This Tuesday i am getting my hands on a single 1.25 MDD. Now i am getting it for cheap because there is an issue with it. Apparently it works but it has an "Open Firmware Passcode" on it that prevents doing crucial tests. And the fact that the OS on the drive is also passcoded. Now since this is a used computer, first and foremost, how do i forcibly remove the "OF" code? Can't reset pram, can't boot from cd, can't use any key combinations since the "OF" code disables all of that.
Most i can figure out is load in an preinstalled OS 9 HD with FWsucker on it.
Or is there a different path i can use to get rid of that d**n code?
It's weird that you had to use FWSucker to disable OF password. I've done it many times and RAM amount change and holding Apple + P + R till third chime always worked. Never had to do "setenv security..." after.
Well, i tried the way you said, reset pram 3 times using the keys, and afterwards, tried to boot from the cd afterwards. no dice, it had the lock, a text line and then the arrow button. in order for you to use any proper key commands, IE target disc mode, boot from cd, you need either to enter the code, or kill it. i chose to kill it
Just watched all 3 parts of that - it was really informative and thoroughly enjoyable!! I would think the 120mm fan would be a lot quieter too. I'd say the STD power supply on the MDD is one of the weakest parts!
Wow, that open firmware passcode must be popular. I have a G4 iMac coming in that needs that removed too. I hope this one is easier to do than mine was.
EDIT. Well, 5 min later and i was in.
Just so people know if they come across this same exact situation.
Step 1. Remove a stick of ram. Step 2. Boot up mac while pressing COMMAND + OPTION + P + R Step 3. Keep holding those keys until you hear 3 chimes. Step 4. Immediately hold down the keys COMMAND + OPTION + O + F Step 5. Once in the Open Firmware screen, type in reset-all and press ENTER.
The mac should type on the screen about erasing the rom or something to that effect and the system will reboot. From there you have full control of your mac again.
Remember, these steps only work on PPC Macs, not the Intel based Macs.
I was thinking of that for the SATA idea, but i think what i might do is get another seritek card. Since out of all the mac cards, it's the only one that's bootable. The Sonnet cards don't allow booting. So maybe a 1v4 and a 1s2 card might be in order. Run everything via SATA. Along with a modded PSU, a 7800 card and an OC'ed dual cpu, my MDD will fly. Great for running somewhat older apps (d**n Intel macs...).
Just a side note here. I found a place where i can get my hands on a 20" ADC LCD. Is it worth it to pick it up? I know either i would have to mod the connectors to make it run DVI, or get the DVI to ADC adapter. Would it be a good choice to pick up that monitor?
Great monitor the 20" ADC, but you will need the DVI/ADC convertor! I remember reading an article where this came out better than the new 20" that replaced it (which is also now defunct). Still use my 20" ADC everyday at work, left on all day, everyday and still going strong!