28751e4261693b1.JPG

 

Here, I tested for continuity at vias upstream from the bridging

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With new battery connectors soldered on, the battery is detected when inserted in either side. Everything else works as tested. This project is complete. 

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I made a repair video detailing each step, but I'm still working on wrapping it up. I'm still new to the whole iMovie software, and slowly learning how to use it, time permitting. 

 

For now, I uploaded this celebratory video I made a few weeks ago in honor of preserving four PowerBook 500 series computers (technically, I only worked on 3 of them, but will be working on the 4th when parts are available). I would say that's a solid conquest. :)

 

 

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Misspelled word. I think it's pretty set in stone: I will never be perfect

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I like your idea of a collection — narrow and deep (with the exception of the TAM, of course).

You own the Powerbook 500 series and you probably spent less on it than many of us did on our sprawling collections (looking at myself here...).

Well done. This is how it can be done.

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8 hours ago, ArmorAlley said:

I like your idea of a collection — narrow and deep (with the exception of the TAM, of course).

You own the Powerbook 500 series and you probably spent less on it than many of us did on our sprawling collections (looking at myself here...).

Well done. This is how it can be done.

 

Haha, thank you! I appreciate that! It’s a bit more than I expected to spend ;) I never intended to collect anything else after the TAM....that was an impulse buy, and I sold off the Kanga I had months before because I was afraid of the brittle plastics breaking in time. But I’ve always wanted the 550, and now I’m knee deep.  

 

I definitely intend to stick wiith the 500 series. But I see a lot of nice collections here, too. I’m afraid if I get started into anything else, I’m going to get sucked into a never ending vortex! Still nice to see what everyone here has, and especially nice to connect with you guys with similar collection interests and collections! I love sharing info

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Received my first purchase from Mercari Japan. What appears to be a brand new Sonnet Crescendo/WS G4 500MHz/1MB upgrade card for the PB G3 Wallstreet, Japanese model (WSG4-500-1M-J). Great purchasing experience, fast turn around time! Hamada san took care of me all the way. 

 

I'd love to bust into it and upgrade my Wallstreet but if it's truly brand new and unflashed, I'm kinda scared to mess with it! :p Software is in English. Anyone who has ever bought a Sonnet card brand new recognize if this is the original plastic on it? Appears to be unopened, but I can't be for certain. It was described in the Mercari listing as brand new: 

 

https://item.mercari.com/jp/m88560050736/

 

Item plus proxy commission: $235.93

Foreign transaction fee: $6.37

Shipping: $23.08

Foreign transaction fee: $0.62

Total: $266.00 USD

 

:/ 

 

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It doesn't like the TAMinator very well. With good cause 

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Grammar. I'm typing on a potato. Says it's a MacBook Pro, but pretty sure it's a potato. :/

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Damn, those are some cheap fees (granted I don't know what the proxy commission was). And shipping, too! How close to Japan are you? (I am used to ordering doujinshi from Japan to the US. How to go broke in one easy lessson.)

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4 minutes ago, tanaquil said:

Damn, those are some cheap fees (granted I don't know what the proxy commission was). And shipping, too! How close to Japan are you? (I am used to ordering doujinshi from Japan to the US. How to go broke in one easy lessson.)

Haha, I never really calculate the fees in USD! Original price was 24000 yen. Hamada san charged me 25730 yen to make the purchase, and then 2517 yen to ship EMS (that was the fastest option he offered, or I would have used DHL). So, I think it was relatively cheap! And he was fast, too. Sent me shipping invoice Sunday morning, ordered Thursday or Friday night I believe. I didn't respond until Sunday night on shipping, and he gave me Tracking by Monday morning. 

 

The only issue is, the latency involved when ordering on Mercari through proxy. His site is vvJapan, I believe, and of two that I tried, he was the first one who got back to me, but it took like over an hour I think. Then another 20-30 mins to place order. I was kinda wondering what would happen if someone bought the card before me. The MO drive I ordered this morning was FAST though. Ordered around 10am this morning. He responded with a PayPal money request within minutes of me sending a purchase inquiry, and bought the drive just minutes after I submitted the payment. Guess it's a luck of the draw. 

 

I live in the US, so pretty far away from Japan!! Never heard of doujinshi before, but I'm open to trying anything out. I usually stick with whatever is working so far though! And I totally know what you mean! Calculating everything I've bought so far...looking at over a thousand dollars not including these recent purchases! 

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That is SUPER cheap in terms of fees. Your standard proxy services will often charge something like 50% over the original price of the item by the time all is said and done. You found a good guy!

 

Haha, doujinshi are fan-created manga (think fanfic, only graphic style). Totally different medium, but all my hobbies are geeky.

 

I have never ordered any computer stuff from Japan but you never know. I'll have to keep Mercari in mind. Keep sharing your Mercari purchases, I'll be interested to see them.

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2 minutes ago, tanaquil said:

That is SUPER cheap in terms of fees. Your standard proxy services will often charge something like 50% over the original price of the item by the time all is said and done. You found a good guy!

 

Haha, doujinshi are fan-created manga (think fanfic, only graphic style). Totally different medium, but all my hobbies are geeky.

 

I have never ordered any computer stuff from Japan but you never know. I'll have to keep Mercari in mind. Keep sharing your Mercari purchases, I'll be interested to see them.

I guess he is a keeper then! Well, he was the first person to respond with a payment request, so I've stuck with him so far. I thought FromJapan proxy fees were fairly affordable, but I've never actually did the math. While everything is in yen, I'm used to thinking, "Oh, USD is pretty big right now, totally cheap! Very affordable! Much happiness! Wait...is that my bill??? Hmmm, looks like I'm eating dog food the rest of the month!" :)

 

Anyways, I'll definitely post anything new! And I am trying to give him more business, so if you need anything from Mercari, I highly recommend vvJapan! Just don't tell him he's cheap wink wink ;) 

 

 

Missed this 2400c/240 earlier, like a couple weeks ago. Doesn't boot though, but sold for only 7999 yen ($72.66 USD). Allow me to kick myself: 

https://item.mercari.com/jp/m87995586661/

 

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Bought an Apple TechStep the other day for $199 shipped. Haven’t received, yet, but it only comes with two ROMs. Original eBay auction here: 

 

https://m.ebay.com/itm/Rare-vintage-Apple-TechStep-diagnostic-system-nice-shape-working-BIN-199/232801118597?hash=item3634072985:g:JHMAAOSwnOtbHVDT#vi__app-cvip-panel

 

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Anyone try one of these on a computer they didn’t have the ROM for? (Ie, what happens if I plug it into a 3400c that I’m trying to fix?). Also, where can I find more ROMs for this thing? 

 

Tenks

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On 5/22/2018 at 6:09 PM, Charadis said:

here are pics of the daughter cards.

 

It seems that the 540c and the 550c M68k daughterboards have identical Apple Part number of 820-0559-A? If you still have the XC68040FE33M, I would like to buy it.

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2 hours ago, reukiodo said:

 

It seems that the 540c and the 550c M68k daughterboards have identical Apple Part number of 820-0559-A? If you still have the XC68040FE33M, I would like to buy it.

Appreciate your interest! I was about to sell one to a member previously, but the last 550c I imported turned out to have a 25MHz version from a 520c instead of the original 33MHz card...previous owner must have swapped it out (ironically, he was selling a 520c at the same time he had the 550c on auction. If I had only know...he probably left the card in that one, and I had no idea or I would have bought it, too! The dirtbag...).

 

The only one I have right now is being used in one of my PBs, which I need to use the other card expansion :/ 

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The TechStep arrived on the same day as a PB Kanga I ordered last week! Yeah yeah, so I've mentioned that I sold my first Kanga last year and wanted to get out of this collecting business (before joining this awesome community). Yet here I am, now with another one. Meh. 

 

Original listing of Kanga: 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Macintosh-G3-Powerbook-Kanga-WORKING-Laptop-Mac-Apple-Power-PC-Vintage/223014088864?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

Original listing of TechStep: 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-vintage-Apple-TechStep-diagnostic-system-nice-shape-working-BIN-199/232801118597?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

 

Suffice to say, I wasn't sure which one I'd spend time with first. Interestingly... the seller shipped the Kanga in a Dell box. How fitting :)

 

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First thing I did: opened up the keyboard and removed the PRAM battery, which surprisingly, did not appear to show any signs of leakage! (hooray). Next thing, replaced the original 5GB HDD with a 30GB non-Apple IDE drive (would have been solid state, but my CF adapter has the old screw-hole arrangement). 

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I'll admit, I might have spent a bit much on the Kanga. The max RAM module (128MB) was what sold me on the deal though. And after the UK listing ended, I kinda feared that someone might snap this one up before I could. 

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Exhibit No. 2. TechStep....it looks cool. And old. 

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Wires feel old. There was a 9v battery installed, showing very minor signs of leakage. I pulled that sucker out as fast as I could (without damaging anything, of course). 

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I have nothing to work on it with right now. Thought about hooking it up to one of my computers to see what happens, as I'm curious to see if it would be compatible with some of the systems I'm working on. 

 

Anyone not familiar with this, the ROMs plug into the unit from the side. There are additional ROMs that I've read about for this machine. 

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And the checklist. I don't think I have the SCSI cable. Or the Mini DIN-8 cables (x2). I'm not sure what one of the cables is though, so maybe? 

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Wonder what happens if I mail the registration card in ;) heh heh

Edited by Charadis
This post was riddled with spelling errors! Like 2 or 3 of em, I'm telling ya! Even had to correct an error on my Reason for edit!

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It has been a little while since I've posted any new finds. I waited until I received my 3rd Color Classic II today...did not expect to be acquiring this many. The first one, not pictured, came with broken front bezel on three places, and half the screen is green-tinted .... probably degaussing issue? That became my parts machine when the second CCII stopped working: the analog board became defective after reassembling the unit, not realizing the grounding harness was not properly installed, and the motherboard would power the computer on but not boot after I cleaned around the capacitors that seemed to have leaked. 

 

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The first two I bought through Mercari: 

#1: 4500 yen, unit only

https://item.mercari.com/jp/m51404873341/

Price conversion, adjusted with proxy commission: $51.17

Shipping/handling: $178.29

Total value: $229.46

 

#2: 10,000 yen, unit plus keyboard plus software plus manuals/literature

https://item.mercari.com/jp/m34679356235/

Price conversion, plus proxy commission: $99.42 USD

Shipping/handling: $233.00 USD

Total value: $332.42 USD

 

The last one, complete with serial matching box, I won on Yahoo! Auctions for 6,000 yen ($54.00 USD by conversion), no keyboard or software/manuals though. #3: Just mouse, power cord, and keyboard/ADB cords: 

https://www.fromjapan.co.jp/en/auction/yahoo/input/t583103209?recommend=view&title=Macintosh Color Ciassic-II マッキントッシュ カラークラシックツー ジャンク品

Shipping/handling: I don't remember, through EMS though. 

Total value: $252.32 USD

 

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More often than not, I found myself picking these up not taking account of shipping cost. But these are the next frontier with me. I've become a fan of working on these now, when I was at first afraid of even taking off the back casing. I opened up the one I received today, just to make sure the grounding harness was securely installed. Don't wanna make the same mistake twice. ;) 

 

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I only have one keyboard to work with both of them, so I might try picking up another at some point. 

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None of the hard drives work at the moment. I've watched tutorials on taking apart SCSI drives and circumventing the sticky bumper head issue. I may try to crack one open soon. I eventually want to install some software on one and get it set up to actually use. 

 

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Literature that came with the second CCII: 

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Seems that the floppy drive on the one I received today has issues reading floppy disks. When I have time, I may look into figuring out what is the issue. For now, feast your eyes on this beautiful X

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Second CCII works fine now with the analog board from the first CCII: 

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All three motherboards that came with each unit. The 3rd worked when I first received it, but stopped working after I tried cleaning around the capacitors that appear to have leaked. I will probably sell it with the parts machine at some point. Only one of these motherboards has a 32MB Ram stick and FPU. 

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That's it for now. 

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You wouldn't be willing to sell me the nameplate from the broken CCII, would you?

 

I've upgraded mine with a 550 board, which effectively makes it a CCII, but it's still got a CC nameplate.

 

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