Well, I went to visit a local Mac specialist on the chance that I could get some work. Sadly that came to nothing, but he pointed at a huge mound of stuff and said I could have any of it I wanted. I came away with a dead slot loading iMac in Lime, a PowerBook 1400cs/166 with a smashed screen, a PB540 and a nice complete 6100/66. Also a very clean Plus keyboard and a 5.25" external floppy drive.There's more 6100s there so I might go back...
I have a question about the 1400. The screen is utterly destroyed, but it is in lovely condition and it seems to boot and work OK. What I'd like to do is put a screen from a 1400c on it, to have the nice TFT screen instead of the dual-scan. How much of it would need to be replaced? I'm guessing the whole top half, right?
The iMac does seem to work, sort of. The guy reckoned it had a dead power board, but I got a chime out of it after putting some memory in it and resetting the PRAM. The CRT makes the usual noise that they make when they turn on but stays resolutely black. The hard drive spins up and the CD drive ingested a spare CD (x86 Mandrake Linux) I had lying around, but it doesn't seem to boot.
I hooked up my cheap old LCD monitor to it, but it doesn't support whatever mode the iMac is putting out (85hz), proving how cheap and nasty the LCD is. Anyway, it appears that the iMacs logic board is working, and the CRT also seems to be working as it makes the usual noises. My question is how does the CRT connect to the logic board? Could it be that it has become disconnected somehow? But if the CRT is dead, it sounds like a good candidate for an ATX transplant.
Any advice would be gratefully received!