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Misery

“There is always too little time to do things right, and in the end you start regretting doing them the way you did. So you better take your time to do them right from the first attempt.”

This should be engraved in my retina or something – as a constant reminder of what I already know but sometimes choose to forget. Last week was a busy week: deadlines on the job, personal stuff going on, and so on.

I have bought and picked up that second 9600 (233 Mhz version, 320 Megs of RAM and another 4 gig SCSI drive) for spare parts, it costed me 40 euro. Not that much, since it is  the donor system for my main ‘tower of power’.

In a moment of extacy and joy, I chose to ‘swap’ the processor and upgrade – instantly – the newer machine to OSX. Needless to to say, it bombed. No structure, no planning, no contingency, no drivers for the vid-card, no backup. Back to square 01.

Anyway, I need to get the system up and running now, or it will loose momentum in my life and it will end up on a mountain of rubble somewhere in between the garbage basement and the boiler room – which is not the intention.

Plan of Attack:

  1. restore 9600/300 machine to G4/800 condition (running OS8.1) –> Done
  2. upgrade that machine to OS9.2.2 (need OS9 disks for that)
  3. Install Vid-Card (ATI Radeon 7000 64 megs)
  4. INstall secondairy HD and system folders (dual boot)
  5. Upgrade to OSX (10.4)
  6. Install USB card
  7. Maintain a stable system setup
  8. Enjoy my Macintoshplatform
  9. Buy some fancy kick #ss flatpanel screen

This time around, we’ll do it correctly.

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PCI Alignment in the 9600

Just an old instruction I found on PCI-slot order and potential issues/resolutions. Interesting read and good to know in advance:

In Power Macintosh 9500 and 9600 systems (including the Power Macintosh 9600/200MP), there are six PCI slots (A1, B1, C1, D2, E2, F2), which are serviced by two PCI controller chips (Bandit 1 and Bandit 2). Theoretically, each controller chip can handle up to four PCI cards. However, in order to even the data bandwidth load, three PCI slots are distributed to each controller. Specifically, Bandit 1 controls slots A1-C1, and Bandit 2 controls slots D2-F2. This distribution can almost be thought of as two PCI buses with three slots each. Continue reading