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  1. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to see if I can use one of the files (LaserWriter or Personal LaserWriter SC?) to get the printer to work. I'm guessing I just drag the appropriate file into the system folder or the Chooser menu? (I don't recall how, or if, I had to install my ImageWriter II driver but I think it had an actual installer.) I run System 6 on all of my machines except for my PB 165 at the moment. When I get my SCSI-2-SD up and running and have the hard drive backed up, I'm going to format the drive and install System 7.1. I did a poll on Twitter and 7.1 got the most vote
  2. Picked this up today: I've always wanted a laser printer, but they have always been out of my price range so we've always had cheap(er) inkjet printers. Today I finally made my dream of owning a laser printer come true with this Apple LaserWriter IIsc from 1989. Found it on a Craigslist link posted here on the forums, but it was actually being sold by a guy who lives here in town and works at my university. Nice guy and had some great stories to tell. The seller is the original owner of this printer. He purchased it new for over $3k in high school, and he used it with his
  3. I've been in Kansas City all day. Just got back - 1 a.m. here. Here was today's (or yesterday's?) haul, courtesy of @Stillwell. He had some things that nobody else wanted, so I saved some of it from going to the electronics recycler. First up, a Macintosh 512k-turned-Plus. This Plus has the official Apple upgrade kit. Unfortunately, he sold the keyboard and mice and I probably won't buy (at least not right now) a pair for this computer - essentially, it's a "display" computer (plus maybe future project?) However, it's EXTREMELY yellow - I haven't seen a Mac this yellow.
  4. I knew it was going to be different, but I wasn't sure how much configuration I'd have to do in regards to the firmware. The system I'm running it on is a Macintosh SE with an '030 accelerator card (hence why I couldn't just use the FloppyEmu in HD-20 mode.) It seems like most people have an image with an OS on it, but I just have a blank image as I want to use it to get files off the existing internal drive.
  5. I'm new to the world of SCSI-2-SD, though I've been using a FloppyEmu for a while now with no major issues. I purchased an external SCSI-2-SD (v5.5) so I can make a back-up of the SuperSE's internal drive, share the contents of the drive with the previous owner, and transfer files between the SuperSE and my modern Mac when I get the internal drive formatted and System 7.1 installed. I created a volume image on the microSD card that I ordered with the SCSI-2-SD, but it will not mount or show up on the vintage Macs. The image was successfully initialized in Mini vMac, where it appear
  6. Thanks for your response. I've seen several of your videos, but had not come across that particular one until karrots posted it. (Thanks!) I think I'll go ahead and purchase the SuperLube grease and oil, since it appears pretty easy to work with and you can mix them. (My main concern is accidentally using too much and possibly causing additional problems down the road.) I haven't watched the entire video, but skimmed through it and saw you opened up the eject motor gearbox to inspect the gears and lubricate them. I'm hoping this isn't a dumb question - but should I go ahead and do
  7. Thank you so much! Also, in the end of your video you mention something about a follow-up video. (IIRC, something about rebuilding the gears.) Is it recommended that you do that? At least on my Classic, the gears looked to be in good shape and the drive functioned fine before and after the job.
  8. Recently, I was introduced into the world of cleaning and lubricating floppy drives after practicing on my Classic's 1.44MB SuperDrive. The drive works fine, but now I'd like to turn my attention to the drive in my SuperSE, which was the drive I originally planned on using as a guinea pig since it doesn't work very well. It's extremely dirty (needs to be shot with some compressed air), and just doesn't load or eject smoothly. I've been trying to buy some cleaning supplies and lubricants, but have been having a hard time. I watched @LaPorta's video (very detailed) and couldn't find
  9. Will add to this - go ahead and recap both the logic AND analog boards at the same time. It will reduce headaches either in the short or long-term. I had to find out the hard way, as I had the logic board in my Classic recapped and a week later the analog board had issues. The caps on the analog board had leaked enough to eat through the silkscreen on some of the traces on the reverse side. It could've been worse if left unchecked longer, and just demonstrates that recapping these machines is almost as important as removing/replacing the PRAM batteries, as the caps can (and will) do damage eve
  10. I had a similar problem in my PB 165, as noted in my linked post. IIRC, you can separate the two halves of the case with the battery still installed. I believe I did that and salvaged the case edge/door to conceal the empty bay. When separating the halves of the case, be careful of the I/O door (if still installed) and the ribbon cable connecting the display to the logic board. Jason's Macintosh Museum has a good disassembly video that (IMHO) is far better than the guide Apple provided in their documentation. (Disassembly begins at 13:30)
  11. I have a Kensington System Saver for my SuperSE, but I know there were other similar products made for cooling the early compact Macs. Perhaps the funniest "solution" was the MacChimney.
  12. I'll try it out later, but you should be able to get the date of manufacture by decoding the serial number or (less accurately) looking at the date code on components. My Classic's serial number is E1186xx... meaning it was made in the 18th week of 1991 in Singapore. The date codes on components inside seem to support that as being correct. The first letter (or two, in some cases) indicates where the machine was made - F: Fremont, CA; CK: Cork, Ireland; E= Singapore. The number directly after the location is the year (9= 1989, 0= 1990, 1= 1991, etc.) and the two after that is the
  13. Sorry to bring this back up. I successfully cleaned and lubricated the 1.44MB SuperDrive in my 1991 Classic this past weekend using 70% alcohol (we didn't have any 90% available) and some liquid, spray-on lubricant. (I don't know what the name of it was... @Stillwell may know since we worked together on this project and he had the lubricants/tools/etc.) I'm ordering lubricants and solutions for cleaning my own drives. I got the 91% isopropyl alcohol, and 3-in-1 oil. However, I can't find the lubricant in the white jar. Is there a suitable replacement for it, or where can I purchase
  14. This is awesome... I'm envious. I hope you can get it up and running and can demonstrate it for MARCHintosh. P.S. - MARCHintosh isn't just YouTube videos. I've been blogging throughout MARCHintosh, and Tweeting my posts (along with trying to re-Tweet MARCHintosh content from other enthusiasts.) If you have a website/blog, you can still post. I'd be more than happy to share MARCHintosh content on my Twitter if you post this or anything else.
  15. First, welcome to the 68kMLA forums, @Chad H. The Classic is one of my more favorite machines (it was actually the first vintage Mac I purchased) but it has some flaws. First, I will note that I've had issues with the memory expansion card wandering out of its socket on the logic board. This can create all sorts of fun and scary symptoms, such as those in your pictures, but reseating the card will usually fix the problems unless there's something more serious going on. I would start there. After opening the machine, go ahead and remove the PRAM battery. The battery can
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