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Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by gamer210, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. gamer210

    gamer210 New Member

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    I went to the local Goodwill store today to drop off some old stuff and I saw two old Macs. One was a Mac SE, and the other was a Mac Classic. I thought it would be kind of cool to have one so I asked one of the employees if there was anywhere I could hook them up to see if they were working. The took me to some room in the back where I could plug them in. I was hoping the SE would work, but it was broken. The Mac Classic started without a hitch so I went ahead and bought it. After purchasing a mouse and a keyboard for it, the total cost was all of $10. It came preloaded with system 6.0.8. The processor is a blazing 8 MHz Motorolla 68000, it has a heaping 2 MB of ram and a massive 40 MB hard drive. I'm hoping to go back tomorrow and pick up the one that was broken to see if I can salvage any of the internals. I took some pictures. The first one is a picture of my rig up and running, and the other is a "screenshot". I'll keep y'all posted on any updates I make. I'm hoping to max out the memory, get a bigger hard drive, and hopefully get it able to surf the internet.
     

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    dude... oldness! dont forget to join TPU's FAH team with that beast!
     
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    I would plop one of these new fangled 8800GTsomething in that!:p
     
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    nice!

    i used to have an olde appleII/C. 5.25" floppies, green phosphorus screen.

    too bad i don't remember where it is now.
     
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    yuck! its a mac!


    chris
     
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    Upgrade to 4mb 33mhz ram :laugh:!

    Wow screens were tiny back then...
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    OC it with some N2O!
     
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    n20 costs more than the rig lol
     
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    submerse it in oil!
     
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    oil costs more than the rig lol
     
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    And OC the heck out of it!!
     
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    go for 20Mhz! make it a MONSTER!
     
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    i remember those back from school when i was a we lad :) :D
     
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    Turn it into a fishtank!
     
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    If it didn't work, I might consider that but it would be a waste of a perfectly good mac.
     
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    That must be about 16 - 17 yrs old! I remember when we got them at middle school, were dead cute back then, its amazing how things move on :)
     
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    Spot on. According to the serial #, it was manufactured in April of 1991 in Singapore.
     
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    That is older than my bro lol, he is 13! I bet that thing has more common sense than he has :laugh:

    Can you not stretch the screen to fit the whole monitor, it looks like you could get another inch if you fiddled ;)
     
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    Unfortunately no. Here are some links with info about my new toy if anyone's interested:

    Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_Classic
    LowEndMac -- http://lowendmac.com/compact/classic.shtml

    I do have an update though. I went to back to the goodwill to check the other mac. One of the people who helped me yesterday was there today, so I told him about my plans. He told me that since it was broken the store was going to throw it out. I asked him if I could go ahead an open it before they trashed it. It turned out the entire thing was fried. Must have been plugged in during a lighting strike. There is good news though. I managed to find some upgrades for it. Provided a) I win them and b) they work my new system will have a 16 MHz Motorolla 68030 CPU w/ a 33 MHz 68882 FPU, an 80 MB hard drive, and 4 MB of ram. Here are some links:

    CPU -- http://cgi.ebay.com/MicroMac-MMXL99...ameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting
    FPU -- http://cgi.ebay.com/68882-FPU-for-V...temZ290005694473QQcategoryZ4604QQcmdZViewItem
    RAM -- http://cgi.ebay.com/Mac-Classic-Mem...sPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting
    HDD -- http://cgi.ebay.com/Conner-80MB-SCS...QitemZ8792925218QQcategoryZ4604QQcmdZViewItem

    If all goes as planned, I will at least double the performance, probably more. As always, I'll keep y'all posted
     
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    Now thats old skool ;) Your gonna need some serious after market cooling on that cpu :laugh: You could get folding@home for team tpu lol ;)
     
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    i have a old Performa 630 it was made 3 years later...lol it still works and i still have every thing for it i might dig it out and see when it was made
     
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    DaMulta My stars went supernova

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    My mac is older and its signed inside
     
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    UPDATE: Signs of life, fading

    Yesterday, morning when I went to turn it on, I got a bunch of horizontal stripes across the monitor. I thought maybe it was just something weird, so I waited an hour and tried again. Still, the same problem. So I googled and found this site:

    http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~shamada/fullmac/repairEng.html

    I read through it and figured solutions 1 and 2 were of no use because I had nothing in the SIMMs, and I had no accelerator card installed. Solutions 3 and 4 sounded reasonable, so I decided to open the mac. It wasn't much of a problem. My Torx-15 screwdriver wasn't long enough to get the screws on top, so I grabbed a extra Torx-15 bit I had lying around and shoved it into the tube of an ball-point pen that didn't work anymore. It looked really ghetto, but it worked. Once I had pried it open, I saw a bunch of dust, hair, and a few insects inside my mac. After cleaning it out, removing the motherboard was as simple as disconnecting the hard drive, and power supply. I removed the battery and checked it with a voltmeter. It was reading 3.6 volts, so it was still good, which kind of surprised me considering it's age. Then I decided to take a look at the capacitors and sure enough, some of them were leaking. I think I should probably replace all of them. There were 13 all together. 12 of them are 47µF 16V capacitors and the other is a 1µF 50V capacitor. I have one 1µF capacitor and 10 of the 47µF capacitors at home, so I'll have to go buy some, but that will probably have to wait till the weekend. Well, hopefully I can get back to working condition. I'll let y'all know if anything changes.
     
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    Ketxxx Heedless Psychic

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    wtf is it with peoples weird obsession with old junk? A modern calculator has more power than that thing :p
     
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    oh god lol, i remember when my computer lab at school was full of those things :-D brings back memorys of crashing them lol. that was like 15 years ago, dot matrix printers RULE !!!! widdly wahhh lol.
     

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