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Hello, all.
Mac & 400K disks
Disk Formatting Utility/Word Processor for SE
Video problem with Mac IIsi
help! unknown mac
ImageWriter Dip Switch Settings
Mac 2CI Power Supply and Disk Drive
ImageWriter Dip Switch Settings (correction)
Re: Classic Macs Digest 970901
IIfx with a Epson Stylus 600?
re: Painting Macs
Plus & CD-ROM?
Plus Voltage Fix
Stuffit problems
Re: Broken Mac Classic
Re: MacTCP on 68000 Macs
mac+ hard drive problem & daystar accelerato
Mac Plus Case
Mac IIsi replacement hard drive

Date: 10/23/97
To: Classic Posts
From: Michael Connolly
Subject: Hello, all.

I apologize for the enormous delay in posting. This
was because my hard drive bit the dust and I installed the
new one yesterday. Luckily, I was able to restore almost
all of my data, so I am now back on track again.

Pseud040 is now ready for public consumption! I finally
got the last kink worked out. For those of you who didn't
hear about this already, Pseud040 is a shareware control
panel which allows '020 and '030 Macs to run '040 software.

It's $20 shareware (partly because it took four months
to complete.)

I would love to hear how it works on other people's
systems and programs it's good for (and programs it crashes.)

You can get it right now at:

Needless to say, it would be good to register it. :>

Sorry for the delay, but I'm back on track again,
so let the classic macs reign!

Michael Connolly

Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 22:33:56 +0200
To: Classic Posts
From: Hauke Fath
Subject: Mac & 400K disks

I tried reformatting a HD (1.4MB) disk on a Power Mac using an old, old
reformatting program called Fast Formatter (available at
But the 128K didn't recognize it: Either there's a problem with trying to
create a 400K disk using the Power Mac's SuperDrive or the 128K's drive
is simply busted.

First: A 1.4M *HD* disk won't do. HD disks need a considerably stronger
magnetic field for writing and erasing as they are physically different
from the *DD* disks that make 400K (ss) and 720/800K /ds) disks. Your 128K
Mac wants a DD disk.

Second: I am not sure whether a Power Mac (running System 7.5 or some such)
is capable of formatting a single sided GCR (400/800K) disk at all. I
suppose this is OS version related; I've looked around some for information
but didn't find any (can someone else fill me in here?).

Any thoughts? Or even any ideas on where I could get working 400K disks
without too much trouble?

A Mac running System 6.0.x should most probably be able to format
("initialize") a 400K disk.


"It's never straight up and down" (DEVO)

From: Lorenzo141
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 17:40:13 -0400 (EDT)
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Memory

I am thinking of purchasing an LC III for a friend. It comes with 4MB of
memory, and I have an 8MB 72-pin SIMM, made by Sonnet Technologies, waiting
to be installed. I have contacted Sonnet Tech. and they recommended going to
a dealer if I didn't know how to install it. I would like to do this myself,
but I have no idea as to what the logic board looks like or how the SIMM is
placed. Does anyone have any instructions or suggestions--I don't want to go
to a dealer to have it installed. Thanks!


From: MrkiteNY
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 17:52:25 -0400 (EDT)
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Disk Formatting Utility/Word Processor for SE

Hello fellow Classic Mac users!

I've had an ancient SE that I've recently revived and upgraded to
System 7.1 Update 3.0 (from 6.0.3). I have a couple questions. The first is that the
hard drive (external, there is no internal drive except the 800k floppy) was
manufactured by Quantum (LP52S), and is a 52 meg. disk. Quantum doesn't make
disk formatting utilities, and so the utility that came with the SE was
called DiskMaster Plus. It was written by Ron Aldrich, and was "release
100", version 3.49. I was wondering if anyone has (or knows where I can
obtain) a later version of this program for updating the drivers on the hard
disk, as the version I have was from January 1992.

I also have another question. I have Micro$oft Works 2.00e on the SE, and
it runs fine. I was just wondering if there is some kind of update or
upgrade I can download. Anyone know? Thanks for taking the time to read
these. Any comments or suggestions would
be most appreciated.

Nicholas Young
"Imagine all the people, living for today...." -John Lennon

From: TylerIII
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 21:33:16 -0400 (EDT)
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Video problem with Mac IIsi

I'm hoping that the list can help me. My Mac IIsi is about 7 years old
and has about 13000 hours on it. Recently, vertical lines about 1/8 inch
apart started appearing across the monitor and the gray portions of the
Microsoft Word 5 toolbar, the Microsoft Excel 4 toolbar and the Claris
FileMaker Pro 2.1 toolbar have turned a greenish color. I swapped
another monitor and cable but the problem continued. When I took a
snapshot of the desktop and printed it, the lines did not appear on the
print. I then restarted with a Disk Tools disk but it had no effect on
the lines.

I'm left with the conclusion that the problem is not in the monitor or
cable, nor is it a symptom of corrupted software. Does anyone have an
idea of what the problem might be, what would be involved in fixing it
and, most importantly, what would likely happen if I just tried to
"muddle along" with it as it is?

Thanks in advance.

From: tgwenn
To: Classic Posts
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 22:14:35 +0000
Subject: help! unknown mac

Hi all,

I recently got a compact Mac I don't know what model it is: on the
back, next to the apple logo, read: MACINTOSH, Model # M0110, FCC ID =

There are ports for Floppy, Printer and modem.The Mac came with a small
keyboard with no Function keys, no numeric pad.The connection cables to
the keyboard and mouse are missing.

Could some one help tell me:
- what model of the Mac,
- how many RAM,
- is the floppy 800 0r 400 kb,
- What System does it run,
- What kind of cables to use for Keyboard and mouse connection,

I tried to load a 800k floppy with System 6, the machine read it then
ejected it.

Any info is very highly appreciated.

Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 09:22:39 -0700
To: Classic Posts
From: Clarence Searles
Subject: ImageWriter Dip Switch Settings

Hello Friends:

Desperately need the dip switch settings on an ImageWriter (not ImageWriter
II please) I plan to connect to a SE/30. (Those familiar with this printer
are aware there are 9 settings in SW 1 and 4 settings on SW2) Also, on the
VR2 (Impress) and the VR1 (Align) switches, how are they to be positioned?

Needless to say, I have a old ImageWriter without a user manual.

Whatever information, relating to this request, anyone can provide, will be
greatly appreciated.

Clarence Searles

Clarence Searles (MacSkaTeer)
San Francisco, California

From: "Yee, James/SFO"
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Mac 2CI Power Supply and Disk Drive
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 10:06:48 -0600

My Mac 2CI died recently. The computer will not stay on. The power
supply would turn on and off every second or so when I turn it on.
(Another problem that it had for years is that after shutting down that
computer, it would turn itself back on about 2 seconds later. (I would
have to turn off the power strip after shutting down the computer when I
was done) I am not sure how that problem is related to this one)

I have read in a Mac repair book that it replacing the .0033uf/100v
"C34" capacitor that is located next to a 5 watt resister may fix the
problem except that I could not locate which one it is. I would
appreciate any help you can offer.

Another problem is that now the internal disk drive does not seem to be
spinning when a disk is inserted. It recognized that a disk is inserted
and is unable to read it because it is being spun and wants to format
it. The formatting fails because it is not spinning.

Will a new power supply and disk drive necessary or is there a cheaper

James Yee

Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 11:29:25 -0700
To: Classic Posts
From: Clarence Searles
Subject: ImageWriter Dip Switch Settings (correction)

Hello Everyone:

There was an error made in the number of settings on the SW 1 dip switch on
the ImagWriter. Instead of 9 settings as originally indicated, there are
only 8. I am very sorry for any inconvenience I may have caused.

Clarence Searles

Clarence Searles (MacSkaTeer)
San Francisco, California

From: UseYorHead
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 17:20:24 -0400 (EDT)
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Re: Classic Macs Digest 970901


I have a string of macs I would like to hook up together so that several
people in different areas of the office can message each other and have
the computer they are msg'ing to, trigger a flash or better yet flash the
screen. Email over a network is not the solution as I am trying to devise
a telephone message screen, Or a big bold name of the person flashing
"Bob! You Have a call!"

Anyone got any bright ideas? Any help would be appreciated.


From: Bion Pohl
Subject: IIfx with a Epson Stylus 600?
To: Classic Posts
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 15:50:23 -0700 (PDT)

I am working with a pair of clients that are artists and not the most
technical of people. They own a Mac IIfx and ran out and bought an
Epson Stylus Color 600 printer only to find out that the IIfx isn't

They have called Epson and got no real answer from their tech support.
I looked through the Epson web page and it expressly said that the
IIfx was not supported. I poked around the web for possible third
party drivers but couldn't find any.

My clients aren't rich (being artists) so replacing the IIfx with a
new machine isn't the first, best option.

So, my question is: Does anyone out there know of a possible work
around for making a Stylus 600 work on a Mac IIfx?

TIA, Bion Pohl

Bion Pohl
The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

Lord Gordon Kepler in the S.C.A.

Using Macintosh since 1985,
and I don't do Windoze.

To: Classic Posts
Subject: re: Painting Macs
From: C. A. Weagle
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 21:16:49 -0400

A while back someone wanted to paint a mac, but was worried about it
affecting the surface. I wanted that cool look of the MacTV, so I
painted my Plus flat black (standard spray paint - like 3$ a can) and
put two coats of sealer on (highly recomended). It took almost a full
can. I masked off the back spec panel, the screen (that was a job) and
the floppy port, etc. (ditto) I also removed the back panel and painted
it seperately - didn't want paint going inside the vents/power
connector/battery box.

I was worried about the high temps on the top of the plus doing scary
things to the paint, but I installed a large fan in the handle (now the
handle _cutout_) and it runs real cool. Don't hold me responsible if
yours has problems, tho.

He thrusts his fists against the posts
and still insists he sees the ghosts

(Anyone know where this came from?)

To: Classic Posts
Subject: Plus & CD-ROM?
From: C. A. Weagle
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 21:16:52 -0400

Thanks for the great help w/ my drive. It's still a little wonky,
though. (Technical term)

I have a Plus w/ 4MB, accelerated w/ a Performer16 (great deal from
MicroMac - 49$ for a 300% speed increase!). It's got a passel
(technical term) of SCSI stuff - the aforementioned 80MB IBM, a Quantum
330 MB, a salvaged Apple (!) 40MB (5-1/2" FH!) and a Zip drive (no, I do
_not_ boot from this!). I recently got a AppleCD 300i and put in in the
stack, but I can't get it to work. It will read the CD, but spit it out
before mounting. I installed the CD stuff from apple, and FWB's CD
Tools, but no dice. It gets power and all, and everybody (ie, SCSI
Probe et al.) knows it's there, but it just won't mount.

Some system info - I am running 7.0 (the Tuneup vers.). I have heard
rumors that it needs 7.1, but it won't work on my LCIII, running 7.5.5,
either. I have all the drives fomatted to an interleave of 1:1 (I know,
but Anubis coughs and dies if I try for 3:1) but I don't see how this
would affect it. Any clues?

BTW, I am writing/compiling a page of peripheral hints for a Plus.
Please send me any tips/URL's you have. Thanks again.

He thrusts his fists against the posts
and still insists he sees the ghosts

(Anyone know where this came from?)

To: Classic Posts
Subject: Plus Voltage Fix
From: C. A. Weagle
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 21:16:42 -0400

To adjust the supply, remove the back cover. Be careful doing this as
there is both power line voltage and 10,000V (or so) present inside. If
you're not experienced working around high voltage try to find someone who
is. There are several electrolytic capacitors around the power connector
on the logic board. With the power on, probe around until you find one
that reads around 5V. On the analog board there is an adjustment marked
+5V. Using a non-conductive screwdriver, adjust this till the voltmeter
reads 5.00.

Its is much safer to test the voltage between pins 1&2 of the mouse port
- is is 5V also. There is much less chance of shorting something.

He thrusts his fists against the posts
and still insists he sees the ghosts

(Anyone know where this came from?)

From: "Tyrone Stapleton"
To: Classic Posts
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 97 13:44:44
Subject: Stuffit problems


Is it possible to get a self extracting copy of stuffit or some other archiver. I only have a PC link to the internet and a copy of Stuffit Expander Version 1 for win 3.1. Whenever I use it to decompress *.hqx files for my Mac Plus I seem to be faced with yet more *.hqx files or *.sit files which I duly uncompress, if possible, to get files that I can neither read nor use on my mac.

I also have a friends colour classic which I use to read my PC disks before copying the files onto a 800 k Mac disk. Where am I going wrong?

Any help or pointers would greatly be appreciated.


Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 14:44:18 +0000
To: Classic Posts
From: Chris Westbrook
Subject: Re: Broken Mac Classic

Do any UK users know where I might get a torx screwdriver that will get the
case off if need be?

Halfords will do one suitable for the Classic II (so I guess it's fine for
the Classic), It's a bit too short, so you'll have to file down the handle.

Chris Westbrook

Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 11:27:55
To: Classic Posts
From: IGHA/HorseAid Volunteer
Subject: Re: MacTCP on 68000 Macs

Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 01:19:00 -0500
To: Classic Posts
From: Jag
Subject: MacTCP on 68000 Macs

mac tcp- has trouble working on plus and SE due to being 68000 macs...

however use Z-term.....and eudora 3.1 works fine on those macs using
system 6. the micromac upgrades are well WORTH the long green...I use
a micromac 50 mhz upgrade in my souped up SE/30 (32mb ram 400 hd @50


NO version of Eudora will run under ANY version of System 6.

Save yourselves a lot of grief:

1. (see above Eudora info).

2. NO version of Netscape will run on any Mac without CQD in ROMs! There is
NO workaround, it will install - but it will not run.

3. System 8 will not install on any '30 or earlier chip (again, there is NO
workaround, software OR hardware). If your machine was ORIGINALLY a '30 or
earlier chip, you cannot SUCCESSFULLY install System 8 (even if you have a
PPC card or a '40 update card installed). The installer looks at the MB
ROMs, and is smart enough to recognize software traps.

4. Using MacPPP you can use 56K modems on an accelerated SE, so this would
include the Classic II, and Color Classic as well (we use both a USR
v.everything Courier and a 56K Sportster, and have had NO problems. If you
have a problem, do a "Terminal Mode" session and look at the syntax, i.e.,
"Login" is NOT the same as "login" to MacPPP, use the script section to
handle the log-on).

So far the highest connect speed we get is 46K (the port speed is limited
to 56K on these compact Macs), maybe when true 56K speeds are approved, it
may be a problem, but then we can just set the maximum connect speed to
just under 56K. MacWeb just flies!

5. Compact Virtual: you need version 3.0.2 for System 7.1, and version
3.0.1 for System 7 (or 7 with the 1.1.1 tuneup). On some accelerators,
Appletalk will no longer work with the Sys 7.1 and 3.0.2 combo. On ALL
accelerators, setting the VM to 12 megs (or less) will save you a lot of

Thanks to all on the list for the tips on Color Classic Accelerators,
haven't decided yet.


Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 15:50:02 -0700
From: jbowra
To: Classic Posts
Subject: mac+ hard drive problem & daystar accelerato

I have a mac plus that I am trying to setup for a relative. It has 4
megs of RAM and a HD20 hard drive. The machine randomly crashes with
some error, I don't remember what, but that is not my question. I
thought I would fix the problem by hooking up an old Apple branded 80meg
external drive. I reformatted the drive with Silverlining and hooked it
up. The plus' screen would start grey, then turn black and when the
silverlining box that appears on startup appeared, it would freeze. I
booted the machine from a floppy and tried to reformat the drive with
HDSC setup. This failed on the verify part with read and write errors.
I ran HDSC setup off a 6.0.8 boot disk. As a remember, plus' have funny
SCSI characteristics and I was wondering if using a standard terminator
will not work (that is what I am doing now) or if the machine is messed
up (although this machine was working with an external drive in the

Also, I have a daystar '030 50mhz accelerator in a MacII. It plugs in
through an adapter that plugs into where the CPU was. The card appears
to be a PDS card and I was wondering if anyone knows if it would work in
a IIci.

Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 22:33:56 -0400
To: Classic Posts
From: Steven Yockey
Subject: Mac Plus Case

Anybdy know where I can get a case for a Mac Plus? I'm upgrading a 512k to
a Plus and don't really want to modify the original case in order for the
ports to fit through the rear. I know Sun Remarketing has them but if the
price listed is correct, I could probably find a whole Plus for less.



From: jk230
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 00:16:44 -0700
To: Classic Posts
Subject: Mac IIsi replacement hard drive


First time question...I hope someone might be able to help. I need a
replacement hard drive for my Mac IIsi & can't find one anywhere. Do you
know of a make/model number of a hard drive that would fit a Mac IIsi?
The original was made by Quantum....I need at least a 1.2 gig size drive
or higher.



The drive I just installed in my IIsi to replace the dead
one was a 2.1GB Quantum. Any SCSI mac drive should work fine. I got
mine from ClubMac, which included the appropriate mounting bracket as
well. That's the only part that varies from machine to machine.


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