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Juliet Elysa

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About Juliet Elysa

  • Birthday 09/18/1995

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    Middle of Nowhere, USA

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    Suicide crisis center director, college student, single mom

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  1. Juliet Elysa

    Sad Mac on Performa 635CD

    The hard drive does seem suspect, Miranda did say that it was noticeably slower the last few weeks and she got more bombs than usual. There was no hard drive activity during my tests either, though I can't recall when it spins up during a normal boot. I was able to borrow one known good stick of RAM for testing, and with the good memory installed the Sad Mac still appeared with the same code, but it took a second or two longer to come up than with the original RAM. Not sure what to make of the delay, if anything. Checking the hard drive will be my next step, maybe the friend I borrowed the RAM from has a compatible, known good drive I can use...
  2. Juliet Elysa

    Sad Mac on Performa 635CD

    That page is super helpful, thank you! I should be able to borrow some SIMMs for testing, and I've been thinking of maxing out the RAM anyways so if it does turn out to be a SIMM problem it's a perfect excuse to do that.
  3. Juliet Elysa

    Sad Mac on Performa 635CD

    It's well overdue for a recap, like all of my Macs. My fiancee and I were planning on having a recap/bomb battery removal party sometime this summer, but she passed away in May and of course I don't know how to solder yet so I can't do it myself. I'll try to get some logic board pics this weekend, work has me up to my ears in assignments (the joys of having a management position!) so I won't have time before then. My first wild Sad Mac story was unusual to say the least. My goddaughter was two at the time, and she somehow managed to get the interrupt button on my Mac Plus jammed with something sticky so it was always pressed. Cleaning that out was... fun. Needless to say, she was not allowed around my computers unsupervised for a while!
  4. Juliet Elysa

    Sad Mac on Performa 635CD

    Hey y'all! Hope everyone's been doing alright! Life has been insane for me the last couple of years (especially this one...), so my Macs have kinda taken a back burner until tonight. My oldest daughter officially inherited my beloved Performa, and when she went to play some games a couple of hours ago it finally happened. A wild Sad Mac appeared, with the code 0000000E 0000FD00. Where should I start with troubleshooting this? Dr. Google has been very little help... Miranda inherited my Sad Mac phobia, and tonight she turned on the Performa in her almost completely dark bedroom right after waking up from a bad nightmare. Probably the worst way to experience your first wild Sad Mac!
  5. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Well, that was a big cup of nope! It didn't go into the Open Firmware prompt, and it didn't reset the PRAM either (assuming that the repeated startup sound is still the confirmation that the reset happened?). There's always the possibility that I just suck at Mac combos after primarily using Windows for so long, but now I'm wondering if something keyboard or USB related is going on since it doesn't appear to be acknowledging any keyboard commands. The mini does seem to recognize the keyboard (the Caps Lock light flashes during startup and can be turned on and off after), and it's an original Apple keyboard from 2005 that I've been using as my main computer's keyboard for months now so there's no question that it works and is compatible with the mini. At least this project should keep me occupied for a while!
  6. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    The C key didn't work either, sadly. Which is making me suspicious too that something else is acting up. What other component failures would allow the computer to boot enough to recognize a startup disc but prevent it from going farther than the Apple logo?
  7. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Hi all! Sorry about the lack of updates. My back is going bad again, making it very difficult to sit in a chair to use the Mini the way it's set up. A few weeks ago I bought a legit DVD from a fellow forum member (thank you again! ), and yesterday I finally was able to sit long enough to test it. It took the Mac two or three minutes to get to the point where it would look for a startup disc, which took an additional 30 seconds or so of the ? folder flashing before it recognized the DVD. It went to the Apple logo screen and displayed the spinning loading symbol thing (it's late and words are failing me ), where it sat for another minute before... a prohibitory sign! Rejected! That's roughly what I was expecting to happen considering that there have been no hard drive sounds, but I was hoping I'd at least get a proper Welcome screen or something more exciting. This is leading me to suspect a complete hard drive failure, though stiction issues are still in the realm of possibility. Any other thoughts or suggestions? Also, how do you get the Mac to eject a valid startup disc instead of trying to boot from it? I used to know this but it's escaped me...
  8. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    That seems to be sold out, unfortunately.
  9. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Oh, the joys of eBay! The DVD I ordered came in the mail a couple days ago, much earlier than anticipated. Today I opened it up and immediately started laughing. The seller stole the obviously fake image from mactuition, which itself looks shady. It seems like there's multiple levels of counterfeiting going on here. And of course the DVD/CD/whatever doesn't work. It loads SLOWLY then stops at the prohibitory sign. It's true that the hard drive might be bad, but I'm not going to make that call until I can get a legitimate CD or DVD. Speaking of which. Does anybody know any reputable dealers of genuine OS install discs? Or if it's possible to get a refund without returning the disc? It's so funny I want to keep it as a display item.
  10. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Alright! It's on its way here, not too excited about the long wait but considering I was expecting to have to deal with a lot of monitor drama I really shouldn't complain (but I will anyways ).
  11. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Ah, thanks for telling me that Leopard and Snow Leopard are different things! LOL It's pretty obvious that I've lived in the realm of the classic OS forever... Is this the correct one?
  12. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Thank you! Snow Leopard it is, then. I'm hoping to someday be able to get a proper recording system going with one or more of my Macs, and maybe hook my old Casio keyboard up to one of them. That's been a project in the works for years now, deciding what equipment I need is confusing. The microphone in particular has to be high quality too, since my voice is my instrument. Hopefully I can save the hard drive that's currently installed. My hands are so shaky that I would have problems doing something as delicate as opening the case without breaking anything, though it will be easier because it's already been opened before. Still can't believe I got an updated Mini for that price, especially since it seems to be functional! Edit: Is this what I'm looking for? I've never bought any OS installation discs before, so I'm not sure what to look for.
  13. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    The Mac arrived today! I got it all set up with one of my ancient DVI HP monitors, and it turns on and has a display. But that's as far as it gets, it stops at the flashing ? folder. Which means there's a possibility that the hard drive's toast after all that time in storage. I'm assuming it's dead, but I'm thinking of trying to rescue it just to see if I can. Now the question is, which version of X do I want? Panther or Snow Leopard? Part of me is leaning towards Panther since that's probably what would have been included with it, but another part of me is leaning towards Snow Leopard because it's newer and has more features. Also, if the hard drive is too dead to recover would y'all be able to hook me up with a replacement? I'm not sure how to measure it to see if the fancy SSD will fit.
  14. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    Thank you all! In the listing the previous owner said that (s)he already upgraded it to have 1GB memory (and included the original RAM, which appears to be included in the box), and the listing also says that it's a 160GB hard drive instead of the 80GB drive mentioned in the specs. If it works I'll be able to verify that all of that's true. It was a steal even without the upgrades but if they're actually there... feels like I won a big jackpot! The listing also said that it was the owner's main computer for recording music, which is something I've always dreamed of doing. So I guess this was a match made in Mac collecting heaven. Edit: This obnoxiously long link has the original listing so y'all can take a look if you want.
  15. Juliet Elysa

    Finally, a Mac Mini!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/253951401228? This is going to be arriving at my house around November 7th! The seller said that its working condition is unknown, but I have high hopes. There's one problem, though. The purchase doesn't include a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Does anyone have any suggestions about what works best?
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