PowerBook 170 JLPGA Rare Mac spotted ! All yours for 10,000 $

The PowerBook series started out as one of the most portable and powerful computers on the market. Fully utilizing a passive matrix backlit display, you could even use these in direct sunlight.

JLPGA PowerBook 170 (1992)

According to Everymac.com, here are the standard specs for the PowerBook170:

  • 9.8″ Monochrome Display @ 640×400 resolution
  • RAM: 4MB – 8MB
  • Hard Drive: 40 MB SCSI
  • Battery NiCad, 2-3 Hrs of battery life
  • Mac OS 7.0.1 – 7.5.5 (excluding 7.5.2)
  • Original Price 4600 $  (Intro: Oct. 21 1991, Discontinued Oct. 19, 1992)

But the one in question for today is one made for the Japanese in 1992. Apple manufactured approximately 500 mutli-colored PowerBook 170 models to commemorate the 1992 JLPGA golf tournament.

Available on eBay. .

MacWorld has this to say about it:

JLPGA PowerBook 170 (1992)

In 1992, Apple manufactured approximately 500 multicolored PowerBook 170 models to commemorate the 1992 JLPGA golf tournament in Japan. If you ever set your hands upon this colorful machine, you’ll have yourself quite a prize.

Apple must have had a field day picking the colors for this machine. It sports a mostly blue body with a white lid and base, red battery doors and contrast sliders, yellow hinge caps and trackball, and green elevating feet. Other than all that, it appears to be a relatively unassuming PowerBook 170.

Cool to know about the Apple rarities in the 90’s.

c1860fw Samsung Printer always going to 2-up printing under Eco-mode

This setting can be easily changed, (after two hours with Samsung Support and no help from them) you  have to use the SYNC Thru service by typing in your printers IPAddress or by going to Samsung Easy Printer Manager (or installing it if you don’t have it already).

Then you go to the Advance mode button, and choose SyncThru Utility.

Choose the log in at the upper right. admin / sec00000 for the default user and password.


Then once you are in there goto Settings, Machine Settings and look to the left where you will see a column.

Go to Machine Settings > System > Eco Settings

Choose Custom Settings on the right panel, (scroll down), then choose EDIT

Turn all of the N-UP modes to OFF

Press OK And Apply on the underlying window.

INTEL CORPORATION 915GM/915GMS/915GME/910MLE Embedded Graphics Chipset on Windows 7 32-bit, Dell XPS m140 / Inspiron 630m

Once you get the driver installed ( http://downloads.dell.com/video/R137843.EXE ) , you will see two graphics drivers in the Device Manager, (If link is down, do a search for the file R137843.EXE on Google)

You will see in Device Manager:


INTEL CORPORATION 915GM/915GMS/915GME/910MLE Embedded Graphics Chipset

Have to right click the STANDARD (first) and choose ‘Update Driver,’ ‘Browse my Computer,’ ‘Let me pick from a list of drivers’ and force the Intel driver instead of the standard driver.


Then plug in a second display, and restart the machine

You will notice the external display to be fully fucntional,
and the laptops internal one to be black/no video. enable the internal monitor
and mess around with settings until you can get the internal one going
and then eventually it will start producing great video. Basically you switch resolutions to 1024×768, and get the internal display to light up, and from there, you switch it to be the main display and find a disconnect setting in the display window.

Hesston (Electron Branch) Under new Management

Phuc Nguyen takes over as manager / vice president of the Hesston operations. Robert Nugent leaves to Lawrence to pursue other interests, with the possibility of opening up a shop there.

photoChanges Phuc has made so far for Hesston residents: opening up the shop for more hours, 10A.M. – 5:30P.M., as well as remodeling, and adding new monitors to the lab benches.

“It’ll be really cool!” Phuc says enthusiastically as he enters a job he’s had a lot of experience for both at home and at work.

Good to see Phuc come on board with us, and hope to see Hesston over at the shop from time to time !:)


20th Anniversary Mac SSD (converter + cf card reader)

Finally, a success! Got a SSD of sorts (a CF 30x 4GB card plus IDE adaptor) to work flawlessly in a 20th anniversary mac.

Original systems specs:

– 250 MHz 603ev Processor
– + 400 MHz G3 upgrade
– 128 MB RAM
– 2 GB 2.5″ double-height HD

Hardware needed:

– 4GB or smaller CF card. (Reports worked with 4GB + drives, but they need to be formatted into ~4gb partitions)

– cf to IDE converter card shaped into a 2.5 hard drive internal slot.

Goal –

Going to take the hard drive and attempt to copy the data to a CF card and make it bootable.


The first step attempted, which didn’t work, involved an 8GB CF card, and using disk utility in Mac OS X (10.6.8).

Disk Utility only likes to format a disk as far back as Mac OS Extended. This 20th Anniversary Mac (TAM) machine appears to really respond well to Mac OS Standard. This formatting can be obtained the following ways.

1. Easiest: find a Mac OS 9 or 8.5.1 retail install disc. i.e. one that will work for any system and doesn’t have iBook, iMac or specific models on it. Install the CF card and IDE converter into the TAM.

1B. Boot the TAM with an install disk, and open Disk Setup, format the internal drive.

1C. Errors that can creep up: when installing the CF card, the default install is to put the card into the slot farthest away from the IDE connector. Also make sure the missing pin and the cable match up correctly. Often times the missing pin is included but not soldered in. Check to see if the pin slides in or pulls out when you install the cable.


2. Now we look at getting the data from the old drive to the drive we just formatted. Hardware needed: Another Mac running OS 9 with USB, 2.5″ IDE to USB cable, cf card reader.

Method One:

2A. Preferably you have access to a Mac running Mac OS 9 with USB. If you do, you can get mostly any cf card reader and a USB to 2.5″ IDE converter for the old drive.

2B. Plug the drives into the other mac and simply select all files and copy to the CF card. After the copy, open the drive and open up the system folder to “activate it.”

Alternative method for copying files:

3. Hardware needed: TAM, USB PCI 7″ card that is Mac OS 9 compatible, USB to IDE 2.5″ cable.

3A. Install the USB card into the TAM, …to be continued