Youtube Home Studio

I have to say, it has not been easy to shoot and edit the videos for youtube. Lack of proper equipment, experience, not knowing how to light the environment properly… it has been a steep learning curve to me. That’s why I admire Youtubers like @Psivewri, they make everything look so easy and amazing… but now I can see what it takes!

I am still far from good, but I see some improvements ?

As I learn more about this, the video quality will improve. Promise! I will get there!

Refurbishing a PowerMac 6100/60 – final steps and showcase

To give you some perspective, below you can see the pictures of the before and after. Then, you can follow up watching the videos. Enjoy!

In the previous video, you see that there seems to be an issue when powering up the 6100. Basically, upon first power on, it didn’t display any image and didn’t do anything. Just halted. If I powered it down and up again, it then booted, but right after it start loading the extensions, it rebooted by itself and, only then, it proceeded to a full successful boot. Of course I wasn’t happy with this situation, and I was suspecting the lack of a CMOS battery could be the cause of this. So, I ordered a new 3.6v 1/2AA battery from Amazon and installed it as soon as it arrived, yesterday. Not surprisingly, the Mac started working as expected upon first boot try.

You can check this out in the below video.

Unboxing some goodies that I picked up today!

Today is a good day. Or is it goodies day? Well, I would say BOTH!

I received a donation of a lot of stuff that was just accumulating dust in some loft. In the package, was a PowerMac 6100/60 with it monitor, an Apple Stylewriter 2400 printer, a SCSI flatbed scanner and a SCSI Zip Drive. Previous owner said that it was all working before he put them away, long ago.

As always, with machines that old, chances are internal battery leaked and corroded vital parts of the motherboard. So, even before attempting to open it up (even though it is a breeze to open up a 6100 Mac), I wanted to test it. I was dying to test it, actually.

In this video, I show you the unboxing of everything and the PowerMac test. Later on, I will come up with some videos showing the cleaning up and refurbishing of the equipment. Haven’t tested the Zip Drive and printer yet. I need to clean them up first. Don’t want to risk having the dust going deeper inside if I try to see if they work ?

Stay tuned!

External Macintosh M0130 floppy drive repair and clean up

In this video I show an attempt to repair an external Macintosh M0130 floppy drive I bought at eBay for £30. Seller sold this as for parts or not working as he said he was unable to test it – not unusual, as you would need a very old Macintosh to plug this in.

My hope was that the drive would be fully functional upon arrival, but for my disappointment, it wasn’t. Floppy disks wouldn’t get into the drive easily (I had to push them hard to get them in), and it wouldn’t eject the inserted disks afterwards. Needless to say it wasn’t reading the disks either.

So, I was determined to attempt a refurbish to this drive, as I do have a spare internal floppy removed from a non-working Mac SE that I thought it could work as a donor to this project. In the end, I didn’t have to try the “transplant” as the old drive did work after some hard cleaning and lubing works.