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FOR SALE / WANTED / Wanted: Apple iMac G3
« on: June 09, 2015, 04:48:16 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm currently on the look out for an iMac G3 computer, as part of a project I'm trying to do. I'm planning to take an iMac, strip it of all of it's internal components, and replace them with a Mac Mini and a newer LCD display, all while keeping the same fantastic looks the iMac came with. Ambitious I know, but some have done it before and I'm certain I'm up to the task   ;D

Looking to replicate this:

I'm in a pickle though, eBay prices are ridiculous right now for old Apple machines and besides, none are anywhere near me (Nuneaton, Warwickshire) and most ask you to pay twice the Mac's value for delivery!!

Preferably, I'd like a slot-loading model (1999 onwards) and would like one that externally is in okay shape. It doesn't matter if the iMac is broken, since I'll be taking out the old components anyway. I hope I'm not being too picky!  ;)

If anyone has an old broken iMac taking up space, or knows someone that does, I'd be so grateful if you'd respond to this thread. Thank you so much in advance!  :D

Reply to this or send me a message and we can work out a good deal.

- Jack

P.S. If anyone is interested in my plans for the iMac, I have some diagrams I've created that I'll upload too :) And of course, when I start the project, the RCM forums will get plenty of photos of the process.  :)

FOR SALE / WANTED / iMac G3 going for free in London!
« on: June 07, 2015, 05:02:10 PM »
Found this today while trawling the web for G3 iMacs:

From my experience, the pink colour is much rarer than most, and by the sounds of it the Mac just needs an OS reinstall. If I was closer to London I'd certainly take up the offer!  ;)

Hope somebody does get this Mac because I love the iMac G3's and would hate for it to go to the tip.

- Jack  ;D

GAMING . . . / Super Mario 64 in your browser!
« on: March 28, 2015, 06:08:21 PM »
Looks like somebody has re-created Super Mario 64 for web browsers, I've just had a go and it's pretty faithful to the original (with much more modern graphics, mind you). Great fun, and runs really smoothly on my machine. Just what I need when I'm supposed to be preparing for exams  ;)

- Jack :D

« on: March 21, 2015, 06:48:05 PM »

After picking up a new Game Boy Pocket today (a really cool custom orange and transparent one, just like new too!) I was wondering if there was such a thing as a Game Boy flash cart, or flash card, or whatever you call it. I was thinking of something similar to an R4 for a Nintendo DS, that would let me download a library of games onto said flashcard and play them; instead of buying and lugging around actual cartridges. So, firstly are they a real thing? If so, where can I find one?

Thanks in 'advance' (not supposed to be a pathetic Game Boy pun, I swear),

COLLECTORS CORNER / jack_farmer's Collection
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:16:48 PM »
Listed some of my collection on the 'new members' bit of the forum, but totally forgot to put loads of stuff. Here's my current, mostly vintage Apple (in volume, at least, I'd forgotten how huge CRT's are!), collection:

MacBook Pro (mid-2012 13-inch), my 'daily driver' which I love!
Commodore 64C, with the Datasette, joystick and a bunch of games
iMac G3 "Bondi Blue" revision A, in the original box with every manual. Just like it was new in 1998!
iMac G3 "Blue Dalmatian" used for Spotify, the speakers are great :)
iBook G3, upgraded with WiFi, 640MB memory
Nintendo Game Boy Colour, in blue
Nintendo Game Boy Pocket, a custom-made transparent/orange combination (only one like it in the world that I know of, refurbished and like new!)
Nintendo DS Lite, in red
PowerMac G4, my next 'project'
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DSi XL, in black/blue
A Raspberry Pi (does this count? It does play retro games)
As well as a load of old (mostly Apple) manuals, keyboards, mice, power adapters, spare bits and etc.
Loads of games, software and manuals for all of the above^ a combo of discs, floppies, cartridges, books and files on external HDDs and USB drives

In the past, I've also owned (and regrettably sold, thrown away or exchanged):

Sega Mega Drive II
Power Macintosh G3 (blue and white) - refurbished and sold to another collector
A few other Nintendo DS'es (a silver DS lite, black DS lite, and a red/brown DSi XL)
Nintendo Game Boy, the original beige 'brick' - traded for my custom pocket
Microsoft Xbox (the original)
Nintendo GameCube, a rarer pearl-coloured one
Sony PlayStation 2, which died on me after almost 10 years of service!
Sony PSP 1000 (though come to think of it, it might be in a drawer somewhere)

I know my "retro" collection is actually fairly modern, but I like to have machines that I can still use on a day-to-day basis. I'm only just realising how much Apple tat I've ended up owning, but I just love the stuff they were making in the late 90's - early 2000's era; when they were still innovating and not just copying other companies.

In the future, I'd love to come across an Apple II (especially a IIGS, my favourite computer); a 'compact Mac' from the 80's or early 90's; one of the swivel-screened iMac G4's; and an old tabletop arcade machine (like an old Space Invaders machine). That's if I find any space for them!   ;)

« on: February 14, 2015, 01:38:30 PM »

I've just uncovered a new problem with my Commodore 64 (64E). Plugged into my TV via RF, it starts up just fine first time; but if I come to restart it for whatever reason I get a black screen. The C64 must still be powered on, as the red LED lights up, and my TV does not give a 'no signal' screen.  The black screen occasionally flickers, but I really have no idea what is wrong. It just seems to strange since when it does power up it works perfectly.

To get it powering up and working properly again, I have found that just leaving the C64 turned off for a while does the trick; but this is hardly a long-term solution!  :-\

I have cleaned the C64's board, checked for any 'chip creep' and checked for any broken traces or leaky caps; but this hasn't yielded any results. Where do I go from here?

Thanks in advance,
Jack :)

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Sinclair Spectrum Vega - anyone?
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:58:03 PM »
Read about this a few weeks ago but thought I should share it, as there isn't much publicity about it right now.

A company based in Luton is in the process of designing and making (probably in limited quantities) a brand new Speccy. Well, not quite - more of a handheld plug-and-play, which looks just like a tiny Spectrum and has 1000 built-in games. They are asking for funding on IndieGogo right now, but have already raised over £150k. Sounds like a fantastic nostalgia-fest for people who haven't used a Spectrum in years. The only problem though: they would cost you £100 to pre-order, if they hadn't already sold out. Still, they are flogging 'make your own' books signed by Sir Clive Sinclair and places on the waiting list for the second production run.

Here's a link to their IndieGogo page:

£100 seems a bit steep though, right? For that, you could easily buy a genuine Spectrum in good nick on eBay and a flash drive for it. Hopefully, in a few months when the hype around it dies down a bit the price will drop; if so I'll be first in line!

« on: February 08, 2015, 09:01:06 PM »
Hello everyone, I'm new to the forums - but I've visited the museum a few times now.

I might only be 15, but I first got into gaming thanks to the N64 and Mega Drive. I've always been a huge fan of vintage/retro computers, but have only recently gotten into collecting them. Right now it's two iMac G3's (Bondi Blue and Dalmatian), and a C64C (now fully functional, thanks Andy!). A very small collection but it's a work in progress.

Anyway, this forum sounds like a great place to exchange retro computing info, and I'm really glad to have joined it!  :)


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