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I picked up a Macintosh Classic at an electronic waste roundup the other week. Despite the case being badly discoloured and giving a RAM-related Sad Mac on boot, I could tell that the Quantum HD was still spinning and the display is really sharp. The machine has its problems, and I'm wondering if it's worth refurbing. Your advice/opinions on the following are welcomed: Capacitors — I recapped the logic board and replaced the PRAM battery. The logic board caps had all leaked, and cleaning up the mess was not fun. The battery, though dead, hadn't leaked. The Fishy Smell — The analogue board looks clean, and the display is steady and sharp. The machine still smells pretty rancid when it warms up, though. I thought I'd cleaned all of the capacitor goo off the logic board (even the stuff crusted under the SCSI controller), but maybe the smell is some left over. Floppy Drive — the SuperDrive doesn't recognize formatted disks. If you let it format one, it clicks through all 80 tracks formatting, then verifies, then reverifies, then spits the disk out with an error. I haven't cleaned the heads or done any of the lubrication tricks yet. RAM — the two 30 pin SIMMs on the daughtercard don't seem to be recognized, so unless I set the jumper to “SIMM not present”, I get the Sad Mac. I tried alternative SIMMs from a local salvage place, but got mostly the same errors. As is, I'm stuck with 2 MB until I work out what's up. Do these daughtercards ever fail? Case — cosmetically horrid, with yellow discoloration on the main case and keyboard. So display, hard drive (completely with slightly messed-up 7.1 installation), keyboard and mouse are fine. I realise that an 8 MHz 68000 ain't all that, so I'm wondering if further work on this is worth the effort.
I love my Floppy Emu from BigMessOWires.com. Specially he hard drive emulation mode. However it always bothered me that it did not have a case. I hopped that someone would at some point post cool retro design for a 3D Printer but so far no luck. So I decided to make my own. I wanted to be retro so I went through all my non working retro junk and settled on a broken Atari Cartridge. It requires some cutting so the screen shows but it fits in. Here are the pictures of how it looks. I am still hoping one day to run into a broken Apple Floppy or something to convert into a case, but for now it will do.
Elfen posted a topic in Mac II, Quadra & CentrisAlong with my PM6500, I pulled out my Q950 out of storage. I lucked out, the battery did not explode. But first thing I noticed was that the logic board was not in place properly. In looking about, there were more broken plastic pieces in the case. Removing the board, and cleaning it up of the broken pieces, I got the logic board to fit in place properly. It is obvious that somebody was as its side door was open, and for a while something moved inside. That has to be cleaned up. I'll be using an alcohol/soap mixture and a scrub brush to clean out the inside of the case in the bathtub. But all these broken plastic pieces. I will need a couple of front bezels and figure out something for the support rail in the front of the machine by the drives, but remember, this thing fell out of a four story window when I got it. The case is cracked in several places, but it's still together. So what glue would be best to fix the broken parts inside? I'm also going to need a hard drive for it; I have it's original drive in the IIfx. How much do Q950 bezels go for on ebay? It does turn on and does Bong. Thank God! I just need to clean her up and give her some plastic surgery.