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  1. Okay, this was a really pleasant surprise. I found in a recent sort-out a USB 2.0 PCI card in a box of old stuff. It has a NEC720101 chip, no ROM onboard or anything that would indicate it's a Mac specific card, but I thought as a giggle I'd lob it in the GigE G4 and see what happened. First and pleasant surprise was it worked. I plugged in a USB stick and not only did it mount but it copied to the internal drive at 20MB/s - great. That's going to save my sanity a bit. I had recently built bootable USB stick installers (using CarbonCopyCloner, if anyone's interested) for Tiger and
  2. I figured that'd be the case. I assume the serial can't be changed arbitrarily, at least without the tools an AASP had (has?) to do that kinda of stuff. This is the case. The chassis serial is CK prefixed, the MLB serial (in the About this Mac/System Profiler read back) is XB prefixed. That does indicate to me a OOW board swap. Well, multiple places seem tp lean towards it being assembled in the USA, but they are all quoting the exact same formatted list which means it likely came from one place on the Internet and is being used as clickbait. Still, as you say it's interesting
  3. Okay, thanks, Alex, that's some useful info there. This makes some sense now at least. CTO options on the G4 PowerMacs were usually SCSI, RAM, CPU speed, and drive configs, so didn't need a main logic board swap, thus I doubt that's the case. Also, I bought a Mac Pro CTO in 2006 and it still came with a CK serial. The 'Exchange Board' idea was just a theory I thought might fit, so it has no basis really BUT... if the machine had been assembled in Cork (as the chassis serial number indicates) but had had the MLB replaced at some stage say because of damage or a failure, would the b
  4. I have a wonderful mystery on my hands realting to the GigE PowerMac G4 I grabbed off eBay and am preserving. I am often interested in the Seriel number of Macs because they can be decoded into specs and other details. One of these, on earlier machines, is the build location. The vast majority of PPC Macs in the UK are prefixed CK for Cork, Ireland where Apple formally assembled and pre-checked Macs before European market delivery. But I have a weird one. The case has a CK serial sticker on the back (notably without any specs on, is that usual?), and the serial number decodes down
  5. If you are following my thread in the Hacks forum you know I embarked on (and have completed) a project to build a Hackintosh in a G4 Graphite case. In order to finish the project I had to pull some donor machines from eBay, but I made a deal with myself that if I did that I'd restore at least one to working condition in order to justify the sacrifice. In the event I actually save two and now have two very decent machines, although both are a bit 'custom' inside. So wind back a couple of months, I bought a cheap G4/400 Sawtooth from eBay to act as a donor for some missi
  6. If it's any help I've got a Powermac G4 running Tiger pretty decently form 16GB a IDE to CF card adapter, so that might be an alternative avenue for you? IDE Is certainly less fussy although the IDE in the G3 Beige is molasses slow. It'd prove a point at least, though.
  7. My SuperMicro board is something similar, another in the X8 series for sure, no SAS sadly but then macOS probably wouldn't support it anyway. I forget exactly which board. It does a pretty damned decent job of running Catalina tied in with the RX 580 and a SATA SSD. I need an Inatek USB 3.0 card and a compatible FireWire card for it at some point, that'd really make it a very decent system indeed. The GFource story will continue, I already have it built, I'm posting from it as we speak. Stay tuned for the next part, and some pictures!
  8. This thread should probably be titled 'Doing Cruel and Unusual Things to PowerMac G4s - Part I', but hey. Here goes: The Prologue At the beginning fo this year I was looking for a new tablet. My trust Nvidia Shield K1 was very much showing it's age and infirmity. I looked around and there really aren't many good options for Android tablets, plus I wasn't really that happy with the progress of modern Android versions. I had a OnePlus 3T which had made it up to Android 9.0.x and didn't exactly fill me with joy. So, long story short, I wanted an iPad. I didn't have a ton of money
  9. Did it come with free sun glasses? That Lime Green is LOUD
  10. Right. okay: Number 1: If you fire a Sun up with no keyboard and mouse it'll boot, complain, then turn the monitor output off. It drops into headless mode and will only respond to a serial console and will not activate the video screen. It will STILL BOOT though. If you can hook up a console to serial port A on the back then you will be able to fully interact with the machine at a console level with (obviously) no X desktop. Be CAREFUL, it's the opposite gender (female) to PC serial ports, I had to buy some 25-pin gender changers for my Null Modem cable! Number 2: You don't set the mod
  11. Hehe, IBM's enclosures have always had a rather 'unique' style to them don't you think?
  12. Oh the agony. I can't imagine how slow a P4 must be on a 400FSB and PC133 RAM. I be the system bandwidth chart looks like an hourglass around that RAM controller ]'> Still, at zero samolians, I guess it's not to be sniffed at, congrats ]'>
  13. In short, yes they are. All the drives in IDE Macs are just bog standard IDE hard drives and ATAPI CD/DVD drives they work in 99.9% of other IDE machines. They are made to order by OEM suppliers with Apple ROM tags on them on some older drives but I think they've even stopped doing that now, they just use off the shelf stuff. I can't remember if my Mac Pro's hard drive has an Apple sticker on it or not, they usually still do as most drive manufacturers offer the service for all OEM supplied hardware. FWIW the 667 GigE TiBook has an old fashioned non-standard slot loader in too, I
  14. If it were up to me I'd use CF cards, they are more standard, faster in some cases, and come in larger sizes. CF is actually ATA based, so adapters from CF to IDE cost next to nothing. you cna even get them made up to fit straight to a laptop 44-pin (female) IDE header. That dohicky will likely work but you'll need to somehow adapt it from 40-pin to 44-pin IDE. that'd cost almost as much as buying a CF->IDE adapter.
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