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  1. I once bought spare parts from thebookyard. It's in the UK, so be prepared for a few percent of duties. A Mac repair shop once suggested to me, there are various UK-based recycler selling Apple-parts. Just one hint: The outer CD-tray bezel is a clear plastic part with a colour matching soft rubber part glued to it. It comes apart easily. So a wrong color soft part can be exchanged later without effort. I'm just not sure what adhesive to use, since it may shine through the rubber.
  2. My tangerine iBook's rubber coating is slowly disattaching and is also stretched in some areas. Decades ago I wrote my thesis on it, acquiring the bad habit of resting my hand on the palm rest, slowly tearing away with my wrist the lower edge of the tangerine rubber coating. Now it is loose around the lower right edge and stretches about 1 cm to the right longer than original. I'm wondering if I can shrink it again probably with heat, but I'm afraid of damaging a otherwise fully functional iBook. Sorry, no picture in the moment, since my iBook is in storage.
  3. Sorry, I likely made a wording mistake. I didn't mean "tariffs" as customs and duties. I meant the shipping costs of our national postal service are threefold compared to US destinations. I think there are international agreements between the postal services too. My guess was Canada didn't get good deals there. Asked prices for old Apple items often are unreasonable. Same here. Thing is, they won't sell for these prices. So what sometimes works is waiting two or three weeks - maybe even longer - and then making a more realistic offer, showing agreed prices from eBay transactions to
  4. @ghost180sx, I see tariffs from EU to Canada are threefold compared to US destinations. Probably your postal service didn't join some international agreements? If you separate the transparent cable from the yoyo it may fit into a 30mm thick envelope, which may be cheaper to ship - but from EU still over 40(!) Euro, so a no-go. I also prefer used Apple PA over new third party ones. I've seen so many failing. Just wondering, 35 million Canadians should have quite a lot of unused Apple thingies. Probably a good idea to build up something like craigslist in Canada.
  5. Write protecting: I remember there is a flag in (HFS/HFS+) disks that makes it write protected. Probably search for old disk utilities to set it, or someone may remember how to do it. I think - if memory serves me right - System 7.5's drive setup did the trick. Also I would try another OS9-installer disk. While System 7 was quite picky about model-specific OS installations, OS 8.5+, including 9.x is not (so much). My PowerBook 5300 once booted (accidentally) from a tangerine iBook-CD-ROM just fine. SCSI-error: I assume you terminated you SCSI-CD-ROM-drive correctly. There is s
  6. I find the single USB port on my original iBook a bit picky about plugs. It's somewhat buried inside the rubber plastic and doesn't want lager plugs. Bigger plugs may not insert deep enough to make contact. Also the current the Clamshell's port can provide is _just_ within specs (0.5 A). My external 2.5" USB-disk fails to start and needs extra power. Thumb drives (solid state) work well (if narrow enough to fit). If your USB port is actually faulty: You may find a computer repair which can solder another USB plug onto the board. They may not have the exact same item (it has a white
  7. About OS 8.x failing to install on your 6100: I don't know what the installer is doing when it fails just before finishing, but since it complains about not enough memory, I would try changing the RAM _types_. As you will be aware, a 6100 accepts both FPM and EDO RAM sticks. Apple supplied only FPM, AFIK. Also, as I mentioned before, you may try another freshly burned OS-Installer disk from another source than your original one. About the "Classic Mac OS Benchmarks and Comparisons - System 7 Today : The differences regarding UI tests are smaller than I remember that it _felt_
  8. Thank you @Cory5412. Your findings completely coincide with my experiences. I lived - sometimes suffered - through that period of early PPC Macs. Apple's claims that the next version of Mac OS would be faster than the previous were/are untrue. While the amount of PPC-native code was rising (slowly) the toll on the processor became even heftier due to new features or new (more robust) methods of performing OS tasks. At least System 8.5 and consecutive versions were a big step forward in stability. Again I agree, the feel of System 8.5+ user interfaces on a 6100 or 5300 PowerBoo
  9. Yes, these are issues. Not sure about HPs 600-series or HP-derived StyleWriters, but at least the 900-series integrate printheads into ink cartridges. So with new ink you get new heads (and pay for it). I remember various treatments people tried on the rollers. Some used brake fluid, if I remember it correctly and sand paper. Cannot say if this really does help. I use PDFs as a work around. Decades ago I purchased a license of "PrintToPDF". It is a printer extension, a fat binary - I think - and likely I used it also with my 68k (color) Macs. Definitely nothing to run on any o
  10. We had 2 HP DeskWriter (Mac-compatible DeskJets) a 500 and a 520, if I remember correctly. They had been built like tanks and lasted longer than the useful lifespan of the Macs. I had mixed success with Canon-derived StyleWriters, some broke early. The 4100 looks like a rebadged DeskJet 620C or so. Considering the fact that my 2000 DeskJet 930c still works flawlessly, I would say you took the right choice. Apple even keeps the service man for it: https://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/misc/color_stylewriter_4500.4100.pdf However, reasonably priced ink may not be an easy find, even clones.
  11. @LaPorta: Sorry to hear that OS 8.x doesn't boot successfully on your 6100. Does anybody know if the PC-Card (it's a 80486, right?) is compatible with System 8? It may need System Extensions, at least for producing the cool fading effect when switching OSes. Try booting without the card. And is SCSI2SD ready for OS8? I think most people use it with System 7-variants? Consider trying a real SCSI-disk if you have one, and swapping your original but old OS8.1-CD with a freshly burned one from another source. @Cory5412: Interesting, you found 9.1 being 20% slower or fas
  12. Yes, I've seen desoldering guns in action on youtube, that's the perfect way to go. Removing old solder is truly important. Thank you for your patience.
  13. Dealing with old Macs is definitely an area where everyone can do "as you like it". As my sig-line says, I'm not a collector, I just have some Macs left from previous 30 years of use. @LaPorta, "speed/compatibility" is right my point too, hence I talked about a "sweet spot" of system versions. I guess for most early PPC-Macs like the 6100 the sweet spot is System 8.1. My reasoning: I found increasing stability (less crashes) with consecutive Mac OS versions from 7.6 onward, I'm hoping 8.1 may give you less crashes than 7.5.x and 7.6.x. And since 8.1 is quite in the middle of t
  14. Hmm. Individual perceptions of stability seem to differ widely. I went the other way in the 1990s, from all iterations of System 7.5 finally to 7.6.1. As I wrote before, I found stability improving from 7.6 onward, becoming acceptable for me again with System 8.5. I actually have tried 8.5 and even 9.0 on a 6100 - just briefly, booted from a CD-ROM. The slow optical startup medium added to the perception of nearly pathetic sluggishness. However, I've never tried 8.1 on a 6100. This may be the sweet spot of performance versus stability.
  15. Apple's Developer Note on the original PPC 6100/7100/8100 mentions that the 8100 provides Fast-SCSI support, which means to me that 6100 and 7100 do not. This supports my memories of SCSI on the 6100 not being faster than on a Performa 475. If you don't have a CD-ROM in it, likely there is a SCSI-connector for it anyway on the flat cable inside the Mac. It may be used to attach a 2nd hard drive - needs a free SCSI-ID. Probably a place to try the SCSI2SD without the need to remove the real HD. What OS do you have installed? I would be interested how well System 8.1 perfo
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