Help with classic Apple powerbook/OS
spectre at floodgap.com
Sun Jan 28 09:28:20 CST 2007
> I bought a Powerbook 150 years ago and my brother has been using
> it for years in the studio to run the MIDI sequencer FreeStyle.
> The PB 150 recently died and I bought a couple of Powerbook 540c
> on eBay to replace it.
> My current problem list:
> 1. My AppleCD 600e (which works fine on the PB 150) does
> not show up on either of the PB 540c, so I have no way
> to read CDs on the 540c machines.
This sounds like an Extension problem. Do you have all the CD extensions
installed on the 540c? I don't remember them off the top of my head, but
they're things like Apple CD, Hi-Sierra, etc.
I assume you are using the same cable (HDI-30 to "Centronics" SCSI).
> 2. FreeStyle uses FreeMidi to talk to a MIDI interface over
> the modem/printer port. This was a complete pain to setup
> on the PB 150 as there were bugs (possibly MacOS 7 related)
> which made the natural automated MIDI configuration fail
> to work and hang the computer.
> Setting up FreeMidi on the 540c running MacOS 7.5 has
> similar problems. Setting up FreeMidi on the 540c running
> MacOS 8 does not have these problems (which is why I
> think it is probably MacOS7 related). I am unable to make
> either 540c talk properly to the MIDI interface such that
> it sees the various MIDI keyboards, etc.
I haven't had much experience with FreeMIDI; I've always used Open Music
System. The current version is 2.3.8 but I don't remember if OMS is PPC only.
It is freely downloadable -- at worst it just won't install. I looked at my
backup installer in HexEdit and didn't see anything that implied it was PPC
only, but I really don't know for sure.
How did you get Mac OS 8 installed on the 540c without a CD??
> 3. I thought that updating the version of FreeMidi from 1.3
> to the latest 1.48 would be a good idea. The image size
> is 4Mb, which does not fit onto a floppy.
I suspect this problem will be solved when you get the CD working :)
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