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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Custom Mac startupscreen and SyQuest support Reply with quote

I was browsing around the site and found a collection of startup screens, and there was a link to a program for converting PICT-files to startupscreens.
But how do you make a PICT-file? I don't know much about classic macintoshes and my Mac Plus has a broken keyboard so I don't use it that much (C and J are broken and Backspace key is lost).

Thanks for a good page!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:03 pm    Post subject: How to install a StartupScreen on a 68k Mac? Reply with quote

You can use applications like Photoshop or Canvas to produce a PICT format. In Canvas 3 you can directly save in the "StartupScreen" Format. The normal PICT file will not work as a StartupScreen, because this format uses a different DataSource.

Without "Canvas 3" you can use "PictFlipper" (small drag and drop utility, turns PICT files into StartupScreens) to convert your PICT files. You can download it here, it is freeware.

http://myoldmac.net/share/design.htm

To download my StartupScreen Collection (optimized for Mac SE 12" Screens) please visit:
http://myoldmac.net/FAQ/startscreen-col1.htm



How to install a StartupScreen on a 68k Mac?

Please download the collection and unstuff it with AladdinExpander. Select your favorite picture and rename it to StartupScreen (spelling and capitals important) and place it into your system folder. On next boot it will be shown as the welcome screen when the Mac is booting. Install this StartupScreens only on Mac System 7 or System 6 (optimized for 12" Mac SE Screens). To disable the StartupScreen, simply drag it out of the system folder. On the next reboot it won¥t be shown again.




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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, I see.
Now I'll have to borow someones computer with photoshop and make my own startup screen:)

Is there any size limit? Or rules about the size?

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Adrian,

Here are some pixel sizes for your StartupScreen (depends on Mac/Display)

Build in display Mac¥s:

Macintosh Plus / SE / Classic = 512 x 342 pixels

Some displays for Mac¥s without an internal display:

12-in Monochrome = 640 x 480

12-in RGB = 512 x 384

Basic Color Monitor = 640 x 480

Color Plus Display = 640 x 480


If you use smaller StartupScreens than the display¥s size is, the picture will be placed in the middle of the screen, unzoomed.

If you use a bigger StartupScreen it will be placed also in the center
(I think to remember - no guarantee) Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahsome:)
Will it be a border on the smaller image + the nice greyish b&w pattern?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exact Very Happy

Asume your StartupScreen graphic has only the size of the white Welcome-window, it would be centered and as background you have the lovely black and white 1-bit pattern, it would look like this:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beauty!
I'll begin drawing some tests and keep looking for a fully working keyboard to my mac plus.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Yes, I also like it to have a funny picture loaded on screen while booting the Classic Mac Mac.

There where some applications to have a random order of different screens,
I have them somewhere on a SyQuest HD, but I do not know on which of the 40 Disks Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How fast are those SyQuest drives?
I'm thinking of trying to get a 250MB one that the schools has lying around.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:55 am    Post subject: Classic Macs and SyQuest Drives - MacPlus with 200 MB... Reply with quote

I think SyQuest drives are one of the best MB-space solutions for classic Macs - up from the Mac Plus you have SCSI support on all classic Macintosh. If you attach a SyQuest Drive to a Mac Plus you have 200 (or 250) MB of Space on removable harddrives!

I have many SyQuest Cartridges (they are not called harddrives) and mostly copy the complete 40 / 80 / 120 MB Disc of a classic Mac to it as a backup. Often saves a Macs live !

The best thing: SyQuest drives are bootable.

This means your Mac Plus can boot from the SyQuest instead of a 800k Disk and
you have 250 MB space on it Shocked - removable...
means 4 Cartridges = 1 GB on a Mac Plus Mr. Green

On a Mac SE and brothers also big things:

I have a SyQuest called " TopOS" including a System 7 and all great extentions you can have on a classic Mac. When I get my hands on a new classic Mac for my collection, I simply add the SyQuest drive, boot the Mac and copy and paste Convert the complete "TopOS" content to the internal Mac HD. 5 minutes (make a coffee timezone) and a 40 MB drive is completely copied.

About the speed: yepp - its speed...
I think they are 4 times faster than all original internal HD build in the Macs. You will wonder how fast 10 MB are copyed between a Mac SE and a SyQuest Drive. Also working with applications from the SyQuest gives you more speed in your workflow.

Sumasumarum: great little things - and cheap Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then I will sure try to get my hands on one of those:)
Btw, how is support for Zip drives on old mac systems?
They are really cheap now and there are both USB and SCSI, thinking of using it as an eMac <-> Mac Plus movable media.
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