Jump to content


68kMLA Supporter
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by PotatoFi

  1. I just took a bunch of .sit files over to my iMac G3 running 10.4, and I used StuffIt Expander 2010 to unstuff them directly to an HFS floppy. Success! When I bring them over to System 6, they work great. I think I've found my workflow. All of that said... for accessibility on modern systems, it seems like having a .dsk image that you can DD to a floppy is the easiest solution. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to have a machine with 10.4 kicking around.
  2. I really don't have any, this is all pretty new to me. I guess I need to try unstuffing them on my OS X 10.4 box, and writing them to an HFS floppy. I'll give that a shot next.
  3. I have yet to find a single StuffIt file that works with StuffIt 4.0.2. Are they really all encoded with newer versions of StuffIt? They just show up as a generic "file" in System 6, and StuffIt stubbornly does not see the file to open it. Is this because both Windows and macOS 10.14 are blowing up the resource forks?
  4. I'm checking out the 56k modem route first. I've ordered a Global Village modem and a USB modem for my Raspberry Pi. Overall I'm in less than $20. Plan is to set up a Pi Zero W and the USB modem to accept incoming calls. Whether the Global Village modem requires a line inducer is yet to be seen.
  5. Ok, getting .sit files to my Macintosh SE if cake now... but for some reason, StuffIt Expander (this one specifically) does not see the ".sit" files on the disk. I haven't used StuffIt Expander before... any ideas why I'm running into this problem?
  6. I got it working! Well, for loose files, like you said. Sadly, applications do not launch on my Macintosh SE for the reasons you gave. The solution was in dd, the "skip" command needs to be dropped: sudo dd if=diskimage.dsk of=/dev/disk5 bs=84 I'll do a full writeup soon of the entire process with screenshots. Maybe a video. For now, I'm going to experiment with copying .sit files in with this method, and expanding them on the Macintosh SE with StuffIt Expander. That should keep macOS 10.14's hands off of the files and preserve the resource forks? Maybe? We'll see.
  7. As is commonly known, modern versions of macOS are able to read HFS volumes, but not write to them. While I consider it very lucky that I have a 1.44mb floppy drive to work with on my Macintosh SE FDHD, writing floppy disks for it with my MacBook Pro and a USB floppy drive presents some unique challenges. First, here's what I CAN do with macOS 10.14.2, a 1.44mb USB floppy drive, and my Macintosh SE FDHD today: Write .img and .dsk images to floppies with my Macbook Pro, and read and write to them with my Macintosh SE Write files to floppies with my Macintosh SE FDHD, and
  8. For me personally, this would be for my Macintosh SE. But as an outcome, I'd like to have a Raspberry Pi image and set of instructions that I can share with others to make this process easy for anyone who wants to do it. Basically, the target machine is any System 6/System 7 machine that ethernet cards are cost prohibitive for.
  9. I must admit that my understanding of AppleTalk is very weak, as I've never seen it or used it. My goal is to find a cheap and straightforward way to get my mac interacting with modern, IP networks and the internet. As far as I can tell, AppleTalk doesn't fit the bill. Modern networks are built on TCP/IP. Is that not true?
  10. Now that my Macintosh SE is up and running, the next thing I want to tackle is "Cheap Networking". PDS ethernet cards and AppleTalk to ethernet adapters are super expensive, so I'm searching for a cheaper way. Requirements: Cheap Full TCP/IP support Can be accomplished with commodity/readily available hardware Easy to configure Something that could be bundled into an image file for others to implement easily Works with System 6 and System 7, hopefully 128k-SE/30 would be supported Not Required: Speed So far, I'm coming
  11. Neither did I, since I retrobrighted it before having a woking SE to test it on. But good news! I posted too soon. When I took it apart, I must not have connected the ribbon cables securely. I reseated them and now it's working great. I'm still going to be very wary of S-video cables...
  12. Uh-oh... bad news. Got my ADB cable in, and the keyboard does not work. The mouse connected through the keyboard works fine, which tells me that my ADB cable is fine. Did I fry my keyboard?
  13. Cheater! But seriously... the Floppy EMU is awesome, looks like a great piece of kit. Idk if I need to get files back and forth enough to justify the expense, I think I'll keep a Windows or Linux VM around for the occasional floppy disk write . It really is too bad that there isn't a simple application for modern macOS that can read/write HFS floppies. Even if I could use the floppy drive with Mini vMac, that would be awesome... swapping floppies around is just so much fun (no sarcasm).
  14. Thanks for the tip! It bugs me that I can't just use my daily driver MacBook... I guess I can run CiderPress in a VM. As for my desk... I like to keep it cleaned off but don't worry, I have a ton of old game consoles and stuff in my office. There are dozens of us! Dozens!
  15. Ok, it's all back together! Here's what the front looked like before cleaning and retrobrite: o And here is the final result: Retrobrite notes: Cleaned with Dawn dishwasher detergent, water, and a soft toothbrush Scrubbed marks off with a wet paper towel and baking soda Thoroughly painted with Salon Care 30-Proof Hydrogen Peroxide Cream, wrapped in plastic wrap Placed under a CFL "Lizard" UV light for ~10 hours (room temp, no extra heat just the CFL) Rinsed, reapplied cream and rewapped Exposed for another 8 h
  16. Before I put it all back together... I think the potentiometer on the brightness knob is dirty. Range is sorta dim to pretty bright. Is that normal operation?
  17. Nothing fell inside the tube, as soon as I realized what happened I became extremely paranoid about keeping that from happening! There's exposed wire in there... I think I'll wrap it around the screw and put it back together very carefully. I'll get as good of contact as I can. As for the hard drive, I have a friend with a SCSI2SD 5.1 who has offered it to me as a gift. I will absolutely be replacing the hard drive with it. I'll probably do a 4MB RAM upgrade at the same time. I just checked my retrobrite progress on the front panel... it's looking absolutely beautiful.
  18. Haha nice catch! Looks like I did. Luckily that is a very easy fix.
  19. Bah, look what I've done. I didn't want to start another thread for this one because it's so dumb. I was pulling things back apart to retrobrite the front, lubricate the floppy drive, and install the PRAM battery when I did this: Now I know to reach in there with some pliers and pinch the clip instead of just trying to pull it off. The picture barely shows it, but there is a small wire protruding from the hole. Am I okay to just screw that screw back in there, and allow it to make contact with the wire? Ever had this happen?
  20. I would recommend doing the keyboard first, seems like lower-risk. I'm SUPER close to having a video done to walk you through the process if you're willing to wait a few days. I've been tied up on my own Macintosh SE.
  21. Sure enough, that's the problem. Both pins 1 (GND) and 2 (GND) are tied together. Moral of the story: perform a continuity test before using an S-video cable as a temporary ADB cable!
  22. Hrm, the machine is booting just fine via floppy and hard drive without the S-video cable. I've been using the machine for several hours with just a mouse, and I've rebooted it many times. Zero issues if the S-video cable isn't connected. Should I perhaps try another S-video cable? I will take your advice on the floppy drive. I'll pull it out and lubricate it tonight.
  23. That's the exact keyboard that I just retrobrighted! Maybe the photo is deceiving... but yours looks nice and white. It looks about the same as mine does, post-retrobrite. Before: After: Based on that, do you think your keyboard still needs it, or is your photo playing tricks on me?
  24. I am thrilled that the CRT is now working in my Macintosh SE FDHD! If you want to read about that issue, you can do so here. So now, I've got the Macintosh SE, a keyboard, and a mouse. Unfortunately, I do not have an ADB cable (one is on order). In the meantime, I decided to try using an S-video cable, since the pinout appears to be the same. Also, The Internet(tm) which is never wrong said that S-video cables make great ADB cables (although ADB cables don't make great S-video cables). Figuring I was pretty safe, I connected the keyboard with an S-video cable but found that the machine hangs d
  25. Great news! The Macintosh SE is happily humming next to me on my desk with a working CRT. The culprit was a disconnected leg on a component, specifically this filter at F1. The damage was obscured by a glob of hot glue. And here it is after it's first working boot in who knows how long: I hugely appreciate your help with this. I managed to write some floppies for it with dd on my MacBook Pro + USB floppy drive last night and reinstall System 6.0.8. It felt great to play Sim City on it for a few minutes. I'm impressed that everything works, incl
  • Create New...