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Need... more... accelerators :-*

 

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That one came up in the eBay finds thread some time ago. Notice that fancy QFP to PGA adapter for the 040.

The card is a 40MHz model, QFP 040s only went up to 33MHz I think so it looks like they overclocked the one on there. The manual talks about how to plug in that fan so this thing might have been coming the way it is right from the factory. (or the original CPU had a heatsink/fan installed as well)

I am going to scan the manual in the next days. It is different from the paper copy I got with my other Carrera040 and the copies I could find on the net so far.

 

Next I need a IIcx to go with that adapter...

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6 minutes ago, olePigeon said:

That fan looks like it might run into the power supply.

Maybe it fits the other way around? Were I a first-time buyer in its day, I'd sure hope so :lol: 

 

That's a wonderfully complete find!

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On 11/6/2019 at 7:53 PM, olePigeon said:

I do like vintage products with all their manuals, disks, and especially boxes.

Let's go on with that stuff then:

 

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This was an awesome deal. Can't wait to try this thing out.

Only thing that's missing is the power supply but a universal PSU should do... gotta check if the one from my Asante LocalTalk bridge will fit.

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And another one...

 

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This thing is truly awesome. SE accelerator that's supposed to go up to 50MHz (33MHz on the one I got) with onboard RAM (up to 16MB) as well as a video interface.

The accelerator part seems to be pretty standard, you can however set the speed multiplier via the DIP switches you see on there. Haven't seen that on any other accelerator yet. This is also the first accelerator I have seen that changes its clock speed once the control panel is loaded.

It will run at 8MHz or 16MHz at boot time (depending on switch settings) and shift up to 33MHz (or 16MHz if you want that) once the init has loaded.

 

The video portion consist of that one big FPGA and some video RAM. It does nothing until the video INIT loads and feeds the configuration bitstream into the FPGA.

It supports resolutions up to 1152*870 and a heckload of different displays from multiple vendors. Depending on how you connect the breakout board it supports TTL, ECL and analog (VGA style signaling) monitors.

Only the blue pin was fed with a signal on the 15 pin connector so I bridged that to the red and green pins to get a nice black and white image on my multisync TFT:

 

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The whole setup feels super snappy. The external graphics are unbelievable fast as well - probably because they are directly hanging off the 32bit 030 bus on the accelerator.

Only drawback is that it is producing the same crackling audio issues that all of those SE/Plus accelerators seem to have. (and that I can't use an additional internal network interface card)

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Not that much actually... 99€ on fleaBay for that one.

It was BIN and also had the option to make an offer but I didn't want to risk not getting it over saving 10 bucks so I went for it right away.

The seller might even be a member here...

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Nice snags! You can always mount that EN/SC, a 10bT transceiver and WiFi adapter internally with the Vandal for a killer SE. There's even room between the two video connectors for a WiFi antenna hole. [}:)]

 

Curious about the daughtercard on the Carrera040, is that  for additional Cache or the only Cache available for the card?

 

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Love that interstitial adapter, but wouldn't that be a PGA to BGA adapter? Still dreaming about one adapting QFP to BGA. Sigh. :mellow:

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7 hours ago, Bolle said:

And another one...

 

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This thing is truly awesome. SE accelerator that's supposed to go up to 50MHz (33MHz on the one I got) with onboard RAM (up to 16MB) as well as a video interface.

The accelerator part seems to be pretty standard, you can however set the speed multiplier via the DIP switches you see on there. Haven't seen that on any other accelerator yet. This is also the first accelerator I have seen that changes its clock speed once the control panel is loaded.

It will run at 8MHz or 16MHz at boot time (depending on switch settings) and shift up to 33MHz (or 16MHz if you want that) once the init has loaded.

 

The video portion consist of that one big FPGA and some video RAM. It does nothing until the video INIT loads and feeds the configuration bitstream into the FPGA.

It supports resolutions up to 1152*870 and a heckload of different displays from multiple vendors. Depending on how you connect the breakout board it supports TTL, ECL and analog (VGA style signaling) monitors.

Only the blue pin was fed with a signal on the 15 pin connector so I bridged that to the red and green pins to get a nice black and white image on my multisync TFT:

 

IMG_1408.thumb.jpg.adc68d80e2248e31db94e22980b7310d.jpg

 

 

The whole setup feels super snappy. The external graphics are unbelievable fast as well - probably because they are directly hanging off the 32bit 030 bus on the accelerator.

Only drawback is that it is producing the same crackling audio issues that all of those SE/Plus accelerators seem to have. (and that I can't use an additional internal network interface card)

This is pure sexiness!  What an amazing find!  I must admit I am jealous of this one :)

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LOL! I'm ALWAYS jealous when someone shows off an 030 Accelerator with RAM for the SE. But I'm also quite pleased to have the same Radius 16 setup I had back in the day when my first SE vinyl cutting system workstation arrived for my sign business.

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17 minutes ago, Trash80toHP_Mini said:

LOL! I'm ALWAYS jealous when someone shows off an 030 Accelerator with RAM for the SE. But I'm also quite pleased to have the same Radius 16 setup I had back in the day when my first SE vinyl cutting system workstation arrived for my sign business.

Yeah, I hear that.  I need to keep an eye out for one of these for my SE, I'd gladly pay double of this sale.  So if anyone else has one of these and wants to sell :cool: I regret selling my Applied Engineering card :(

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Noticed something interesting:

 

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Is that a DE9 connector? It might be interesting to do a DA15 with jumpers for VGA Adaptation/HD15 on a plate like that. No more mongo VGA Box extension.

 

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Another oddball...

Radius PowerView SCSI video adapter.

 

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The manual states it was designed to be used with PowerBooks 140/170 in mind as well as the Classic II.

It needs a machine with Color QuickDraw ROMs so 68000 machines are out of the game.

 

I quickly plugged it into the Performa 630 but the control panel complained about that it’s an unsupported machine.

Going to have to try it on something older.

 

 

I already took a peek at what’s inside:

 

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Sometimes going through my stash of Mac stuff is like a treasure hunt, and today is a great example.  I knew I had a SuperMac Superview SCSI video device, but while I was looking for other stuff I found a full boxed PowerView as well.  I remember previously coming across it and seeing that it was for PowerBook 140 and 170 models (or so it says on the box) but I mixed it up with another device that requires opening up the 170 case and installing some electronics inside; this one comes with an HDI-30 SCSI cable. 

 

I also found right next to it a fully boxed and still shrink wrapped Superview device.  So hopefully the floppy(s) are still good and that ends the hunt for those drivers. 

 

@Bolle what are your thoughts on the most useful machine to use the Powerview on?  I don't have any PowerBooks older than a 180c, so all of mine already have video out capability. 

 

I wonder if the Superview will work on 68000 machines.  I'll have to read the manual. 

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On 3/31/2020 at 9:23 PM, pcamen said:

I wonder if the Superview will work on 68000 machines.  I'll have to read the manual. 

Nap, requires Color QuickDraw, I was disappointed too. ScuzzyGraph was the only 68000 compatible product.

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Snagged this puppy from the bay:

 

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It looks like is has never been used. Let's see if I can get a picture out of this without the screen that came with it.

According to the datasheet of the BT454 DAC it's supposed to output RS-343.

From looking at the board the single BNC connector is hooked up to the green channel of the DAC which makes sense because the datasheet says it does output sync on green.

The blue and red channels are not connected to anything as it seems. I will probe them to see if they output anything.

Just wiring the green channel to the red and blue channels on a VGA multisync monitor will mess with the impedance and exceed the designed driving capabilites of the DAC.

Also having the sync signals present on those two channels is not going to make the picture quality any better.

 

I went spelunking on the ROMs and the GALs on there already. There's this guy all over the place :lol:

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ROM dumps attached in case anyone might need them.

Radius SE TPD HI V3.3 297-0050-A.BIN

Radius SE TPD LO V3.3 297-0049-A.BIN

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Nice grab! I have a TPD monitor/card that has the v4.4 ROMs (System 7 compatible ones) and they're faulty, so I may have to try yours.

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1 hour ago, Bolle said:

 

It looks like is has never been used. Let's see if I can get a picture out of this without the screen that came with it.

 

This will be neat to see. What sort of screen is that supposed to drive, do you know?

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11 hours ago, LaPorta said:

This will be neat to see. What sort of screen is that supposed to drive, do you know?

It's for the full size (original) Radius Two Page Display:

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Picked up one of those beauties today:

 

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All the plastics are intact, it has a battery installed that has already been cut open but looks like it's still holding the original cells, no obvious leakage from either the main battery or the 9V block.

It looks more yellowed in the pictures than it actually is. Sitting next to my other Macs it really shines in bright white compared to most of them.

It came without a charger and no HDD installed.

I will have to free some time to disassemble the whole thing, clean all the plastic parts and inspect the logicboard. It will obviously need new caps if it hasn't been recapped yet.

My plan is to install a plug on the back at the little expansion cover, connect that to the main battery plug on the logicboard and power it that way from a lab powersupply to get around having to recell the battery.

Not that anyone's actually carrying around anyways :tongue:

Making one of those HDD cables is on the list as well as maybe getting one of the RAM cards that are going to be made. (maybe, because the available video card clone also looks tempting but that's likely going to conflict with more than 4MB RAM)

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Nice find!

 

However:

10 hours ago, Bolle said:

My plan is to install a plug on the back at the little expansion cover, connect that to the main battery plug on the logicboard and power it that way from a lab powersupply to get around having to recell the battery.

I'm sure you know this, but be very careful!  I've read numerous times that the Portable really doesn't like being run without a battery, and some components are prone to frying themselves if any attempt is made to do so.

 

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