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  1. I have two compact Macs, a Classic II and and SE. Both are currently running and are in great shape with a few minor issues (no sound on my Classic II). I have been using my two Mac's regularly and curious if other people are and if so what do you use your Macs for? Here's my list: 1) Playing retro-games 2) Note taking + concepts for my non computer related personal projects 3) Currently writing a short story 4) Weekly journaling 5) Honey-Do lists / list of things that need fixing around the house
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    What just happened to my recapped Classic II?

    what your describing sounds like what happened to me once, -I installed the incorrect capacitor ..it popped and I smelled that distinct fishy smell. I replaced w/ the correct capacitor and all was well again. I was able to find the blown capacitor but it wasn't that obvious ...the end cap was just slightly puffed, but not much. But it doesn't sound like your seeing anything w/ the capacitors ...good luck, these problems are always frustrating, but extremely rewarding once you solve.
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    Recapping - Current thinking

    i say re-cap as a pre-emptive measure. Furthermore if your doing it yourself (like I did w/ my machines), -recap several at a time, like 4 or 5, then turn on machine and verify all is well. Repeat until all the caps have been replaced. It would be a headache to recap everythign at once to find that your computer will not turn or work correctly, pain in the butt trying to identify which cap was done incorrectly.
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    Classic II any hope?

    I purchased my Classic II new, stored it away and 25 years later took it out of storage. It would not turn on at all, nada, zero, nothing. Opened it up to discover that the battery leaked all over the place. After spending 4 months working on it every week night I was able to get it operate correctly again. I had to re-cap all the usual capacitors on the logic board as well as analog board. -and do some serious cleaning and run a few wires where traces were destroyed. It needed other additional work, but that is what it took to at least get it to turn on. -lots of patience and about $30ish in capacitors.
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    Help!! How to put games on floppy disk!!

    is it because he needs to write to a 400k disk that he can not use some conversion software such as "MacDisk"? I use an external usb floppy drive ($13 from Fry's) connected to my Windows 10 machine. Using MacDisk I can easily write to a 3.5" disk, then install on my mac's. Took a little trial and error but works great.
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    Macintosh classic II - office find

    Classic II's are nice, ...please restore it or give it to someone who will. I cringe at all the aquarium conversions, cut-up to become a gaming device or cleaned out to fit an LCD and Pi Macs out there. I started my Classic II up for a friend the other day, he was blown away by how cool it looked and how simple but effective the software programs are on it. They were great machines and can be very useful for many applications in their stock form. I use one of my vintage Macs about 3-5x a week for all sorts of things.
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    Macintosh Plus...should I buy?

    $50 for that Mac, ...WOW -nice!!!! Congrats.
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    Newbie could use some help with half-dead SE/30

    ..I recommend checking all the connections from the CRT to the AB, ...my SE had really bad solder joint cracks that were visible under a magnifying glass (my eyes aren't so good) ...re-soldered and that fixed a lot of my display problems.
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    Yeah, I spent about 15mins playing it yesterday ...I vaguely remember playing this one years ago, but I think it was borrowed from a friend (I remember swapping GB cartridges w/ friends).
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    ..an anchor. are you frustrated w/ your Mac today?! ...i've been there!
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    Okay, a tad off topic, but since it was brought up I wanted to share this photo. I finally got Metroid II for my GB. It was a good deal $4 including shipping ...if/when I see the original Metroid for a good deal I'll snap it up too.
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    Compgeke that is a nice SE, ...AND I am happy to see that your only a few miles north of me. I always have this feeling that I am the only one w/in hundreds of miles still using my vintage computers. Nice to know I am not alone in N. California.
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    The 3Ds and DS lite are too new for my tastes Although both are nice handhelds for sure. I have a Sony PSP but I don't consider it vintage ...it is fun though.
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    as for my fav' Device: the Game Boy Advance SP 101 -I feel this was the best GB device created for many reasons including function and form factor. Game: tough, but probably the Final Fantasy saga. Zelda is good too. So many of the GB games were ground breaking. Mario bro's was also really good. I also love the game Qix (it's not a fav' of many people, but I like it a lot). ------- One thing I love about playing vintage games, whether on the Mac or Game Boy is that there are zero ads, no coin up-sales, and most are high on addictive fun. I also feel that the physical cartridge is fun to own and touch. I love switching games. Kind of the same way we used to collect music tapes or CD's. I watch my kids today and content is all streamed, it is meaningless to my kids and doesn't have the same value that a tactile object has. well that's my thought on it.
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    I currently have: 1-Game boy original (DMG -001) -this was my original GB from 1989era. 2-Game boy colors (one was my original, the other purchased for next to nothing and I refurbished to like new) 1-Game boy pocket (ebay special) 2-Game boy advances SP (one 001 and one 101) The 001 was mine, the 101 was bought on ebay. As for games, I have about 35 original cartridges. Some still in the original box w/ the instructions, etc.. I also have a ROM emulator cartridge -so I can in essence get any game I want (including metroid)! But I enjoy collecting the original cartridges. Many times you can get most for like $3 or less. LOL! Your right, and I keep forgetting. I don't know how I missed that one back in the day. I'll have to look on eBay see what I can find!
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    ...you mentioned keeping a data catalog of your music. I am working on a catalog of my vintage game boy games.
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    Classic II "enhanced sound"

    -Mine too! ....it was a pain getting my Classic II to run ...so haven't got the energy to dig further into my sound issue either. I am fine w/ it as it is.
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    Which Was The Best Compact Mac Made?

    I own a Classic II and an SE 20mb dual floppies. I'd have to say that they both have their advantages. When new I'd have preferred the Classic II as it had more RAM and provided the ability to use a microphone. However, 30+ years later the SE is bullet proof in my opinion. No worry about cap goo and seems less temperamental. I've spent a lot of time struggling w/ my Classic II getting it to run, it finally does ...but the SE is much easier to work on and caused me a lot less hassle. Not to mention it does almost everything I want it to and can keep up w/ my Classic II no problem. so, i'd have to back Uniservers recommendation of the SE/20. +1
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    computer gaming ...I remember learning Basic via computer magazines we'd get in the mail. Each issue would have a few programs you could copy ...usually simple things like creating a waterfall, which wasn't much more than blue colors flashing on the screen with some cool water-like sounds. However I quickly figured out how Basic worked, and what the variables were for colors and sounds. Pretty soon me and some other kids in the neighborhood started creating our own programs. Real simple stuff, but it helped inspire me to become a digital designer as my profession. Those were good times!
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    macintosh classic small led customization.

    -ahh, got it ...it looked as if both the floppy drive and the screen were lit by LED's...
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    I've been fighting any urge to modernize my classics. I think it would be great for getting large files onto it but I think id get frustrated w/ a 56k modem.
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    macintosh classic small led customization.

    I think that looks great, and you can easily remove to go back to stock if you want. Nice mod'! Curious how you got the screen to light up (the second photo)?
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    Neat Macintosh Wood Case

    Thanks Khannonnd! Hayward is about an hour from me, but my sister lives in San Jose ...so I think next time I go down to visit i'll have to stop by this store.
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    games, -seems to be the big one. my current obsession is Lode Runner and Pacman. no one mentioned porn? --okay, that is a joke!
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    What Do You Do With Your Compact Mac?

    I loaded this one onto my SE, -spent about 30mins playing then died. I like it, and plan to spend more time with this one.