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  1. Thanks for the heads up.
  2. Since my last post in this thread, I actually tried out both an external FireWire option and an internal option. I tried the FireWire option first by buying a LaCie CD-RW drive off of eBay. It reads CDs great, but it didn't want to burn to the CD-R discs I had. Very recently, I opened up the iBook and upgraded the internal drive to an Apple branded Sony DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. So far it works. I can read and write CDs and I can watch DVDs on my iBook now. I never want to take apart another iBook again, that was a pain.
  3. Well, after years of putting it off I finally opened up the PDQ. It wasn't easy, but easier than opening up an iBook. I removed the PRAM battery, but I did not replace it with a new one. While I do like the PDQ I don't use it as often as I do my other PPC Macs. I only put PRAM batteries in Macs that I use frequently. I used a stopwatch to time the delay and the result was about 40 seconds under OS 8, both with and without the PRAM battery, so I was off with my earlier estimates. The PRAM battery wasn't leaking, thankfully, but better be safe than sorry. I should also mention that I don't use a main battery with this laptop. The ones I have don't work. I reduced the RAM from 256 MB to 128 MB and that brought the delay down to about 30 seconds. I decided to just live with the delay.
  4. I did an SSD upgrade to my Sawtooth recently, which freed up my two mechanical HDDs. I decided to experiment and remove the zip drive and put one of the HDDs in its place. After adjusting the jumper settings, each drive will work in that slot. Neither drive sticks out, which is good, thanks to the zip drive slot being 4''. I don't really need to use either of these drives though since the SSD has enough space and I have an external SSD I can use too. I left one of the drives in the slot, but I have it unplugged from power and data, just to have something in there. I have considered having nothing in that slot, but I worry about dust getting inside if I do that. I found out that some Sawtooth models had no zip drive, so if I could ever find the front bezel from one of those models, I might just use that bezel to cover up the hole.
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    MacFox's Finds

    Did an SSD upgrade to my Sawtooth. I bought the 120GB SSD bundle from OWC. The difference between using the SSD and the two mechanical HDDs I had in here before is pretty noticeable. Like the SCSI2SD upgrade, I did to my 68K Macs, the Sawtooth runs a bit quieter now. I notice that the SSD performs better with a clean install than it does when I cloned one of the mechanical drives to it.
  6. I have an internal Zip drive in my Sawtooth, but it doesn’t read read disks. I think it’s the original OEM version. Not sure what the click of death sounds like, but I’m guessing it must have happened to mine.
  7. I set up my scsi2sd v5.5 to emulate one 1.5gb hard drive on ID 5. I use separate micro SD cards for each of my currently working 68K Macs. One card is a 2gb and the other is 8gb. When I format them in the patched version of HD SC setup, they show up as 1.5gb drives due to the scsi2sd’s configuration.
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    MacFox's Finds

    Changed the configuration of the scsi2sd so that it emulates a 1.5 GB hard drive on ID 5. It works with my Centris, SE, and Classic II. All I have to do is swap SD cards between machines. I don’t have to reconfigure the scsi2sd each time I switch Macs anymore.
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    MacFox's Finds

    The SCSI2SD arrived today. I decided to set the device up for my Centris 650 first. Using scsi2sd-util, I split the 8 GB micro SD card into three hard drives: a 2GB volume on ID 4, another 2GB volume on ID 5, and a 3.5GB volume on ID 6. I used the patched version of HD SC setup to format and mount the drives. I installed 7.5.3 on ID 5, and it worked perfectly. After updating to 7.5.5, I tried to boot from the Apple Legacy Recovery CD to install other System versions on the other two drives. Not sure if the Apple Legacy Recovery CD is not bootable or what, but I couldn't boot into it. Holding down "C" didn't work, Startup disk control panel didn't work either. I then tried command-option-shift-delete-3 (3 is the ID of my CD-ROM drive), but that didn't work either and the multiple restarts somehow made the drive on ID 5 unbootable. So, I put my modified 7.5.3 disk tools floppy back in and used HD SC setup to perform a test on the drive. The drive tested fine even though it wasn't mounted. I initialized it again and there it was back on my desktop. Aside from the patched HD SC setup, another modification I made to the 7.5.3 disk tools floppy was adding the Apple CD-ROM extension. Thanks to this, I was able to use the Legacy Recovery CD and installed a Centris 610/650 specific install of 7.1 on ID 4 and OS 8.1 on ID 6. I have a bootable System 7.5.3 install CD which I use to install 7.5.3 on Macs with CD-ROM drives. I rebooted and OS 8.1 booted up. It starts up slower than 7, but I think the SCSI2SD speeds things up a bit. After that, I put the 7.5.3 CD in and rebooted. I held down the "C" key and I was able to successfully boot from that CD. I installed 7.5.3 followed by 7.5.5 onto ID 5 again and it worked! I'm glad my Centris has a hard drive again! Was finally able to test the VRAM and that works too, giving me thousands of colors. 7.5.5 will be the main system that I use on the Centris, but I thought having the other System versions might be fun to experiment with. I just need to figure out the best way to switch between them. I took a break and then decided to setup the SCSI2SD with my Classic II and SE using a 2GB micro SD card I have laying around. The plan is to split the 2GB card into three drives: one for 6.0.8 (for the SE), one for 6.0.8L (for the Classic II), and one for 7.0.1 (for both the SE and Classic II). It was at this point, however, that I realized that the configuration information is not saved to the SD card, but to the board itself. So I'll have to run SCSI2SD-util every time I switch between the Centris and SE/Classic II. The SE still has a working internal hard drive, so I could leave the SCSI2SD in the Centris 650 configuration and just not boot off of it. I was planning on using the SCSI2SD on the SE as a backup method rather than as a hard drive replacement anyway. The Classic II can boot 7.5.5, but I'm not sure how well it runs because I have never tried 7.5.5 on the Classic II before. Another thing I discovered is that when I read the 8GB micro SD card in my SD card reader on my PM G4 running Leopard, I can only see the ID 4 drive with 7.1 on it, the other two drives aren't visible. Anyone know why this is?
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    SCSI2SD v5.5 error opening HID device

    How did you run Lido? Asking because I recently bought a SCSI2SD v5.5 myself. I’ve tried to copy Lido to a system floppy in the past but it wouldn’t fit.
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    Ordered a scsi2sd v5.5 with an 8gb micro SD card along with a gender changer and a cn50 to db25 SCSI cable, so I can use it with my AppleCD 600e drive.
  12. In the event that I’m not using the CD-ROM drive, I’ll use the gender changer plus a male to male SCSI 25-pin cable instead of serial.
  13. The reason why I’ve been looking at SCSI cables lately is that I am planning on buying a SCSI2SD v5.5. I don’t want to plug it directly into my Macs because I still want to use my AppleCD 600e drive. The connector on the back of the SCSI2SD is male 25-pin. Based on the information from this thread I think I will use a serial gender changer to make the connector female along with a SCSI 50-pin centronics male to 25-pin male cable. I saw a cable on eBay that is listed as a SCSI 50-pin male to 25-pin female cable, but it doesn’t say whether or not the 50-pin end is the centronics type. I asked the seller, but haven’t gotten a response.
  14. Very interesting thread. I have often thought about getting a vintage Mac with AV capabilities myself or adding some to my Centris. Learned a lot in this thread.
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