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  1. It still misbehaves even after trying that trick The first time it did this, I left it disconnected from any power for ~9 hours (it conked out right before work so I took out the battery and left it unplugged before leaving)
  2. Ah, beans. I was kind of hoping it was a SCSI2SD specific issue, since it'd likely either be something I can't do anything about, or requires some changes to the configuration. But if the same thing can happen with regular HDDs, then that opens up more potential causes. One of these days I'm going to try reformatting with a patched version of Apple HD SC and do a clean install to see if that helps. As of right now, the system was formatted with LIDO and restored from a backup-up image from the old drive.
  3. Good news, everyone! After sitting on the 180c for months after a failed screen recap, I had an epiphany: Over a decade ago, my Nintendo Virtual Boy had rows of dead pixels which I fixed by tossing the display assembly into an oven for a bit before pressing down on the the ribbon cable. If it was good enough for the Virtual Boy, I reasoned it might be good enough for the 180c’s screen. 20 minutes at 200 degrees completely fixed the damage that had been done during my recap attempt. No dead pixels. Just pure, 256 colour bliss.
  4. Howdy, everyone I’ve got a PowerBook 170 equipped with a 2.5”, V5.0 SCSI2SD drive that tends to misbehave after a system crash. I don’t get crashes very often (only when I forget to turn off extensions that are known to cause problems) but when I do, the PowerBook will no longer boot off the SCSI2SD. It sits at the floppy disk icon with a flashing question mark, and never finds a bootable system folder. I did find a work around: If I boot off a floppy disk, the SCSI2SD is visible and the PowerBook will boot from it the next time I power on the laptop.
  5. In the end, the project has been shelved for a while. My old car had some major structural failures and needed to be replaced, so that's been occupying my time and wallet. I did get a partial refund from VIS for that defective screen. They wouldn't issue me a return shipping label, and local couriers wanted over $70 CAD to ship it back to them. So in the end, I got a refund for the cost of the LCD but didn't get a refund for the shipping. I get to keep the defective screen. But....... Honestly the only thing I can really use it for is to salvage out the backlight tubes As things stan
  6. They agreed to a full refund, I just have to send the panel back, which is fair. Paypal will cover the return shipping costs, so in the end I’m just out a few minutes of my time. Their excuse was that they couldn’t test the panel because they didn’t have any PowerBooks on hand to try it in, which is sensible. Although if a part is untested, they really should describe it as such and not charge so much for it. I wouldn’t write them off completely, lots of people have had positive reviews. I just wouldn’t buy something from them that has a very high probability of being fault
  7. SCSI2SD PowerBook Edition is pretty much your only option at present, whenever they're back in stock. There are some adapters out there to get the regular SCSI2SD adapter to work in a PowerBook, but that ads to the overall cost a fair bit I've been experimenting with the IDE to SCSI bridge salvaged from a broken PowerBook 520C, but haven't gotten anywhere. I've tried Compact Flash to IDE adapters, SD to IDE adapters, straight up IDE SSDs; and none of them want to work with the bridge.
  8. So I things with the 180C have been going...... bad. I recapped the original LCD and the distortion is gone, but now a row of pixels on the top of the panel is dead. I think my new soldering iron was a big part of the problem. The digital temperature setting was extremely erratic and seemed to fluctuate between "Not hot enough to melt and snow man in July" and "Hot enough to somehow melt the sun" at random. Needless to say that thing got sent back. It probably kicked up to a high temp and damaged the ribbon cables to run from the PCB to the panel itself. I found a apparently NOS
  9. When you're ready to tackle rebuilding the battery, just pick yourself up 10 of these: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/4-5-A-NiCD-Rechargeable-1200-mAh-Battery-with-Tabs/112096615893?hash=item1a197a9dd5:g:t~sAAMXQrNtR1xWk NiCD cells are what's in the original battery; but you can substitute NiCD for NiMH and it'll work. It depends on what you want out of the pack. NiCD batteries have a lower energy density, thus giving your PowerBook(s) a shorter runtime on batteries. If you look up NiMH cells of the same size (4/5 A) you'll see they hold nearly double the energy (2200mAh vs. 1200 mAh). Ni
  10. You'll have fun with the 1xx series machines, they're easy to work on; and Apple's insistence on using the same basic design for years means spare parts are abundant should anything break. The batteries are easy to rebuild, too if you ever want to make them truly portable again.
  11. Excellent, you'll have no trouble using 3rd party adapters with those. The original adapter was rated at 7.5v and 2amps. If you think you might collect more, you might want to consider getting yourself a 7.5v/3amp power supply. The 165C and 180C need that extra amp for their colour screens, and you can use the higher amperage adapter with your 165 & 180 without any problems.
  12. By "68K PowerBooks" I'm assuming they're from the original 1xx series and not Duos or 5xx laptops? If so, 3rd party adapters are fine. The voltage and amperage of the 1xx series PowerBooks is so pedestrian by modern standards that a cheap A/C adapter will do the job just fine.
  13. I wonder if Balenaetcher is the source of the problem. I saw it's recommended in the guide you procured the images from; but I've always had really mixed success using Windows to do anything related to classic Macs. I believe the DD tool is available for Windows, or you could go through the process of booting Linux off a thumb drive and using its built in dd command to write the image.
  14. What method did you use to write the image to the SD card? I’ve seen this error crop up when the hard disk driver stored on a drive got messed up. So there may have been an issue when writing that part of the image. If it were me, I’d grab the 1gb 6.0.8 file and start from there. Even though the Portable can run 7.5.5, provided the RAM’s been upgraded to at least 2mb, I’d sooner start with a simpler system to verify basic functionality. When I installed a SCSI2SD in my PowerBook 170, I set a 2gb partition size limit using the SCSI2SD configuration software, then i
  15. I just had a thought that sent me deeper into the rabbit hole: since the 145B is a later revision of the 145, it stands to reason that it would only have the revision C panel, since Apple was already transitioning from revision B to C during the run of the original 145. So I grabbed a copy of the service manual and, sure enough, the 145B *only* uses the revision C display. And I see plenty of 145Bs on eBay that power up to show the display working. So you can buy that one panel I linked up above, grab one of the many used 145Bs out there; or, if you want to shop around, the Sh
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