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  1. I don't have any specific information, but I think it's just the plastic of the cap decaying. I've cleaned off that goop from all the machines I've disassembled and they've continued to work just fine.
  2. I've had a good experience with the Noctua NF-A6x25 in my SE/30. It's much quieter than the stock fan (which was the louder one, so take that for what it's worth). Plus, it includes a power pass-through that can be used with the SE/30's hard drive power plug. Basically, you don't have to solder if you don't want to. I did just for peace of mind, but if you're frightened of the iron it's nice. It's only about $15 on Amazon, which is also nice.
  3. I got 68 MB in mine just fine using those. I think it's just an issue with having it in both banks.
  4. I see to recall this same splash screen showing up on a thread from a couple of months ago? Maybe?
  5. I wouldn't worry too much about discharging. My impression is that the SE has auto-discharging circuitry that will keep you more or less protected, especially if you leave it for a few days before attempting anything. I took apart a few SE/30s to do some cleaning earlier this year with no formal discharge protection and I did just fine. YMMV, though.
  6. For OS 9, I'd say they're about equal. You'll get some perks with the PowerBook, but the iBook will do a very fine job. For OS X, though, the PowerBook blows the iBook Clamshell out of the water because of the 1024x768 screen. You need that resolution to run OS X reasonably well. The iceBooks do have that upgraded screen, but at that point it comes down to wether you want a bigger screen or more expandability and are willing to trade that for size.
  7. It's possible and would hurt like hell, but my understanding is that there isn't enough power in there to kill you absent a preexisting heart condition. An easy way to remove the danger is to leave the computer sitting unplugged for a few days before opening it. That'll bleed off the charge.
  8. I'm running 7.1.1 with 68 MB of RAM. It works really nicely, and I haven't really encountered anything that I'd like to run on it that can't. I've thought about going to 7.6.1 so I can use Transmit instead of Fetch, but 7.1.1 is the right blend of snappy and feature-full. The ROM disk is very cool. It ships with a 5.5 MB image with an install of 7.1 and a collection of older Mac games, but I've been thinking about kicking out the cash to buy the programmer tool and making the ROM disk a recovery image (with tools like LIDO, etc.). It'd make an already nice feature even nicer.
  9. So there's been a lot of talk of 3.5 mm jacks today, and I had an idea. Storage on an Apple II is kind of hard, considering that the physical media (floppies and cassette drives) is increasingly out of production. Floppy emulation works but costs a not-insignificant amount of money. Has anyone ever looked into the feasibility of writing a program to use the standard audio input/output on a modern computer to emulate an Apple II cassette drive? The cassette interface isn't the best way of doing storage, but for the low low price of free I don't imagine there'd be many complaints. Is this a trag
  10. Just a couple off the top of the my head: - Versions of Mac OS after 7.5.5 won't run on 32-bit dirty hardware like the SE/30. With a IIfx ROM or a Rominator II, you can run through Mac OS 8.1 on the SE/30. - Mode32 isn't awful, but having one less extension in the mix to clog up the system, especially for something as mission-critical as memory addressing, is nice. - The Rominator II has a programmable, bootable ROM disk which allows booting without a hard drive attached. Useful for diagnostics or just saving a hard drive for another computer. - The Rominator II adds HD20 support to the SE
  11. I've got kind of a janky ethernet card, so I'm not entirely sure if this 100% works, but I managed to get Open Transport working for at least a little bit on my SE/30 with 7.1.1. Honestly, though, you're probably better off just using MacTCP unless you need DHCP for whatever reason. You can only really make MacTCP work with a static IP address, so it'll only work on a simpler network, but it works just fine there. I used my SE/30 to browse FTP servers all the time with MacTCP.
  12. I'm really interested in these types of projects. There are a lot of high-value accelerator, video, or ethernet cards that are very rare and expensive for the non-obsessive collector. I'd love to have a reliable and well-researched method of creating new expansion cards for older Macs. Anything to end the shortage of SE/30 accelerators and video cards. A question: what's the price range we'd be looking at on these, do people think? I'm sure there's a fair number of Amiga-world analogs, but I'm not down that particular rabbit hole yet.
  13. I did that Noctua in my SE/30, as well. It's this one. It's a pretty penny, but it works well. As a bonus, it comes with a variety of cables that allows you to mount it without soldering by powering it through a hard drive pass-though, if that's your thing (though I would recommend soldering it in place). I can heartily recommend it. It's not quite silent, but it is darn quiet.
  14. System Picker is only really necessary to have multiple installations of Mac OS on the same partition. If you've got separate partitions or are running OS X and Mac OS, it's not necessary.
  15. As I recall, it's complicated. Apple stuff works great. The basically every desktop Mac after the iMac (so Mac OS 8.5) shipped with a USB keyboard and mouse. I think non-OEM stuff is tricker, but USB Overdrive will make some of it work.
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