January 19th, 2017

marcus 2013

And still the eBay idiots come

I sent a small packet to Greece several weeks ago. It came back today, torn open in transit and the actual item (a focusing screen) missing, with a rubber stamp from the Greek post office which they conveniently didn't tick to show why it was returned etc.

So I contacted the buyer and told him so that he could make an item not received claim and I could give him a refund and claim it from the post office.

So he made the claim, I gave him a refund. He then sent me this email:

I am ebayer over ten year, this happened to me for the first time. I don't believe that the screen was stoled or broken in shipping. You never send it.

Ignoring the fact that if I was trying to scam him in some way I would have never contacted him in the first place.

So I sent him a scan of the padded envelope and suggested he complain to eBay if he thought he had a case. Somehow I doubt he will...
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marcus 2013

Third time lucky(ish)

Got another 17" iMac G4 yesterday, this time it's working! After a certain amount of panicking... Got it fairly cheap because the hard drive was dead, but I saw it power up and screen etc. were good so I bought it. The first bit of panic arose when I realised it was the FIRST 17" version, which means slower speed, no easy way to add modern WiFi , and the top OS X it'll run is 10.4, also that it's even more than a pig to work on than the usual iMac G4.

Then I tried booting from the DVD drive and found that was dead too. Again no great cause for alarm - they're VERY old and the DVD is usually the first thing to go. Though I did worry that there might be a fault with the disc controller or something! IDE DVD drives are like gold dust these days, so a while back I bought a couple of the little adapters that convert SATA to IDE that didn't have the connections upside down (see this post) at a couple of pounds, and I've bought a couple of SATA drives in readiness - most SATA drives are faster, cheaper, and MUCH less worn than IDE! This was my opportunity to see if one would work in a G4.

So I swapped out the drives and put in new ones, put it all back together again (which is the hard part because there are a lot of cables and weird connectors that have to go in the right places) and booted up... not. Twice... Third time, fortunately, I remembered to set the jumpers on the drives so that they didn't conflict, and things were OK. Finally got it running properly about 9 PM, finished installing and updating the operating system about eleven.

Next stage is to up the internal memory, put in a new PRAM battery, and do the finishing touches like heat sink paste, install some software, and hopefully !PROFIT!

I think this is probably going to be the last one I do, unless something really cheap practically forces itself on me - they're a lot of work and I seem to be doing better with photographic stuff. But I find them fun to work on, so I'm not saying never again...

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