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#76 2014-10-26 21:07:11

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

'grats, mate, good on ya! smile

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#77 2015-04-11 02:24:25

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

Figured it was about time I updated this. Haven't had too many acquistions this year so far, but anyway:

1. A big one this one, brand new iPhone 6 128GB. Quite an upgrade from the old 3GS.

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2. A CD set that was used at some internal Apple event in 1996. Nothing too exciting really, mostly just sales propoganda for 1996 Apple products....but its something that was only ever used internally...and as an Australian its probably the closest I'll get to owning a prototype. And it only cost $30.

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3. I bought a Mid 2009 MacBook from eBay to scavenge its logic board from for the Blackbook. Got it cheap because the LCD was busted. I temporarily installed one of my spare LCDs as well as all the good bits from the Blackbook and have been running it for the past month or so. I call it the DonorBook. Its been completely stable, and as such I'm now looking to put the Blackbook back together.

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Also, here's how the BlackBook has looked the past month...certainly looking a bit sad, but given that I've been happy with the DonorBook's performance I'm looking to move all the parts, along with the new logic board back into the Blackbook this weekend.

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#78 2015-04-11 07:22:59

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It liiiiiiives!!!!!!!!!!!!! In fact I'm typing this post on the BlackBook right now. Good to have it back...lets hope its going to be stable now smile

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#79 2015-04-24 02:50:59

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So...thanks to eBay I've just won something that has been one of my "Holy Grail" items since I first heard about it in the late 90's. I probably paid way too much for it...even more because the Aussie dollar sucks at the moment...but its going to be pretty cool to be one of the very, very few people in Australia to have one.

What is it? We will wait and see. As with most of the good things in life...I'll have to wait a couple of weeks for it to ship from America.

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#80 2015-04-24 17:53:09

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

LCGuy wrote:

So...thanks to eBay I've just won something that has been one of my "Holy Grail" items since I first heard about it in the late 90's. I probably paid way too much for it...even more because the Aussie dollar sucks at the moment...but its going to be pretty cool to be one of the very, very few people in Australia to have one.

What is it? We will wait and see. As with most of the good things in life...I'll have to wait a couple of weeks for it to ship from America.


Why you do thiss????? lol


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#81 2015-04-24 18:09:59

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

TAM? That's about the only late 90's mac i can think of that might be rare in aus

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#82 2015-04-25 00:10:15

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Schmoburger wrote:

Why you do thiss????? lol

Because I got a bit overexcited. big_smile And no, its not a TAM.

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#83 2015-04-25 01:36:39

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

Lisa??

or one of those Apple Set Top Boxes??

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#84 2015-04-25 01:41:49

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An ex-wife?

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#85 2015-04-25 03:56:56

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techknight: That would require me to get married first. Which is something that, to be completely honest, terrifies me. smile

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#86 2015-04-25 05:18:39

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

Are G-3 Cards for your 1400 all that rare in Aus?

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#87 2015-04-25 17:50:31

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

techknight wrote:

An ex-wife?

Not rare in Australia. wink

Although expensive in any country ...


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#88 2015-04-25 20:48:50

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

MJ313 wrote:

or one of those Apple Set Top Boxes??

I'm thinking that as well, where they ever trialed in aus?

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#89 2015-04-26 00:50:13

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max1zzz wrote:
MJ313 wrote:

or one of those Apple Set Top Boxes??

I'm thinking that as well, where they ever trialed in aus?

LC never shot down my guesses, so either he's blocked me, ignored me, or I'm real close tongue big_smile

haha

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#90 2015-04-26 01:18:50

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

All I'm going to say is that I haven't blocked you tongue

And 1400 G3 upgrades are hard to find here in Australia. Hence why I don't have one. They were ridiculously expensive (like most Mac stuff here in Australia at the time...and back then it was also hard to get if you lived in a regional area like myself) when they were new, hence most people opted to simply get a new machine.

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#91 2015-04-26 02:52:48

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One thing I can show you now, is that I've been having fun with MacBooks lately. For the last few years I've had two good, running MacBooks - my BlackBook (daily driver), and a white mid 2007 2.16 Ghz MacBook I picked up cheap on eBay a couple of years ago. With all the spares I now have (or had), I've since doubled that number to 4.

After getting the BlackBook up and running again, I wanted to put the 2009 board I bought last year, that was acting screwy in the DonorBook shell in order to test it. The DonorBook now has 2GB of RAM and a 60GB HDD, far less than what it had a few weeks ago when I was testing the parts for the BlackBook. Yosemite is slow. But strangely that board runs fine in the DonorBook shell. And the BlackBook has been as solid as a rock since its new logic board transplant. The only times its been rebooted have been for software updates.

And with this whole "pimping out my main MacBook" thing, I've now come full circle. My daily driver MacBook originally started out as a white, midrange late 2007 MacBook that I ordered from Apple online in November 2007. I used stock for a couple of years, then at the end of 2009 I upgraded the RAM to 4GB, and the HDD to 500GB. In 2011 its RAM got bumped up to 6GB, and its HDD got replaced with a 750GB unit. At around the same time I also obtained all the parts I needed to make it into a Blackbook - I had always wanted a Blackbook but couldn't justify paying the premium Apple wanted at the time for a different colour case and a slightly bigger HDD. I kept the white case parts, but since 2011 they've literally just been an empty shell. However, with the recent upgrade to a 2009 logic board, I now had my original Late 2009 logic board as a spare part. Furthermore, thanks to a couple of parts machines I had obtained over time, I now had everything I needed to put my original white MacBook back together. So I have. Its currently got 6GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD, and is running Snow Leopard. I'm going to experiment with getting later versions of OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, perhaps Yosemite) running on it.

And of course, I did a photoshoot. Here's my original Late 2007 MacBook (just rebuilt):

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Here it is sitting next to my BlackBook:

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Here's all four MacBooks:

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From left to right: MacBook (Mid 2007) 2.16 Ghz, DonorBook (Mid 2009) 2.13 Ghz, MacBook (Late 2007) 2.2 Ghz, BlackBook (Mid 2009, custom built, the flagship of my Mac fleet) 2.13 Ghz

And some rubbish parts I have left over:

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(two dodgy LCDs, and a hacked up bottom case that I destroyed in the process of experimenting with)

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#92 2015-04-26 05:09:48

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Re: LCGuy's money pit *ahem* collection

ClassicHasClass wrote:
techknight wrote:

An ex-wife?

Not rare in Australia. wink

Although expensive in any country ...

A quote by Willie Nelson: I'm not going to get married again, I think I'll just find a woman that hates me, then buy her a house.

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#93 2015-04-26 21:31:08

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LCGuy wrote:

techknight: That would require me to get married first. Which is something that, to be completely honest, terrifies me. smile

Oh..... i know the feeling.......

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#94 2015-04-27 15:31:10

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Interesting, there's a common thread between topics regarding the relationship thing. Marriage is awesome, the terrorizing part of the relationship is over after the first year or so  .  .  .

.  .  .  then you're free to start thinking about terror bombing campaigns by the stork. big_smile

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#95 2015-04-27 21:14:16

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When I get married...I want it to be with the absolute right person...someone who I can spend the rest of my life with....do it once, do it right. As yet however, suitable candidates for relationships let alone marriage are coming up short.

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#96 2015-05-08 09:28:17

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And Elvis has entered the building!!!!!

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Probably paid a bit too much for it...mostly because the exchange rate sucks at the moment...of course the Aussie dollar went up AFTER I bought it...but ah well, I still consider myself lucky to be one of the very, very few people in Australia to have one. Sadly though I think I may have killed it already. I had a play around with it after I got home from work tonight. I plugged it into my Sony PVM and tried powering it up. The speaker on the PVM popped, the screen flickered, and the red LED came on when I turned it on with the switch at the front, then again when I turned it off with the switch at the back. I tried a couple of different things, including reseating the ROM SIMM, and now the speaker still pops and the screen flickers when I apply power, but the red LED doesn't come on. I hope I haven't killed it sad

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#97 2015-05-08 13:14:46

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May just need a recap.

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#98 2015-05-08 17:05:34

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Time to get the denatured alcohol and the q-tips out.  Clean around the capacitors, then see if it comes back to life.  If it does, then you just need to recap it.  Even if it doesn't, a recap may be all it needs.

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#99 2015-05-08 17:08:35

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I'd check the PSU caps as well. Don't forget to talk to Haplain, he got one booting.

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#100 2015-05-08 17:58:28

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It's probably the caps or the PSU. I don't think it's unrepairable.

Which reminds me, I need to image that SIMM and send it back to Hap.


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