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  1. Also want to chime in. My q950 also makes weird squeak(?)ing noises when the computer is doing something. HDD activity, mouse inputs, etc. It reminds me more of the sound that the natural gas line made in my parents old house when anything was using the gas. Onboard video also has a fuzziness to it, but the external graphics does not. I'd be down to recap my psu, but I havent had luck trying to unfold the case halves to get access to the internals. I also accidentally burned out the fan controller when I first got it, and would like to fix it instead of using a plug on the underside for the fan. Do you have a link? I also have 256mb ram and the inital boot time is unbearable haha
  2. So heres my question-- Since the video cards were designed with specific purpose in mind, do you need a monitor connected to it to take use of the additional features the card has?
  3. It really depends what games you are trying to play. Will a graphics card help? Yes, to an extent. It probably wont be night and day difference though. I like playing descent on my q950, which requires the PPC card. To me, there is a noticeable difference between the onboard video and my thunder/24 card. However, on these older machines, processor speed also plays a big role in how well the game plays. I'm looking at doing a crystal oscillator swap on mine since my overclock nubus addon card died.
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Do you think the round plug is for a Microsoft bus mouse? I was watching a video about computer mice and saw this. Very close, but I'm not sure about that empty pin on top of the plug.
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Hey, I do appreciate it. Here are the sticks I have. I literally have no idea what size any of them are, except maybe the goldstar sticks. 6x Oki msc23108-70ds2 (1MB each?) 4x T / TI 1x Viking Fuji(?) 4x goldstar (currently using) 2x Mitsubishi (what it came with) I also have 16mb sticks that I'm using in my q950, but the last time I tried those, the card got really angry, then the application stopped booting the card. edit: just tried the 4x T/TI sticks, ram counts up to 3072kb (3MB)
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Another update and another cry for any help-- Current situation. 4 matching (presumably) 1MB sims. With all 4 in, ram total is 3MB. I decided to take 2 sticks of ram out to see what the total was. The sims are in slot 1 and 2. Total comes out to 1MB. Swapped the 2 ram sticks for the other 2 sticks. Installed in slots 1 and 2. Total--1MB. Decided to move the 2 sticks to slot 3 and 4. Total--1MB. However, computer says ram count does not match CMOS--run SETUP......but doesnt display the key sequence for getting into CMOS. Unless theres a way to get into the CMOS from the Macintosh application, I am still at a loss. I tried the two methods here (http://archive.retro.co.za/mirrors/68000/www.vintagemacworld.com/O386.html) and no luck. I don't have a hardware menu, and ctrl-alt-esc doesnt do anything. I cannot produce a keyboard error, except for the one that occurs at boot, which doesnt mean anything as the keyboard works fine.
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Any ideas as to what the plugs may be for? Also, any other ideas on how to maybe get into the bios? On a side note, got the 80387's today. I wish the logos went the same way. Grrr haha.
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Unless AMD made audio chips, I don't think this card has native audio.. the chip with the schmoo on it is I believe the cmos chip. Goldstar is the 8bit isa serial and parallel controller. I doubt the xilinx chip would be audio either... Also, the ctrl-alt-esc does nothing on mine. After ram count and producing a "keyboard interface error" message (regardless of me hitting a key or not) it just beeps until its done processing the invalid inputs. Also, my connector is 25 pin, not 62. Attached is a picture if the connector interface, including the round one.
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Do these cards have a sound chip on them..? Or would the sound out just replicate what comes out of the PC spearker? And, if thats what our cards have for the DB62, then that cable on ebay should work with my card
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    I gotcha. I may ask the seller for a picture of the connector that plugs into the computer, see if it is the same pin count. What all connections does your 486 connector have? I'd hate to get this one and find out they changed the pinout of it and fry a peripheral... When the card boots and does a ram count, it says "keyboard interface error", but everything on the keyboard works. Not sure what the error is, unless its also looking for a keyboard in the octopus cable...
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    No, I dont have it. I'll have to get a picture of the connectors on the card tonight. One is a 2 row, 50(?) pin connector, then it has one that kinda looks like a mix between adb and ps2. My apple keyboards work fine with the orangepc software, unless you need a pc keyboard connected to get into the bios. Assuming the connector is the same, do you think this would work with my card? $75 is rather pricey for it however.... https://picclick.com/Orange-Micro-OrangePC-Mac-Compatibility-card-CABLE-223913314757.html
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    Dongle? At in, the octopus cable..?
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    True, hadn't thought about that. I'll have to look into this! I'd be curious to see if someone set the default ram limit to 3mb. I know when my card boots, it throws a keyboard interface error, but it doesn't do anything except beep when I press keys during startup. Hopefully I can get into the bios window.
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    While I appreciate it, nothing is all that useful for the 200 series in the 500 and 600 series manual
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    OrangePC bios? and ram update

    If you can find it, I'd super appreciate it! Also something else to note, I found a copy of the october 1994 macworld magazine that talks about the different PC solutions for macintosh. Of the orangePC options (the 200 family) they were all 486 processors, no mention of the 386 at all. Even the 210 model said it came with the AM486 processor, unlike mine, which has an AM386. https://vintageapple.org/macworld/pdf/MacWorld_9410_October_1994.pdf
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