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April 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Mac 512Ke Success!

I have successfully created a System 4.1 boot floppy on an old Powerbook 160 with an external Iomega Zip drive.  This let my copy files from my Linux PC onto the Powerbook for subsequent writing to floppy.

This worked a treat, and I now have a fully booting, boxed 240V Mac…

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Added by Andrew "lizardb0y" Stephen on April 11, 2011 at 8:45pm — 2 Comments

PowerBook 170

I finally got my PowerBook 170 upgraded to System 7.5.5. I used the disk files from the Apple website. I was able to copy them to the hard drive via AppleTalk with my PowerBook G3. Then I ran the upgrade from the hard drive. It worked great. So far no problems. The unfortunate thing with my 170 is that the screen has growing case of "tunnel vision". The longer its on, the darker the corners of the LCD become. Eventually turning all back (about 1/8"). Its takes a while, about 45 minutes. Also…

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Added by Robert on April 9, 2011 at 1:50pm — 3 Comments

MAcintosh 512Ke Repair Adventures

Over the past couple of months I have been spending a small amount of my little spare time trying to repair a Macintosh 512Ke.  I have got it to the point that the Mac turns on fine and seems stable, but I have no System disks to boot it on.  I've been preparing for this moment and have followed a convoluted path to get me closer to my goal.

 

The 512Ke, Plus and SE all have 400K/800K floppy drives, so I can't make boot disks on my PC.  I had a Powerbook 160 which had a dead…

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Added by Andrew "lizardb0y" Stephen on April 4, 2011 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

iPad 2 Awesomeness!!

 

So it's been a little bit over 3 weeks  since I got my hands on an iPad 2 on launch night!  I've been using it almost everyday since then, even replacing my iMac as my normal web browsing machine.  I'm even doing some of my own writing on Pages for iPad, instead of using MS Word.  And it has…

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Added by Franklin Johnson on April 3, 2011 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

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