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How to make a Universal Mac OS X Leopard Installer USB drive in Windows 10

This tutorial used this copy of Leopard, a 16GB PNY USB 3.0 Flash drive, and Windows 10 version 1909. An 8GB drive should work fine, but that is the minimum size I would recommend to try. You will also need to download TransMac. The version used in this tutorial is TransMac 12.6. Note: TransMac costs $59, but a 15 day free trial is also offered and will work well enough for this purpose. Please purchase a license if you intend to use the...

How to make/clone/burn install/boot floppy disks for old beige 1990's Mac?

This tutorial only applies to old Macs that have a regular 1.4MB floppy disk drive, NOT a 800KB or 400KB floppy drive.  800KB/400KB floppy drives were uniquely manufactured by Apple and cannot be emulated using a generic PC floppy drive at all, because they have special firmware in their boards that can pack more DATA per track than regular PC drives could, at the time.  Moreover, please note that even if you have a Mac floppy drive...

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 recombine (join) split files (.001, .002...) into a single ZIP archive under Windows or OSX

When you come across split ZIP files that look like sequential part numbers, before extracting files out of the archive, you first need to join the split files together into a single, complete, ZIP file.  A split ZIP file could look like this, for instance: 691-5088-A.zip_.001 691-5088-A.zip_.002 691-5088-A.zip_.003 691-5088-A.zip_.004 NOTE: Just so it's clear to everybody, this article talks about ZIP but it obviously works on...

How to recover DATA from a failing hard drive?

[WIP, coming soon] Hi.  Altough this guide has nothing to do with retro Mac technology per se, it could still prove to be useful to you, wheter you use an old Mac or a new one or even Windows.  It has nothing to do with what brand of computer you use, what type of storage media you use or even how old the storage media is.  DATA recovery applies to everyone and failing hard drives, especially new ones, are often caused solely...

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,...

How to wrap loose old Mac files into a disk image (for use with FloppyEmu, etc...)

OK, so you got yourself FloppyEmu or a similar disk emulator for your old Mac and it works great, except not with all the files.  Why? Because FloppyEmu and such disk emulators are... disk emulators.  They expect you to feed them a disk image, not just random loose files. So just how can you wrap loose Mac files inside a disk image for use with FloppyEmu? Here's a full tutorial: 1) Grab a copy of this Disk image wrap tutorial...

I downloaded something from MR and it doesn't work [a.k.a. How to ask for help regarding old Mac file issues]

If you downloaded anything from this website and it doesn't work on your Mac and you want help, then you have to post in the chat all the following details.  Otherwise, nobody will even try to help you. 1) You have read and you understand the terms that you agreed to when you registered your MR account. Here they are again: "By registering, you understand that this is a retro-computing archive site for OLDER Macs. Almost nothing...

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 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...

I registered for an account, but cannot sign in and/or retrieve lost password!

When you submit the registration form, your account is immediately created and an email is instantaneously sent to your email inbox.  You have to click the activation link inside that email in order to be able to sign in on MR and/or to use the lost password retrieval form.  There is no delay: the email is sent immediately when you submit the registration form.  If you attempt to use any of those features before having clicked the...

iMac G3 Speaker Replacement

Imac G3 Speaker Replacement Dissassembly Begin by flipping the unit upside down, as depicted in figure 1. Remove the plastic cover located at the rear of the unit, by using a flat head screwdriver, or similar prying utensil. Remove the 2 outermost long screws located under this cover, as well as the 2 short screw located at the front of the unit, closest to the monitor. This is detailed in figure 2 and 3 respectively. Continue, by lifting...

Installing System 7.0.1 in Mini vMac

(NOTE: This article can work with other system versions, you just need to learn how the installer is different, and change around some of the steps for that version. You can also use a real mac, but the installation will be different, and it might be frustrating.) To install System 7.0.1 in Mini vMac, first you'll need Mini vMac, found here: https://www.gryphel.com/c/minivmac/ You can pick any variation, as long as you do not pick a...

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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