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  1. Since my last post in this thread, I actually tried out both an external FireWire option and an internal option. I tried the FireWire option first by buying a LaCie CD-RW drive off of eBay. It reads CDs great, but it didn't want to burn to the CD-R discs I had. Very recently, I opened up the iBook and upgraded the internal drive to an Apple branded Sony DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. So far it works. I can read and write CDs and I can watch DVDs on my iBook now. I never want to take apart another iBook again, that was a pain.
  2. Well, after years of putting it off I finally opened up the PDQ. It wasn't easy, but easier than opening up an iBook. I removed the PRAM battery, but I did not replace it with a new one. While I do like the PDQ I don't use it as often as I do my other PPC Macs. I only put PRAM batteries in Macs that I use frequently. I used a stopwatch to time the delay and the result was about 40 seconds under OS 8, both with and without the PRAM battery, so I was off with my earlier estimates. The PRAM battery wasn't leaking, thankfully, but better be safe than sorry. I should also mention that I don'
  3. I did an SSD upgrade to my Sawtooth recently, which freed up my two mechanical HDDs. I decided to experiment and remove the zip drive and put one of the HDDs in its place. After adjusting the jumper settings, each drive will work in that slot. Neither drive sticks out, which is good, thanks to the zip drive slot being 4''. I don't really need to use either of these drives though since the SSD has enough space and I have an external SSD I can use too. I left one of the drives in the slot, but I have it unplugged from power and data, just to have something in there. I have considered havin
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    Did an SSD upgrade to my Sawtooth. I bought the 120GB SSD bundle from OWC. The difference between using the SSD and the two mechanical HDDs I had in here before is pretty noticeable. Like the SCSI2SD upgrade, I did to my 68K Macs, the Sawtooth runs a bit quieter now. I notice that the SSD performs better with a clean install than it does when I cloned one of the mechanical drives to it.
  5. I have an internal Zip drive in my Sawtooth, but it doesn’t read read disks. I think it’s the original OEM version. Not sure what the click of death sounds like, but I’m guessing it must have happened to mine.
  6. I set up my scsi2sd v5.5 to emulate one 1.5gb hard drive on ID 5. I use separate micro SD cards for each of my currently working 68K Macs. One card is a 2gb and the other is 8gb. When I format them in the patched version of HD SC setup, they show up as 1.5gb drives due to the scsi2sd’s configuration.
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    Changed the configuration of the scsi2sd so that it emulates a 1.5 GB hard drive on ID 5. It works with my Centris, SE, and Classic II. All I have to do is swap SD cards between machines. I don’t have to reconfigure the scsi2sd each time I switch Macs anymore.
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    The SCSI2SD arrived today. I decided to set the device up for my Centris 650 first. Using scsi2sd-util, I split the 8 GB micro SD card into three hard drives: a 2GB volume on ID 4, another 2GB volume on ID 5, and a 3.5GB volume on ID 6. I used the patched version of HD SC setup to format and mount the drives. I installed 7.5.3 on ID 5, and it worked perfectly. After updating to 7.5.5, I tried to boot from the Apple Legacy Recovery CD to install other System versions on the other two drives. Not sure if the Apple Legacy Recovery CD is not bootable or what, but I couldn't boot into it. Ho
  9. How did you run Lido? Asking because I recently bought a SCSI2SD v5.5 myself. I’ve tried to copy Lido to a system floppy in the past but it wouldn’t fit.
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    Ordered a scsi2sd v5.5 with an 8gb micro SD card along with a gender changer and a cn50 to db25 SCSI cable, so I can use it with my AppleCD 600e drive.
  11. In the event that I’m not using the CD-ROM drive, I’ll use the gender changer plus a male to male SCSI 25-pin cable instead of serial.
  12. The reason why I’ve been looking at SCSI cables lately is that I am planning on buying a SCSI2SD v5.5. I don’t want to plug it directly into my Macs because I still want to use my AppleCD 600e drive. The connector on the back of the SCSI2SD is male 25-pin. Based on the information from this thread I think I will use a serial gender changer to make the connector female along with a SCSI 50-pin centronics male to 25-pin male cable. I saw a cable on eBay that is listed as a SCSI 50-pin male to 25-pin female cable, but it doesn’t say whether or not the 50-pin end is the centronics type. I ask
  13. Very interesting thread. I have often thought about getting a vintage Mac with AV capabilities myself or adding some to my Centris. Learned a lot in this thread.
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