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  1. TheMacGuy

    2x 128ks, 1x Classic and Multiple Accessories

    So I took some pictures, but forgot to take some along the way. It jumps around a little, and that's why. I know most are anxious to find out more about the 128s, but I want to get the Classic out of the way mainly so I can test my Retrobrite solution, and to calm my nerves about CRTs and discharging them (over came that fear, finally). Proud moment here! Analog Board is out. CRT removed and set aside. The most nerve racking part is over, and the fun can begin! Yikes! (And not the G4 kind) Some sort of leakage on the analog board. It's corroded part of chassis. Unsure what to do here. I'm thinking just leave it alone for now, as the machine was working fine. Anyway, on to the floppy and hard drives! So I found this floppy on top of the floppy drive. No, not in the drive, on the drive. Still hadn't seen everything I guess. Original 40MB Quantum HDD is still installed, and worked and sounded healthy when it powered on last. Board cleaned up remarkably well thanks to deionized RO water. (Removed the ROM to clean the socket and pins throughly). Caps are leaking, and it's pretty bad, but not enough to prevent it from working. I'll probably make this my first victim patient for surface level cap replacement. I decided to take the case and give it a good cleaning with water and baking soda to remove the marks on it. Came out really well! I got some before pics that I'll try to post tomorrow, or whenever I get a chance to set the parts up for Retrobriteing. Stay tuned! ]'>
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    2x 128ks, 1x Classic and Multiple Accessories

    It’s hotter and dryer, but not terrible. It depends on what part of CA. Coming from the Inland Empire, it’s a little hotter in the summer, but a little colder in the winter. It got up to 122 in June, while I think San Bernardino area reached a high of... like 110 in that time? Once you get above 110 it’s hard to notice the difference. There are more days above 100, but the humidity (or lack thereof) makes it more tolerable. The sun is more intense. Really the only exposure you get is running from the car into the AC. Also, during the summer, it never cools down at night by more than 10-15 degrees, but it can drop 30 degrees in the winter and freeze! Oddly enough, most of the plants that grew in the SB area grow here too, so ragweed is still an allergy killer!
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    2x 128ks, 1x Classic and Multiple Accessories

    Well I’m taking a year off right now, A ) to gather my bearings and B ) to qualify for in-state tuition costs. The plan currently is to get a BS in Computer Science hardware. Plus, Phoenix is sorta becoming a satellite-Silicon Valley. Google, Intel and many other companies now have satellite HQs here. Intel just reopened their chip fab in Chandler, so I have great hopes to get in there. Ultimately, moving back to California is always in the cards, but Phoenix is ever growing business-wise and has way lower cost of living. (Plus the sunsets are second to none)
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    2x 128ks, 1x Classic and Multiple Accessories

    Alrighty! Here are some quick images I took on my iPhone. (Left to Right: Classic, Working 128k, Dead 128k with RAM and SCSI upgrades). The laundry basket in the back in full of extras I picked up, like an external diskette drive (looks to be from a IIgs), keyboards (including another ADB Adjustable), and other misc add ons. Also came with an aftermarket bag for the compacts that bears a rainbow Apple. (More pics coming later). The System diskettes are the most exciting for me as I never owned a set. My 512ke and Plus never came with them. CC! Good to hear from you too! And yeah, I was near Riverside/San Bernardino. Moved about 6 months ago to Phoenix for school. Where abouts is he located? Would you mind PMing me his info? I only picked up the Apple-branded diskettes because of space limitations at my new place. He might still be interested in selling the remaining disks. Maybe try emailing him again?
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    2x 128ks, 1x Classic and Multiple Accessories

    Ahh that’s the kicker about my NOS 128k board, they’re already bad! I’ve never undertaken a solder job that large and tedious before, and never messed with surface mount. That is kinda half the reason I got the Classic too, because I know they’re notorious for bad caps and it’s a good test bed before moving on to 128k anything.
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    2x 128ks, 1x Classic and Multiple Accessories

    Hey olePigeon! Long time no talk haha. I didn’t realize you were here in Arizona too. Sorry for beating you to the punch! No tar or smoke reside, luckily (unlike my Cube had). I’m letting the machines sit long enough to make sure the bleeder caps do their job but I’ve never touched a CRT before and want to be extra cautious. Also, I forgot to put that I got a Plus keyboard with the lot but a key cap is broken off. Looks like the switch is intact but the key is busted. Awaiting further inspection.
  7. I know, it's been 1, 2, 3, no no, FOREVER since I made a post. But I had to make one about my recent conquest. Today I drove almost 2 hours to pick up a machine I've always wanted: a 128k. I got lucky and found not one, but two from the same seller! He had a lot listed for sale (including a load of floppies and a LaserWriter, but I was limited on space). He even had the original boot disks! We were able to agree on a price for the lot, or more exactly 'what ever I could take'. The Macs are in a bit worse shape then I was hoping, but I've dealt with worse (plus, the damage is more than reasonable for almost 34 year old machines). All three are yellow, the Classic got it the worst (it's almost brown). One of the 128s apparently boots but has no picture. Seller thought it might be the CRT, so we'll see. The Classic might get cannibalized for it's tube depending on it's cap situation. It boots (has HDD and RAM upgrade card), but the yellow is so bad IDK if retrobrite can bring it back. No battery damage, but I didn't get a chance to pull it. Hopefully this coming week I will. The nonfictional 128 also has, what seems to be, a 25-pin SCSI upgrade, later ROMS (dated '85), and socketed RAM (I'm thinking a 512k upgrade). The working one looks to be fully original. I'm thinking of keeping the upgraded 128 board as-is, having the bad RAM replaced on my NOS 128k board, and using that. I'll take some pics of the machines tomorrow or next week, I'm going to try and cobble together a discharge kit so I can deep clean everything.
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    haplain's never-ending quest

    Which white device? Also, is that iPod touch running the testing firmware or a full version of iOS?
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    The "I wish it was MY conquest!" Conquest Thread

    Where were they hidden? I've been looking high and low. How could I have missed those?
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    SE - Unknown 37-pin connector on back

    Yeah thats true. It probably is the FDD card.
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    SE - Unknown 37-pin connector on back

    Some form of Serial Networking TMK. Cisco used DB-37 for some networking equipment. Update: Yeah. RS449 networking would be my guess.
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    SE, Accelerator, and the aftermarket HDD.

    Thanks to Unknown_K I got the software. The program is very finicky though. It seems to actually sense that it is not the original Radius disk, so I finally just drug the extensions into the Extensions folder. Is there any app for 7.0 to make sure it is completely functional and the computer is using the 020 and co-processor?
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    TheMacGuy's Latest

    When I got the SE in today it needed cleaning. Got it all cleaned up and this is a close up: [attachment=0]DSC00505.jpg[/attachment] It has been affectionally (and appropriately) named "Lil' Slowpoke". That label was on there when I got it, so no, I did not put it on there. Also, the HDD cover isn't colored right since its an after market piece. It originally had 2 FDDs.
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    SE, Accelerator, and the aftermarket HDD.

    Guess I'll try HD SC Setup. We'll see how it goes. I think the drive was formatted with another utility as the HDDs pic is different.
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    G4 Mini

    Only if the Cube is completely toasted like the one I bought.
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