Where great old Macs live again!

Having had my retro-ism renewed, and fast running out of annual leave, I decided to dust off my Twentieth Anniversary Mac for a while today. While it has a Sonnet 300MHz G3, it keeps crashing when trying to load the extension - I'll need to look into that. With the extension gone (and the G3 disabled) iCab took a looooong time to load the RetroMacCast site (see pic). As you can see I'm running the shipped MacOS 7.6 on it with 128Mb physical RAM. I managed to make a cup of coffee (including boiling water), make myself a cheese platter and still have time to sit and watch the page loading (while sipping on my coffee.) There is absolutely no way I'm going to attempt to post to the forum on it!! However, I couldn't resist running the TAM introduction application - it is just so damn good. I am currently sitting here reveling in the guitar background music coming from the built in Bose sound system and thinking that it is still sounds better than my HK Sound Stick II's and Sub hanging off my G4 Cube. What I still find remarkable about these wonderful Apple machines, is that I can take the TAM off the shelf, power it up, connect it to my home ethernet network and it just works. It found my Airport router (which was added since I've last used the TAM) and got it's IP and DNS settings. Pop into the Chooser and there is my Cube and Xserve sitting there! Now, since I'm using MacOS 7.6, I can't just click on them - I have to connect via IP, but that was no problem. I was soon downloading iCab from the Xserve via Appleshare and away I went. When I first got the TAM, my wife and I used to watch VCDs on it all the time. If only the TAM could take a DVD. Hmmm, perhaps its time to get a faster G3 processor (once I've sorted out the problem with the extension), a Tango USB/Firewire card, external DVD drive and see if I can get a RagePro with DVD decoder to run in it under OS9.......

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Comment by macdownunder on May 17, 2008 at 2:13am
Update: Was trying to get the Sonnet G3 card working today when our house's residual current device ("safety switch") activated.

It looks like the TAM's power supply shorted as the TAM no longer powers up and everything else in the house appears to be working correctly.

Hopefully the fellow who repaired the supply when I first got it can perform another resurrection!
Comment by macdownunder on May 21, 2008 at 1:18am
Whoohoo - I managed to score a cheap TAM powersupply off eBay last night. I also found the original repairer of my damaged supply - so I'll get it repaired as a backup if it is not too expensive.

So - just need to wait for the new supply to arrive from the US - only 6 days....
Comment by macdownunder on May 29, 2008 at 5:16am
Boy am I relieved. The TAM power supply arrived today. As described it was pretty beaten up - lots of noise when you turned it over as all the broken internal plastic tumbled around.

Even the power supply inside looked a little worse for wear. I think it might have been opened for repair before.

However, it powered up just fine. I've transplanted the power supply and my TAM is now complete and working again!

Now to get that G3 upgrade working......
Comment by Kathryn on June 12, 2008 at 11:47pm
Wow! Fantastic turn of events. I had not seen this before, but I was actually using a RSS reader on Flock and it caught my eye. Sounds like you went through quite a lot for your TAM, and congratulations on keeping it 'alive' and well. I too have a TAM with a G3 upgrade but I haven't had any problems with the upgrade driver crashing on startup (at least I don't think so). I'm running OS 9.1 right now. I did have 9.2.2 but I messed up something and just did a clean install.
I'd like to hear how it's going with your TAM, I'm anxious to hear how it's going.


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