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Took a gamble on a Mac Plus and SE that appeared to have accelerator cards...

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I finally received the second machine today. It's an SE with a Radius 16 accelerator. The only reason it was on my radar at all was that the seller had posted a photo of it starting up with the Radius badge, as you can see below. (I am unable to upload images to this forum now, and they don't seem to want to display as inline images, so I have linked them.)

 

https://mightyjabba.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/radius_mac_se1.jpg

 

The bottom internal floppy seems to be broken and always think there is a disk inserted, so I have disconnected it for now. The top internal floppy is missing because this machine has an internal hard disk. However, it seems to not be working.

 

https://mightyjabba.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/radius_mac_se2.jpg

 

Here is the board. I assume I should go ahead and snip off that Varta battery? The machine does boot up when using the Floppy Emu in floppy disk mode. I got "write state changed" error when trying to use hard disk mode, but that was before I disconnected the internal floppy, so it might work now. It reports 4MB of RAM. 

 

https://mightyjabba.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/radius_mac_se3.jpg

 

Any ideas about possibly getting the hard disk to work?

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Well I fixed the floppy drive but the hard disk may be a lost cause. I can’t even open it up because one of the screws is stripped. Does anyone know if the Radius cards require software like the other accelerator I have?

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Thanks for the help again, Crutch. I have been having some issues testing this new machine out because it won't normally boot with either SCSI2SD or Floppy Emu attached, so I'm stuck with what I can get on a floppy. However, I did discover completely by accident that if you hold down the mouse button at boot you will get a menu that allows you to disable various things. If I disable the accelerator, Floppy Emu will work, and probably SCSI2SD as well, but I haven't tried that yet. And it also seems somewhat slower with the accelerator disabled, so I'm thinking that I'm getting the benefits even without the drivers. 

 

I tried copying the Radius files to a floppy but every time I try to open the floppy on the machine I get a bomb error. Not sure what to make of that.

 

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