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  1. I tried to use one about 5 years ago as a media server, but it was just too slow and laggy. Tried the same about 3 years ago with an Intel Mac Mini, and no such issues...
  2. So, I've decided to move on some of my goodies as I'm back into Nintendo 64 stuff. I didn't realise just how much PAL N64 stuff had increased in value since I was last involved 5 or 6 years ago, so now is the time to secure what I really want before the prices increase to stupid levels and stock comes harder to find. So now I have about 20 boxed games and another 35 loose, and all the accessories in boxes too, which makes for a fun and compact collection. We are looking to have another child, so my Mac room disappears and I need to find space elsewhere in the house, and moving on the bulky
  3. I've had one of those Rayovac 4.5V batteries leak onto a 5500 board, it was toast. The same battery is found in the TAM, so if you have one installed, remove it ASAP!
  4. Do a search for Quesse on this site, there are a number of discussions on them over the years. I have one for an SE.
  5. Those Vartas, have never seen one leak or damage a board, although I've heard the odd snippet. Correct on the caps, they tend to not be an issue with these older Macs, but I have seen the odd one go on the analog board. Replace as they fail (ie. magic smoke) and you are good to go.
  6. My TAM was the Dean's work computer from a prominent PA college. Nothing on there that was sensitive, you could tell that those items had been removed, but it still had the old email client set up with a few nothing emails, and it was an interesting look at computing in the late 90s. The hard drive corrupted itself at one point, so it's all lost to history.
  7. I bought an inexpensive adapter (like 71 cents), and a Kingston 32GB card. Think it's a 266X card. That, paired with the Sonnet, makes this a very quick and easy to use computer. I have the card partitioned multiple ways, running 7.6.1, 8.1, 8.6, and 9.1, as well as a couple of drives in different formats for storage. If I had to keep only one system, it would be the TAM by a country mile. It has USB, CD, great sound, can connect external drives, even has the floppy, so it's a great all-rounder for me. I know many people would disagree, but it's tops for me!
  8. My holy grail of drivers is for the Prodigy SE by Levco, no one seems to have a copy. I contacted one of the founders of Levco, and he still has an SE with this upgrade, but being a busy man, I don't see him being able to find the time to boot this one up (if it even still works).
  9. Sort of off-topic, but I use a CF card in my TAM with a 400MHz Sonnet card in it, and access and write times are pretty speedy. A good, cheap way to have bulk storage, and easy to add software from a modern system as well.
  10. Must be like the one I used back in the day that allowed you to change the Welcome to Macintosh message when booting.
  11. Exactly, but it all fits neatly in one bedroom, plus there is other stuff in there too, so it's perfectly managed. And if anything goes south, I have a little treasure trove I can liquidate.
  12. That's why you put a space where the @ symbol normally goes That said, I got the email last month because some guy just had to get that Snow Leopard disk I had on eBay at 830pm on a Tuesday night, and paid cash...
  13. Hi all, I probably should have done this thread years ago, there are so many great things I've scored over time. I started with a Mac 512K upgraded to a Plus for $25, a great little system, back in 2010. Shortly thereafter came 5 SE's from a hoarder (his property looked like something from Fallout), where I found my Levco Prodigy SE upgrade (love me a Mac with fangs!). I then hit the motherlode: https://68kmla.org/forums/index.php?/topic/15304-possibly-the-biggest-conquest-any-of-us-have-ever-made/ That one put me on the map, and pushed my count to well over 100 machines. Th
  14. It's not the felt that I am having trouble with, it's the small plastic part that attaches to the felt pad, that then is located in the spring-loaded arm. There has to be a fix that will be permanent, has happened on 3 of my 400K drives.
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