TLDR: I have a working Quadra 950 The Long Version: So on December 31, I went and picked up two Quadra 950s, in an unknown state, but one with battery damage. Having taken the first off as a break (Being repeatedly woken by the neighbours, who decided to “party all night” does not help one’sContinue reading “Big Boi Mac”
What a year! To cap it off nicely I was visiting a fellow collector today. (Hi Greg!) I wanted to drop him off some Commodore 64 stuff for his collection and he had a nice surprise for me! Not one, but two Mac Quadra 950s. Pretty much the “top” 68K Macintoshes available!† Wow! These areContinue reading “Rounding Out 2021”
AKA… All the cr@p I watch on YouTube related to retro computing… I watch a LOT of YouTube channels, and I mean a LOT. Here’s a list of the retro or retro adjacent channels I watch. EDIT: just to emphasise, this is not a definitive list, this is just the stuff *I* watch. There mayContinue reading “YouTube resources”
I’ve got various bits’n’pieces on their way from China, so I haven’t been quite as busy as I could have been. Not a lot of upgrades / repairs are in the pipeline anyway so I haven’t needed to fix stuff. Having said that, my SE/30 needs to be broken down and the Digital board needsContinue reading “While I wait for orders to arrive”
There was a “Pop!” and a bad smell. Looks like one of the chips failed. It’s all surface mount so there’s no chance to fix it, especially as the chip that failed is a large QFP with about a hundred legs. Sorry Greg! I only got to use it once or twice.
So now I have my Mac SE/30 all nice and stable and set up the way I wanted it set up, I decided it was time to play around with something I built a fair while ago. Quite some time ago, ty tech patron (Hi Greg!), who has gifted me so much stuff over theContinue reading “I did a thing! (Mac SCSI)”
So I was having an odd problem where I couldn’t install System 7.5.3 on my Mac SE/30, which was driving me a little loopy. I joined a 68K Mac forum and they helped me solve the problem in seconds. The problem is that I could no longer boot from System 7.5.3, which is the latestContinue reading “I used ‘ResEdit’ in anger today…”
Swapped out the switch. Now it turns on fine 🙂 Yay! I have a Mac again. Now to install all the software / hardware needed to bootstrap it into horrible, terrible life! Where did I put my FloppyEmu?
So on Monday night (after my last post no less) I was feeling enthusiastic, so I stripped down the Mac and gutted out the PSU. I then removed the switch. Let me tell you that it’s not as easy as I make it sound with such a simple statement. Firstly to get to the switchContinue reading “What a difference a week makes”
About that… Well, I’m the “proud owner” of an Acorn Archimedes 440 in a non working state. Looking forward trying to diagnose THAT one. This was an eBay auction. I didn’t expect to win. Imagine my surprise… I also got two Atari STᴇ computers! Presumed working, but I haven’t had a chance to test them.Continue reading “You know how I said I wouldn’t be getting any new Computers this year?”