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Mac SE booting to question mark
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Hi all, I just picked up a Mac SE that is booting to the question mark. I've done some research and see that some of these were shipped with two disk drives and some with 1 disk drive and a built in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Merrill Sep 2.

External drive for iMac G4
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It's been a while since I've been here and a while since I used my iMac G4, I'm sorry to say. When I was using it last I had an external drive hooked up to it with 40,000 tunes on it. Unfortunately,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Merrill Mar 27.

Retro Macs on old TV shows
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I think everyone is aware of Macs appearing on Seinfeld, but lately I've been watching an old show that has a lot o retro Mac appearances, Dawson's Creek. In particular, Season 4 episode 15 shows the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by davekill Nov 10, 2015.

Mac SE Superdrive

I thought I'd let you guys know I'm selling a Mac SE Superdrive on Ebay for parts or repair. I was going to mess with it myself, but I don't seem to ever get around to it. I thought it would be…Continue

Started Jul 16, 2014

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David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion Mac SE booting to question mark
"Thanks for your reply! Sounds like it would be best to go for 7.1. Probably doesn't much matter how fast it goes since I won't be doing all that much on it. I mainly want to see if I can get it running. Thanks for reminding me about the…"
Sep 2
Rick replied to David Merrill's discussion Mac SE booting to question mark
"Hi Dave, congratulations on your SE! Yes, you have the version with the hard drive and floppy drive. On a Mac, the ? at start up simply means no bootable system folder found. This could me the hard drive is not working, that it's just blank, or…"
Aug 27
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Mac SE booting to question mark

Hi all, I just picked up a Mac SE that is booting to the question mark. I've done some research and see that some of these were shipped with two disk drives and some with 1 disk drive and a built in hard drive of 20-40 MB. The back of mine says 1 Mbyte RAM, Two 800K drives. On the front I can see an 800K drive on the bottom. The drive on the top looks more like a a hard drive, with the plastic insert over where the disk drive would be with the little rectangular opening on the left end. This…See More
Aug 24
David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"Glad to have inspired!"
Mar 27
David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"Yeah, any time you try to mesh different eras if equipment, you're bound to run into something. I seem to always be doing that, not just with Macs, but with stereo and video equipment. With the newer Macs problems seem to often stem back to…"
Mar 14
Jake Heed replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"David: Sweet! That is a beautiful sight. You have inspired me; I'm going to reconnect my drive holding my iTunes collection and get it playing again. Love the sunflower iMac G4 also. Cheers. -Jake"
Mar 14
David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"For some reason this one didn't load."
Mar 14
David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"Success!"
Mar 14
Jake Heed replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"David: That's great news! So glad to hear you were able to resolve the issue. I know how stubborn external HD issues can be at times. It's always easy to forget a quirk here or there that we had to deal with to get older equipment to run;…"
Mar 14
David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"All my drives are recognized by all my other vintage Macs, including this one. I can mount it on my Clsamshell iBook and my two MacBook Pros without a problem. There wasn't a problem with the Time Machine back up. It was uninterrupted. I…"
Mar 14
David Merrill replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"Definitely not reformatted for PC. My thought is maybe something happened when I ran it through Time Machine to perform he back up. It's the only thing that could have altered it, because, otherwise, all I did was drag and drop things onto it.…"
Mar 13
Jake Heed replied to David Merrill's discussion External drive for iMac G4
"David: If your 2012 MacBook recognizes the drive but the iMac G4 does not, I'm thinking of a possible formatting issue. Did you reformat this drive after you removed this drive from the G4? Try to remember what occurred after you removed this…"
Mar 11
David Merrill posted a discussion

External drive for iMac G4

It's been a while since I've been here and a while since I used my iMac G4, I'm sorry to say. When I was using it last I had an external drive hooked up to it with 40,000 tunes on it. Unfortunately, I needed the drive for something else, so I disconnected it. I'm now done with that function, so I decided to reconnect the drive to my iMac G4. So, here's the problem. I can't for the life of me figure out what I connected it with and how. I'm 99% certain I was using my Iomega TB drive with it. The…See More
Mar 11
davekill replied to David Merrill's discussion Retro Macs on old TV shows
"That's pretty cool :) I remember the 1st season of Star Gate SG1 featured tuxedo laptops.. Wallstreets or Pismos I think."
Nov 10, 2015
David Merrill posted a discussion

Retro Macs on old TV shows

I think everyone is aware of Macs appearing on Seinfeld, but lately I've been watching an old show that has a lot o retro Mac appearances, Dawson's Creek. In particular, Season 4 episode 15 shows the computer room at their school. It has a Lime iMac, a G3 desktop model and some others. Throughout the first couple of seasons we often see iBook clamshells and various colored iMacs. I ended up watching episodes of this show when it was added to the Crackle line up. I was curious because I watched…See More
Oct 17, 2015
David Merrill posted a discussion

Mac SE Superdrive

I thought I'd let you guys know I'm selling a Mac SE Superdrive on Ebay for parts or repair. I was going to mess with it myself, but I don't seem to ever get around to it. I thought it would be better if it went to someone who will do something with it. Here's a link in case anyone is interested. I started the bidding at $10.Thanks,Dave…See More
Jul 16, 2014

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When did you get your first Mac?
1994 Performa 630 cd
How many Macs do you own?
7 I think
What is your website?
http://www.triadjourney.com
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
I've changed my mind. My new favorite is my 15 inch G4 iMac 800 MHZ. What a cool machine!
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
I was searching for retro info to get an external drive for my Lime Imac to make it into an iTunes stereo system

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Mac G4 cube brochure

I was cleaning my office at work yesterday when Icame across an old Apple brochure about the G4 cube. What a great surprise!

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 8:51pm — 4 Comments

Ebay find

Over the past few months I've been looking at my Blueberry iBook and wishing it had, at various different times, more ram, more drive space, a firewire port to hook up my external drive, a dvd player to watch movies, OS 10 and a faster processor. I had bought a new third party battery for it, but it didn't recognize the battery. The seller re-imbursed me and told me to keep the battery.

So, I started looking at auctions for 366 mhz and 466 mhz iBooks. I discovered the 466 mhz machines…

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Posted on December 31, 2011 at 2:26pm

iBook G3 Blue Clam shell

Welcome to my first bog post! I thought I would share about the new addition to my Mac family!

 

I have definitely been stung by the Mac collector bug.I've always wanted a clam shell iBook. So, since I joined retromac, I've been watching them on eBay. Well, one came up that sounded pretty decent and looked pretty easy to win because, while the price was high for a starting bid, it wasn't half bad for a final bid. So, I waited until the last 6 seconds to place my bid. At the…

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Posted on February 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 6:15am on February 12, 2011, Scott said…
Hey David
Thanks for the comment on the sealed factory IIc in the box. Talk about bank account, it cost me a fortune, but I doubted anyone else had one- so I grabbed it :)
Scott

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