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powerbook 5xx battery problems

Message #1 - Posted 2005/05/22 - Nicolas Noiseux

I have inherited a 540c with dead batteries.
Can anyone tell me how the vst smartcharger 500 is supposed to work? Can anyone tell me how to obtain the battery utilities mentioned at lowendmac, from a pc to the pb? The pb seems to consider the things on a pc disk to be pc apps only and wont do anything with them. I also need detailed instructions on how to install them. Thanks

Message #2 - Posted 2005/05/23 - Cathy Stevenson

Previously, Nicolas Noiseux wrote:

I have inherited a 540c with dead batteries.
Can anyone tell me how the vst smartcharger 500 is supposed to work? Can anyone tell me how to obtain the battery utilities mentioned at lowendmac, from a pc to the pb? The pb seems to consider the things on a pc disk to be pc apps only and wont do anything with them. I also need detailed instructions on how to install them. Thanks

Download the Mac file to your PC, but do not allow the files to be decoded or decompressed on the PC. Transfer the files to the Mac by whatever method you are using now. Then use Stuffit Expander (free) to decompress and decode.

If you do not have Stuffit Expander, you will be in a Catch 22 as the download of SE itself will be in compressed format.. You will need to find it on a freebie disc - it is on almost every Mac "free software" disk. If you have a freebie AOL disk, you can use it to unstuff files, including SE itself, without signing up for AOL.

Cathy

"there's a dance or two in the old dame yet." - mehitabel

C.Stevenson, M.D.
cats1921@invalidsonic.net

Message #3 - Posted 2005/05/30 - Nicolas Noiseux

Cathy Stevenson wrote:

Previously, Nicolas Noiseux wrote:

I have inherited a 540c with dead batteries.
Can anyone tell me how the vst smartcharger 500 is supposed to work? Can anyone tell me how to obtain the battery utilities mentioned at lowendmac, from a pc to the pb? The pb seems to consider the things on a pc disk to be pc apps only and wont do anything with them. I also need detailed instructions on how to install them. Thanks

Download the Mac file to your PC, but do not allow the files to be decoded or decompressed on the PC. Transfer the files to the Mac by whatever method you are using now. Then use Stuffit Expander (free) to decompress and decode.

If you do not have Stuffit Expander, you will be in a Catch 22 as the download of SE itself will be in compressed format.. You will need to find it on a freebie disc - it is on almost every Mac "free software" disk. If you have a freebie AOL disk, you can use it to unstuff files, including SE itself, without signing up for AOL.

Cathy

I was downloading the utils onto a floppy on the pc.
The mac consideres everything on a pc floppy to be a pc file and wont touch it. Even if I knew how to reset the file flags I wouldn't know what to do with them....

Message #4 - Posted 2005/06/01 - Cathy Stevenson

Previously, Nicolas Noiseux wrote:

Cathy Stevenson wrote:

Previously, Nicolas Noiseux wrote:

I have inherited a 540c with dead batteries.
Can anyone tell me how the vst smartcharger 500 is supposed to work? Can anyone tell me how to obtain the battery utilities mentioned at lowendmac, from a pc to the pb? The pb seems to consider the things on a pc disk to be pc apps only and wont do anything with them. I also need detailed instructions on how to install them. Thanks

Download the Mac file to your PC, but do not allow the files to be decoded or decompressed on the PC. Transfer the files to the Mac by whatever method you are using now. Then use Stuffit Expander (free) to decompress and decode.

If you do not have Stuffit Expander, you will be in a Catch 22 as the download of SE itself will be in compressed format.. You will need to find it on a freebie disc - it is on almost every Mac "free software" disk. If you have a freebie AOL disk, you can use it to unstuff files, including SE itself, without signing up for AOL.

Cathy

I was downloading the utils onto a floppy on the pc.
The mac consideres everything on a pc floppy to be a pc file and wont touch it.

The Mac system will see it as a PC files if it is a PC file. There are lots of reasons the Mac system may not be able to handle your downloaded files.

What do you mean "won't touch it"? What happens when you put the floppy in the Mac? Do you have StuffitExpander (free) on the Mac? This is essential.

The Mac cannot do anything with an encoded/compressed file unless you put StuffitExpander on the Mac.

If you download a Mac file on a PC, you must make sure that the files are not touched by any PC decoding/decompression utilitites. After you download the files, move them to the Mac. Then decompress/decode them on the Mac using SE.

Even if I knew how to reset the file flags
I wouldn't know what to do with them....

There is more to it than resetting the flags.

Cathy

"there's a dance or two in the old dame yet." - mehitabel

C.Stevenson, M.D.
cats1921@invalidsonic.net

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