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  1. I have a Floppy Emu I have used on my Mac Pluses, and I think also my SE. No problems that I can recall. Been a while since I've had to transfer files with my Floppy Emu, but I think I used Mini vMac to transfer files from Mac OS X to the disk image. Either that or Basilisk II, but pretty sure it was Mini vMac. It does add a step for file transfer but not a big deal.
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    MacSD - new SCSI SD card emulation tool

    You have that problem manually doing the .ini file too. But, in the case of an online configuration tool, you can put up a big bold red (or whatever) warning to double-check the filenames before submitting. Cool. Thanks! Though, in my case, I'd most likely have a pretty basic setup. I'm just throwing ideas out there to hopefully make it easier for people who want to use those other options but still want relative simplicity.
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    MacSD - new SCSI SD card emulation tool

    The first thing, in my opinion, that would help would be if they had multiple examples of hard drive configurations, including partitioning, using >4GB volumes, etc. Some of us need to see example code before we "get" it. To me, it doesn't seem terribly complicated to configure the MacSD. But, for someone with no experience with anything like that, I can see where it may be an issue. More examples would help in that regard. But, the other possibility I am wondering about is if they were able to do an online configuration tool. The .ini file is basically just a text file, so I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to put together a web form or process whereby you check boxes and fill in text fields with the options you want, then that's processed with PHP or something similar and it spits out an .ini file you can download and copy to the SD card. I wonder if that would be beneficial for people that want easy configuration. They wouldn't have to do the .ini file themselves; they'd only need to follow a step-by-step process to indicate how they want it configured. Then the question would be how many people need such a tool versus how many can figure it out on their own? Disclaimer: I have no commercial interest in any of these products either. I have two SCSI2SDs for my machines. I would consider a MacSD the next time I need such a device.
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    Now you just need to pair it up with a vintage Walkman. The upside is that that means it's possible to convert the Apple video signal to something else. If someone could figure out how to convert the Apple video signal to a driver board for an LED display, that would certainly help for when the CRTs are all dead and gone.
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    A very late 040

    We had an LC at the office back when they were new. It was used for our ordering system and probably word processing too. Pretty sure it wasn't the host computer but a workstation. And, as I recall, it worked fine for that. I believe we had it until the LCIIIs came out and then it was replaced with an LCIII. The LC was sold to a local government department where they used it for another couple years. (There's a chance it was an LCII, but I am pretty sure it was an LC.)
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    Y2K2020 Date Problem System 7

    Given that the first Mac was 1984 and the first Apple was 1976, there's not going to be any Apple or Mac files or applications dated before 1972. So, that seems the best option. Downside is the sorting might be off for the reason you mention, though I'm not sure if that will cause any problems for anything the computers are going to be used for. That is, I don't think they'll be running airplane schedules or anything. I would think primarily games and word processing. And, for me, if I create a file on July 30, 2042, if that shows up as July 30, 2042 (and I can move it to a then-modern computer and preserve that date), that works for me. I would imagine, though, in the case where the clock battery is dead, the system might default to January 1, 2041 instead of January 1, 1904? (Or February 6, 2040?) Not a major problem but just a change to get used to.
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    Y2K2020 Date Problem System 7

    The clock uses a 32-bit number to keep track of the number of seconds from January 1, 1904. This runs out in February of 2040. After that, it will revert to 1904. It affects the HFS and HFS+ file systems too. AFS fixes the problem but, of course, that will only work on versions of Mac OS X that support AFS.
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    Y2K2020 Date Problem System 7

    But your old Macs might not!! :-P Or the Earth. On the plus side, maybe time travel will have been invented before 2042. Then, you can go back well before 2042 and not need to worry about the clock again. Also, NOS will be replaced with NNS.
  9. Following up on this, here is what I did last night . . . 1. Tried a different monitor. No go. Same problem with the other monitor. 2. Removed the VRAM SIMMs. A light layer of dust but otherwise appeared clean, especially the contacts. Cleaned everything anyway. Also swapped the positions of the two SIMMs. Still no go. Same problem with the monitor. 3. Moved the VRAM SIMMs to the two empty slots just in case it was a problem with the sockets. Still no go. 4. Replaced the VRAM SIMMs with a pair of VRAM SIMMs from another 8600, known to be working. Still no go. 5. Put the original VRAM SIMMs back in their original positions because, at this point, why not? Still no go. Don't see any issues with the logic board. No signs of leaking capacitors or any damage to any traces or anything. No leaking battery. No fishy odors. There was a good amount of dust inside the machine but not excessively so. I cleaned that out on the first go around. I did install an ATI Rage 128 Mac Edition PCI card in this machine (discussed in another thread) and hooked it up to a VGA LCD monitor. That worked without any problems. Still, I would like to figure out, if possible, what the problem might be with the built-in video. Kind of a waste to use the Rage 128 card in this machine. It's a server, so basic 640x480 is just fine for the rare times I need to use the monitor. Any ideas? Thanks again!
  10. The Power Mac is running 9.1 and the card worked without any issues. Thanks!
  11. Cool. Thanks! I think the Power Mac is running Mac OS 9.
  12. Does anyone know if the ATI Rage 128 Mac Edition PCI would be compatible with a Power Mac 8600? All I've been able to find online is that it requires Mac OS 8.0 or higher and a 33 MHz or 66 MHz PCI slot. A PM 8600 can run Mac OS 8 or higher, so no problem there, but I've not found anything on the MHz of the PCI slot.
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    Plus project

    I had the same problem with one of mine. First time, I had just remelted the existing solder. That worked for a while, but then had problems again. Second time, I removed and replaced the solder. Also, I hit every solder point that looked questionable. Third time, basically the same thing, remove and replace, hit every questionable point and even some that looked fine. Last few times I booted, it was still fine. If I've broken the trend, it should be fine the next time I boot it up. If not, I guess the resoldering will be an annual event.
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    The most interesting Mac Classic graffiti

    Rog/Roy/Ray/Rag may have been of the mind that if someone scrawls something in semi-permanent ink or worse on his computer, that person is definitely not the one.
  15. Plus, considering these machines lasted 10, 15, 20 years without problems (for the most part), the capacitors weren't so cheap after all. It's only frustrating for those of us now who want to keep using these older machines that we have to either develop advanced soldering skills or try to track down someone else who can replace capacitors and make any necessary repairs.