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    LazarusNine's Acquisitions

    Not so much of a conquest as such, but my wife and I just moved into a new house, and it’s rare to see so much (but not all) of my collection together in one place.
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    mAcTX - ATX to Classic Macs

    PM sent for the preorder. Apologies for the very basic question, but if I need an external power brick to power an 80-watt picoPSU, can the power adapter have either a lower or higher wattage rating if the Mac LC is only drawing a fraction of the power available? The other problem is the voltage rating on a lot of the adapters I’ve found. For those offering higher wattages, the voltage ratings seem to often exceed the 12V of the picoPSU (e.g. 15V+). So, that narrowed my search quite significantly. In short, if I buy this 80w picoPSU, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mini-Box-picoPSU-80-Output-Input-Supply/dp/B005TWE5E6 can I go for this 120w, 12V power adapter? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Y8MC5JG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_sHi6EbWZPK1PV Would another adapter rated at 12V, but under 80W (e.g. 65W) also work? Finally, does the linked power adapter above have the appropriate male input for the picoPSU’s input? Thanks!
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    Lucky IIx acquisition

    That’s a great find. Enjoy the IIx! It’s one of the prizes of my collection. When my wife threatens me with getting rid of my old Macs, I tell her she’ll have to pry the IIx, IIci and Quadra 700 out of my cold, dead hands (by that point, I guess my arms would be pretty full).
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    Oh nice one. I hadn’t realised that there were third party versions of these at the time. Thanks for sharing!
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    Farallon EtherMac SCSI Adapter

    Thanks so much for doing this. I don’t even own an EtherMac, but have run into the driver issue for ethernet peripherals in the past. How incredible that you stumbled across these on eBay.
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    That’s really helpful. Thanks for the links. Yes, it’s strange that the black ones are selling for less than the grey ones, given that they’re essentially the same. Will pick up one of the offerings from the UK.
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    VGA to DA-15 (Not the other way around) Adapter

    I’m really sorry for necro-ing this post, but I’m after one of these adapters so I can plug one of my hefty multiple-scan Apple monitors into the VGA port on my MDD G4 or my 8600’s Radeon 7000 (or even *gasp* to test on my gaming PC). Has anyone had any luck sourcing these recently? I found this random site selling what looks like the kind of adapter I’m after, but I’m not sure if it’s legit: http://www.cablesonline.com/hdvgamaltodb.html
  8. This issue has annoyingly reared its head again. I’m not getting any Ethernet connectivity in Mac OS 10.4.11 or 9.2.2. OS 9 just self-assigns an IP (169.xx) and OS X doesn’t show ethernet as being connected at all. Any thoughts on what the culprit could be? I’m guessing hardware at this stage, but I’m at a loss as to what it could be.
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    Color Classic C4 and C5

    I’m going to expose my amateurishness here, but one thing I’ve done in the past is scrape away a little of the mask covering the trace immediately adjacent to the pad (near the point the pad disconnected from the trace) and then solder a jumper to that. Or, if the distance to the cap isn’t great, just solder straight over from the exposed trace to the cap. So, you may not necessarily need to route a jumper wire all that far at all. Again, others probably have more sensible suggestions.
  10. In 2009/10, I bought this 1st gen iBook for just £10. The replacement battery cost me 3x the price of the computer and I’ve long since discarded that (a side project may involve buying a replacement - likely dead - battery and rebuilding it, but I digress). Anyway, at the time, I’d noticed the beginnings of the dreaded tension cracks around the Apple logo. Over the last few years, it worsened and then seems to have stopped at its current state. Is there any way to lessen the strain on this area? Perhaps if I loosen the torx screws a bit on either side of the LCD? I suppose a permanent ‘solution’ would be to replace the bezel with one from a newer model, but then it may just look a bit off having, say, frosted white from an indigo model. Anyone else had this issue?
  11. Well, after all that - including adding a bit more solder to the connecting pins of the RJ45 port - I'm happy to report that Ethernet is seemingly back in action! I'm just glad it wasn't anything to do with the logic board. Thanks again for suggesting disassembly and testing with the multimeter. In doing that, I was able to at least rule out that specific hardware fault.
  12. I disassembled the Pismo to get at the RJ45 port. Ran a continuity test using a multimeter and didn’t discover any problem areas. There was clear indication of current across/between the 8 connections. I unfortunately can’t test the two capacitors, as my multimeter is pretty basic. So, in the end, I don’t think it’s the actual RJ45 port or a loose solder job (I may top it up anyway). I’ve pulled the pins up a bit as well just to ensure a good connection with the cable. I doubt reassembly will fix the problem, but I’ll get to that stage and think things through. Any more thoughts would be welcome!
  13. Thanks for the response. Yes, I'm increasingly thinking it's hardware related. There isn't any discernible activity on the ethernet router. I've just completed an installation of OS 10.4 (my OS 9 installation was fresh as well) and 'Ethernet' doesn't even appear in the available connections within 'Network' preferences. I'm not really looking forward to dismantling this thing and, even if I replace the RJ45 connector, I may not have solved the problem! Anyway, we'll see how things go.
  14. I recently picked up a Pismo (400MHz, 512MB RAM) and I'm having issues getting it to connect to my network via Ethernet. On both OS 9 and X, TCP/IP reports a 169.x self-assigned address rather than the 192.168.x I would expect. Running a browser or engaging Network Time does not kick the connection into gear. Manually entering an IP address and related information matching my network was unsuccessful. I've tested the same setup with a nearly identical Lombard (400MHz, 128MB RAM), and everything works well (as it does for all my other new and old machines). So, I've ruled out my network itself (despite having reset both my DSL modem and wireless router to see if that would help). However, I'm uncertain if there's a problem with the Ethernet port/card in the Pismo itself. Apple System Profile reports that the built-in Ethernet 'link' is 'down'. I've run an extended Apple Hardware Test, and it's not reporting any logic board issues (see photos). I'm running out of ideas about how to troubleshoot this problem and any help would be appreciated. Please see the included photos for more information. Thanks!
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    haplain's never-ending quest

    Oh, that’s a really good point. A Rasp Pi could potentially be really useful in this scenario, but yeah, the drivers may be a limitation. I’d be interested to hear if you ever go down this route.
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