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  1. Just to clarify, I'm not talking about getting another machine, just deciding which of my current machines would be best to keep and which I can let go. Not that any of the ones I'm considering selling off have much in terms of value. And somewhere, I think I still have an Asante LocalTalk-to-ethernet adapter, which is probably just as good an option for connecting any of the compacts.
  2. I guess this is kind of what I was getting at. I'm looking at the situation like a prepper...I want something that will allow me to retrieve stuff from or write things to old (400k) disks or SCSI drives, or just about anything else. It's probably not going to be just one machine, so I need to justify (to others in the house who shall not be named) why I need to keep "all those old computers" around.
  3. So, I used to collect all manner of old computers, mostly Macs but some others as well. Given the need to minimize storage space and maximize nostalgia, I've decided to pare my collection down to compact Macs only. The shelving in my storage area allows 6 per shelf with space for keyboards, mice, etc., so if I aim for one good example of each model of compact, I shouldn't need more than a couple shelves. So far, I have: an original Mac (512k, I think) that was upgraded to a Plus SE FD/HD SE/30 Macintosh Classic Macintosh Classic II Color Classic (upgraded to a Mystic) Pretty much all of them need to be recapped, which I hope to work on as an exercise to teach my son how to solder. The question I've come to, though, is that few of these have any kind of network connectivity (the SE/30 and CC have ethernet, but no others), so I'll need to keep around some other machine for the purpose of downloading software, creating floppy disks, etc. To fill that need, I currently have an LCIII, a Powerbook G3 Lombard and a couple G3 iMacs (ingido, 2001). Obviously, the PBG3 or iMacs better go along with the "compactness" of the collection, but I feel like I'd run into some situation where they wouldn't work. For example, testing some 68k-based applications may not work, or I may not be able to format some disks. The LCIII would take up a bit more space than the PBG3 (probably about the same space as the iMacs, factoring in the monitor), but being a 68k processor, I feel like there's less chance of compatibility issues. And, the other consequence is that this, too will need to be recapped (I redid the power supply a few years back, but haven't touched the logic board). So, for those of you that curate compact collections, how important is it to keep a "transitional" or "translational" machine around, and would something with a 68k CPU be a better choice than the others for any particular reason?
  4. CVKealey

    Rear I/O panel for "Mystic" CC?

    Both of them look like just cut-down versions of the 575 panel with screw holes added. So, I should be able to achieve the same thing with a coping saw, drill press and a steady hand. I've got two out of the three.
  5. CVKealey

    Rear I/O panel for "Mystic" CC?

    Yeah, I found that right after posting my message. Not quite worth $45 to me, esp. if I've got the 575 panel that I can shave down to the right size.
  6. CVKealey

    Rear I/O panel for "Mystic" CC?

    I've got a Color Classic that I "Mystic"-ized a long time ago. At the time (~2010, I think?) the current wisdom on handling the rear I/O panel was to get an LC575 panel and basically merge it with the original CC panel. I have both. The problem was that life got in the way and I never finished that. Now, I still have the parts, but not the time and not the patience or skill to make it look good. So, is there anyone out there that has successfully done this (combined the two I/O panels into one that fits as the original does)? If so, would you be willing to do it again, and if so, what would this cost? Alternately, I saw something pop up about someone 3D printing Mystic I/O panels, but now I can't seem to find it. While I'd prefer it look as original as possible, the convenience of just popping on a piece that's specifically designed to do the job has its appeal.
  7. It's been a LOOOOONG time since I messed with CRTs or tube TVs, but the noise you're referring to sounds like the flyback transformer. Usually the noise is accompanied by a flicker or other visible distortion, but not always. Way back in the day, I had a client with a brand new (at the time) bondi iMac where they complained of this type of noise. In that case, there weren't any visible cues, and I couldn't hear anything peculiar, although the client could (she was an elderly librarian, so probably much more attuned to hearing noise than I was). In any event, Apple sent a replacement and had us ship back the "bad" one. In their investigation (back when they actually did that) they found that it was a defective transformer.
  8. CVKealey

    Quantum Viking 42S493 SCSI drive "unsupported"?

    OK, Lido saw them and started initializing one, but then it started the click of death and got really (really) warm. Haven't tried the other yet, but get the feeling the results will be the same and they'll both go into my pile of dead drives.
  9. CVKealey

    Quantum Viking 42S493 SCSI drive "unsupported"?

    Thanks, I'll give this a try tonight!
  10. Going through a couple boxes of old hard drives, I found two Quantum Viking drives, model # VK42S493. Specs I found online indicate these are 4.2 GB and appear to have been originally sold by/packaged in Compaq PCs. I'm fairly certain at least one of them came out of a PowerMac (7200 or 7300, I think). I plugged them into an external SCSI enclosure connected to my beige G3 DT (running 9.2.1) and Drive Setup sees them, but lists them as "unsupported". I can't initialize them, mount them, or anything else. Any ideas on whether these are compatible/can be used in SCSI-based Macs?
  11. CVKealey

    Powerbook 180c chime, then death chime

    If you're the "third time's a charm" type, I have a 180C that's in parts. The screen is in good physical condition, but the plastics are shot (all the brass standoffs for the screws holding it together are separated from the panels). I do have the proper AC adapter (US version, if that matters). I don't think it's got a HDD in it currently. If you're willing to cover the shipping to wherever you are, it's yours. PM me if interested. -Chad
  12. CVKealey

    a nice clamshell

    What's the model/part # of the adapter you want/need? I have one that (I think) came with a Bronze G3 PowerBook that had a drinking problem (in that its owner thought they should make it drink a latte). As far as I know, it (the adapter, not the G3) works, but I'm not sure it's the same specs as the iBook's AC adapter. I'll check the PN tonight.
  13. CVKealey

    Hard Disk 20

    Thanks for the walk through. I cleaned this out, lubed the motor, and this spun up and worked like new!
  14. CVKealey

    Tour of Macintosh Audio Cassette

    Found the box with my dad's old Plus (originally either a 128k or 512k, not sure which) and buried in the original accessories box was this little gem. Unfortunately, I don't think I have a working cassette player to listen to it.
  15. On a related note, does anyone know if the PB145b or 170 display is compatible with the PB180c base? Obviously, it wouldn't be in color, but at least as a way to verify the rest of the components in the base.