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  1. I'd be happy to try if anyone wants to trade me one The only PowerCache I have is a non-P33 model - which I've read here should work in the SE/30 but it's a PDS card. I don't see why it wouldn't work... that's what I have to do to the PPC 601 cards to run A/UX on my IIci, 700 and 950 (though it requires a shut down and not just a restart to get that PM 5200 startup "bong")
  2. Because it's probably the best machine to run it, I enjoy working with a CLI and Lord knows I have enough 7.6.1/8.1 machines (though I think my 950 has an 8.5 folder). I'm sure my wife and friends outside of this hobby of ours could ask precisely why one would want to play with 30-yr old computers, much less repair them. That surprises me - you are much more enlightened than that
  3. That's all I use my 950 for. You haven't lived until you've gotten an A/UX box talking to an SGI and a NeXT with a full TCP/IP and OpenSSL stack.
  4. Yeah, that’s the same failure “chime” (minus the blips) that the other PPC 601 cards for Quadra PDS have, which include the nice brass flourish on boot that I think was taken from the 5200.
  5. Plus the ability to run A/UX, since DayStar apparently never got around to adding compatibility for the 040.
  6. Ha! It has been a while, for sure... I still have the Turbo 601 but I'm not the one to figure this out... it's way out of my league but I'd certainly consider lending it out if someone wants to take a crack at it.
  7. AR - I just got a 550c with 167 MHz PPC and LOVE IT! I also put a SCSI2SD in it over the weekend. Internally, it works great. One of the things I saw on Low End Mac, after a ton of troubleshooting is that neither the PB 100- nor 500-series supply termination power to external SCSI (in our case the HDI-45)... at first I thought it was the adapter or the nature of the HDI interface but it's apparently a model "feature" or limitation. I can take the drive, plug it in to the DB-25 on my TAM and it books right up. I don't have a 5V adapter via molex or barrel adapter so I can't test using external power but thought I would share this. This made things a major pain in the ass, trying to upgrade from a physical drive to SCSI2SD. I had to use the TAM as temporary storage to copy folders over.
  8. pb3623

    PowerBook 520c keyboard

    Thanks, @JDW - I knew you would be able to weigh in I asked about 一 because my 145B keyboard has it screened onto the 1 key - but I understand sensibilities change over time and someone obviously decided, as you say, that the JIS layout was just too cluttered. As to why? Well, the 550c was only sold in Japan so it makes sense to have a JIS keyboard... so if I can't find the original 550c model in black, the next best thing is to steal a gray one from a 520c. Thanks for the great Macworld story!
  9. pb3623

    PowerBook 520c keyboard

    I misspoke - I meant for my 540c. So donor 520c gives up the LCD to the 540c that has a bad lower half (ribbon cable maybe?) and Japanese keyboard to the 550c.
  10. pb3623

    PowerBook 520c keyboard

    That's true. I wanted the option for a JIS keyboard instead of US. Since my last post, I found exactly what I needed for the time being - a 520c on eBay with a missing trackpad and not in the best of conditions, BUT a kana/Kanji*** keyboard and replacement LCD to donate to the 550c. I don't mean to hijack the thread but at the end of the day, I want to have the correct original Japanese keyboard on the 550 - one in black and one in gray (from the 520) *** @JDWcan set me straight because I know JIS is the industrial standard which includes writing systems but, aside from Kanji/Chinese written, I'm afraid I'm still foggy on the other systems. First pic is not my 550c as it has the original keyboard. Second pic is the 520c I got on eBay this morning. Shouldn't 1 be represented as " – " ?
  11. pb3623

    PowerBook 520c keyboard

    @CC_333 What about outside of the 500 series? I have a 550c coming from Japan but, strangely, it has a standard US keyboard. If the 550c itself is rare, I imagine a black 550c Romaji/Kanji keyboard is even rarer but would, say, a 190/3400 keyboard work in it?
  12. pb3623

    Wiki/Pages article ideas

    How about ROM-inator ROM images for writing to SIMMs with various configurations and sizes (e.g., w/ Turbo 040 driver, w/ RAM check disabled, ROM disk, regular vs. MEGA SIMM) STL files for 3D-printed case/chassis parts, bezels, etc. (i.e., true parts and not a Mac Plus Apple Watch holder) I've seen both of these topics scattered across posts and it might be a good thing to have them all on the same page - it would probably encourage others to contribute.
  13. pb3623

    Adding Wi-Fi to my Mac SE/30

    I'm not back in town until next week. I'll attach a pic. Aside from the 'stub' that the card plugs into, everything else is inside the case - but yeah, maybe a spring-loaded slot next to the brightness knob or programmer switch.
  14. I have the same issue with one of my Q700s - I still haven't found the issue. I thought it was a PRAM issue where it was corrupted (and went through all sorts of acrobatics to get Sticky Keys installed so I could navigate through TechTool and fully zap PRAM)... clearly it's not impossible and there appear to be at least 3 of us with this issue. Maybe my thread can help provide some data points.
  15. pb3623

    Adding Wi-Fi to my Mac SE/30

    I use this microSD extender and actually thought it would be neat to thread it through the security lock slot (which you have to do from the outside) to minimize slack or pinch points. Just make sure you remember to disconnect it from the SCSI2SD before you rip the bucket off! https://www.amazon.com/LANMU-Extension-Flexible-Monoprice-Raspberry/dp/B01D9JIUU0/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=micro+sd+extender&qid=1581536701&sr=8-2