My Macintosh IIfx. Still running after eleven years.
In early 1999 I got a gift from a colleague, a graphic designer at the printing company where I had a job as printer: an old Macintosh IIfx. Then equipped with 20 MB RAM and 230 MB hard disk. Furthermore, it had a Supermac video card and a Supermac Storm Card insite. I had a Macintosh II PC Card Drive with 5.25-inch floppy drive by myself. This macintosh IIfx took the place of my LCIII, which I then had 6 years in use.
A thorough cleaning followed and from the LCIII I put the floppy drive over to the IIfx, so I had two floppy-drives. From an old Macintosh IIx I had a floppy-drive mount, witch was necassary, because the LCIII-mount was another model.
It was a great improvement, not only in speed but also memory and hard disk. From 25 MHz without FPU to 40 MHz with FPU. From 8 MB of RAM to 20 MB of RAM. And finally from 160 MB hard disk drive to 240 MB hard disk drive. It was the best 68K mac I've ever had (and still have).
From May 1999 I had also internet in this IIfx. The computer then works with system 7.5.5 / open transport 1.3.1 and a 14k4 modem.
Just over one year later I bought a Powermac 8600/250, so the IIfx hardly used. And since I am moved in 2006, the IIfx remained in the moving box. Late last year I unpacked the IIfx again to see if I could start it up again.
After connecting... nothing happend. After opening: mmm, everything looks OK... Why it does starts up... Then I thought that the PRAM battery could be empty. A voltmeter gave the answer: 0.0 volts! Mmm... where can I get these batteries. Luckily I had two spare part batteries. So I placed it quickly. Then followed the startup-sound, but it do not start up. With a boot disk with System 6.0.7, finally succeeded. The external hard drive (Supermac Data Frame) had no system folder and internal hard drive dose not do anyting. So I replaced the internal hard drive by another 2 Gb hard drive, the disk of my old Powermet 8600 (which had already a 4 GB hard drive in it). Thanks to an external CD-ROM drive and boot disk the 2 GB hard disk could be installed and I put system 7.5.3. Dutch version on it.
At that moment I had a working IIfx, with 20 MB RAM, 2 GB HD, Supermac video card and two floppy drives. Via a site in America, I could purchase 4 64-pin simms of 4 MB, so that I had 32 MB RAM.
I bought on Ebay a Nubus Asante Ethernet card. The software I found on the Internet. Together with the installation of Open Transport 1.3.1 I managed to connect to the IIfx cable Internet.
Via via I found a Radius Rocket Stage II without RAM. I had some old 30-pin simms, so I could have a total of 20 Mb RAM places in de card. I found the software on the internet, and the installation went fine.
Finally I found on a Dutch auction site a Dutch installation CD-ROM for system 7.6. I had the upgrade to 7.6.1 by myself and this system is now running on my IIfx.
This is my IIfx-set at the moment:
- 32 MB RAM
- 2097 Mb HDD
- 2 FDHD floppy drives
Radius Rocket Stage II, 40 MHz 68040
- 20 MB RAM (4 x 4Mb bank A, bank B 1 x 4 MB)
Macintosh II PC Drive Card (and disk drive)
Asante Technologies MC3NB (ST-NIC-T) rev. B1
Supermac Spectrum/24 V v3 (with Apple 14 "monitor)
Supermac Data Frame 320 MB hard disk
SCSI tower-mount with:
- SCSI hard disk mounter
- CD RW Drive
- 44 MB SyQuest drive
A Nubus FWB Jackhammer SCSI-2 card has already been bought on Ebay, but is still in the mail. If it takes a long time now. Bought and paid on March 17, but still not received...
So far my Macintosh IIfx story.
Macintosh IIfx with 32 Mb RAM, 8 Gb Harddisk, running with system 6.0.7, 7.5.5, 7.6.1 or 8.1 and cable internet
- Dataframe XP330 external harddisk
- External SCSI-tower with CD-rom, CD-RW and Syquest 44
- 5.25 inch floppydrive