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Connecting Two Macs With a Serial Connection

  Connecting Two Macs With a Serial Connection   Contents Introduction Pros Cons Procedure Requirements Setting Up The Connection Setting Up File Sharing Seeing The Other Mac Troubleshooting What Next? Disclaimer     Introduction One of the best things about Macs is that they all come with built in networking capabilities. This can take the form of...

Preferred Formats for Software Preservation

Preparing files or discs are critical to the preservation of software here on the Macintosh Repository's archive and elsewhere for that matter. This article, although not exhaustive, should provide members with the knowledge necessary to gain a foothold of the terminology, a brief background and some possible steps to prepare loose files and physical discs for upload. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: DO NOT ZIP AND/OR DO NOT MOVE AN...

Cannot lock, unlock or delete a file under Mac OS 9?

There was a bug under Mac OS 9 (and maybe Mac OS 8 too?) that, under a special circumstance, prevented some files to be locked, unlocked or even deleted.  They would sit there in your trash forever and prevent you to empty it even when the OPTION KEY is held down.  Rebuilding the desktop does NOT resolve the issue. Trying to get file info with ResEdit results in the following error: The reason this is happening is generally...

Corrupted/blank files when expanding a ZIP under Mac OS 9 and seeing a __MACOSX folder?

If you used a Mac back in the 90's, then you remember that among Mac users, nobody ever used ZIP format for compressing files.  Everybody used SIT files instead and some used HQX, BIN or CPT files, but not a single Mac user zipped their files.  The reason is simple: ZIP files are not compatible with Mac resource forks (old Mac files before Mac OS X) and zipping an old Mac file (such as a Mac OS 9 application program) would destroy...

Dealing with old apple hardware. Logic Board Serial Number issues.

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the first in hopefully a series of articles from me covering older apple hardware service and support matters, these articles are my own and do not contain copyrighted content. My history with Apple goes back well over 23 years ago as a user / owner and 16 years back when I qualified through my college  to become a registered Apple Service Engineer supporting a 4 campus college complex with over...

How to boot PPC PowerMacs (G3, G4, G5) from a USB stick or drive?

To boot a PowerMac (or an iMac, iBook, eMac, etc...) from an USB stick or drive, if you have a G5 or late G4 model, first refer to the boot from CD guide and if it does not work, then follow these instructions: 1. Plug your USB stick or drive in an USB port 2. Power the computer on (or restart it if it's already running) and immediately... 3. ...hold down those 4 keys together: [ CMD + OPT/ALT + O + F ] 4. At the Open Firmware...

How to boot PPC PowerMacs from a CD/DVD : G3, G4, iMac, iBook, eMac, etc...?

So you've acquired or burned a Mac OS install CD or you made yourself a custom boot disk and would like to boot from it but when you insert it in your Mac and power it on, it always boots from the hard drive? Then here's how to access the PPC boot selection screen...   You can boot any PowerMac from a removable media by turning it on and immediately holding down the OPTION (ALT) key until a boot selection screen shows up...

How to convert .MDF/.MDS disc archives to ISO

This article focuses on what to install on your mac to allow for disc image conversion from MDF/MDS to ISO. The article covers Mac OS X 10.4 through Mac OS X 10.13.x which is the current version as of this writing. There are two candidates for solving the disc image conversion, a GUI program titled AnyToISO Converter Lite and a command line interface called mdf2iso. These two programs are not by the same author but...

How to disable the airport card in the mid 2005 iBook to prevent crashing

Many iBook G4 laptops (and possibly other models) have a problem with the inbuilt AirPort card failing, and then causing regular kernel panics. This can be avoided in Leopard, and possibly Tiger, by replacing the kexts responsible for the AirPort 1. As soon as you turn the computer on quickly turn off AirPort in the menu bar. 2. Open TextEdit and save two blank files to the desktop. Name the First one  IO80211Family.kext.rtf and...

How to mount a disk image under Mac OS 7, 8 or 9

One of the problems retro Mac enthousiasts face nowadays is figuring out how to mount old/random disk images in order to access the game or app in it. First of all, you have to know that there were at least a dozen disk image formats back then (altough only a handful of them were widely used) and fortunately for you, there is a very nice disk image mounting tool for classic Mac called Virtual DVD-ROM/CD Utility that mounts just about all of them...

How to open most common old Mac archives on older Mac OS

This tutorial is meant for people who did not use older Macs back in the 90's who are struggling to open (or "load") old Mac files into their emulator (or even a real Mac, doesn't matter) and it's split in paragraphs that depict a specific file type/extension, so please skip to the paragraph that talks about the kind of file you're trying to open to discover how to do it.   .sit Stuffit archives Stuffit...

How to work with segmented files

Back in 1996, Stuffit introduced DropSegment which worked much like DropStuff (compression aoo) and StuffIt Expander (decompression app). Dropping a StuffIt archive (a single file compressed as .sit file) on DropSegment enabled the user to make a multi-segment, self-joining, self-extracting archive, which was useful for copying huge archives to floppy disks. Segmenting files has not gone away despite increases to storage,...

I downloaded something that contains .bin/.cue files, how do I mount this under Mac OS 9?

Okay, first off, there aren't a ton of .bin/.cue files, but there are some and when you'll face them, you'll most likely won't understand how to deal with them because it's an awkward format.  Also, you have to understand that .bin/.cue files MUST work in pairs so whenever you see them, always keep them together in the same folder and do not rename them.  The .cue file is a cue sheet that explains to the disk image...

I need help with my Mac

We've all run into some trouble with our vintage Macs, emulators or Mac software. Sometimes, it just doesn't work and you need help. Everyone has been there. The purpose of this article is to provide some guidance on where to find help and how to approach appraoch online users through the built-in chat as a potential support candidate. The Macintosh Repository is a non-profit site, devoted to storing digital artifacts...

Modify Apple's CD/DVD drivers to mount third party drives.

This article was hosted on the excellent ResExcellence site. The text below is a verbatim copy of the same hosted on the wayback machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20040404121044/http://www.resexcellence.com/hack_html_99/12-21-98.shtml Several readers emailed to point out an excellenct article in c't Magazine [http://www.heise.de/ct/english/98/26/188/] that showed how to use ResEdit on Apple CD/DVD drivers to make them...

Modify Apple's DVD Player to run with Macsbug

This article originally appeared on resexcellence.com Modify Apple's DVD Player to run with Macsbug After touting the advantages of Macsbug, it appears that Apple's DVD Player 2.0 won't launch if the debugger is installed. This simple modification to the player application allows the two to exist harmoniously. We will use ResEdit to modify the data fork of the application, so you will need to download and...

PowerMacs key combinations

.contentblock TD{ border:1px solid #CCC; padding:3px; font-size:13px; } .contentblock TH { white-space: nowrap; color: #999; } Listed below is a table of all the keyboard key combinations you can use on almost all PowerMacs (G3, G4, iMacs, iBooks, eMacs, etc...) originally listed at: http://davespicks.com/writing/programming/mackeys.html   You can also download the PDF file.     Table of contents On Boot After...

Rebuilding the desktop

The following applies to Mac OS 7, 8 and 9.  One thing that only Mac users were accustomed to back in the 1990's was rebuilding the desktop.  This allowed to solve some benign problems on your Mac that could soon become so annoying that it could ruin your day.  Symptoms that would benefit from a desktop rebuild are: Files and applications icon replaced by a blank/white sheet Documents that cannot be opened anymore,...

ResEdit Precautions

Originally posted on resexcellence.com. The original article can be found here: https://web.archive.org/web/19990220021352/http://www.resexcellence.com:80/resedit.shtml     ResEdit Precautions Always work on a copy If you do nothing else, at least do this. Working on a copy ensures that no matter how bad you screw up, you have something to fall back on. Of course if you are hacking software you can reinstall it if...

Running Basilisk II emulator for the first time

  This howto article assumes you know how to unzip a .zip file and do basic Windows tasks like create folders.  I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium, but this howto should work fine on Win 8 and Win 10. Download the 2015-02-26 build of Basilisk II (BasiliskII--2015-02-26----68k-color-emulator-with-floppy-support.zip) from Macintosh Repository (MR). Create a new folder on your Windows hard drive called...




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