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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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