[rescue] Mac IIfx compatible NuBus video card.

Ian Finder ian.finder at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 16:54:42 CDT 2009

Well what had happened is the hard disk went bad, so I went to swap in
another. With no disc connected, within a few seconds the floppy-disc
question icon would appear. So, I plug in the new drive, hit the power
switch and "Bong" then... "Sad mac chimes." Turns out the drive I
swapped in hates life and is dead.

But now, when I hit power, I get the bong, the floppies eject, then nothing.

What fault do you think this could be? I'm scared the thing is fried,
and out of my element as Mac II boxes aren't my cup of tea
hardware-wise. More comfortable with SGI boxen.


-- Ian

P.S. Tried reseating and removing a bank of ram already. Also reseated the ROM.

On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM, r.stricklin <bear at typewritten.org> wrote:
> On Oct 25, 2009, at 2:39 PM, Ian Finder wrote:
>> So my trusty Mac IIfx running A/UX just tanked-- no video to speak
>> of... just the Mac "bong." Assuming the nasty, large, poorly
>> integrated E-Machines video card is to blame. Anyone got a spare NuBus
>> video card kicking around? also does anyone have the Mac (DB-15?)
>> monitor to standard PeeCee HD-15 adapter?
> You said, "just tanked", suggesting it was just recently working, was
> powered down, and then would not come back up.
> But this is the classic "failure" mode of having a large system memory. With
> 128 MB the IIfx will chime, then appear to do nothing (no video) for several
> minutes before completing memory test and continuing to boot normally. Even
> with 16 MB the test time is noticeable. If there is eventually hard drive
> activity, but still no video, that's a good sign that there is a graphics or
> monitor problem. Otherwise I'd be tempted to consider a different fault.
> ok
> bear
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