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  1. The vastly PC Exchange replaced Apple File Exchange around the 7.1 era, but it doesn't support the PC 5.25" Drive. Apple's sales material for the PC 5.25" drive says it works with PC cards like the AST PC Card. I wouldn't be surprised if the Orange Micro cards supported it too. Overall I don't think Apple supported this product all that well. Once 3.5" disk became standard on the PC end and the SuperDrive showed up on the Mac, it was quickly made obsolete. What I'm looking for is the manual for Apple File Exchange. I don't see it online with a quick search, I might have a printed c
  2. Most LocalTalk devices appeared to have used the SCC or derivative anyway, The Kinetics/Shiva Fastpath series certainly did. As for Wi-Fi DDP AppleTalk, Apple themselves clearly had it working fine with PowerBooks and their AirPort cards and base stations. In my case, a now ancient D-Link DWL-1000AP worked fine with AppleTalk and my Powerbook G4.
  3. Hmm, I have the disks for this, never thought they weren't available. BTW, you can use that scanner on a PC or under Linux. Its a Canon CanoScan 300 with different case plastics. Even the SCSI ID is unchanged.
  4. I haven't done Mac Toolbox programming, but it doesn't appear much different from typical procedural GUI API programming like Windows. Object oriented wrappers for the Mac Toolbox existed with Apple's MacApp and later MetroWerks PowerPlant to make things easier. The tradeoff was the added bulk of the libraries bloating your applications. Another concern has to deal with the clunkyness of MPW. 30+ year old developer tools were ugly and cumbersome to deal with. A modern IDE goes a long way to making programming for vintage machines pleasant. When I was doing some Apple IIgs Toolbox d
  5. Hey now, NeXT did try and mainstream the MO drive as a practical storage device. I think that was a bit TOO forward thinking though. Loading an OS and writing to the disks is SLOW. What really killed adoption is price. The Syquest 44 and 88 were ubiquitous and CHEAP. The Iomega Zip nailed the form factor of the super floppy and was also CHEAP. It wasn't Iomega's first attempted either. I have a SCSI 21MB Flopical drive laying around here somewhere although I think they only licensed that tech.
  6. I can say for a fact that MacOS 8.5 and 8.6 work on a stock 6100/66 with 40MB of RAM. Generally on PPC machines I stick with 8.x since more of the OS is PPC native. I know back in the day people were not a fan of System 7.5.x and 7.6.x's stability on PPC machines. The recommendation to stick with System 7.5.5 is mostly one for 68k machines due to it being more compatible with older software and hardware (24-bit addressing is still available etc.).
  7. I think a DB-25 to HD-68 cable should work. High byte termination should be a non-issue, just make sure the drive is the last device on the chain and properly terminated. Also the drive must be set to "single ended mode" and/or "narrow mode". and must only use a device ID from 0-7 (0 is typically assigned to the internal HD and 7 to the controller). ID 8-15 is only available for wide controllers. Centronics 50F enclosures should be VERY common. They are standard SCSI and were made for many years. The easiest way to get one is a "broken" external drive of some sort, just swap in wha
  8. The manual details configuring AppleTalk options (zone, device type) on page 43.
  9. Netatalk's PAPD will handle that, or grab one of these and plug it into the USB port: https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-1-Port-Print-Server-GPSU21/dp/B000FW60FW The IOGear dongle claims to support AppleTalk using the LaserWriter driver as long as your printer natively supports PostScript (which it does).
  10. If you have netatalk 2.2.x setup elsewhere, you can use its PAP server in lieu of a printer that lacks native support (This will work with any printer that supports Linux using GhostScript as a RIP). That or one of many USB print servers still available that support AppleTalk (they'll work with any printer with built-in PostScript).
  11. Supports PostScript, but lacks AppleTalk support (support was dropped in new printers awhile back). No it will not work out of the box.
  12. A quick search reveals the drive I borrowed was a Sony SMO-S501. Its heavier than it looks in the photos.
  13. The drive should just work like any other SCSI removable device. A friend of mine had an early 650MB 5.25" MO drive, it was an huge external beast. Putting in a disk and hearing it spin up was certainly something and that was with the loud cooling fan it had. For laughs I connected it to the Apple IIgs and it worked just fine. That was likely the first and last ProDOS formatted MO disk made. I also tried it on a PC and a Mac without any problem as well. Oh yeah, and you had to flip the disk over to use the whole capacity. Just be patient when writing data to the drive. It takes a w
  14. http://www.goldstarsoftware.com/applesite/Documentation/AppleIIgsHardwareReferenceManual.PDF Chapter 9 has a basic overview. Oddly the later 2nd Edition for the ROM 3 omits most of the information.
  15. I can't imagine Apple sold too many of these. Whatever was in service was likely scrapped at this point.
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