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  1. I would browse Wikipedia on my SE/30 by using Google's cached versions of different entries. Not ideal, of course, but definitely usable.
  2. What's the best long-term power adapter solution for the PowerBook 500 series? It seems like the adapters are both prone to malfunction and very scarce. I recently acquired a 520c from eBay and the previous owner had spliced an AirPort Extreme adapter together with the Mac cable using electrical tape. It worked but it wasn't pretty. I found a relatively cheap adapter and -- big mistake -- threw out the jury-rigged version before I received the new one. Of course it didn't work. The computer powers on but shuts off after a few minutes. I haven't checked the power in the pins but I am confident
  3. Yup. I will do that. These seem to be good instructions for getting under the hood. I'm just waiting for my torx set to arrive. I had to jettison a lot of things when I moved to the US eight years ago, and the two SE/30s I have acquired since all came without screws. And speaking of jettisoning stuff, I might have to get a multimeter as well. I think the AC charger is toast. My computer came with a jury-rigged Apple AirportExtreme AC adapter taped together with the Mac cable; this worked fine, but I threw it out and bought an original adapter instead. Big mistake. Now my computer s
  4. I will disconnect the floppy ribbon once I have the tools top get under the hood. But in the meantime, is there any way to disable the floppy drive through software? Maybe a keyboard shortcut during start-up? Having to reformat a floppy every time I start the computer is a little annoying.
  5. Thanks, will do. As a stopgap measure, is there any way to bypass the floppy check altogether during startup? Would the computer still work and boot from the hard drive if I simply disconnected the floppy drive or would it throw an error that prevented me from using it? I don't need the drive; I can transfer files through other means.
  6. I recently acquired a PowerBook 520c that seems to be in decent shape. However, the floppy drive is acting up. Even when it's empty, I get a message that it cannot read the floppy when I start the machine. The only way to get past the eject-initialize window of doom is to insert and reformat[!] an actual floppy. This normally does the trick. The eject mechanism does not work when I'm in the system, but the computer will automatically and forcefully spit out the floppy if I restart. Oddly, it will still give me the eject-initialize window. Could this be caused by dust in the drive c
  7. I finally got a Raspberry PI for procrastination purposes as I will be starting law school this fall. My question is: what's the best way to configure it as an SSL proxy so I can surf the web from my SE/30? Machead mentioned a Ruby script. I have heard stunnel mentioned repeatedly, but I take it that would be for email access, which I'm not as interested in.
  8. What's your set-up? Someone here recommended using an N300 (Netgear?) WiFi extender, and it works like a charm. You plug it into your outlet, configure it with the credentials to your WiFi network and connect it to your Mac via the built-in ethernet port. I never got Open Transport and DHCP to work, but you don't need to. I just grab a static IP address. Yup. iCab 2.9.9 works on 7.5.
  9. Google still works, and I'm able to access Wikipedia through Google's cached versions of articles. Still, it does not make for a very interactive browsing experience. I'm sure a middleman approach is the way to go for email and web access.
  10. Thanks for the link! Yes, I used to play around with Basilisk and (Mini) vMac -- even with Excecutor back in the day. But with my SE/30 hooked up to my home network, I think FTP is the way to go for file transfers. (When I first got the computer I installed System 7.5 using one physical floppy. Things have definitely improved. ) It would be great if I could partition/configure SCSI2SD into a format that my Mac will recognize without having to install Basilisk, but I might end up installing it anyway.
  11. Mounting the SD/SCSI as an external drive sounds like a great idea. If so, I could backup my current HD and -- if/when it fails -- simply boot from the SD/SCSI. 1. Do I need Basilisk to partition the card or can I use a PC utility that creates empty HFV volumes? (I remember using one for Mini vMac 10 years ago) 2. What SCSI2SD version would you recommend? I am not sure if I need USB connectivity. Cheers, BishopBlougram
  12. I finally managed to find time to tinker with my SE/30 yesterday. Got it hooked up to my WiFi (via the Netgear N300 extender) and enjoyed some online chess. I have a recapped motherboard, which I will switch out for the original one when I've worked up the courage to do so (poor manual dexterity and no spatial skills make for a poor DIY combination), but I was wondering about the hard drive. I have a 1 GB HD; not sure about the vintage, but maybe mid-'90s. It works like a charm, but I realize that it mightfail any time. Would you guys recommend I replace it with the SD/SCSI adaptor
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