Table of Contents for
Re: RealAudio for Older Systems?
Modem Recs and PowerBook Requests
SE and SE/30 Pieces-Parts
400K Floppy Drive Clarification
A slight change to my instructions...
Classic Mac LC Maintenance
Mac Plus SCSI Port Article
Low-level Formatting; Abandoning the Web
Ram Usage in a Mac LC
The Q2 Transistor Mystery is Solved!
I Have Seen the Light
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like to mess with RealAudio. Unfortunately, their web site says
PowerMac only" for version 3.0. Does anyone know if the older versions
work OK with our classics? Or do the older versions work with the audio
available on the net now?
RealAudio 2.0 worked on 68030s ... I was using it successfully on
before I upgraded to a "non-classic" <G> Mac. The major difference
between 2.0 and 3.0 is that 2.0 cannot do "streaming" or live RealAudio;
you d/l snippets and then they play. Still a miracle that it can be done
at all! I don't know if some mirror site might have 2.0, but if you can't
find it at all, email me. I _may_ have it on some CIS/AOL/MacWorld CD
hanging around here.
for my money,the best 14.4 modem that I've used on my
color Classic,PB100,and Quadra 700,has been the lowly ZOOM V.32...
easy to install software,and just no frills surfing..without the
GREY HAIRS! you can get em el-CHEEPO from places like Sun remarketing...
Does ANYONE have a dead or dying PB 100 laying around,or know
someone who has one who's willing to sell to be a 'donor' for my
ailing PB 1OO,known as 'Zontar'..? as Elvis would say in rapid fire...
via SE-30 (known as Mousemeat)
i have an se/30 that i hope to keep for a loooong time. i
se's (not se/30's) are selling real cheap these days. how much of an se
can be reused in an se/30? the first (and easy) things that comes to my
mind are the screen, the floppy (1.44), the hard disk, tho ram. bit what
about other things like the logic board or stuff on it?
Everything except the logic board. BUT, keep in minde that if you
SE before they went FDHD, the floppy drive in it is only 800K. Otherwise,
get yourself a SE/30 Logic board, and swap out the SE, that's all you
need to do. And upgarde that Hard disk too!
My apology, There is some confusion over my last post regarding my
floppy drives and my 128k. When the external 400k is not plugged into
the 128k the internal drive performs fine. It mounts disks and ejects
them, etc. When I connect the external 400k, with a disk in the internal
drive that I boot from, the internal continues to spin and act like it
wants to access it's disk constantly. If I place a disk in the external
drive the 128k mounts it, but the internal continues to whir away.
Basically the internal whirrs and acts like it is accessing the disk
constantly if the external drive is connected. Disconnect the external
drive and the internal drive behaves normally. I was wondering about the
cable, or if there is a system init I need to have installed to have the
internal behave correctly when the external drive is connected? Thanks
for the reply. I hope this helps. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Set MacWeb's homepage to file:///mypage.html/ and off you go.
You have to
wait until your page loads but if it's just text it's easy and quick.
Actually, it should be file:///MacintoshHD/mypage.html/
with whatever you've named your boot HD in place of MacintoshHD if
that. In my case, it's SodyPop, after one of Spumco's new post-Ren & Stimpy
Sorry if this confused anyone...
Web Goddess/Animation Nerd/Troublemaker
According to The Mac Bathroom Reader (Sybex, 1994) the signatures
development team were molded into the plastic mold for the early macs
"outer shell". This mold wore out and had to be replaced some time around
1988. The last macs that were made from this mold were some of the
Manuel Mejia, Jr.
Is there a specific book that is good for those wanting to repair an LC ?
I am thinking about buying a copy of the Dead Mac Scrolls. I have
post discussing specialty books for the Plus and the SE. Is there such a
book for the LC ?
Manuel Mejia, Jr.
I won't retype the article, suffice it to say that on page 11 of
May/97 Mac Addict magazine, there is a letter from a reader who does tech
support in a school using hunderds of Mac Pluses. The letter begins by
listing good points about the Plus and the last half discusses the SCSI
port of the Plus and the hows and whys of what it takes for a HD and a Plus
to be happy.
Subject: 1:1 vs. 3:1 HD Interleaving
From: Dave Bogart
To: Classic Posts
On 4/3/97 1:35 AM, Robert Eye wrote:
Does anyone out there have any DEFINITE answers on this? Are
drives the only 1:1 interleave drives that will work on a Plus?
As I understood it, the 3:1 interleave vs 1:1 option was a
issue; slower Macs could not keep up with 1:1 interleaving, so the CPU
had to waste HD RPMs reading information. It would run in either setting,
but you'd be getting worse performance.
Tauni Arntsen Sandy
My previous attempts to mount an EZ cart formatted with FWB
resulted in a
bizarre crash where the Plus' monitor turned into a chaotic mess of shapes
that gradually changed into static.
Anyway, this time I did a low level format (should have been
guess) and will try things this weekend when I see my sister (who now owns
Here's what I wanted to know: when people are doing "low-level
what are you using to do it? Does the Apple HD setup program on the Disk
Tools disk do this, or does something else? I have several options here,
but none of them says clearly and unambiguously what sort of thing it's
going to do to my disk.
******** I am close to deciding to turn my back on "the web."
MacWeb crashing on my 68000 powerbook100. Tired of slow loading and a flood
of Noise. Just started using TurboGopher, what an elegant and spartan
arrangement, by comparison. I don't want to "browse" or "surf" -- I just
want to look stuff up and GET it. Sadly, many of the gopherservers seem to
have been shut down. I'd welcome anyone's up-to-date listings of
interesting Gophers. If I learned to write software, it would be to come up
with an indestructably stable, text-only web browser. ***********
I have a Mac LC, with 10 MB RAM, I have a Centris 610 with 8 MB
RAM, and I
have an external hard disk. If I startup both computers with the hard disk,
RAM seems to behave differently. The same configuration (same control
panels, extensions, fonts, etc.) run in the Centris uses for the System
around 2500 KB, and in the LC it uses over 4 MB. I started up the LC with
extensions off, and it is more than 3 MB used by the system alone. What's
I thought it had to do with System 7.5, so I tried with System
and even 6.0.8 (from floppies), and it always used over 3 MB. I can't
understand how this same machine used to work fine with System 6 and only 2
MB RAM. Any suggestions?
how much of an se can be reused in an se/30?
The best things you can get out of an SE are the analog board
powersupply. The powersupply in an SE is 100 Watts, and the SE/30 is 75
Watts. This means that it's easier to load up an SE/30 with 2 internal HD's
(for the intrepid hacker) and an accelerator and/or external video card. If
the analog board dies in the SE/30, you can also use the SE board. Right
now, my SE/30 motherboard is living inside an SE FDHD along with an 80meg
internal HD instead of the original 20meg. If your SE is an FDHD, you can
also use the high density Superdrive in the SE/30.
Other than that, I have not found any component level parts to fix
the ones I
broke on my SE/30 motherboard. (See Classic Macs 970403 for a response to
STUGHEAD the Oaf!)
(Cross posted to Mac Wizards and Classic Macs.)
Thanks to all that replied.
Basically, because I am a computer oaf, I damaged a little itty
transistor, labeled Q2 on the mother/logic board. This is NOT to be confused
with the analog board. Because it was the motherboard, and because it is not
an item that is likely to fail without assistance from clumsy Yours Truly,
Larry Pina makes no reference to it in his excellent books, Classic and SE
Repair and Upgrade Secrets, or The Dead Mac Scrolls. For those of you
interested, this transistor appears to be involved in audio circuits, because
prior to the repair, my sound would be crackly. Now, it's crystal clear (for
8 bit stereo).
Kudos to Ethan Benatan This bothered him so much, he
cracked an SE/30 just to look. He must not need glasses, like I do, because
he was able to read the tiny numbers on the transistor. He said:
Surface mount version is marked 2A, the "standard" number is
corresponding to a normal (non-SMD) 2N3906. You can order the part from
Mouser, no minimum order, for 24 cents. Part is 2N3906S,
Mouser stock number is 333-2N3906S (that's original!). Looks like the
right shape, too. Order several. Also ask for their catalog. And if you
haven't done surface-mount soldering before, you will want to order some
fine desoldering braid, some fine solder, and a brand new tip for your iron.
There are tips on surface-mount soldering and other useful stuff at
<http://www.paranoia.com/~filipg/> (that's where I
cross-referenced the 2A number). Mouser: (800) 346-6873.
I followed Ethan's advise, and everything went well.
Casper, WY 82602
Has schematics on a lot of MACs - unfortunatly I don't have phone #
Rick Collins tried to help also, by offering me a
"toasted" SE motherboard. Sorry, Rick, I have an SE also, and I
looked for the transitor. Nada, which stands to reason since both machines
have different sound capabilities. (There are 2 similarly shaped transistors,
but differently labeled, next to each other. One for L and R channels?)
Mike Sprecher suggested
if you can send me the type of the transistor, I could have a
lock in my
databases. But without a name, it's pretty hard to find out what type it is
since Apple does not give away their schematic diagrams. But consider this:
In digital electronics, there' s a 90 percent distribution of transistors
that are only used as switches so therefore you do not need to know the
EXACT values since it operates with 5 Volts, has to resist
almost 20 MHz (in the SE/30) and it propably no power transistor. According
to the way it is connected to other components you can find out if it a PNP
or an NPN type. Try standard series. In Europe, we know the BC548C (NPN) and
the BC558C (PNP) as generic ones, US-types may vary.
Other contributors referenced the Horizontal Output transistor on
Thanks again to everyone. I seriously don't anticipate future
because I'm swearing I won't crack this case again! (Well, maybe, but I'll be
damn more careful!)
(also known as STUGHEAD the Oaf, to certain members of Classic Macs)
Kudos to all who have pointed out to me that a .hqx at the end of
doesn't make it a binhex. I never knew, because it has worked for all my
files on my site, so I thought it would work for everyone else. I have had
about 6 inquiries about not being able to get certain files to open, but
out of the several thousand hits I've recieved, that made me think it was
another problem like an incomplete d/l which happens to me quite often when
I visit other sites.
Anyway, in the coming days, I'll be painstakingly changing all
files to REAL hqx files. (D'oh! I also never knew you could binhex via Drop
Stuff!) I'll let you know when I am done so you can come back and get all