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For questions about Apple's Macintosh line of computers.

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When did the Macintosh start using four (or more) layer PCB's?

I'm assuming (but do not really know) that the original Macintosh used a two layer PCB. So my question is, when did the Macs start using more complicated boards with four (or more) layers? For ...
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What was the name of the object-oriented C language I used in the 1980s on the Mac

I clearly recall working with an object-oriented C derivative on the Mac but I cannot find any definitive references to it. It was back in the days of System 7 and later System 8. It had both ...
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Why do all the Speech Synthesizers have that same Voice?

The first time I ever played with software speech synthesis on a microcomputer (not hardware synthesis, like in TI's Speak & Spell) was around 1983, using S.A.M for the Commodore 64. A year later,...
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68k macintosh lowmem system globals

While digging through a classic Mac 68k disassembly I got to the point where I need to know more about the "Boot Globals" residing in lowmem's system global variables. BootGlobPtr lives at $DDC, that'...
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Macintosh Performa 200 Mouse and Keyboard Issue

I have a Macintosh Performa 200 and I’m trying to get it working again. It powers on normally and then it brings up the normal Mac OS screen but the mouse and keyboard don't work. Yesterday they were ...
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Was the Mac XL hardware different from the last versions of the Lisa?

The Lisa was a fairly impressive platform for the day. In comparison to the original Macintosh, the two did have different displays and aspect ratios but the Lisa also had additional hardware such as ...
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Old multimedia: Monochrome Macintosh / Laserdisc player

Back in about the mid-1980s, there was a period of time when "multimedia encyclopedia" and training resources were being made for schools, for the early monochrome-only Macintosh that tied it to a ...
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Apple II GS versus Mac Plus cost

I just came across a fascinating video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h4tepFbMso&t=78s which makes a coherent case - I don't feel I can pass a final verdict on whether he's right or wrong, but a ...
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Programming on Macintosh Centris 610

I just bought a Macintosh Centris 610 and I'm trying to do some C programming on it. But I can't find the terminal and someone told me there isn't a terminal on classic MacOS. My goal is to have a ...
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What is the title of this Macintosh programming book?

Back when Mac OS was called "System" and preemptive multitasking was a distant fantasy, I had a small collection of Macintosh programming books. For the life of me, though, I can't remember what one ...
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Can the ADB keyboard and mouse be converted to the 128K Macintosh?

As you probably know, the original Macintosh 128K, 512K (Fat Mac) and the Macintosh Plus (IIRC) have a different keyboard and mouse connection than the later ADB versions such as the Macintosh SE ...
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Macintosh LC II power supply clicking

I have a Macintosh LC II that I just acquired. When I attempted to power it on, I got nothing. No tones, no LED, no fan...nothing. I took out the power supply and tried to measure any voltage ...
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Can a standard ATX power supply be used on a Macintosh Performa 476?

I just received a Performa 476 and was shocked at the amount of rust in the computer. I believe it literally sat underwater for some time. The motherboard looks like it can be salvaged but the power ...
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Original Mac capacitor inspection

Which capacitors should be inspected and, if necessary, replaced before attempting to power up an original Mac (purchased January 1984, but "upgraded" to a 512Ke) that has been sitting unused for a ...
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What was the first C compiler for the Mac?

When did a C compiler first become commercially available for the Apple Macintosh? And what was its name? The only programming languages that I recall were available for the Mac at launch (January ...
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How did the original Apple Macintosh and Atari ST use protected mode?

The Macintosh, ST, and Amiga were all 68000 CPU systems released in 1984-85, along with their respective new Operating Systems. While this was 5 years before protected mode became commonplace on Intel ...
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Which Apple floppy drive is compatible on both Apple IIc and Macintosh

I have an old Apple IIc (not Plus) and an old Macintosh Plus (1MB RAM). I want to buy an external 3.5 inch floppy drive that works on both machines, that way I don't need two different drives around ...
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Find the PGP SDK

Starting in 1998 (I think) the PGP company run by Phil Zimmerman released the PGP SDK for Mac, Unix and Windows. This was a big event because it was the first time that comprehensive, high grade ...
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Did Apple not originally allow anyone to develop software for the Macintosh?

This probably nearly belongs on Skeptics.SE but here goes. Within the last few years I've become an Apple convert for the most part, which occasionally brings me into (usually) good natured conflict ...
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What was the significance of the cursive 'ƒ' in an application name?

I feel like I used to know the answer to this... In classic Mac days, probably the early 90s and before, some applications would have a cursive / decorative ƒ character in their names. What was the ...
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Boot Macintosh Quadra 800 from System 7.6.1 CD

I dug out an old Macintosh Quadra 800 that I've had on my shelf for a long while. I'm not even sure where I got it anymore... After a quick look in my VGA adapter bucket, I found I had the needed ...
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Basilisk II error

When I try to open the BasiliskIIGUI.exe I get errors saying things like 'The program can't start because libglib 2.0-0.dll is missing from your computer' I have the recommended GTK installed and I ...
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Powerbook (140, 170) battery dimensions/components/specs for reverse engineering

I have a PowerBook 140 that — apart from a dead screen requiring the inevitable capacitor replacement — seems to work well. It has no battery, though, and any available battery will likely have 25+ ...
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Is otx (Object Tool Extended) still actively being maintained for reverse engineering legacy OS X binaries?

otx is a tool used to disassemble Mach-O binaries on OS X 10.0-10.4. It is an enhancement on top of otool to add additional symbol information to its disassembled output. The main site and SVN ...
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Can the Gotek floppy emulator be made to work with classic Macs?

The Gotek floppy emulators are really popular in the retro scene. I have one modified (firmware update) to work with my Amiga 500. Can one be made to work with any of the classic line of Macintosh ...
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How are File Timestamps recorded in classic Mac OS?

When I save a file it has a 'Created At' and 'Updated At' Value saved as well. I would like to know HOW these values are saved? Are they saved as an integer representing a number of seconds since 1904?...
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Did the Macintosh Classic series use DMA to display video?

I'm learning more and more on how the original Macintosh series worked. I can't, however, find information in my research on how the Mac's video generator accessed the video RAM. My assumption is ...
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How does the Mac SE/30 send video to the analog board?

I can't seem to find where the video signals leave the digital board of my Mac SE/30 and travel to the analog board that is connected to the monitor. I even searched for pinouts online but I guess my ...
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Creating an System Extension (INIT) for classic mac os

I have some old macs that I would like to remove their clock batteries so that I don't have to worry about them leaking and destroying logic boards. That being said I do want to operate them from time ...
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To wash or not to wash a Mac SE/30

I have a Macintosh SE/30 that I'm trying to bring back to life. When I power it on, I get the dreaded horizontal stripes. Or, zebra stripes. Also called Simasimac. I have re-seated all of the ...
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Does anybody have a good method for formatting a modern device in HFS? (Not HFS+)

I started this project ages ago and its just been sitting on my bench for ever. I have this old MacIIci and I put a lan card in it, maxed out the memory, has the turbo proc in it. The next step I ...
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Was Apple's automatic disk ejection mechanism patented?

I always though it was an awesome idea, but no one ever copied it. Even if more complicated than a standard eject mechanism, I guess it should not have been so outrageously expensive not to be ...
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Which FPU for my Mac?

I have an LC III that has been overclocked to 33.3 MHz. I'm not sure what speed FPU I should buy - do I match the clock speed, or the bus speed? What kind of FPU should I put in this one?
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Why do mac LC network cards take an FPU?

I have several LC PDS network cards for my older LC's and they all have a socket which I assume is for an FPU... Given that I might be able to obtain said FPU for a few bucks, does anyone know what ...
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How can I build Gameboy Development Kit 2.1.5 on a modern Unix/Mac platform?

Continuing with my quest to build the Infinity Game Boy Color source code, I am trying to build the Unix source of GBDK 2.1.5 on my macOS El Capitan machine. Trying to make the files in the lib ...
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Was The Telemark Assembler available for the Unix or Mac Environments?

I'm trying to build the recently released Infinity Game Boy Color source code on my macOS El Capitan box. The original development environment was a Windows box, and I'm trying to modify the build ...
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Building hello world on a Macintosh IIfx with mpw

I'm trying to compile a hello world object using mpw... I've created a file called hello.c on my desktop, contents are as follows: #include <stdio.h> int main(void){ printf("hello world!\n"); ...
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Macintosh LC III Internal Speaker not working

I have an LC III that I had recapped, both the power supply and logic board were recapped and cleaned, on receiving it back everything worked with flying colors, but now (only a week later) the ...
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Fun or interesting projects to do with Mac Classic II? [closed]

A year or two ago I repaired a Mac Classic II that I got from my old high school. (I had to replace all of the capacitors on the logic board.) Anyway, I played around with it for a while, read a ...
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Resources for developing in Classic Mac OS MPW?

I'm learning about IDEs and software development on Mac OS Classic systems and recently discovered Macintosh Programmer's Workshop. Navigating to a cached version of the old MPW Tools page on Apple's ...
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I need to access my portfolio from CDs burned in apple system 8.6 [closed]

Files are mostly from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, jpegs,tiffs,ai and pdf. When mounted on current window and Mac machines, the amount of data on CD is reported but cannot be accessed. My G3 no ...
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Unknown Apple to VGA adapter

I've got this Apple to VGA adapter. I cannot remember what model this is for: it has got a male DB-15 pin connector at one side, and female DE-15 connector at the other side. As you can see, it has ...
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How do I run PowerPC Applications on an Intel Mac

Apple created a dynamic binary translator called Rosetta and bundled it into their OS X operating system. As of OS 10.7, however, Rosetta was removed, and PowerPC applications are no longer supported ...
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iMac G3 - AirPort Card Port

What kind of port did the iMac G3 use for its wireless AirPort card? What kind of speeds were supported? My G3 has an 802.11b 2.4GHz band card and I am wondering if I can upgrade to a faster card (...
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Writing 800k Mac floppy images for 1.44M-equipped Macs using Linux

If you have Macintosh filesystem image of an 800k boot disk, but your physical Mac has a 1.44M SuperDrive, how can you produce a physical disk that can boot that Mac?
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Linux 68k Macintosh emulator

I'm currently using the absolutely ancient "Fusion" emulator to emulate a 68k Macintosh (specifically, a Quadra 700), but it only runs under MS-DOS, so I'm using a VirtualBox VM to emulate that. I'd ...
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How do I interpret the old Mac character set?

Older Macintoshes and the Apple IIgs used a custom character set for documents and filenames. Each character was held in an 8-bit byte, using 0x00-0x7F for ASCII, and 0x80-0xFF for various symbols ...
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How do you open an SE/30? (a.k.a. what is a “pull-apart tool”?)

I have been trying to work out how to open a Mac SE/30, in order to have a better look at its internal condition. I have the repair manual, and in the "Take Apart" section it references a "pull-apart ...