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  1. It's not really that big of a deal. As for System 7, I've thought about it but I'm hesitant to. The Classic is still running its factory installation of 6.0.7 and I'm not really wanting to upgrade from that because I don't want to get rid of the volume. I could probably run System 7 on my SE, but I only have enough memory to bring it to 3 MB, and it lacks an internal hard drive. (Though with the addition of the FloppyEmu and HD-20 support, I'm guessing that's not a huge issue.) Even then, I believe QuickTime requires at least a 68020, which I don't have.
  2. Unfortunately, it didn't work - at least in Basilisk II and Mini vMac. In Basilisk, 7th Symphony gave me an error when trying to play the converted (3 second) clip. In Mini vMac, System 6 couldn't even open the weird file formats 7th Symphony is in. So I guess that's the end of the road... oh well, it's not the biggest deal. I still can't figure out ConcertWare and I guess that, too, is the end of the road. Thanks for your suggestions - it's greatly appreciated. In other audio-related shenanigans, I noticed the audio output on my 1988 Macintosh SE seems to be really hot, as previou
  3. I've never used ResEdit, but having to go a roundabout way is probably a red flag that modern .mid files will not work with ConcertWare MIDI Player. The MIDI files play just fine under Arnold's MIDI Player, but that requires System 7 and QuickTime. It's one of those things that I want to do just to be able to do it, there's no reason behind it and it doesn't need to sound great. (In fact, I know it's not going to sound great.) I'm assuming you'd mix the audio file to the specs (22kHz, 8-bit depth, mono) and export as an AIFF in a modern DAW such as Audacity or Adobe Audition. Ho
  4. I actually use BBEdit on my modern Mac and have thought about possibly putting BBEdit on the compact Macs, but I'm not sure. I don't think I'll be writing HTML code on them very often, leaving that up to my modern MacBook Pro. However, I'm currently working on writing content for a section of my website I'm revamping shortly using Word 4.0 and converting it to RTF files when completed. I may even write my blog post discussing the FloppyEmu using the Classic and Word 4.0 or the SE and TeachText. (I may use TeachText on the SE because I feel the SE hasn't got much use. Unfortunately, with just 1
  5. The latest addition to my vintage computer collection isn't a computer itself, but rather an accessory that will make using these machines easier and more enjoyable. I finally purchased a FloppyEmu for use with both the Classic and SE. Currently I've been loading floppy disk images, but I'd like to eventually get the HD-20 emulation running so I can have a virtual "hard drive" for the SE. The FloppyEmu works well on both machines, though (as expected) the SE doesn't like it when you try to load a high-density 1.4MB disk image - which is why I'm hoping to get the HD-20
  6. Definitely looks like it was too close to a heat source, especially with the slight discoloration. When I was a kid, my mom turned on a burner that had a portable electric range sitting adjacent to it. Ended up melting the little pilot lamp/LED on it. Was nowhere as bad as the time I plugged in the FryDaddy to fry something and accidentally left the rubber cap on. That was a huge f***ing mess...
  7. I think I'll just leave it on unless I go somewhere or go to bed, as Dog Cow pointed out. I just didn't know if there was any risks associated with leaving it on for long periods of time. It probably is better for it than switching it off/on multiple times throughout the day. When I switch it off, I usually unplug it for the reason Torbar pointed out.
  8. Ever since I got my 1991 Macintosh Classic recapped and back up and running, I've noticed I've developed the bad habit of turning it off and back on a couple times a day. As in I'll do something with it, turn it off, and turn it on a couple hours later when I want to do something else. I've read this can be harmful to the computer, I'm guessing especially to the (original Quantum ProDrive LPS) hard drive. Is it okay to turn the computer on and leave it on for several hours, even if I'm not using it? It has an AfterDark screensaver installed to protect the screen from burn-in, and I
  9. I think it's pretty clear that I won't be able to network these two computers together without additional software or upgrading one of them to System 7. And, since I don't have a floppy drive, FloppyEmu/SCSI-2-SD or anything of the sort, that's not going to happen. (Not to mention the FloppyEmu would essentially make AppleTalk and networking essentially useless, at least for what I want to do.) I thought AppleTalk and file sharing was standard on pretty much all Macintosh models going back to the early models. I guess not...
  10. I'll try again, but as previously mentioned both machines are running versions of System 6. (System 6.0.7 and 6.0.8 on the Classic and SE, respectively. The Classic is the "host.") Enabling AppleTalk on the Classic doesn't do anything, because when I turn on the SE it doesn't show up in the Chooser? Perhaps I'm still missing something or I'm forgetting something. I usually plug the cable into both machines, power the Classic on, THEN power the SE on, then enable AppleTalk on the Classic. With that said, do I need to enable AppleTalk on the SE and restart it or something? There are
  11. Does it come off easy if needed? I just want something that will protect those traces so it doesn't cause any issues later down the road. Is it worth paying extra $$$ and buying the proper conformal coating?
  12. So the nail polish should be good? I don't have a soldering iron, and I don't have any of the other chemicals or conformal coating. I'll try to apply it tomorrow.
  13. A week ago I received the analog board for my 1991 Macintosh Classic back from having it re-capped. It works pretty well, but the guy who recapped it suggested that I add some fingernail polish over exposed copper traces (the nasty electrolyte ate away the silkscreen) to protect them from the elements/humidity. I just wanted to double-check: will fingernail polish work fine? I bought LA Colors "Rapid Dry Top Coat" clear nail polish at Walmart for less than $1. (It says it's flammable and to keep away from heat/flame.) I'm assuming I just spread it over the exposed copper? Hopefully
  14. It appears to be an Apple-branded serial cable. Below is a photo of one end of the cable. Both ends plugged right in to the printer ports on both computers. End also has "TWNPI3" and 590-0552-A molded in.
  15. Hmm... that's interesting. IIRC, Apple wanted each facility to make a specific model in the early 90s instead of making different machines for a specific region. I believe the high-end machines (II, Quadra series) were to be made in Fremont, the LC (and possibly SE/30?) was to be made in Ireland and the Classic/Classic II and other low-end machines (SE and Plus?) in Singapore. I don't think this ever panned out. I have a Singapore-made machine (1991 Classic) and a Fremont-made machine ('88 SE.) Now all I need is an Irish machine to complete my bingo card.
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