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  1. Scott Baret

    StyleWriter I - no ink on paper

    I've used three cartridges and the alcohol trick, so I'm guessing the contact may be the issue. I could always find another StyleWriter and swap some parts around to see if it would work.
  2. Scott Baret

    StyleWriter I - no ink on paper

    Sadly, no...still looking for solutions here!!
  3. Here's an idea for anyone who is good with HyperCard and MacroMind Director...how about a challenge to see who can come up with a new expansion room for Spelunx? The program was designed to be expanded, as evidenced by the builder. All copies of Spelunx came with just three rooms, but apparently there were more in the works. (There was also evidently a DOS version in the works at one time...source for that is the color Spelunx manual). I've thought about this for years, especially as an educator who sees the value behind the activities of Spelunx and would have loved to have seen more, especially in the areas of mathematics. I haven't programmed a lick of HyperCard in YEARS, so I'd need to get my old Danny Goodman book out, and haven't even opened the copy of Director I got in 2003 (though it's moved around the storage unit a few times). It would be easy enough to link into Spelunx from what I can tell. I figure we've made new After Dark modules, why not one of these?
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    Treasure trove of floppies

    Do any of these disks contain a program called Dinosaur Days? I've been looking for that one for 25 years!!
  5. Good news for you: I did a thread on them a long time ago!! I get a feeling the board may have been replaced at some point, but still...check out the case/details here!!
  6. It looks like the case is textured. Many prototypes don't have a textured case, although there are varying cases within prototypes based on which stage they are in. Most everyone knows about the clear-case SE prototype. There exists an earlier prototype of the SE, which is beige, has no texture to its case, has no port icons (another telltale sign), has a Mac Plus brightness knob, and has a serial number indicating November 1986 as its date. (The serial sticker appears to be hand-made on a printer). I know of at least two of these still in existence (one of them is mine and is believed to have been sent to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for testing at one point). To my knowledge, these were earlier than the clear case SE. There is an LC Prototype that has been on-and-off eBay for the better part of the past year. It has a June 19, 1990 date on the chips. The case has texture and port icons. Also, note the serial number and date sticker on the power supply. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Macintosh-LC-PROTOTYPE-Mac-Elsie-Classic-68020/223474905192?hash=item3408247068:g:OBsAAOSw7adahSa0 I can only hope they pulled the Maxell from it!!
  7. Scott Baret

    Color Classic Restore

    Any updates on this project?
  8. Scott Baret

    Mac Plus or Mac SE?

    Having two Macs is never a bad thing. They're very comparable, as everyone has said. You may want to pick up a pair of LocalTalk or PhoneNet boxes and play around with networking them. In terms of the Plus vs SE debate, don't forget the Classic is also comparable. Its advantages are RAM expansion being easier (as long as you have the card) since no Classic board used resistors and its screen being easier to adjust without taking the case off. The ROM disk is also a nice perk. However, the Classic is notorious for capacitor problems and has design limitations based on it being the cost-cutting model of the SE (no second floppy capability, only one ADB port, no expansion slot, weaker power supply). The SE wins overall between these three machines.
  9. Scott Baret

    Color Classic Restore

    Glad to see this happening to my old CC!!
  10. Scott Baret

    Dumb*]#* eBay sellers

    Regarding screws: I have a no-CD LC 550 which has its original packing list. 2 screws are mentioned on there, but they're practically the only part missing. I had to put two of my spares on myself since the tabs are broken. Aside from that and some yellowing though, the computer is in immaculate condition, albeit with brittle plastics...it's re-capped and I'm actually going to be selling it this week if anyone's interested...so keep your eye on the trading post!! I've had an LC since it was new and there was no screw in the box. On the topic of LC durability, the Classic, LC, LCII, LCIII, IIsi, SE/30, and SE are the tanks of the group. None of them even have brittle plastic. However, I had an LCIII with the newer case lid completely destroyed in the mail when I bought it in January. I'm still trying to figure out if I can just epoxy the sides of another LC case to it (which has a damaged front because I accidentally left it in front of a heater for too long). Color Classics don't hold up well either. The one I'm grateful for coming in one piece is probably my PowerBook 190. The plastics on it are perfect as of today. Not sure what they'll be like in 5 or 10 years...I'm keeping it in a climate controlled environment (my apartment, but it just seems lower grade than the SE, the LC, the IIGS, basically anything older than it (or even the regular 100 series).
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    PowerBook Keyboard Discoloration

    It does indeed have the door! I also have a teardrop ADB mouse for it that's in perfect shape. The only real wear is on the yellowed keyboard, and the one from my dead 180c will more than likely replace it. Plus having the other 145 will be good in two other ways...I can sell another unit with a power adapter (I have more PBs than adapters) and I can use it as a tester. It's also good to have another board around I guess, although the B is better since it has 4MB RAM standard. No idea if this unit has 8MB installed just yet. I do have the proper Torx drivers to open the PowerBook, got them years ago back when Sears was still open in my area and they sold screwdrivers a la carte instead of in one big set (got my T15 there too).
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    PowerBook Keyboard Discoloration

    Definitely! Thanks!! I watched the video on the screen recap and saw the difference it made on your screen in the old thread, so I'm confident I can revive this machine. I know it works otherwise...the hard drive spins up, pressing command-O opens whatever was on the desktop, and pressing shift five times gave me the sticky keys sound. I may hold off on selling the parts 145 I have around just in case. It does have a working screen so I can always swap for a temporary replacement while working on this one.
  13. Scott Baret

    PowerBook Keyboard Discoloration

    Did you use a tool to remove them or just bare hands? I did dig up your old thread where you had new caps on the screen. If you don't mind, do you have the list of caps you ordered? I'd probably use tantalum caps myself; have them in my LC and it's been working great since I put them in.
  14. Scott Baret

    PowerBook Keyboard Discoloration

    How did you remove your caps? I'll have to look that video up. I did just look up the keyboard replacement procedure and found it; it looks easy and I could do that first. I can always find a display adapter and run it from the extra 13" monitor I have just to test it for functionality. This is a fairly complete 145B...no system disks (you may recall this model didn't come with them) but it has an Apple logo case and everything.
  15. Scott Baret

    PowerBook Keyboard Discoloration

    Awesome! Have you done the recap for the screen? If so, how tough was it? Mine just has a blank gray screen but the hard drive works. Playing with brightness and contrast don’t work unless you turn brightness all the way down, then it goes black/off.