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Brett B.

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  1. So with that Rev. A ROM... how is your IDE set up? Rev A is limited to one device per channel... I see you mentioned a hard drive, Zip, and CD-ROM... if you haven't already tried this, remove the Zip drive from the equation and have your HD and CD-ROM on separate channels. I don't remember what the jumper settings need to be, single or master may be the safest. Beige G3s often had SCSI PCI cards and hard drives installed when they had both a CD-ROM and Zip, at least from what I've seen. Both of my towers had Rev A ROMs, IDE CD drives, and 4GB SCSI hard drives, although they were
  2. What happens if you hold the shift key while booting to disable extensions? Will it complete a boot then? Might also try initializing the drive using Drive Setup and update the drivers on the drive as well.
  3. I have not been able to get anything larger than 32MB to work at all on my DOS card. I've experimented pretty thoroughly with that... any module smaller than 32MB works fine, nothing larger works at all or is only recognized as 32MB. Seems like a pretty hard limit but I don't have any single sided modules larger than 32MB - in any case, 32MB for the DOS side is way more than enough. I have also not been able to get anything larger than 16MB to work in the second slot in the motherboard but if I remember right it was an issue of using single sided SIMMs in that slot........ IIRC m
  4. I did the full '040 and overclock mod on mine and it has been working perfectly for several years now. I did add a 468 heatsink and fan to the '040 chip - I think that's a must. Huge improvement, I have no regrets and the DOS card seems to be unaffected. Seems like I also upgraded the 486 chip in mine as well, don't quite remember though, that happened close to 20 years ago now. FYI the published max RAM limit in these is not totally accurate. I have 148MB in mine. I thought it was 52MB for the longest time, as is published, but I ran across a 64MB stick that worked
  5. I have also done many boards with 16v caps. Zero failures that I can attribute to the components themselves - plenty that are directly my fault but that's another topic. I'm curious if there is a true risk in doing this... what is the exact time before failure can occur? Are we talking hours? Hundreds of hours? Depends? I imagine most of us probably have our old computers powered on a minimal amount of time... I'd be shocked if any of mine see more than 5 or 10 hours of use per year. I hate to admit but most maybe get powered on for a few minutes and then put away for long pe
  6. Just the upgrade to a color screen could make it worthwhile but it depends what you're using it for. A Color Classic has been near the top of my want list for as long as I've been a Mac user... one just hasn't shown up locally. Realistically though, for me, my LC550 fills that hole and then some since it has a CD-ROM drive and is capable of higher screen resolutions, and takes up a minimal amount more space comparatively. The CC just has that cool compact Mac feeling. I don't know what availability is like in Europe but I would expect $500 to be a "fair" price (in 2020 terms) to
  7. So I tried DVI... and it defaults to 1920x1200. Great! However... it does not work well. Sometimes I get a distorted, static colored section on the right side and some programs that attempt to switch resolutions or screen colors crash hard and lock up the whole machine. Some others make the screen flicker on and off. Very odd problems that I never had previously... I am not sure if it's a video card issue, a driver issue, or a monitor issue, or some combination but I'm going to give up on it for now. I guess I will just have to be happy with my old 19" Trinitron CRT.
  8. I ran across a Soyo 24" LCD monitor a while back and finally got it fixed (bad cap in the power supply) and it would sure be cool to use it with my beige G3. I got it all hooked up last night and have discovered that I cannot get it to display the native resolution (1920x1200.) It will display most others up to and including 1600x1200. Some result in a message on the monitor saying "out of range." If I choose "All" in the Monitors control panel, I actually get some choices higher than 1920x1200 but not that one specifically. Is there a way to custom add that one or am I out of luck?
  9. Have you moved the video card to a different PCI slot? Kinda sounds like a video card failure... do you have another one you could replace it with? I'm assuming you've tested the monitor with a different computer and it works fine there? PRAM battery is not required for it to boot.
  10. These are in somewhat rough condition so I figured I'd risk it... They were very dirty and had leaves, dead bugs, etc all over them. I don't think water alone would have cut it. I really rinsed them and blew the excess liquid off with compressed air. In any case, I recapped LC board #2 this evening. It appears to be working great! Looking forward to the LCII next.
  11. I washed the other three boards with dish soap and water, rinsed with distilled water and flushed with denatured alcohol last night. Took them into my lair and recapped one of the LC boards - works great now! Maybe this weekend I'll have time to recap the other two and wash the first one. Hopefully I can get the three dead hard drives to at least spin up and work temporarily... it's always kind of interesting to see what's on them. The working one appears to have been used in a computer lab.
  12. Well... good news! I was quite surprised that all four of these fired right up. Three power supplies were dead, two hard drives spin up and then spin down, one won't spin at all, one works fine. All of the logic boards have some rust on/around the output ports and all are filthy and need to be recapped. I have one good LC lid, one good LC bottom, one good LCII bottom... the rest of the cases are broken in some way unfortunately. I recapped the best looking LCII board last night and while it works, I have no sound for some reason. Maybe will try washing it and see if that helps
  13. I keep thinking I'm done, I'll never score anything again, it's all over... and then I run across something cool. First score was actually like a few months ago, I picked up a IIcx, a couple small Apple monitors and some peripherals, all unknown condition for 10 bucks. IIcx was DOA, battery dead, caps leaked everywhere. Recapped, cleaned it up, converted to CR2032 battery and it works great! Even came with 32MB RAM and an ethernet card. Second score was yesterday/today. Found a Facebook ad for "free old TVs" and spotted a 12" pizza box monitor so I went and grabbed
  14. I can't imagine why it would be worth making 4MB SIMMs. Even 16MB SIMMs are not *that* expensive, relative to what a lot of us spend on this hobby. 4x4MB sticks are readily available on eBay for less than $30... not worth the hassle to roll your own. It is a cool project though and certainly worthwhile for RAM that is not available or just uncommon - IIfx memory for example.
  15. It would be a shame to trash the logic boards in those, especially since they can be used with ATX power supplies. The cases I can understand, I have pitched a lot that were falling apart too. These were just such nice machines and great for hackintosh purposes. They were also not known for capacitor failure, those ceramic caps you're seeing may be factory equipment. Beige G3's won't boot with the personality card (sound card) removed by the way...they will appear to be DOA if that piece is missing.
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