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Apple 7100/80 Restored with Sonnet G3 400

Unread postby Ryan Fox » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:22 am

Dishwasher ,bleaching and elbow grease got this back to looking the way it should.
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136MB RAM
PDS 24BIT video and Sonnet g3 400 accelerator.
73GB SCA80 10krpm drive with converter
Mac OS 8,6
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Re: Apple 7100/80 Restored with Sonnet G3 400

Unread postby josehill » Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:23 pm

Quite a nice machine, even as an 80 MHz PPC 601, but even better with a G3 upgrade! I used an 80 MHz 7100 as a video microscopy station back in the day (alongside the Indigo mentioned on another thread). I also recall coming away with bloody hands after trying to upgrade the RAM on a few of those old beasties. Inaccessible RAM location, lots of sharp metal edges, and some disassembly required.

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Re: Apple 7100/80 Restored with Sonnet G3 400

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:33 am

I used a 7100 when I was the university's newspaper editor (with a beat up old Club Mac external SCSI drive), running 7.6 and QuarkXPress. When I convinced the Dean to buy me a brand-spanking-new 450MHz G4, he let me keep the old 7100, which I maxed out the RAM on, added a bigger hard disk, a 24x internal SCSI CD-ROM drive, a G3 (I think a 400MHz) and an A/V card, bumped it to 9.1 and christened it the (wait for it) "SR-7100." It sounds almost exactly the spec of yours.

It's still around, but I don't have anywhere to set it up right now; the 7300 and MDD G4 handle my OS 9 jones.

By the way, I hesitate to ask why your quad has both a FX4500 and a 7800GT in it. (Mine just has the 7800GT. I couldn't justify the Quadro when I bought it new in '06.)
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:Indy: indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM, XL24, 6.5.10
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Re: Apple 7100/80 Restored with Sonnet G3 400

Unread postby Ryan Fox » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:24 am

josehill wrote:Quite a nice machine, even as an 80 MHz PPC 601, but even better with a G3 upgrade! I used an 80 MHz 7100 as a video microscopy station back in the day (alongside the Indigo mentioned on another thread). I also recall coming away with bloody hands after trying to upgrade the RAM on a few of those old beasties. Inaccessible RAM location, lots of sharp metal edges, and some disassembly required.


Heh.. it is a pain to get to the RAM, though fairly straightforward once you've pulled the PSU, SCSI, floppy and power cables.
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:Onyx2: :Onyx2: Onyx2 IR3 4GB Quad R14K 500 DIVO, Onyx2 IR Quad R12K 400 2GB,
:Indigo2: SGI Indigo 2 R8K75 TEAL Extreme 256MB,
:Indigo2IMP: SGI Indigo 2 R10K 195 Solid Impact 256MB, MAX Impact Pending
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Re: Apple 7100/80 Restored with Sonnet G3 400

Unread postby Ryan Fox » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:35 am

ClassicHasClass wrote:
By the way, I hesitate to ask why your quad has both a FX4500 and a 7800GT in it. (Mine just has the 7800GT. I couldn't justify the Quadro when I bought it new in '06.)


Well it is a dual display setup, and running a second graphics card really helped while using Maya/Blender on the one screen , and Photoshop/combustion etc on the second.
Hacked together two Apple PCI-E power cables to power both cards. :) The added video memory in this configuration proved to be quite beneficial.
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:Octane2: :Octane2: Octane 2 R14k 600 V12 4GB, Octane2 R14K 600 V10 1GB ,
:Onyx2: :Onyx2: Onyx2 IR3 4GB Quad R14K 500 DIVO, Onyx2 IR Quad R12K 400 2GB,
:Indigo2: SGI Indigo 2 R8K75 TEAL Extreme 256MB,
:Indigo2IMP: SGI Indigo 2 R10K 195 Solid Impact 256MB, MAX Impact Pending
,
Apple G5 Quad, NV Quadro 4500 + 7800GT, 12GB RAM
Sun Blade 1000 Dual 900 XVR 1000 4GB
Sun Blade 2000 Dual 1200 XVR 1200 8GB

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Re: Apple 7100/80 Restored with Sonnet G3 400

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:30 pm

How is heat and ventilation with those two video cards? I imagine you've got no space left, and the quad does not exactly run cool.

The 7100 is a little bit of a pain for the RAM slots, but nothing is as bad as the Quadra 800 and its derivatives (840AV, 8100, 8500, 9500). Those cases literally draw blood. I only put up with my Q800 because, with its clock chip set to 40MHz, it is the fastest A/UX workstation available, and it cost me $FREE.
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:Indy: indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM, XL24, 6.5.10
:Indigo2IMP: purplehaze, 175MHz R10000, Solid IMPACT
probably posted from Image bruce, Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC 970MP, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.11
plus IBM POWER6 p520 * Apple Network Server 500 * RDI PrecisionBook * BeBox * Solbourne S3000 * Commodore 128 * many more...


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