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A mild update to my earlier query about the Studio Display at resolutions other than 640x480 or 1280x1024. 

 

Installing several different ATI drivers made no difference... but installing 9.2.2 did. 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, and native all work normally and look good now. 

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Hard to take a pic of this, but I replaced the fan in my Color Classic with an Noctua fan, and it is nearly silent. 

The Noctua included 2 different adapters for different volume (fan speed) levels, but the two weren't labelled as to the difference, so I'm not sure which was which. 

 

But either way, it's a big upgrade. I have it sitting next to my Cube and am loving the quiet.

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Recently got a a Macintosh TV in a lot with some other machines. Trying to avoid becoming a hoarder I was going to sell it, but just looking at it's cool black case I sort of fell in love with it. So I'm clearing out another machine or two and keeping this one.

Boarded needed a very thorough washing and so it needs a recap, but there's one capacitor I'm not sure about yet. I don't have a CD caddy so I haven't tested that yet, but after several attempts the floppy drive is working now. 

Obviously didn't include the cool black keyboard, I'd love to track one down (or a NEXT one), does any one know if there are other black ADB peripherals? 

Also, I have a performa remote which works fine with a 6500, but the Mac TV doesn't respond to it. I haven't tried to track that down yet.

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The mouse was also black, don't think any other peripheral was black (printers were charcoal grey as the Apple Design Speakers II (IIRC), while the PowerCd was either grey or dark Blue)

 

Some rare ADB mice were also grey (for the powerbook line)

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In messing around with the remote this morning, it suddenly started working....so that's kind of a mystery. The floppy drive was the same way. My MacTV is mysterious.

 

In other news, I got a broken NES that has been in a box for ages working, but the colors look weird on the mac tv. Now, admittedly, i haven't had an NES hooked up to a real tv in a very long time, but the sky in Super mario bros is purple, and everything is all washed out. Color looks just fine in Mac mode. Not sure what the issue is yet. My phone camera did not capture it too well

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The NES composite has a bunch of weird things going on with the sync so sometimes TVs get confused about the "white level" of a signal, if that makes sense. One of my side projects is puzzling through adding a composite output to a Famicom (Japanese NES.) It works okay but the blue is oddly intense.

 

You have any luck getting the remote to do things on the 6500? I'd be curious as an experiment to try developing an IR launcher program that could run AppleScripts or something, but none of my machines (other than the MacTV) have IR.

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On 8/14/2020 at 12:25 PM, ravuya said:

The NES composite has a bunch of weird things going on with the sync so sometimes TVs get confused about the "white level" of a signal, if that makes sense. One of my side projects is puzzling through adding a composite output to a Famicom (Japanese NES.) It works okay but the blue is oddly intense.

 

You have any luck getting the remote to do things on the 6500? I'd be curious as an experiment to try developing an IR launcher program that could run AppleScripts or something, but none of my machines (other than the MacTV) have IR.

Some how I missed your response last month. No luck on the 6500 IR to do, well, anything other than what it does out of the box. Thanks for the NES info!

 

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Macintosh TV, now featuring all black peripherals, as it should be:

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That is a NEXT ADB keyboard, it works, but it is German, so I definitely need to remap Y and Z. And maybe a couple other keys. In the recesses of my memory, I think you can use Resedit to remap keys in System 7, but I need to dig into that a little bit.

I also replaced the Macintosh TV's fan which was relatively noisy with a new Noctua fan, and then replaced the hard drive with a SCSI2SD while I was in there. It is wonderfully quiet now.

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9 hours ago, ravuya said:

If anything, a NeXT ADB keyboard is less rare than a MacTV one. I had to look for awhile to find mine and got lucky. Super jealous of that trackball, though... who made it?

A NeXT ADB keyboard is definitely easier to come by (at a reasonable price) than a MacTV one, which is why I got one. 

Trackball is a 'Costar Stingray' trackball. I've never seen one in this color before, but the beige ones are (relatively) common. 

(...though I checked ebay just now, and there's another stingray trackball in dark gray/black, so, so much for that!)

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Goodness, have I not updated my conquests in awhile? Well.

I recently picked up an oddball PC card from a member here, an iRez capsure card. I've heard about the 'zoomed video' support on the 2400/3400 laptops, but never seen anything that supports it. 

Behold, a 2400c showing video input from an original nintendo:

 

 

The card doesn't have any software other than extension (found on macintosh garden) and then Apple Video Player takes care of the rest. I haven't tried S-video yet, but anyway, a fun curiosity.

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Can I just say how much I appreciate a card being labelled with "this end goes into the computer"?  It made me laugh but also quite sincerely wish that other cards in that form factor be labelled like that.  And in fact a lot of other hardware.

 

(Says he who recently mounted a hard disc backwards on its sled and didn't notice until it came time to rebuild the whole machine)

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On 4/23/2021 at 7:32 AM, cheesestraws said:

Can I just say how much I appreciate a card being labelled with "this end goes into the computer"?  It made me laugh but also quite sincerely wish that other cards in that form factor be labelled like that.  And in fact a lot of other hardware.

 

(Says he who recently mounted a hard disc backwards on its sled and didn't notice until it came time to rebuild the whole machine)

As much as it seem a bit silly, it took me a couple guesses to figure out which PC Card slot would work for this card, because it has the input ports as part of the card, it's really not immediately apparent which side is up. 

Though which end went in the computer i was able to figure out without that label :cheesy:

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cheesestraws and knobsnswitches, it wasn't me but you should had heard what happened to a usb data cable that had the symbol on only one side

he tried to prod it into the rear of the desktop at least twice then finally took a good look at the black plastic inside and noticed it was "upsidedown" so turned the cable to have the lone symbol facing downward instead and would you know what, it went in

 

even then even I too have to wonder why the symbol was on technically the wrong side, anyone? :-p

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