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Mac Portable Backlighting again!
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Howdy, Back in January Mac Portable 5126 had developed a Sad Mac for Peripheral  I/O.  Taking it apart and cleaning did not help, looked like something died. <Heavy Sigh> Logged on to Ebay last…Continue

Tags: 5126, Backlit, Portable

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Spera May 15.

A Left Handed Macintosh?
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Hummm, I don't have the heart to tell him... …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Finkmac Jun 21, 2012.

Retro 1 or what to do with the IIe part glut

Howdy, I don't even know where to start with this thing.  It may be prue brillance.  Look for yourself. …Continue

Started Apr 20, 2012

Formatting a non Apple HD
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Howdy, Now as you may know, I’ve been working on some Mac Portables off and on during the year.  The last project I had planned was the Hard Drive on my 5120.  The Conner CP-3045 that came with it…Continue

Tags: Drive, Hard, CP-3045, Portable

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powerusin MacMac Jan 27, 2012.

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Patrick Spera replied to DaveW's discussion SE/30 Time Capsule Found
"Hummm, Yes, I've found many like this.  People leave their tax info,SSN, address books, email folders etc on the HD.  Oh, heck I found one computer that had a company's business records, including tax data for the past 15…"
Sep 6
Patrick Spera replied to Patrick Spera's discussion Mac Portable Backlighting again!
"Hap,   Yep, I went that route one time.  I swapped a HD body with the Portable's HD controller card. I could get it to admit that there was a drive there, but I could never get it to format correctly.  I used 4 different…"
May 15
Hap Plain replied to Patrick Spera's discussion Mac Portable Backlighting again!
"So two things, all of these boards, even if they work now will need to be recapped to ensure they work for years to come and more importantly that the caps won't leak causing irreparable damage to the boards.  On the HD, most don't…"
May 14
Patrick Spera replied to Patrick Spera's discussion Mac Portable Backlighting again!
"Sigh,   With my Mac Portable down for 6 months, one of my two battery packs bit the big one.  I manage to recondition the second one and got it back up to 6 vdc.  With full power, I plugged the HD back in and boop, Sad MAC for SCSI,…"
May 13
Patrick Spera replied to Lim Thye Chean's discussion iBook that keeps sleeping
"Hummm,   Well, I've seen your collection, or photos there of.  Take a somewhat working battery out of another Ibook and turn off all the power protections on this one when it boots up.  Or buy a new battery.  Best I can do…"
May 9
Patrick Spera posted a discussion

Mac Portable Backlighting again!

Howdy, Back in January Mac Portable 5126 had developed a Sad Mac for Peripheral  I/O.  Taking it apart and cleaning did not help, looked like something died. <Heavy Sigh> Logged on to Ebay last week and there was a Mac Portable motherboard on sale.  There was 22 minutes left and I started thinking to myself, “Nah, it couldn’t be backlit one, could it?”  I enlarged the picture and indeed it had the backlit connector for the monitor.  Sorry if you were bidding on it, but I got it!  It…See More
May 8
Patrick Spera commented on Scott's photo
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"So, I am guessing these are tall notepads with Mac printed on the side?  Or ar these dehydrated computers, just add water?"
Dec 21, 2013
Patrick Spera replied to Lim Thye Chean's discussion Non-working Newton
"I would say, yes.  Which why they made the comment about waiting a day instead of 15 minutes. Since you to look for a BUB anyway, lock that puppy down."
May 6, 2013
Patrick Spera replied to Lim Thye Chean's discussion Non-working Newton
"You are draining the capacitors of any remaining charges to hard reset the PRAM.  Of course, I'm not entirely sure about the PRAM, I am sure about the capacitor drain."
May 6, 2013
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Nov 4, 2012
Patrick Spera replied to ctb's discussion Newest portable to supports 800k disks?
"Hummm,   Well, I know my Mac Portables will boot off of 800K disk with 6.0.8 on them.  I tried to boot a model 190cs with the 800K, but it kicked it out and continued with the HD boot. It did read and write to it.  So, my guess…"
Sep 1, 2012
Patrick Spera replied to JJ's discussion Macintosh Commercial I have never seen before!
"Hummm,   Yeah, I remember that one. "
Aug 22, 2012
Patrick Spera replied to Lim Thye Chean's discussion Apple 1 processor?
"Hummm,   Here is where English can be slippery. Did the book say that it was designed to USE a 6800, or was it designed ON a 6800.  In other words, he designed it on a machine USING a 6800 microprocessor.  I really don't…"
Jul 29, 2012
Patrick Spera commented on maxheadroom's photo
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"Huh?    OH WAIT!    Yeah there IS a computer there!  It was blocked by the vase....  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.   <Evil Grin>"
Jul 8, 2012
Finkmac replied to Patrick Spera's discussion A Left Handed Macintosh?
"That you can move the keyboard?"
Jun 21, 2012
Patrick Spera posted a discussion

A Left Handed Macintosh?

Hummm, I don't have the heart to tell him... The left Hand of MacSee More
Jun 21, 2012

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When did you get your first Mac?
Back in the 80s
How many Macs do you own?
30? There abouts.
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
The next one I get.
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
Word of mouth

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At 10:23am on May 27, 2011, James said…
What sorts of Macs do you own?

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