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  1. Apple IIe with accessories for how much?!

    Thanks for looking, Nathan! Anyways, there's two reasons why I'm storing my program on a cassette. One, I'm attempting a little more variety with storing programs. Two, cassettes were a major part of Transformers. So much so, that I made the cassette look like Laserbeak or Buzzsaw. After all, it is a Transformers game that I'm making for the Apple II. It fits the theme perfectly!
  2. Apple IIe with accessories for how much?!

    The cassette was brand new and sealed until I recently used it for the Apple, and when the game is done I hope to post the audio file online so people can put it on their own cassettes or floppies. Also, that card is in fact a modem card, a Hayes MicroModem IIe to be exact. I might sell it, so if I can, I'll put it up in the Trading Post or eBay. Thanks for your concern on the cassette, and thanks for looking!
  3. Apple IIe with accessories for how much?!

    You want it, you got it: Here are some more pictures of my Apple IIe find, along with its place at my "computer command center"! Pictures from PA: Pictures of the whole set: Game I'm making in Applesoft BASIC: Some of the floppies
  4. Apple IIe with accessories for how much?!

    Update: I'm back in Pennsylvania for a little bit, and I visited the antiques store I got the Apple IIe from again. I found some more stuff! This time, I found TWO boxed and packaged Apple Disk II floppy drives (anyone want my old one? It's in excellent shape!), a boxed and packaged Apple Monitor II, and a variety of manuals and paperwork that wasn't found when I got just the computer. Total cost: $25 for those items! Pics can be posted upon request!
  5. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Another update - there's a small(-ish) quirk with my Macintosh Portable. Recently, I reassembled the computer after I got the recapped motherboard back some time ago, and fired it up with a fresh battery. And guess what happened? Flashing screen and buzzing hard disk. Again. I just don't know what's up with it. The machine was indeed recapped, but it did the same thing it did in the beginning, this time with loud and crisp sound as a result of the recapping. One work-around to getting it to boot up is to plug the power adapter into the computer before the issue occurs on startup, and then it boots up and works. But after that, if it tries to make a sound when I'm changing the volume, there's an alert or if I'm playing a game, it crashes and goes back to the flashing and buzzing. Any way to fix this? Thanks!
  6. Apple IIe with accessories for how much?!

    Here's a late update: I got a power cable for the IIe the day after I bought it, and it works like a charm! I was also able to identify the cards inside. There was a 1978 Apple Disk II Controller Card, an Apple Super Serial Card, a Mouse Interface Card and an Applied Engineering RamWorks II 80-column/memory upgrade card. I removed the MicroModem IIe card and jack from the system because it might be unnecessary to me. I also bought a Disk II on eBay, and the drive compliments the system well! Also, I found more floppies in a smaller, yet similar case when I bought the power cable. All of the software works fine, and I'm glad I got this huge bargain! BTW, remember how I said that the IIe bundle's approximate value was $300? I looked up sales online of what they have sold for, and my entire bundle (including floppies and the floppy drive) could actually total to about $700! It's amazing what you can find in these stores. Anyways, I've been home for a month since the trip, and the IIe has replaced the IIc on my "computer command" table. I even have a cassette player hooked up to it for cassette programs! If you guys want more pictures, just let me know!
  7. I'm currently in Pennsylvania right now, and I came across something very worthwhile - I went to a vintage computer store today, but I only got an ADB low-power mouse there. Even though there were Macintosh IIs and Apple II Pluses as far as the eye could see, they weren't in good shape and they were kind of pricey. But that's only a taste of what happened. On our way back to the house, we stopped by an antique store we usually visit on these trips to the state, and I found...(drumroll, please) a boxed Apple IIe, with hardware enhancements, a good supply of cards inside, an Apple IIc mouse, an Apple IIe joystick, a MicroModem IIe expansion card, an Apple IIe numeric keypad and at least 30 different floppies. And guess how much it cost - $15 total! That's right, I found this ~$300 value for just $15! And it's in very good shape, too! Unfortunately, it did not come with a power cable or floppy drive, but I can find those online. Be sure to let me know what you think! More pics can be provided upon request.
  8. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Guess what guys - an update! I just mailed uniserver the bare motherboard for a nice, good, soothing re-cap! Yes, after all this time, I've done it! But there's a reason why it took half a year to do this. It's because we didn't have the time or money to order uniserver's fantastic service. We've been VERY busy, and had to put the project on the back burner for a while. But recently, I managed to successfully take the Portable apart, (without breaking anything) and remove the motherboard. It's currently on its way to uniserver's workshop, so it should be there by Wednesday. But before I say anything else, let me tell you this. The reason I started this thread in the first place was because I was trying to fix a very specific issue with it - the glitching screen and buzzing hard disk. I did my homework, searching high and low across the forums and the internet and found nothing. That's way I started this thread in the first place. I thought it was just a connection or battery issue, but it turned out that the caps were the issue (which I hoped that wasn't it!). Fortunately, that issue will be behind us, as my Macintosh Portable will begin a new life! I thank you all for helping me along this rough, rocky road to the finish line! There was a little quirk in the beginning, but now this is mutually understood. If it wasn't for uniserver's outrageous re-capping service, many Macintosh Portables would have never seen the light of day again! Again, thank you all, and a special thanks to uniserver for being very skilled in the field of computer repair!
  9. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Thanks, Khan. I'll consider seeking a replacement HD after the recap, but there's two main issues with getting it replaced: 1. The exact model of hard disk is very hard to find online. I know there are similar models that will work just fine, though. Problem is, though, they're expensive. 2. The screws holding the hard disk and the bracket together appear to be Torx screws, so it requires a special bit for that. But I think I have the proper Torx bit, so I will remove the bracket and check for liquid on the HD. If there is, I will replace it. If there isn't, I might be in good shape - for now. But where would I check on the HD or bracket for the liquid?
  10. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Khan, this may be a little confusing, but here's the surprising part: The hard disk isn't dead. It has spun up, functioned and the computer booted off of it several times, but it can be very picky every now and then. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Before, the computer used to spit nonsense onto the screen and give me random Sad Mac error codes because the hard disk wouldn't cooperate. Now, it doesn't do that anymore. I get the cursor without any issues at all and the hard disk spins up. When it boots up, I get the desktop, but the computer will keep going to sleep every 10 seconds, because it says "No battery reserve power remains." Now before I have to be reminded again, I am aware that the caps are the likely cause. I have been told this several times, and I'm currently planning on having the logic board recapped as soon as possible because I acknowledge what techknight and Uniserver are saying. But I'm trying to focus on one thing at a time, because we all have a life to live here. Work, sleep, we all have a lot of other things to do along with fixing old Macintosh Portables. But sometime during this repair process, I'll see what other issues I have to fix, like the battery connection, which is probably contributing to (not the only cause of) the sleep issue. I've been using alligator clips (because that's all I have at the moment), so I'm trying to find battery terminals for both the compartment and the new battery. And if the speaker is still faulty after recapping, I'll replace that, too. Hopefully all of you will understand what I'm trying to say, and thanks again!
  11. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    All right, I'll take your advice and have the thing recapped as soon as I can. Wish me luck!
  12. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Sorry, but no, I have not yet had a chance to recap the machine between then and now. BUT...it does boot up right away and it boots very quickly, even if I haven't recapped it yet. No Sad Macs on startup anymore. It will even boot from an external SCSI! However, there might be an issue with the software or the battery might need some time to charge, because I get a "no reserve power remains" warning after it boots. Between 1 to 15 seconds or after it loads something, it will go to sleep. When I wake it up, it will do one of two things: It will repeat the previous stated action or it will give me a bomb error saying either "address error" or "illegal instruction". The same bombs are also likely during bootup, occuring during the "Welcome to Macintosh" message or while the desktop begins loading. The illegal instruction bomb is the one that appears the most. The sound is still very quiet from the speaker, but it will work if I plug in headphones. But if I leave a bomb error on the screen for a while with headphones plugged in, it will begin making high-pitched wails, which stop once I reboot. Also, if I unplug the computer to let it run on the new battery, it will say the battery is charging and without any juice in it if I open the Battery DA, but that's not true. Maybe I should get the proper connectors at some point. So with that said, I will look into recapping, but there are two concerns: 1. It's expensive and shipping may be a hassle. 2. It's risky because if I disassemble the machine to get to the logic board, I'm worried that I'll lose all the progress I've made in trying to repair this beautiful device. And yes, I understand that recapping IS a priority if you're trying to repair a 27-year old Macintosh Portable, but it's possible that the caps might not be the issue. But you know what they say: Better to be safe than sorry. Thanks, techknight!
  13. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Gave it a little time with the battery, and guess what - the hard disk works again!
  14. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    Got my new battery today, and I've actually managed to identify the source of the main problem - the hard disk! If I disconnect it from the board, the computer will give me the blinking floppy disk icon without any problems. The disk images I used for the floppies might be damaged, though: They will give me a system error after giving me the desktop and abruptly going to sleep or not boot at all, which is strange. But still, I'm one step closer to fixing this thing! Once I get the spade terminals and wires all ready, I'll be able to properly connect my battery to the computer. However, I may have to replace the hard disk because it doesn't work properly, but I'll see to that after the battery is installed because it may work correctly if the battery is put in. Thank you all for guiding me along on this fun adventure!
  15. Macintosh Portable M5120 Repairs

    The recap service is by "morestuffuniwho," which I can safely guess is Uniserver. Looks like I know who to turn to! Thank you all!
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