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  1. Sludgedragon

    If Macs Had Wrecking Yards...

    Rather more logistical challenges right now. I know what the US post office is saying, that you can't mail lithium batteries international, so I checked and the same applies in Australia. They tell us here it will be fine tuned toward the end of the year or early next year. It's something about the international airlines and batteries that get hot, a couple caught fire. So we can't even mail an iPod Nano or iPhone out of the country right now.
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    Powerbook G3 Lombard 10.4 Wireless card

    I thought a Lombard couldn't go past 10.3??
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    Palm VII

    Garage sale last weekend, for a quarter, with the add-on keyboard! Put in some batteries and it fired right up! Too bad the Palm network is no more. Now it's time to see if I can sync it with my Lombard (which has IR) and my iMac (which doesn't). Too bad I have no cradle, but I'm keeping an eye out at the thrift stores and garage sales for that now. But I'm going to try it with my Lombard because it has IR, but I don't know if it will talk to the Palm or not. I know if I find a cradle, there are USB adapters. But I don't intend to spend any "real" money on it since it doesn't do as much as it used to when the network was up.
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    Scored 2 large credenzas for my Mac Collection

    Looks neat and tidy, very nice to look at. Is it still neat and tidy when you open the doors?
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    Pismo With box

    I had a monitor that did that. I set the desktop picture to be nice scenery over water, and when I started up, it looked like dawn breaking!
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    Solid State Hard Drives - Anyone Taken The Plunge?

    Anybody know how the weight compares to a regular HD?
  7. Rather than try to completely disassemble the iBook g4 I recently got that needed a new HD and optical drive, I bought this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=300512162780&si=l9U628FIkYbQNuEJvmzQ4bR1TjQ%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT As it turned out, the keyboard was bad, apparently it thought someone was continuously pressing the eject button or something. All the things I tried on it that involved key combinations, (PRAM, PMU, etc.) were completely ignored. It continued to pretend it was going to start up, and get stuck right where the starting os X progress bar was filled. Finally I tried just removing the keyboard, that fixed the disk drive problem. Under the bottom of the keyboard on the left side, and on top of the metal plate to the left of the memory niche, it looks like someone spilled something and that's what did in the keyboard. I'm so happy that there does not seem to be any other damage. I was able to erase and install Tiger with the use of USB keyboard and mouse, success! I gave it the keyboard from the first iBook G4. It's great! I am a happy clam!
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    iBook G4 (or the beginnings of one)

    Oh duh. The bong is back! (ice cream cone to forehead)
  9. Sludgedragon

    iBook G4 (or the beginnings of one)

    Well, I tried booting the G4 off the G3 with the G3 in target disk mode. Nothing. I couldn't get a Panther disk (10.3.5, from 2004, says iBook G4 on it) into the G4's slot, and then when I finally did, (after also scratching the top surface of the disk), now I can't get it out. When I start up pressing C, it goes to the gray screen with the gray apple, and no sprocket, and doesn't want to go any further. I don't know if the problem is the drive, something else, or the scratch on the disk. But when I tried the G4 as a target again, the G3 did see the Panther disk as an external drive. Interesting. I looked at the stuff about the logic board, and as far as I can tell, just from the things I have actually been able to get it to do, (open firmware, target disk mode), the display appears to be flawless. Right now it looks like it wants a new hard drive, new optical drive, and to figure out why it doesn't chime when I power it on.
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    iBook G4 (or the beginnings of one)

    Never thought of trying that. I'll try it with my iBook G3.
  11. Sludgedragon

    iBook G4 (or the beginnings of one)

    So far, that's not the problem. All deficits appear to be directly related to the hard drive and the optical drive. The display is fine, the power connection behaves properly, it doesn't seem to freeze, it basically just can't find a system folder because there's nothing working that has one. I will be looking into the absence of a startup bong, though.
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    iBook G4 (or the beginnings of one)

    Well, I took the plunge and got this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=170562977885&si=l9U628FIkYbQNuEJvmzQ4bR1TjQ%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT The seller was scrupulously accurate in the description. I tried firewire target mode and my iMac could not find a hard drive; I tried mac-boot and it won't. And the optical drive is toast. And it needs its airport extreme card. It has a 512 RAM card in it. But all of those, I expected. And it seems to be fine otherwise, the display seems fine. Although I'm wondering why it doesn't chime when it turns on. So now, I'll be looking for a hard drive, combo drive, and airport card. And some more RAM. For sure I won't be opening it up until I have both drives, I've looked at what that entails and no way would I want to do that more than once! So I'll do those before I do the RAM and airport, just to make sure I don't screw it up!
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    Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh - Hail to the king, baby!

    That's beautiful.
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    Free Nano!

    I won it in a contest that had hardly any entries, at Macforce (a local store). It's a 5G, in my second choice color, blue (who's complaining?) and it is great because my old Nano 1G is on its last legs, you have to fiddle with it to get it to work. I took movies of grandkid's birthday party with it! I can watch YouTube stuff or movies I made. I'm glad it's the 5G, the new ones don't look as easy to use with that teeny tiny touch screen, although it would be nice if I could get still photos with mine like the new one does.