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13 inch RGB problems
Equivalent '040/PPC list?
Compact Mac Cases
My floppydrive is eating floppys
Micromac Diimo 030 in Mac II/IIx?
Re: Mac Portable Power Brick
used RAM module for sale, NYC area
Re: Torx Screwdrivers
Problem with Mac IIcx....
Display card +drives for IIfx
Re: Classic Macs Digest 971006
SCOTCH TAPE IS A NO-NO!!
upgrading an LCII
Booting From A Syquest EZFlyer SCSI Drive?
OFF : Any use for an old Apple IIe?
Motherboards and chips.
IIcx power supply replacement
Making 400k disks on Power Macs
I just bought Larry Pina's book:
Mac Classic & SE Repair and Upgrade Secrets
What I really wanted was his older book:
Macintosh Repair and Upgrade Secrets
Anybody got it and want to sell it?
- daniel ray norris
I recently upgraded my SE from System 6.0.3 to System 7.1. But I
wondering, now that I'm on 7.1, how can I upgrade to 7.1.2 or 7.1.3, etc?
Some of the software I'm trying to use says I need System Software 7.1.2 or
greater. Is there an archive where I can download this?
Shortly after start-up, my monitor, a Macintosh 12" RGB Display
came bundled with my LC, has recently begun to add a ghostly blur
aligned slightly to the left of the correct image. After a time, this
behavior ceases. I don't believe RF interference from without is a
factor. This monitor only has brightness and contrast controls
externally. Is there anything I can do to fix it?
I purchased a IIcx with a 33 Rocket, 32Megs of Ram, I gig HD, and
a 13" RGB for
25 bucks! Yes you read that right!
One problem though. The Monitor periodically will suddenly flash
itself off, not comming on again unless you switch it off and turn it back on
a few minutes later. But then it does it again. And it's been getting WORSE!!!
This normally occurs about 15 minutes after startup, and then it
can go for
several minutes or it could shutdown immediately after you turn it on. I should
say again that the monitor's Power light goes out as well. I almost suspect
that the power supply is overheating.....
Any Ideas on what is happening and a rough guess at what it would
cost to fix?
Please help as I'm now stuck using my Mac II's 12in Grayscale (yuck)!!!
Hi everyone. Could anyone tell me if there's a list like this one
discussing higher-end Macs? Just got a Quadra.
I bought a great item from Sun Remarketing a few days ago. It's
carrying case for Compact Macs (I'm not sure if a Color Classic will fit).
It appears to be very high-quality, well padded, and NOT used. The brand
Ken - that reminds me... UK users may be interested to note that
Warehouse still seem to have stocks of these, at least the brightly
coloured variety. I was there a few months ago, their database price was
something like 16.95 but they were quite happy to sell one for a fiver.
Obviously they haven't advertised them for years. I've been meaning to go
up again and get a few...
I ran a 512k Mac for quite a few years - until about 94, in fact.
getting stuff from friends, I'd supply & format the disks. It's easier that
way. Now, I've a couple more Macs than I had then - I keep a Mac Plus
running System 6 for transferring progs to to the 512k. The 'This disk
needs minor repairs' message is the the sys 6/7 desktop database
Did I read somewhere that OS8 stops supporting 800k disks?
Simon Storey, Brentford, England
My beloved Powerbook100 is out of order.
It's impossible to format or even write the disk. It can read
sometimes it trashes the disk though the disk is write protected.
There's nothing wrong with the floppy drive itself. I've tried it on
other machines, and I've tried other drives on mine
So my question is, does anybody know how to fix this problem?
I hope that I won't need to replace the motherboard(expensive),
maybe replace some little gadget attached to it.
Otherwise the powerbook is running great...
Has anyone ever got a Micromac Diimo 030 accellerator to run
reliably in a
I'm just about to return mine, but thought I'd ask here first.
What about in a Mac IIx? I could change the logicboard.
I have had a Mac Portable for some time. I have an original power
for it, but it went south some time ago. The power supply I use now is the
same one I use for my PowerBook 170: Output 2.0A, DC 7.5V, center positive.
The Apple model number for the part is M5140.
I have had no luck at all in recharging either of the batteries I
the Portable, and as far as I know there was no external recharger for
I bought an old Macintosh Portable. It looks to be a pretty
nice setup, but
doesn't have a powerbrick. Can someone tell me what the voltage should be
going into the little power connector? Will this recharge the battery, or
is an external charger required?
MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
545 Technology Square (NE43-018a)
Cambridge, MA 02139
Please respond to me privately, not to the list.
I upgraded my old Quadra 630 to the max of a whopping 36MB of RAM.
I'm left with that old 16MB module. If you're interested, I'm asking 50
bucks for it. (16MB SIMMS, 72 pins).
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 1997 22:41:39 -0400
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Torx Screwdrivers
Do any UK users know where I might get a torx screwdriver
get the case off if need be?
The best place to get torx screwdrivers, US, UK, wherever, is
local automotive tool store.
<sounds of muffled laughter>
I've tried this game in Britain, and I'm usually met with `What
screwdriver? Do you want straight or Philips?'
Maybe someone else has had more luck than me - I've actually found
car parts shops that have heard of Torx fasteners, but I've not found one
that's had any Torx drivers in stock.
If you can find a decent industrial tool shop, they're likely to
Torx drivers in stock, but my favourite place like that didn't have a T-15
driver at all, let alone one with a long handle.
My Mac IIcx has developed a "fatal" problem; it will not boot up
anything but a floppy disk. No SCSI recognition, no hard drive
recognition. Anyone care to guess what's the problem--a dead hard drive
or something else, since it also will not mount a good System Folder
that's on a removeable cartridge???
Proud user/owner of Apple Computers since 1984
Barbie and Ken doll fan since 1961
From: Jim Ratchford
To: Classic Posts
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 20:59:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Display card +drives for IIfx
I recently aquired (entirely be luck) a IIfx without drives or
separately, a "Two-Page Monochrome" monitor- a lovely 20" beast.
With some memory, I hope! For anything bigger than 1MB SIMMs, the
some wierd memory...
I need a video card to use the two, at the very least. It has I
Nubus, and the monitor has a strange looking connector about the size and
shape of a DB25 except for the pins are not standard looking at all, in my
PC experience. I would also need a cable for the card+monitor.
What brand is the monitor?
Also, I will need a boot device for it, but, assuming I can get
on disk, I can rip an 800K out of my SE. I have available to me an IBM
40mb SCSI, but I'm clueless as to how to connect it to power, and I'm also
wondering how I'll ever format it and get software for it, considering the
only thing available to me there is the aforementioned flopppy drives. MY
primary concern though is getting the video card, and my budget is very
You're correct about the floppy from the SE working fine. Download
software from Apple, either 6.0.8 or 7.0 -- both are available as 800k
images. This means that when you download the file, use Stuffit Expander to
change the .hqx transfer format into an actual image, you can use the
program called Disk Copy to make 800k floppies which are bit-for-bit
identical with the original system disks. The software is free (or
actually, in the case of the system software, you have license for these
software versions if you own a legal ROM, like is in the FX).
You may already know all this, if your SE works -- and you can
off the same disks as the SE unless you bit a reduced system for the SE.
The IBM 40MB SCSI drive should work fine in the FX. The power for
comes from the motherboard, and probably uses the same kind of attachment
as in the IBM. Was it stripped so that even the drive power lines are
missing? You need a standard SCSI ribbon cable, too.
If you have or know where I could get a dirt cheap or free (or
PC stuff [386+486 boards]) video card for the mono monitor, or a different
one with a monitor or to use an RGB or my VGA, I would be greatly
Lastly, any advice on using the PC modem (external 9600) with
the IIfx is
All you need is a mac modem cable. I'd suggest dropping by a
computer city or mac dealer, or check out
Get a high-speed cable, if they have two kinds.
My words are not NASA policy.
I have a question about the MacLynx textual web browser that is
for download on the web: I'm desperately trying to use this browser on
my Classic II. It works and runs fine, but the window it opens goes down
past the actual screeen size, and because of this, I cannot resize the
window. I've tried everything I've thought of, but I cannot read the
commands at the bottom of the screen because they are down past where the
monitor ends. I've emailed the person mentioned in the "ReadMe" in
France, but they have not responded. Can anyone advise me on this?
Proud user/owner of Apple Computers since 1984
Barbie and Ken doll fan since 1961
No problem. The Plus (and probably its external drive) takes
floppies. That's why it spits out your Disk Tools disk (not that it
would have enough memory to boot anyway.) You can get disk images
for old system software (aim for 6.0.8) at ftp.apple.com. You can
put these images on 800K disks using the PowerMac, I suppose.
In the absence of real 800K disks, cover the left hole of a
disk with Scotch tape.
DO *NOT* TRY THIS!!!
We went through this a few months back on this list. Trying to
trick a 1.4
meg disc into thinking it's an 800k disc IS NOT, I REPEAT *N*O*T* A GOOD
Why? The data may be lost. It may NOT be lost, but I wouldn't
trust it. I
tried it and it worked sometimes, but not always. Aside from that, the tape
can seriously damage your floppy drive if it should ever come lose while
inside the floppy drive.
There is a reason there are 800k discs and 1400k discs and never
Just run over to the nearest WalMart and buy a slew of IBM 720's
reformat them in the Mac.
A weird little oasis on the web. Download my Subgenius music,
shareware, other assorted waste of bandwidth.
Hello. When I purchased a PowerMac last year the workhorse LCII
into my son's room. Of course, that computer is only 16 mhz and has only a
68030 chip so my son complains it's slow and won't run all the current
software. He's right so I'm now ready to upgrade that computer but I'd
like some input from anybody who has gone the upgrade path for an LCII.
My choices are this: 1) upgrade to a faster 030 processor with an
buying a Sonnet Allegro card (which is a 33 mhz chip with 16k level 2 cache
and an fpu) for $99 bucks or a similar card for a similar price from
2) upgrade to a 68040 card with an fpu (the whole thing ram
compatible) from Sonnet for $250 or from MicroMac (not ram doubler
compatible) for the same price
3) upgrade to a 68lc040 card without an fpu from micromac or
My questions are really four:
1) which upgrade path is better...upgrade speed only with the 030
with fpu (my son mostly does schoolwork-7th grade, and plays games) or
upgrade to an 040 chip
2) if i decide to upgrade to an 040, should it be a "real" 040
with the fpu
or the "faux" lc040 without fpu
3) which company makes a better product: sonnet (i like the idea
doubler compatible) or micromat (don't like the idea it's not ram doubler
savvy and it uses emulation for 040 software)
4) how well do these upgrades really work, anyway?
As always, I thank everybody on this list for your attention and
IMHO, accelerator cards are not really a good idea. While they
sometimes work, it's just not like a new computer. First of all, the
video and SCSI speed will be the same as usual - slow. And accelerators
face a range of compatibility problems (look what the people on this list are
If you look in the back of MacWorld, you'll find many vendors
'040 machines for $200-300, and I assure you that you'll get a much more
stable, solid, and genuinely faster machine this way.
One of those places actually has a PowerMac 6100/60 for around
if that interests you (and if the kid likes games, it should.)
Okay--what am I going wrong:
Recently I connected an LC with 10 meg to dial in with a 28.8
modem to a
local internet service provider to check e-mail. Now I want to be able to
use an Imagewriter II to print out e-mail received.
Problem--modem is using the modem port--appletalk must be ON? in
the TCP connection to work? Or can I simply place the Imagewriter II cord
in the printer port, turn Appletalk Off and all is fine?
Do I need a switch box?
Thanks for advice
Are you sure appletalk must be on to use your TCP setup? I
that MacTCP, at least, does not require this. But with appletalk on,
you won't be able to connect the imagewriter to the printer port (as
you must already know.)
My guess is that appletalk is not required for the TCP and you
can turn it off and attatch the printer. Or look into MacTCP, which
ships with system 7.5.
I recently resurrected an ol' Mac Plus (my first Mac) for my
pound on (her first Mac) with a 68030 accelerator and a Syquest EZFlyer
SCSI Drive. With the proper extension installed, the EZFlyer works fine
if I boot off of a floppy or the ancient Apple Crate Hard Drive, but I
can't boot from the Syquest unit.
Is this even possible?
Hi folks - forgive the off post, but I was wondering -
My grandparents are interested in getting a computer, but all they
want it for is email capabilities. We have an old Apple IIe Enhanced
with a color monitor in the attic. To my knowledge it works fine. Can
it be used to retrieve email, if so how, and where do I go to find parts
(like a modem), software, etc.?
Thanks for any advice.
David W. Stubblebine
The Apple IIe is a very sturdy and stable machine perfectly suited
text-based modeming. Unfortunately, this is not as easy to master
as the newer stuff. No PPP connections are possible, so you have
to have a shell account with your ISP.
A Super Serial Card, which quite possibly is already in the
machine, will give you a serial port with up to 19.2Kbps connections
to which you can connect a standard external modem. This is probably
the way to go as you can then attatch your old 2400 or something instead
of killing yourself trying to find an internal.
There are several freeware terminals available.
Sun Remarketing http://www.sunrem.com stocks Apple //es, and
a few accessories.
Hi - I'm new to the list, and haven't really had a lot of time to
around, but here's a dillemma I have: I teach in a Catholic School, and
have really old equipment to deal with. I like the classic Macs, but I
don't have much of a budget to maintain them. So here's my request:
Can any of you tell me where I might be able to find:
2 Classic II Motherboards (that work)
2 Chip sets for Mac SEs to upgrade them to Superdrive Machines:
(I already have the drives).
Any help would be appreciated - and I'm able to pay a limited
At 09:04 PM 10/8/97 -0600, you wrote:
Do any UK users know where I might get a torx screwdriver that
will get the
case off if need be?
I'm not a UK user, but I recently bought a "Macintosh Took Kit"
Mac Zone (and I know there's a UK version) that included the Torx
screwdriver, with about an 11 inch shank. I use it to open my classic macs.
At 09:04 PM 10/8/97 -0600, you wrote:
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 20:59:05 -0700
From: Fred Mindlin
To: Classic Posts
Subject: IIcx power supply replacement
I have a IIcx with Daystar 040 card and Radius full page
with a bad power supply. I have another IIcx with a good power supply
and without the cards. Am I better off moving the cards to the one with
the good power supply, or trying to replace the power supply on the
machine with the cards? Either way, what are the cautions or special
procedures I need to follow?
I don't know where you are, but I have a spare Mac II Power Supply
let you have for shipping.
Ignore the naysayers... it IS possible to create old-fashioned
with the latest Power Mac.
For example, go to the page:
and pick up, say, a system 0.3 disk.
Unstuff the image and double-click to launch "Disk Copy" (which
your fancy-shmancy System 7.x software).
Copy this image onto any Double-Density disk (the kind with a hole
Enjoy the pleasures of MFS. Bask in your inability to create new folders.