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December 2009 Blog Posts (4)

Old Printers can be a pain

Back in my previous blog entry I mentioned I'd picked up up an Apple LaserWriter 16/600, well finally got to adding it to my network to use. The printer came with an ethernet adaptor, so no problems putting it on the network, but with no console on the printer, how was I to route output to it.



Fortunately with OS 9.22 on my Bondi Blue iMac I was able to find the printer via the local AppeTalk (printer was called "loaner"), but I wanted to be able to print to it from my main machines,… Continue

Added by Michael on December 31, 2009 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Printerhenge

So this last Saturday, after doing the 3d anniversary podcast, I tackled a project I've been putting off for a while (what a surprise!). What you see in the photo below are five Laserwriter IIs.

These were bought at a school sale several years ago and promptly shoved into an already overburdened garage to await their fate. When you buy stuff at one of these surplus sales you take a risk as you are not allowed to try anything first. At $5 at… Continue

Added by John on December 21, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

powerbook G3 500 mhz firewire

I was given recently a powerbook G3 500 mhz firewire model that was doa when I received it. After leaving it plugged in for several hours and not starting up I was about to put in the junk pile when I gave it one last try to start it. It surprised me by sounding the gong sound and booting up in os 9.



From the time it first booted up I planned on the updates for it. The first thing I did was add 512 of ram to the 128 mb it came with. I installed os 10.4.11 on it and it ran slow for… Continue

Added by Michael on December 19, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

The old upgrade switcheroo (how to get a G5 booting from internal software based RAID1)

It's been a while between posts.



I've recently picked up an Aluminium 24" iMac 2.4GHz to replace my old Dual G5 tower as my workstation.



Since this was my first intel workstation, I decided to retire the installation that has been running since OSX.2 and had been progessively upgraded to 10.4.11. It was time to do a fresh install.



The machine came with OSX.4 and I upgraded through to 10.6.2.



It was time for a cull of applications, and only those that… Continue

Added by macdownunder on December 3, 2009 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

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