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  1. Charadis

    SCSI2SD and spindown

    I haven't logged in here for a while, but I see you're trying to get a SCSI2SD working in a 550c. Hope you were able to resolve any issues. And thanks for your purchase! I did get it working previously on a PB 520, there was a program that was provided to format the SD card and image the drive partition I think. I did very little testing and very little even with that module, given the image was a very small partition out of the 4GB SD card I used (I think it was only 512MB?).
  2. Charadis

    PowerBook 1400 VST MO Drive

    Any info about this drive? I don't have a PB 1400. Yet. But wondering if it's worth acquiring one just for the sake of using this. I assume the same software that works for the 5300 MO drive should work with this one, too... as it doesn't have any software... or box... or manuals..
  3. Charadis

    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    I saw pictures of a Tango 2 on Trio board, if that's the one you're referring to. But I can imagine there being multiple revisions those days. Yeah, it is interesting. I couldn't tell the difference between my two cards though, they both look the same besides the imported one having blue capacitors and the other black. Oh well, blue for good, right? I popped in a PATA to CF card and a 64GB CF and called it a day. I'm just praying the the floppy drive continues to work for a long while. It has been so useful transferring info and restoring the vintage systems I've played with, and my heart skips a beat every time the disk gets stuck every once in a while.
  4. Charadis

    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    Very cool, thanks a lot for the linky! I’ll have to try it out when I’m back in town tomo. (: I have two of the CS ii Farallon cards, both react differently to the TAM. The first one I acquired worked for a few boot cycles, but only after I would reload the drivers from the CD that came with the second one. At some point, I couldn’t connect to the internet and have to reload the drivers. Then the last time I tried, I couldn’t get it to work anymore. As for the second Farallon card, the system would always lock up every time I booted with it installed. my config at the time was with a 300MHz Sonnet Crescendo L2 and a Sonnet Tango v1. how did you get the Tempo Trio to work with the TAM?? I had one, but it did not work; was t even detected by the system (9.1), so I sold it.
  5. Charadis

    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    Thank you, sir. Glad I could finally say mine is finally specced up there with yours now. Definitely don’t see them show up very often, and I expect to have a tight grip on this one for a long time. I guess the last thing to figure out is how to get that Farallon comm II Card working right, but it is no big deal.
  6. Charadis

    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    I see, that’s unfortunate. I actually just recently sold a 400MHz 1MB cache Sonnet Crescendo\L2, breaking about even for what I paid importing it. Would have been very interested, but hope it all pans out and you can bring that board back to life. I know I have a spare board in the closet, but I don’t know much about it; it came with the second Tango I bought
  7. Charadis

    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    Thank you, sir! I hope you get yours fixed, I assume corrosion issue? I've been waiting a while for one to pop up, only to miss many others that have. I've seen seen some ridiculous deals, as low as 250, and as high as over 500. That card is actually a Sonnet Tango version 1 I did have a Tempo that I tried with the TAM, but it did not work, sadly (so I sold it). The main drive, a compact flash card (64GB I think) in an IDE to CF converter, is in the main drive bay underneath the Sonnet Tango. You are correct on the risers, PCI bottom and Comm II top. I had to acquire each riser separately, and the humpback as well, as those parts were missing when I initially purchased the computer set. At some point, this computer became a labor of love, but it has been an invaluable tool for updating/data transfer between other vintage Macs that have passed my hands (and the few that I have kept). And I love listening to music from it on occasion; the sound quality is still amazing. <3
  8. Charadis

    Sonnet Crescendo L2 500MHz 1M

    My latest acquisition, a Sonnet Crescendo\L2 500MHz 1M (BG3-500-1-kit03), completes my TAM conquest. I've sold off a lot of my vintage Mac collection to focus on my Leica hobby and concentrate on just a handful of my fav Macs (namely the 2400c, Quadra 700, and of course the TAM). 545 after tax plus 50 eBay bucks, one of the priciest standalone upgrades. I've found lower priced recently ended auctions, but I've also seen higher listings; decided not to take my chances. Original eBay listing Here is a wanted listing I posted in another site from last year. (: Cheers,
  9. I eagerly await the machine translation. I have this book, and there are a lot of nice pictures in it that I wish I can understand the captions to. Cheers,
  10. Charadis

    PowerBook 550c

    I see, I think I have read about the project in another thread. While I hear a lot of negativity over replacing the 68040 daughtercard for PPC, I enjoy bringing the computer closer to being as modern as possible, and that means being able to use software that runs best (or only) on PPC. Hoping everything pans out.
  11. Charadis

    PowerBook 550c

    Oh hey, that seller has my name It is a very cool combination. Easy swapping the keys, and perfect chance to clean the whole assembly while you’re at it. The SCSI to IDE connector is very picky. Once you find an SSD that pairs with it, however, the system works smoothly. Goes pretty well with the PPC upgrade Keep it close, I’ve only seen two others for sale, both without the extra 8MB RAM onboard the daughtercard (one version has no RAM, the other has 8MB) There is one other, the 182 or 183MHz PPC Upgrade. Never found one for sale. I’ve only seen pictures of it, from a Japanese blog that attempted to modify it (overclock it I think). Then the even rarer G3 prototype also by NewerTech. Not much info on that one
  12. If I leave the USB card with the Logitech nano receiver installed in one of the USB ports, it still gets stuck at the Mac OS boot screen. Is this what you mean? I think it's USB PCMCIA cards in general, leaving a PCMCIA to Compact Flash card (with the CF card) installed doesn't affect boot up. You could even boot from the CF card if you have it set up.
  13. Got my hopes up was really hoping to find a solution. So far, I’ve just been ejecting the card right after I click Shut Down (command + E), but I forget sometimes
  14. Charadis

    Apple Set Top Box

    Cool, those have piqued my curiosity even as of late. Are they usable for anything than a showpiece? Congrats on acquiring one, too
  15. Charadis

    Boxed PB 2400c/240 - 56K Warning

    Thank you, sir! It's a beautiful machine, and the 2400c/240 systems have been popping up surprisingly more frequently on Yahoo! I think it's a good time to get one if you're thinking about it. Mouse button is definitely something else. The RAM module was one of the more difficult pieces to find, I thought it would be a walk in the park. Because...RAM. When a system popped up with both the G3 upgrade and the RAM, I kept an eye on it thinking it would skyrocket to some outrageous amount. I even posted the auction link here hoping someone might acquire it from this forum. Lo and behold, I put in the amount I was willing to go. Time ran out, so my bid extension did not register last minute, but the competitor did not outbid me. Funny, the auction was a non-extended one, so whenever the time ended, the last bidder gets it. And it was me. I actually passed that listing many times surfing on Mercari! Had a owned a working 2400c at the time, I probably would have been halfway interested in it; but no matching clear palmrest. It would be rather amazing if these clear shells could be produced. I'd wholeheartedly be interested.