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Funny how every time I think I've finally left this hobby behind, it seems to pull me back in...

 

I've watched this forum from the sidelines for many years. Bought my first Mac (and began collecting) in the 1990s. Was in the business from 2005-2010, dealt in hundreds of used Macs while continuing to accumulate a large personal collection -- most of which was eventually sold. Since that time, I've been nothing more than a typical home user, other than the occasional acquisition & overhaul of a vintage PowerBook.

 

When my area's stay-at-home order first began, I got to cleaning house and found my old SE (one of the few desktops I'd saved) at the back of a closet -- put there years ago because its hard drive had died followed by its floppy drive shortly thereafter. Before I knew it, it was back on my desk with its RAM maxed out, converted back to (freshly-rebuilt) dual floppy drives, and with a new 500MB external hard drive assembled from spare parts I'd forgotten I had.

 

Seems getting that machine back to working has lit the fire in me again, so to speak. When I saw these on my local Craigslist (at a price well worth the 2 hour drive) I couldn't resist:

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Got especially excited when I saw this:

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As well as this, but in a different way >:(< - although I imagine whomever put it there had good intentions:

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Based on the background in the seller's photos, and the machines' overall condition -- I suspect a tenant left them behind in an office building and that they sat for years. I've never seen a group of computer cases with so much accumulated dust & grime (the lot also included an ImageWriter II that I haven't cleaned up yet).

 

 

The 512K (upgraded to a Plus) had something rattling around inside - my heart sank a little when it fell out, but at least I've got a spare to replace where this came from:

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Opened it up, and.......:/  Where's the Micah Drive ???

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Flyback looks interesting....

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Didn't have a lot of hope for this machine, yet somehow....I seem to get lucky with compact Macs.

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I'll get the floppy drive replaced and see if this machine keeps working....

 

This guy needs help, but might be salvageable:

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I cleaned up the Performa 400/LC II to find its case plastics actually look great....and the inside is spotless:

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....but I plugged it in to hear the "ticking" reminiscent of the day my Duo Dock died, years ago. 

Can't decide if I want to take a chance getting this one running again. I can't solder due to a tremor in my hands -- and don't want to buy a replacement power supply only to find out the logic board is in immediate need of recapping.

 

The board does look about as good as I could ask for, though. When I opened the case, I was half expecting to see the aftermath of a battery "bomb".

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Thanks for reading....

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Dang, sorry about the missing MICAH, but way cool sticker and fan hack (part of the conversion?) to have in the new collection. Nice haul overall, any ZFP case is well worth having if only to raise your SE to a more ergonomic height.

 

And welcome aboard!

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Congrats on the working 512 - shame about the drive, but honestly I find that these exotic hacked together mods from the early day seem to be so fragile as to barely be worth it. Cool if they work though. 

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21 hours ago, elbaroni said:

Congrats on the working 512 - shame about the drive, but honestly I find that these exotic hacked together mods from the early day seem to be so fragile as to barely be worth it. Cool if they work though. 

 

There turned out to be a silver lining - when installed, the Micah Drive sits right up against the back case. With it being gone, there was enough room to move the fan to the inner side of the case and install a grill I found on Amazon.

 

I don't think I could ever bring myself to hack up a compact Mac's case - but it was nice to be able to turn someone else's ugly mod into a somewhat attractive one that also serves a beneficial purpose. All that's left is replacing the floppy drive (and cleaning the last remaining bit of dirt off the power switch).

 

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I rolled over and ordered a recapped power supply for the Performa. Hopefully it will arrive tomorrow - and I'll know if the rest of the machine (and the RAM upgrade I also bought for it) works. That one is as mint-looking of a vintage Mac as I've ever seen.

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Nice haul, and that's a really nice badge on the compact Mac there.

 

Welcome to the forum :)

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@TAinKC I looked at your username - do you happen to live in the Kansas City area? I remember someone had one of those Micah Macs up for sale here in Jefferson City a while back but I passed on it.

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8 hours ago, Garrett said:

@TAinKC I looked at your username - do you happen to live in the Kansas City area? I remember someone had one of those Micah Macs up for sale here in Jefferson City a while back but I passed on it.

Yes, that would be this one. If you're a Missouri native, you might appreciate the manufacturer of this external drive too.

It's nowhere near as nice as the 512K I had years ago (and shouldn't have sold) but this machine has been a fun project. Still needs a keyboard....

 

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I knew that machine looked familiar because I remember the Micah sticker on the front. It showed up for sale a while back, but if I remember it was out of my price range. (Though not badly priced for a 128k/512k machine.) Plus I wanted something a little bit newer to start my collection with.

 

I haven't really heard of Micah or APS, so I'm not sure of their history. Though I am a Missouri native - born, raised and still live in Central Missouri.

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