I'm not sure if this qualifies as a hardware hack, but I thought it was interesting enough to mention here.
I'm attempting to build an SSD PowerBook 190cs. I've seen these laptops boot from a CF card adapter in the PCMCIA slot which is cool, but I'm taking it a step further. I went on eBay and bought a CF card to IDE adapter. When it arrived in the mail I realized that I don't have the hardware to get System 7.6.1 (which is already on the PowerBook's hard drive)on to the CF card. So I fretted and finagled and realized that there's some software that can be downloaded on a Windows machine that will read HFS disks.
The next step was packing the PowerBook's hard drive into an external USB enclosure and imageing it to the CF card through the Windows machine's built-in multi-card reader. The imaging was successful... or I thought it was. I plugged the IDE to CF card adapter in to the power book and it booted up to the disk with the blinking question mark. I was afraid of that.
To test the IDE to CF card adapter I plugged it into the external USB enclosure and plugged it into both of my Windows machines. Not surprisingly neither of the machines read the CF card.
I know there are hundreds of possible compatibility issues that could be occurring, but my hope is that it's just a faulty CF card to IDE adapter.
Before I go yell at the person that I bought the adapter from, maybe one of you can tell me if this project is even feasible. Can the PowerBook see the the CF card adapter or is that tech too new for it to recognize? Any pointers or thoughts are welcome and appreciated.