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  1. Hey everyone, I've got a trayloader Rev. C iMac, and I just acquired a new-old-stock picture tube for the G3 AIO. My plan is to put the AIO tube into the iMac. Has anyone ever swapped picture tubes between the two? They are both similar part numbers from LG, but don't seem to be exactly the same. The tube assembly for the AIO has a second degauss coil around the neck of the tube, where the iMac tube has no such thing. Also, in pictures I have seen, the iMac CRT seems to have some sort of small connector coming from around the yoke area that is separate from the usua
  2. Nice job on that recap! It looks nice and clean, and I really dig the way solid polymer caps look on these boards Do you have access to a working Classic or Classic II that you could try this motherboard in? It’d be good to rule out the analog board. No idea about the RAM jumper.
  3. Does anyone know of (or have) any icon packs that would work well on a Compact Mac running system 7? I'd like to change the icons for my external drives and for the internal HDDs on my SE, SE/30, and Classic II, but I don't know where to look for black-and-white icons that work under 7. I found some really great color icons here, but they only seem to work on System 8 and up.
  4. I just saw in your YT comments that you feel intimidated by surface mount. Where are you located? If you’re anywhere near the CA Bay Area/Sacramento, there are a lot of us out here who would be happy to help you with recapping.
  5. Sweet find! The king of the compacts . I got an SE/30 a few years ago and it has been a great computer, so much snappier to use than the other compacts. Massive upgrade potential (which it seems like you have already taken advantage of). Do you have any other upgrades planned for it? Get the motherboard recapped as soon as you can. Working SE/30s are getting hard to come by and you risk damaging the motherboard if you run it with original caps for long.
  6. There is a lot that goes wrong with these analog boards, particularly two diodes, an IC, and some of the caps. I’d look at those before jumping to flyback.
  7. I'm not sure if it has been brought up on the forum yet, but has anyone gotten a SCSI2SD v5.5 yet? I just did last week, and it's a fantastic little device. I was using a v5 inside a 3D-printed external box with the DB25 adapter, and it worked well but was very clunky and kind of a pain to use (I like to rotate my old Macs often). Then a few weeks ago I went to buy a SCSI2SD for a Mac Classic II, and saw that the 5.5 had been released. So I put my existing v5 into the Classic and started using the new v5.5 as my external drive. This thing is fantastic!
  8. Quick update: I have found another Color Classic and a few parts I needed to build my dream CC. This second CC is high-hours and not perfect, but between it and the broken donor machine, I have enough parts to put together one nice system. Money is tight so progress will be slow, but now that we have a pristine motherboard recapped and ready to go, we're going to turn our attention to the analog board: This one came out of the high hours machine, but it works well and puts out a very stable picture. (Ironically, the low-hours analog board puts out a
  9. Sorry guys, hot air station is actually "858D." https://www.ebay.com/itm/858D-Soldering-Rework-Station-Hot-Air-Gun-Kit-Iron-Solder-Holder-Tool-w-Nozzles/192961707800?epid=18019765421&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item2ced69ff18:g:2oUAAOSw94Ba9Qca&enc=AQAEAAAB0BPxNw%2BVj6nta7CKEs3N0qX4K02bYzcYuPEEGtp2%2FJJmFmhUtIxmXhumSbzu%2BTVerItQp7ORTPat5Ed0vYnDm2eyIdB9zIBk%2BRoO0FnqxOTOCaAsZjEFIOwtZA6JPAnjMWEkl6XKz6wSH40shhkqwbC%2BnsYimOmzlHjG5zZZjxgtOi0di46QkR92nPtSEBnQZ8p0HKeKn49JmPezt6j1B%2BNUek9j94BP8CSnf1FOQCaEvmuRjVeD7FJ3QMDCTxknRQ826FVatyRF%2Fag5UEex45YzEzTlTHTVLIWontTUU
  10. I read about one case with the Macintosh TV where cap goo had shorted a reset switch on the board, and that was keeping the board from booting. Not sure if yours has the switch or not, but that could be an easy thing to check.
  11. LaPorta, If you're still looking for a hot air station to remove old caps with — a few years ago I bought a generic Chinese one off eBay for $40 including shipping. If you search "828D" you should get a few listings. Not sure how much they're going for now, but mine has held up well over the years and been very helpful for SMD work. I've done three Mac logic boards with it and am preparing to do a fourth. Probably doesn't compare to a $1k+ model, but it has been more than adequate for my vintage Mac projects.
  12. Well guys, after a little back and forth with the seller, I got a refund for the CC and he told me he is glad I can at least use it for spare parts. Really nice guy, I feel a little bad. But I digress, I have some CC parts in the mail and should have a complete functioning system soon. Start in the logical place... Our first stop is the CC logic board. It's working, but probably won't be for long—it's very dirty and covered in cap goo: So let's assemble our tools and get to work: Caps removed, solder pads cleaned:
  13. You read my mind Jinnai; once I slept on it I realized it might be more fair if I asked for a partial refund. There are quite a few usable parts here; notably a working original CC logic board and an analog board that looks to be in great condition. But then I checked my email and saw that the seller issued a full refund without asking for the machine back. Ah well. I've got leads on another CC, and I'll be going ahead and refurbing the parts I'm going to keep from this broken one. More to come in the following week or so!
  14. There is also a break by the floppy drive and in the top left corner of the display, and the rear bucket has chipped corners all around. The case has a strong mildew smell to it and I've also found the CRT was damaged once I plugged the machine in for bootup: That dark spot is much more noticeable in person, and I've determined it's not because it needs degaussing. This is really only usable as a parts machine. I've requested a full refund—hopefully the seller is cooperative.
  15. Disaster strikes! Honestly one of the worst packing jobs I've ever had on a vintage machine. I had a bad feeling about it as soon as I saw how small and tattered the box was.
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