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April 01, 2004

Upgrading to 8.6

Several days ago I installed System 8.0 on a partition, then upgraded it to 8.1. Unfortunately, MT-NewsWatcher 3.1 still wouldn't run. Luckily I was able to locate and buy an increasingly rare retail version of the System 8.5 Install CD, the lime green one that works with any capable model. I ran the installer today and upgraded to 8.6 with the free updater. I'm not sure if the OS is as slow as I feared it would be, although to be fair I haven't installed all the extensions and control panels I've accumulated over the years. I notice opening folders with several hundred items works without delay, and application crashes don't normally freeze the whole system. Mac OS now takes up more memory, but it's not much of a burden: I recently replaced a 32 MB DIMM with a 64 MB one, giving my computer 96 MB in built-in memory. I wish I could do everything in System 7.6.1 -- I still prefer that interface -- but now I can run those pesky Carbon applications.
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March 05, 2004

A Removable IDE Drive!

I found an amazing external hard drive solution for computers that lack USB or FireWire: IDE drives in SCSI cases! ACARD makes several SCSI-to-IDE adapters, but I wasn't sure what other parts I needed (the ARS-2000UB cabinet reviewed on Accelerate Your Mac has been discontinued; the rest of the products are just bridges). Luckily I found http://vssv.ungo.net/Song-Vault2.htm, a website that sells custom-built external and removable SCSI-IDE hard drives. These drives seem to be made for an audio workstation, but I was assured that they'd work with PCs or Macs. I ordered Package #1 (ACARD Removable Drive System, Second Drive Bay/Tray, and SCSI Cable) for $184.95 and received it today. (The website has changed -- I bought what's now called the VS Song-Vault Pro without the hard drive.) I installed a Western Digital 120 GB IDE drive in the tray, locked it in place, hooked up the case, turned it on, and it showed up on my Macintosh's SCSI chain. I had to hack Drive Setup in order to initialize it, but then it worked just like a normal drive! (After updating the firmware to 3.7m on the ACARD AEC-7720UB inside, non-hacked Drive Setup can recognize it -- and apparently it can then support 160 GB hard drives. However, in order for the SCSIDE Update utility to see the new firmware, I discovered that you have to manually change the creator code on sibg37m.bin to Scid, since it downloads as a generic binary file.) As for drawbacks, the drive bay sticks out about an inch, you can hear the fan running, and if you ever have to restart your computer while it's on, you'll probably have to shut it down and then turn it back on. These are minor complaints, however -- if you're still blessed with SCSI but want to take advantage of less expensive IDE drives, this is an ideal way to do it.
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February 19, 2004

DSL in System 7.6.1!

I got DSL working on the 6500. Yes, System 7.6.1 can use DSL, no matter what Verizon tries to tell you. The only problem is that their installer won't install the PPPoE software, so I had to copy MacPoET and the Verizon Online DSL program from the iBook.
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February 17, 2004

Ethernet Card Installed

Today I installed an Ethernet card in my 6500's Comm II slot. The hardest part was pulling the internal 33k modem out of the connector. I set AppleTalk to the newly available E1 Ethernet Slot option, connected the iBook with a crossover cable, turned on File Sharing, and it worked. The only problem is that the system complains and reverts back to LocalTalk if the Ethernet isn't connected to another device, though apparently this is normal.
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