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  1. Apache Thunder

    Hidden menu bar

    There's two adjusters for screen brightness most compacts. (except the Classic line of Compacts where they no longer sport the front brightness knob). The external one you can interact with and one on the analog board that you have to take the back cover off to reach. If you set it too high the scanlines become visible. Even a healthy system would do this and it's a general habit of all CRTs if you adjust brightness too high. Most newer CRTs don't let you set brightness high enough for scanlines to appear. But the older ones like the compact macs can if you adjust the internal brightness meter too high which then allows the front brightness knob to send brightness to high causing the scanlines to appear. The worst you'll get from running a mac like this is shorter run time for the phosphers of the CRT and the chance of burn in occurring at a quicker rate. I would say you should avoid that. I adjusted mine so it gets the highest brightness without the scanlines appearing. Though I don't usually have it that high on the front brightness knob. I just tightened it up a bit so I have the option of going max brightness. As for the screen. You should take video of it rebooting. Are the screen corners rounded during boot but once Finder comes up, they vanish or are they present even during the happy mac boot screen? If the corners are cut off even at bootscreen, a hardware fault like bad VRAM or trace to VRAM will cause that. If it's a vram/trace issue, the menu bar should still be present. Did you try and move the mouse beyond the area being drawn on top? It should be easy to tell if the menu bar is actually gone or if it's a video problem. Move the cursor to where you think the Apple Menu will be. (assume the menu bar is above the visible screen area in this instance) If the mouse actually stops at the edge of the visible screen perhaps it is a software issue. But since you haven't shown it rebooting, we can't rule out hardware fault.
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    Color Classic VGA Mod. the CORRECT way

    I suppose if you have the means you can try and add a sync processor and PLL. But would the motherboard even know how to change resolutions for the internal monitor? Was the internal monitor on the 5xx series all-in-ones multisync capable? If so, I would guess the mystic upgrade would at least know what to do. By the way I'm curious as to how the motherboard knows the internal monitor can do 640x480 now. Does it read voltage values from the analog board or something to determine what resolution to run at? lol parden my ignorance with the monitor tech used in these old compacts.
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    Color Classic VGA Mod. the CORRECT way

    I'm pretty sure the internal display was not multi-synce capable much like some of the older Mac displays at the time. The modifications made would make it run at 640x480x60hz and only that. You'd have to physically modify it again to go back.
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    change drive icon

    I could be wrong, But I don't recall System 6 supporting custom folder/file/drive icons.
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    Asante MacCon SE30 affecting video

    Seems the original poster didn't link his attachment correctly. Here's a working thumbnail link to his full image for those needing a closer look: I found that removing "sml_" from the file name of the jpg linked to in the first post, you can view the full sized image. (I'm guessing the "sml_" is the naming convention that this forum uses for auto generated thumbnails on image attachments) It's not using the expand in the same window/tab feature that this forum has since this is just standard IMG BBCode. It will be up for the original poster to fix it in his original post. I suppose I could download it and reupload it to my own file attachment space, but I'm too lazy for that right now. As for the issue at hand. I would guess the hard-drive swap wouldn't have made a difference. Not sure how the older power supplies worked, but the motherboard is probably on it's own 5v/12v rail. So a defective part on that rail would mean changes to the devices plugged into the molex connector may not have as big in impact on your issue since the PDS slot and anything else to do with the motherboard is on a separate rail then the molex connector for your hard-drive. Unlike PCs, these old Macs used floppy drives with power provided by the motherboard. (as far as I'm aware anyway, I don't recall seeing a separate power cable last time I opened up my SE) So you could run it with the floppy unplugged to see if it has an impact on your issue. Then again, the age of the machine and the PSU means everything is probably on a single rail. Then I guess the PDS card was just pulling more current then your old hard-drive was so the swap made no difference. But if it does have a separate rail, then perhaps your SCSI2SD actually compounded the problem if you had it powered from termination power instead of using the molex connector to power it. But you didn't say, so that may be irrelevant anyways. Either way, it definitely needs a recap.
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    OS 7 End Date - 2020

    I hear calendars become re-usable every 28 years or so. You could just set the year back 28 years once you hit the limit and the day/month will still be valid. EDIT: Took a look at my PC's calender and that appears to hold true. I looked at November 1992, and the 29th still fell on a Sunday with the same amount of days in the month.
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    Macintosh Se 80 pin scsi hd

    Looks like the adapter you have doesn't have active termination. Even if you get the right drive it might still not work. Not sure how the newer 80pin drives handle termination. I'd imagine you may run into issues with that if your adapter doesn't do that for you.
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    Macintosh SE/30 SCSI I/O Problem

    The bridge wire looks messy, but I believe it's really the only way you can fix broken traces. That's how it's done now a days. As long as it's soldered correctly, there is little risk of it causing problems provided you aren't running the machine with the motherboard exposed to the outside world all the time.
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    Mac SE EtherTalk speed?

    What interface is your Etherport using? An internal PDS slot based Ethernet card will probably give you the best possible speeds on that machine.
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    Mac SE + Microphone?

    Yep. Classic II was the only compact that had a microphone jack.(unless you count the Color Classic as a compact too, then I guess those had microphone jacks too. ) WIshed the SE/30 would have had one. But nope, the crippled Classic II had got it instead.
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    Hacking a Control Panel

    The SE had QuickDraw. What it lacked was Color QuickDraw which is something the SE/30 and Classic II had. The older machines lacked that. Hence why Quicktime and some games won't run on an Classic, SE or older machine. Which is too bad. Kinda hoped Wolfenstien 3D would run on my SE, but looks like an SE/30 is the minimum requirement for that game. Some of the more graphical oriented browsers (ones that could display image content and whatnot) certainly would have needed Color QuickDraw (there's also 32-bit Color QuickDraw. Not sure if the SE/30 has this or not?). Hence options are quite limited for the SE. The browsing experience on today's internet is going to be terrible either way, but I suppose the SE/30 with it's more fancy version of QuickDraw can perhaps display a few images on a webpage. God knows how they will end up looking after being dithered down to 1-bit monochome. Unless you have one of those mythical SE/30s with the Xceed Grayscale adapter installed where some pages may actually come out looking ok. In which case you are very lucky and I hate you... Not to mention some of the more advanced browsers also needed a 020 or better CPU. The old 68000 just won't cut it for those even if it had Color QuickDraw. The SE/30/Classic II had a 030, which ran quite a bit more stuff then the SE and older machines. I hear an SE/30 is basically an LC II without the 16-bit bus limitation. Which is pretty bad ass. I suppose if you want to relive the LC II crippled experience then the Classic II would be for you. But the SE/30 is a beast.
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    Compu's Conquests

    Nice! One of those things that run Windows CE. Interesting. About the only thing I've ever interacted with that had Windows CE was those inventory scanner things they had me use back when I used to work at Wal-Mart.
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    SE No Display :(

    lol Well that too could cause the issue. Did you see if the screen jitters still occur? If not I guess it was the Power Supply that was acting up then.
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    Can i install System 7.5 on Classic II ?

    Oh cool. I overlooked that. I will try that now.
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    Can i install System 7.5 on Classic II ?

    There's a non PowerPC version of 7.1.2? I had initially thought it was PowerPC only. But there's a version that came out for the Quadra 630 appearently. Will it run on an SE and where would I find it?
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