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  1. Oh Jesus that's nasty. Well best thing to do is get that board some soapy water and get your wife's spare toothbrush out and see what's actually going on under that gunk, stat! If it's salvageable, get the lemon juice and/or vinegar on stand by, but I wouldn't hold my breath. . .
  2. That's the one, near the centre, next to the SCSI port. Finding the dongle might not be so easy, but be patient and a reasonable prices one should crop up soon enough.
  3. I definitely concur with that. I wish I could remember for sure if mine did or not. I sold it since I didn't feel there was much point having both machines.
  4. As @cheesestraws said, I probably would have opted for the 660 too given the choice. I do actually have the Quadra 650 and it's a friggin' beast with it's PDS 100Mhz 601 and 24-Bit video card fitted! Has great expandability and far more modular for parts since a variety of machines shared it's form factor (Eg: IIvx and 7100). Better still, I can reboot it into 040 mode, if I need to run anything strictly 68K. I think the 660AV has that funny adapter on the end of the board that can only use one expansion card, or nothing at all if it's that "DOS compatible card" installed. Sti
  5. When I bought my IIvx it had the original caddy type CD-ROM drive, 64MB of RAM (like yours) and fully populated VRAM. I've since swapped out the RAM for smaller ones (was wasted on that, was better used in my 040 IIci), added a Radius Thunder IV GX and a bigger HD (1GB). It sounds like your IIvx, despite it being a "black sheep" for 68K owners, appears was very much loved, just like my machine. I wouldn't write off later OS' though. Mine happily runs 7.5.5 okay but I keep my extensions to a relative minimum. That said I am certain 7.1 would be pretty zippy if you do decid
  6. Well you can definitely colour me interested! I have a spare FPU somewhere and I can source a crystal without much trouble. Keep us (especially me!) posted.
  7. Nice work! There's a guy on eBay that been flogging off FPU cards fro some time (with a ROM socket) but damn they're pricy for what they are. This design definitely looks far more affordable. I do hope someone here can fabricate some and offer them on here as a group buy. I'm sure I'm not the only one that would like to add an FPU to their Classic II, at the right price if course. How was it trying to solder a PLCC socket on the board?
  8. Just sell it as a Mac compatible card. Old PC Rage cards are peanuts to buy, but Mac ones can command a reasonable price.
  9. Very, very nice. $3k though, ouch! Rarity costs, and in this kind of boxed condition, I can understand. Congrats, both on the haul and your still ongoing marriage.
  10. Now that's a fast SE/30! Can we see some Speedometer readings?
  11. I was so unimpressed with the speed of the LC under any kind of System 7 OS to the point that I downgraded it to 6.0.8. I found the LCII could cope with System 7.1 to a decent standard though, but I wouldn't go any higher than that on a standard CC. As others have said, the CC is a very slow 030 machine. The SE/30 over 3½ years before the CC would run rings around it, even in the same B&W colour setting. You can always drop in a LC575 board into it though like mine. Then you can play Doom (albeit in low graphics and in postage stamp screen size)! The other limiting factor
  12. I had a set of disks that the shutter was spring loaded both ways (like a normal diskette). But weirdly, you could click it all the way to one side and it would 'lock' in that position until you pinch it and doing that would ping back to it's closed position.
  13. Oh that's very, VERY nice Bolle. you always find ways to out-do yourself with yet another amazing example to reverse engineering. I don't know how you do it! Definitely still up for a Cache add-on for my Carrera that's sitting in my IIci. To be honest, money-no-object, I'd really love another complete set to put in my IIvx, but really that would probably be a bit wasted in that and would be nothing more then morbid fun to see the lackluster results.
  14. I've had no issues with Norton's DiskLight. They usually have a little control panel option so you can choose where it shows (too left or right corner) and if you want to show the ID and floppy activity. Find it quite nice to have for machines that have no disk activity LED on the case (which is most).
  15. I've exhausted all my solutions in trying to replace the SCSI HD in my IIsi with a larger one, but hopefully someone can tell me a possibly stupidly obvious thing I may have missed or am doing wrong. My IIsi HD has it's original 80MB Quantum HD installed, but since I had a spare Apple branded 1GB IBM drive I figured I'd swap them over. Using a bootable Lido disk (image on the Floppy Emu), it detects it as normal with all the right info. I used the Easy Setup to format and partition the drive (single) and after a long wait, it does complete the process without error and
  16. My Plus is immaculate, so a box for that would be a dream, but probably way out of my price range.
  17. Depends which video card you have. If you got the type that uses SIMM style V-RAM then yes they exist and are often sold on eBay for not very much if you ignore the "lol price" sellers. The 512K flavour which carry a bit of a premium compared to the 256K's. They're probably the easiest and most cost-effective cards. In my experience, probably the speediest too in terms of performance. The ones that rely on DIP chips are probably not so easy. The chips may still exist new if you can find out what the card is compatible with, but would likely be a bit of a minefield
  18. Agreed. Liberal use of some tin foil to reflect heat might be worth your time. Better yet, if you can get hold of a sheet silicone that's heat resistant (like them futuristic oven gloves).
  19. If it means anything, pretty much all my PowerBooks have this artifacting both colour and B&W (apart from my PPC 500). I would assume this is almost certainly a cap issue as opposed to a cable issue. One would imagine the lines would be fixed on the screen if the cabling was damaged. But please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that assumption.
  20. Even though it has the I/O power symbol? Terrible choice of logo to use for a reset switch if that is true. It's pretty secure. If it was lose, the LED probably wouldn't be active. Also the laptop is immaculate and has barely any signs of use so I doubt wear and tear is at play here.
  21. Pretty certain it's a 'hard' power switch. (Picture of a PB 5300 but basically the same thing).
  22. My word, old laptops can be an absolute pain in the ass. I fired up the lowly 190 today (yes the one everyone seems to hate) only to find the trackpad stopped working (buttons were fine). Figured I'd check the connections, clean them and reseat them, then hope and pray the thing would work again. Well what I got was way worse, nothing. Well almost nothing. The green led lights up when the AC adapter is plugged in but that's about it. The light goes out if you press the power button from behind but goes immediately back on. Soft power from the keyboard does nothing thoug
  23. For the price of a cheap meal at a fast food joint, it really wouldn't hurt and offers piece of mind. I have one on my Perfoma 475 and although it doesn't cover the entire surface area, it definitely helps somewhat. Doesn't need to be anything fancy, just something low profile obviously, but do spend some money on decent thermal adhesive.
  24. Somewhere I have a IIci cache card that you're welcome to have for cheap. Should speed up the machine noticeably. I'm based in the UK too. Sadly I have no other spares as I gave the bits away a few years ago.
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