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  1. PotatoFi

    3D Print Replica HD 20 SC Enclosure?

    I'm basically a Wi-Fi engineer, but a bit more on the technical training/technical marketing side. I was a technical trainer at a Wi-Fi planning and surveying tools vendor. I will probably continue to do technical training in Wi-Fi, working for myself. As for the 3D printing thing, I built my first printer in 2011. I did moonlight for Printrbot for awhile doing technical support, but other than that it's just been a hobby. As for the IIcx, IIfx, or Quadra 950... not sure! I've never seen any of them in person!
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    3D Print Replica HD 20 SC Enclosure?

    I have the drive sitting out in a prominent place where it keeps reminding me! Every time I walk by, I go, "Gah! I REALLY want to work on that!" but I just haven't been able to find the time. On the hardware front, I did get not one, not two, but THREE more 3D printers. First, a Creality CR-10, which is lacking some critical feature like automatic bed leveling, but has an obscenely huge build volume. I'll be able to print an entire case on this thing, no problem. I also acquired a fully assembled but used Prusa i3 MK3, which I'll be upgrading to a MK3S as soon as I have a free weekend. And finally... I bought another Prusa i3 MK3S kit, which is en route right now. Short version of the story: I quit my job, and I've had a bunch of side jobs pop up that have been keeping me super busy. One of those side jobs is printing a couple hundred cases for a little embedded Linux box that we use in the Wi-Fi engineering realm (hence the sudden build-out of a print farm). So from a hardware perspective, I'm getting REALLY set up to produce some of these cases if people are interested. I just need to get some time to do the modeling for this project. Right now, the light at the end of the tunnel is mid October.
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    Macintosh Classic II Restoration

    Looks good! I can't tell whether you popped your Apple logo out or not... be sure to do that! I've had the red and yellow parts turn white when leaving them in the sun with hydrogen peroxide. The recurrence of yellowing has been extremely slight on my Macintosh SE FDHD that I did in December. I did that one with 30 Proof cream under a UV lamp in our utility room. Despite the very slight recurrence... I think the retrobrite was completely, totally worth it.
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    Macintosh Classic Restoration

    Awesome, nice work! I think the saran wrap + cream + sun method is totally doable. A bit more risky, but if you babysit it like you did, and massage the cream every 10-15 minutes... you can achieve great results. And heat definitely speeds things up! Looking forward to seeing your serial setup!
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    Macintosh Classic Restoration

    Gorgeous! Nice work, all around! What specific retrobrite method did you use?
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    This Does Not Compute SE/30

    Holy freakin' cow @ThisDoesNotCompute, awesome video. That was worth the wait. Again, I don't want to spoil it, especially with the awesome build-up that you executed, so I'll refrain from talking about what fixed it here. Here's a few of my notes which hopefully help out with the machine going forward. Retrobrite: I did my SE FDHD in December, and if it has re-yellowed at all... it's barely, barely perceptible. I haven't seen the horror stories like you've shown in the video, and my Dreamcast and SNES that I did ages ago (referencing your videos, in fact) still look awesome. There's no brittleness. If/when you do retrobrite, I recommend full submersion in hydrogen peroxide + water like you did for your Gamecube back in the day. Be sure to pop the Apple logo out from the back, as the heat and hydrogen peroxide it can bleach out the red and yellow from the logo. Here's the most recent retrobrite I did, on my Classic II. Floppy Drive: If you don't intend to use the drive, this probably doesn't matter, but yours could use cleaning and lubrication. It looks like the eject motor is straining a bit, which can break the motor gear with extensive use. Taking it apart to clean and lubricate it is super easy. There's a video by What's Up TK Here, but it would be cool to see an updated video (hint hint). I use Dupont Teflon Silicon Lubricant for the sliding parts on mine. Not a ton of info here... but here's the last time I documented cleaning one of these drives. It's a bit messy because it's just a restoration log, not specific instructions. Speaker: I don't have experience with the SE/30, but I'll bet your speaker failure is due to bad caps on the analog board. I hope that helps, and thanks again for the fantastic video. Stoked that your SE/30 is up and running!
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    Macintosh Classic II Restoration

    Thank you so much! I popped the case off and took a look, and sadly, I don't think I'm going to be able to help very much. Mine says "682k" on one side, and absolutely nothing on the other. Sorry that I can't be more helpful here!
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    Macintosh Classic II Restoration

    Ok, time for the results! But first, a little disclaimer. I wanted to accurately capture the difference in yellowing, before and after. I decided to try using a white balance card with my DSLR, but in retrospect... I think it made the case look a lot yellower than it actually was. For the final result, I decided to shoot on full auto, and then manually adjust the white balance on the before photos to match as best as I can. That makes the photos I posted in the beginning a bit inaccurate... but I feel like these manually adjusted ones convey how much it changed pretty well. So here are the results! Here's a complete log of what I did: Cleaned and lubricated floppy drive Cleaned and recapped logic board Cleaned and recapped analog board Cleaned chassis and all other internal parts Disassembled and cleaned mouse and keyboard Retrobrighted the Mac itself, keyboard, and mouse Installed a new PRAM battery Took apart and reassembled drive (probably hurt more than helped) The only two things that are left are to max the RAM out to 10 MB, and replace the failing hard drive with a SCSI2SD. Both of those will have to wait a bit for funding, so for now, this Macintosh Classic II is DONE! If you have any questions about the restoration at all, be sure to let me know!
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    Macintosh Classic II Restoration

    Totally will! Might take me a few days to get there. Today, I restored the mouse and keyboard! I'll warn you that there's no satisfaction at the end of this post... I need light to take good "after" photos of the whole system tomorrow, so that will be a separate post. Here's what I started with: You can clearly see where sunlight yellowed it, and where there were shadows. The first order of business: pull the keycaps! I 3D printed this keycap puller, which makes life a lot easier. All of the keycaps pulled: Before applying retrobrite, I always scrub everything. You know my methods at this point. I do each key individually, as well as the whole keyboard case. I think I mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again: always pop the Apple badge out before retrobrighting! Otherwise, the retrobrite can mess with the red and yellow colors. I use a paperclip and gently press from the back. I'm going to use peroxide cream instead of full submersion for the keys, because I haven't come up with a creative way to keep keys from floating around. I work on a cutting board so none of the keys get turned upside down when I move them. So here, I laid down some plastic wrap, arranged all of the keys, and used my trusty free-from-a-hotel-somewhere toothbrush to dab a bunch of hydrogen peroxide cream on each key. Plenty of cream is important here - you don't want anything to dry out. If a spot dries out, you'll get a bright spot and a marbling effect. Next, I fold the plastic wrap over the top, crease the edges, and roll up the end to create a mostly-airtight seal. It was evening at this point, and with cream and plastic wrap, I prefer to use the "low and slow" UV lamp, which minimizes the chances of things drying out and causing bleaching or marbling. Fast forward overnight and to today. At this point I haven't done the keyboard case or cleaned the mouse, so let's get the mouse cleaned up first. Here's the top: Pretty much the same condition as the Classic II was. Here's the bottom: I didn't get a picture of the mouse all cleaned up, oops. Satisfaction denied! I did grab some pictures of the ADB connector though. It's pretty gross, I like to pay a bit of attention to these since they're plugged into the keyboard. Alcohol and a toothbrush helped quite a bit, but it wasn't perfect: I worked on it with alcohol and baking soda, and that helped a bit more. As I write this, I realize that the majority of my hobby is just cleaning things... Don't forget the ADB cable itself... I scrubbed it down with a paper towel and alcohol. It looks nearly perfect now. And here's the final picture of the connector. It looks almost new, save the pink marker that I couldn't get off. At this point, the keys had been under a UV lamp in the garage at 80°F/26.5°C all night, so I pulled them out to take a look. I didn't take any photos of this, but I checked out the spacebar and it was almost done, but not quite. I freshened up the hydrogen peroxide and put them out in the driveway mid-morning to speed up the process. I only had them out there for about 40 minutes in total, rotating them a few times. With that much sun and heat, I watch parts with cream and plastic wrap SUPER closely. They absolutely can't dry out anywhere, or it will ruin the parts! I got the mouse shell and keyboard shell out in the tub of liquid hydrogen peroxide as well. The mouse ball retainer wanted to float, so I clipped a binder clip to it for some weight and that worked perfectly. The submerged parts stayed out there for several hours. The starting temp was 80°F/26.5°C, but after a few hours climbed to 105°F/40.5°C. \ Rinsing the keys after 40 minutes in the sun! It never takes long with that much UV, heat, and concentration of hydrogen peroxide. It's just a bit risky. Letting them dry. At this point, the parts in the liquid were constantly floating, and they seemed like they were completely done anyway. I pulled them out, rinsed everything off, dried them, and brought them inside for assembly. I didn't get any closeups of the keyboard shell, but it basically looks perfect. It was at this point that I realized that the locking mechanism on the Caps Lock key was broken, likely from my pulling on the keycap. I took the keyboard apart to see if I could fix it. I pulled up on the back metal plate, and undid clips one at a time while holding pressure. It let go bit by bit until it was free. After peeling up the membrane, the key switch in question fell right out. Apparently, this is a Mitsumi manufactured keyboard, and they used a proprietary locking switch here that wasn't used on any other keyboard model. There's almost nothing online about these. The only thing I could find was this page, which was super valuable. The part that broke is that little broken copper wire, which acts as the locking mechanism. The copper leafspring keeps pressure the wire. I spent a good hour attempting to make a replacement, but it was just too small to work with, and my wire diameter was slightly too large. I did try pulling the switch from my other keyboard, but it broke in the exact same way when I pulled the key, taking it apart. D'oh! Eventually, I gave up on repairs, deciding that the caps lock just won't lock on this keyboard anymore. Too bad... I love that clicky feeling when I need to yell at some people in an IRC chatroom... If anyone knows where I might be able to get a replacement switch (or two), please let me know. And on that terrible disappointment, it's time to end! I'll post final photos of the Macintosh Classic II, Apple Keyboard II, and mouse tomorrow when I have light! --- Also, one last photo that I cannot seem to remove no matter what I do:
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    Macintosh Classic II Restoration

    The hard drive sounds a bit better this morning, but you can still hear the stuff that is worrying me. Hard Drive Noise.m4a
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    SE FDHD Estate Sale

    Yes, some have sockets from the factory.
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    Macintosh Classic II Restoration

    Thanks, Sam! Okay, time for another update. The very last thing to do on the Classic II itself before I restore the mouse and keyboard is to try to fix the hard drive. Before tearing it down, all I knew/could remember is that it wouldn't boot from it, but I did have a faint recollection that I couldn't hear the drive spinning up. Still, worth checking out! Now first, no PotatoFi thread is complete without a ridiculous amount of over-engineering... so I present to you, my Completely Custom 3D-Printed Glove Box! It has a HEPA filter in the back, a vacuum cleaner attachment on the side, and portals that hold gloves in on the front. The idea is that you can plug in a vacuum cleaner and flip it on for a second to purge all of the dust before getting to work. I could do a dedicated thread about this build if anyone is interested. I did build it specifically for Macintosh hard drives... but I could see myself using it for working on Game Boy screens as well. I'm going to attempt a hard drive repair per What's Up TK Here's video, in which he fills the drive with metal shavings and dust, but still manages to get his Mac booting! I figure that if he can do that in those conditions, I might be able to achieve success in my Glove Box (tm). I mean, the hard drive is dead, so what do I have to lose? First, I removed the warranty-voiding stickers. I didn't realize that this was exposing the internals, and if I'd known, I would have done this in the glove box. Next, I removed all of the screws. Again, wish I'd done this in the box. Next, into the glove box! After purging the dusty air, I carefully removed the top. I didn't get many pictures of this part, because getting your hands in and out of the gloves is pretty tricky, especially with the limited space in the box, and platters that you really do not want to touch. Many thanks to my wife for snapping this photo for me (just to answer that question)! Getting the three screws loose on the magnet required a trip to the hardware store for a #1 Phillips bit. I used a 1/4" drive ratchet and a small hex adapter, which gave me plenty of torque in the compact working space. Seriously, this glove box is just barely big enough to work in! And I felt like I was doing brain surgery with a flathead shovel. But, I steered completely clear of the r/w head armature and platters, and only removed the magnet to check the condition of the rubber bumpers. No pictures of this part, but sadly, I discovered that the rubber bumpers described in TK's video weren't gooey at all. In fact, they were in great condition. My heart definitely sank a bit at this discovery. Not much to do but put it back together. I resealed the holes with tape. Not expecting a miracle, I installed the drive and flipped the power switch. It didn't even spin up, no nope. I decided to shove the floppy disk in and let it boot up and hang out with me while I typed up this update. And then... just for fun... I gave it a reboot after about 5 minutes of sitting idle. It ejected the floppy, and the hard disk totally spun up! It made a horrible grinding sound, which quickly subsided and was replaced with a high-pitch metal-on-metal sound - probably a r/w head skating on a platter. But to my amazement, it booted up! I couldn't believe it! Not much interesting on the machine... a copy of Claris Works and a couple of password protected files. The disk seems to work fine other than the horrible sounds... which makes me think that it won't live for long. Ultimately, I think this machine needs a SCSI2SD, but that will probably need to wait for a couple of months for funding. So... a success? Nah, not really. It's possible that the drive would have eventually spun up anyway, so maybe I just made it worse? Oh well. Next, I'll restore the keyboards and mice, so stay tuned for that. I have some fun ideas about what to do about the missing keys!
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    This Does Not Compute SE/30

    @ThisDoesNotCompute Nice work, super stoked that you got it going again! I'm looking forward to the eventual followup video!
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    SE FDHD Estate Sale

    For $40, I think you did great! Worst-case scenario, you've got a bunch of usable parts. My policy with retro hardware like this is to try everything I can to get it working. If I can't get it working, then I keep it in circulation for parts. Someday we'll run out of these machines (especially things like CRT's). I'll bet the case would look like dynamite after some retrobrite!
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    eBay find: upgraded SE

    What kind of shape is the logic board in? Typically, the SE doesn't suffer from leaky caps, but still, caps are caps. I would check the logic board first to see if the battery is leaking, or if the capacitors are leaking which will cause shorts. A quick fix is to remove the PRAM battery and gently scrub the board down with Isopropyl alcohol, let it dry for a few hours, and reinstall.
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