So far, I have done incredible things to get this laptop running wonderfully, for very little money. This mystery box I bought from a school teacher with: maximum RAM, G3 215 mHZ, heaps of accesories. I have added a TFT screen, new PRAM, internal ethernet. It runs way faster than I expected, hard for me to believe it's a 33 mHZ NuBus machine - it runs circles around my 8100 G3 220!
When I bought this thing, I assumed it'd be useless for audio, but would make a nice portable MIDI sequencer (main reason why I got it). To my surprise, the audio is not bad! Although sound input needs a preamp to not sound noisy.
The killer is that I bought a cheep serial MIDI interface for the 1400 (Opcode ProfessionalPlus). At first it did not work, so I removed the interfaces ICs, socketed everything, touched up solder joints, replaced ICs. Same deal... I was horrified that when I got my 8600 runnng again, it sees and uses the MIDI interface with no problems. Using all of the same cables. So this seems to indicate that the logic board serial is -fuct-. I guess I should have devised a way to test the port before I did everything else, but I've never had this problem before. It hurts, since I put so much effort and bits of my nonexistant cash into this specifically for MIDI. I am running OS 8.6, and have tried both OMS and MidiShare - I know MIDI setup by heart, if the port worked I would have gotten things running straight away.
Any info on what serial chips the 1400 series uses? Simple info for a popular laptop, but my searches haven't yielded anything. If it's an off-the-shelf setup of surface-mounted ICs and such, then I'll try to score some and fix it, otherwise I guess I'll need a new board.
Alternately, I know there are joystick PCMCIA cards with MIDI capability, but I have only ever heard of drivers for windoze. Info on these or any other possible ways to install a functional MIDI port on a 1400 would be much appreciated!