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  2. Vince's Conquests

    I honestly kind of want to upgrade to 98 but I don't want to lose all the cheesy Compaq OEM software (like that MIDI player) in the process.
  3. Vince's Conquests

    Hmm, sometimes, OEM Windows installs have the setup files under C:\Windows\Options\Cabs. If there's something there, maybe you can copy it off and use it to reinstall Windows from scratch while keeping the OEM branding? Otherwise, the Add/Remove Programs control panel is your friend.... c
  4. Vince's Conquests

    A dead CMOS battery was just messing with the whole thing, causing the machine to not even recognize its hard drive...one pair of pliers and a jumper adjustment later and now it's fine. I suppose next I'll have to figure out what I can safely delete off the hard drive to free up space, I want to put games on here...
  5. Vince's Conquests

    Well, part of the problem with the bloat is that you've got IE 5.5 installed Anyway, glad to see it's been fixed. What was wrong with it? c
  6. PowerBook 180 hard drive bearing noise

    Howdy! Welcome! The drive may quiet down slightly with use...or it may get louder before it fails. Just no way to predict, and really not much you can do about it. The problem with replacement Powerbook SCSI drives is they're all ~25 years old and will be subject to failure. Imho, the cheapest most reliable option, should your drive fail, is to go solid state with a SCSI2SD PowerBook Edition adapter.
  7. Quicksilver upgrade questions

    It's always interesting to see what upgrades people make to their systems. I got a QS'02 recently and it's got a gig of RAM, an 800MHz CPU and I believe superdrive, and it's still got its original 40 gig disk, and I have yet to do anything to it, as in that configuration, it already feels unrealistically fast. Like for day to day OS 9 stuff, it trips over itself at things you don't notice on most beige systems because everthing else is so mch slower. From my super brief stint in the 10.3 install that came with it, these systems feel more sprightly and smooth in OS X, even before you start putting things in. To speak to the data transfer issue: What systems are you transferring data with on the quicksilver? If it has a SCSI card, Jaz is usually not much more than Zip for sometimes surprisingly large collections (on US ebay, I recently saw a bundle of two Jaz drives with cabling and power supply and 17 matching 1-gig cartridges for around $50-75 or so, for example) and is (still not perfect, of course, but) much more robust than zip, and the convenience on the end of the older machine is around the same as zip or any other format. If you don't already have a lot of Zip stuff specifically, almost anything is good enough. If you just want to back up data, the superdrive in that system will probably work fine with DVD-RAM and/or DVD-RW, or you can upgrade to one of those. MO is much more durable overall. LS-120 is easy to get in USB, but not super common in SCSI form, and i don't know if drivers for system 7 or 68k ever came out. I'm eventually going to swap my Zip drive and bezel to someone for their blank bezel (already arranged, it's going to be a part of my next travel vacation) if only because my QS has either a combo or a superdrive, USB ports, gigabit ethernet, and
  8. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Regarding first-party OS support for Zip: only by way of bundling the necessary drivers, which you can find (perhaps with some inconvenience) or kludge your way around having to use on other formats. And, any machine where Zip support is convenient or where Zips were built in is a machine where it's likely unnecessary or where networking is trivial (i.e. the 7/8/9 and G3+ powermacs all have onboard 10bt+ Ethernet) and a better option for loading software and transferring data to them (CD-ROM drives that are fast, run well, and read CD-RW media fine). The inconvenience of adding official support for SyQuest or MO on a beige G3 is about the same as what it takes to get Zip running on any 68k Mac running any version of the OS where Zip support wasn't bundled in, so in the absolute best case scenario, adding Zip to my 1400, 840, LC520, PM6100, LC475, or whatever is only more convenient than adding MO or Bernoulli by the way of a single reboot on whatever newer Mac I add the drive to as well. These processes could be better documented, and perhaps we can call upon the kindness of people like @Charadis and @1400man and @olePigeon who have used these formats to help get this information gathered.
  9. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    Just to reiterate these two main points on their own: Networking is not as difficult as everyone believes it is. If you can afford a zip drives and some disks, you can probably afford to get some localtalk gear or a serial cable. Zip disks are provably the worst contemporary storage format. It was in its day, too. I have no idea why Apple included it with its own machines, save possibility for the fact that Zip was close to as common in retail stores as floppy diskette media, compared admittedly to almost all other superfloppy and disk/disc cartridge formats, and even burnable CDs for a long time.
  10. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    The other thing, regarding networking, is that not a single Mac in existence lacks networking. LocalTalk exists on all of them. It's not amazingly usable on the 128 and 512k, but those are complete experiences with just a handful of floppy diskettes anyway, and floppyemu can emulate HD20 of, if I remember correctly, various sizes, so that's not where people tend to target their zip efforts. Notably, Bernoulli predates zip and is faster and much more reliable, but it must have been fairly expensive, for as uncommon and unknown as they are now. And regarding service bureaus: SyQuest wasn't really "in trouble" until the fairly late '90s, my understanding has always been they'd take whatever you could get the files onto, but yeah, for bigger files, burnable CDs appear to have started looking attractive in the mid '90s. There's at least a half dozen ads featuring them (some just CD-R burners, some combo CD-R and rewriteable phase-change burners), and since tapes were still in common use and people understood how those worked ("via retrospect") firing up toast to master a CD probably didn't seem like such a big deal, given the eventual benefits. I've personally never gotten a lot of excitement out of burning a CD (maybe oddly: I did get some excitement out of my first few burnable DVDs), but I also hated doing it and i only ever did it for data I wanted to "have, but not be in my way." Zip might be core to your experience, it might even be more common an experience than others, but I wouldn't say it's core to the DNA of the hobby or even the platform. I'd just say it happens to have been common, and it happens to have been convenient. I won't fault you your nostalgia, I just don't think your particular nostalgia should be at the center of how we talk about ways to use these machines. It's one of a few different options, and Zip in particular is one specific type of that option, and it happens to be provably the worst, and I think it's a mistake to try to hide that from people. Ideally, this would be something we all accepted as reality, and it would be documented on the wiki or on a page. Nobody's trying to erase zip, but it's certainly irresponsible to recommend it without reservation, or even first. Regarding nostalgia specifically: You can get the same rush of copying files onto a whirring spinning disc from any of a dozen or two different spinning media standards. If that's all you're after, then zip away. It'll only cost a few bucks and it won't mean that much when it's gone. For almost anything else, every other vintage data storage format is objectively better in any number of ways. The only reason I'm not removing the Zip drives from my G3, G3s, and 8600, is because I don't have anything else to put in that spot, or blank bezels to put there. Otherwise, even though I have a couple disks, there's no good reason to have them. Networking for this particular era of hardware is even easier, since with add-on cards and big IDE disks, so many of them are viable for use as old Mac servers, let alone doing things like running finely aged vintage debian and windows server virtual machines with AFP/AppleTalk networking. (Honestly, doing that and enabling some of the older UAMs should allow IIgs and Mac system 6/7 to participate too, even on machines without Ethernet, via localtalk bridging.) I think we under-estimate exactly how easy networking really is. And, regarding temporary file transfers: that's nice, except how many people are actually doing that with zip? only using it for transfers? It gets advocated for all manner of use cases, to this day. All of the media surrounding it when it was new was basically to do all the same things all the other cartridge formats were actually better at (capacity extensions, high performance storage for media projects, higher capacity for convenient backups). People talk about using them as active boot disks all the time. The entire point of them in the '90s was you'd leave your active data on them and switch between them for projects. In retrospect, given the asirations people had for Apple and what most of the Macs shipped with built-in Zip drives were allegedly for, I'm surprised Apple chose Zip over literally anything else, even Jaz, as the factory installable option. (Let's remember but ignore that Zip was occasionally cited for delays actually shipping machines, too.) Iomega themselves advertized Zip more for documents, backup, casual uses like saving copies of web pages, maybe software or update installers, old recordings or email archives. Stuff you'd want a big disk drive built into your 6500 for, and stuff you'd want your kid to be able to bring home from the classroom G3 AIO, but as the '90s wore on, multimedia and design projects pretty handily outgrew zip. The advertising in MacWorld for Jaz and SyQuest frequently referenced the fact that large print projects could grow to over a gig. It's interesting. I personally (as mentioned) never loved burning CDs. It felt wasteful, and honestly still does, even though CDs are as inexpensive as ever. (Just casually, it looks like it's around $0.05/disc in 100 packs.) The process of mastering a CD always bothered me and as such, in my view, it had a place, but that place was different from floppies and zips. It bothered me immensely that CD had "won" and that Iomega tossed in the towel so quickly with Zip 750 in 2003. (Granted: in retrospect, it was probably the best thing for them to do, USB sticks came out that year and addressed the convenience problem handily. Ironically, I think much of what hurt Zip was Iomega's pricing on it. It looked extremely aggressive, and by the end of the '90s it was less bad than at some other points, but in reality magneto optical usually had both zip and jaz beat on pricing. The drives cost maybe a little more, and the media was way cheaper for MO. In late 1998 (November, if I remember right, I'm not on the computer with that issue), MacWorld did a storage issue and Zip was around 20 cents per meg, Jaz was close to 30, LS120 was 10. MO was 3. Burnable CDs were a little more than that.
  11. Vince's Conquests

    Well, I fixed the Presario! Here's Windows 95 in all its bloated (look at that free space!) glory! And of course you can't mess around with a Windows 95 computer without listening to Canyon.mid.
  12. Quadra 610 Restoration Project

    Thanks. Now I know that C197 and C196 are only connected to the vias on either side of them. Time to do more trace-tracing - my vias there look eaten through. On another kind of interesting note, if I completely remove U46 I still get sound and the chimes of death. I'm wondering what that chip is for. Still haven't found schematics for the 610, and still looking around from time to time.
  13. System Saver - Fanless Compact Mac

    Yup - I was thinking the same thing. Attached are pics of the 80mm version and the .stl file. I have a cheap fan in there now but it's still much quieter than the 60mm fan with the same airflow. I have ordered an 80mm Noctua that gets good reviews for near-silence and still puts out a high CFM. 80MM System Saver II.stl
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  15. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    My 2 cents: Imho, the Zip drive came too late. If the Zip drive had been around before CDROM drives started to become standard equipment the Zip drive would have killed the floppy disk. But CDROMs were already on their way to ubiquity and CD burners and disks came down in price fast enough to make the Zip obsolete before it could become a standard. I had a Zip 100 but it got very little use as I found burnable CD's cheap enough to be almost disposable. Even CDRW's were kind of pointless with WORM CD media being so cheap. The other issue is the software industry never embraced any other media for distribution other than floppies and then CD's. However, I can certainly see Zip media being useful now for passing around software between vintage Macs that lack CD drives or networking.
  16. Scored my first SE today...

    What expansion card do you want to place? A Network card?
  17. LaCie MO 230 drive for PB 190 or 5300

    That's way too strong a statement. Zip is in the DNA of the mid-nineties to early 2k retromac experience. With the release pf the B@W G3 the FDD was phased out entirely by Apple in favor of optional Zip Drive Kits. Zip had replaced SyQuest as the de facto standard for transporting data to service bureaus within months of its release. Sure there were and will be problems to be wary of, that's all part of the experience. Even something as nearly universal as Syquest in the higher end DTP community pales in comparison to market penetration, much less the direct OS and Hardware support of Apple for the Zip standard. Ya pays your money and ya takes your chances. Not a lotta chance of losing irreplaceable data using any form of removable drive for temporary transfers.
  18. Hi everyone! I am 16 years old and I am a proud owner of a mint condition PowerBook 180, it has the port door intact and no signs of the tunnel vision problem and the display is perfect! Everything works perfectly, but one thing that bothers me a little bit is the hard drive is a bit on the noisy side. It has some bearing noise, and I know these old drives are a lot noisier than modern drives, but from others I have heard on YouTube is seems they are a bit quieter than mine. Mine you can barely hear the "clicking" of the drive as it reads data over the bearing whine, and it's pretty loud in my room. The drive works great though. Others I have heard you can hear the drive reading data and can barely hear any bearing noise. Is there a way to lubricate these old drives? Mine is a 70MB drive. I have not opened up the machine so I don't know what drive is inside it. If anyone has another working 2.5" SCSI drive that is quieter I could use a spare one too in case this one ever dies, as it's the only one I have, and I want to prolong the life of the drive if possible.
  19. Quadra 610 Restoration Project

    I'm still looking for a picture of the bottom of the Q610 motherboard, right near the power supply cable pins. C197, C196, C195, that sort of area. The traces between C197 and C196 are all completely gone. Looks like there's a wide trace and maybe some thinner ones. @360alaska When you have time, could you upload a picture of that area?
  20. Software for Mac SE

    Nice! An SE with 4MB can run anything System 7.1 era fairly comfortably (granted I never used Photoshop back then so I don’t know about that - Netscape was another app I could never run until I got a Performa, I believe that was a processor speed issue). I believe the SE can do 7.5 but I always preferred 7.1 on my Classic. Have fun!
  21. Software for Mac SE

    Hey Guys Thanks so much! This is great...I have a 4mg SE but programs like Photoshop 0.63 complain that is what at least 4 mgs to correctly even though it does load and work fine. I will check all these out. Brad Hansen
  22. Lisa1

    Hello Thank you everyone for taking the time and effort to give an opinion on the condition of my Lisa2. I am in the UK, do you know of anyone locally who could sort this out for me? I will trawl your forum posts too. Thank you once again
  23. eMMC or SD better for Pismo 500 down to PB190 . . .

    I have seen several very small 2.5" IDE to SD adapters online, but I am not sure whether or not they would be bootable. These would make for very convenient drives as compact flash has much higher pricing than SD cards. Here is one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/QNINE-Adapter-Memory-Converter-Laptop/dp/B01N33LAVV/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1529770999&sr=8-3&keywords=ide+to+sd
  24. eMMC or SD better for Pismo 500 down to PB190 . . .

    Thanks for the info, I figured the the speed of eMMC would be bottlenecked at the IDE implementation of the NuBus Architecture 'Books. Found some interesting discussion about upgrading to eMMC vs, SD for speed out in the Pi-verse. I took a better look at the module I was considering and it's looking more like a proprietary interface. I've got an Intel ATOM board with a "PCI Express Full Mini" slot that's used for WiFi modules. I snagged a cheap 5GB Solid State drive of some sort for that slot and a 2.5" IDE HDD adapter for it seven or eight years ago for PowerBook playtime. I figured for $20 a 32GB card might be fun. The form factor/interface "looks right" but the mounting holes are a non-standard configuration, so I never bothered counting pins or researching further. I got a real kick when searching around though, someone is listing the eMMC module for my $200 HP Notebook at $500!
  25. Lisa1

    That is what I was afraid of. You have major damage to the IO and mother boards. At get this working again, you will need to replace (or repair) those boards and possibly the card cage pan. In reference to your original post, you do not have a Lisa 1 anymore, but a Lisa 2 that needs a lot work, but is still worth saving. Rick
  26. Lisa1

    Ouch. Yeah, don't try to power on that Lisa! That system is going to require some serious cleaning and component replacement to make it work. The power supply for the Profile drive will probably need to be recapped as well.
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