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  1. It's not really that big of a deal. As for System 7, I've thought about it but I'm hesitant to. The Classic is still running its factory installation of 6.0.7 and I'm not really wanting to upgrade from that because I don't want to get rid of the volume. I could probably run System 7 on my SE, but I only have enough memory to bring it to 3 MB, and it lacks an internal hard drive. (Though with the addition of the FloppyEmu and HD-20 support, I'm guessing that's not a huge issue.) Even then, I believe QuickTime requires at least a 68020, which I don't have.
  2. Unfortunately, it didn't work - at least in Basilisk II and Mini vMac. In Basilisk, 7th Symphony gave me an error when trying to play the converted (3 second) clip. In Mini vMac, System 6 couldn't even open the weird file formats 7th Symphony is in. So I guess that's the end of the road... oh well, it's not the biggest deal. I still can't figure out ConcertWare and I guess that, too, is the end of the road. Thanks for your suggestions - it's greatly appreciated. In other audio-related shenanigans, I noticed the audio output on my 1988 Macintosh SE seems to be really hot, as previou
  3. I've never used ResEdit, but having to go a roundabout way is probably a red flag that modern .mid files will not work with ConcertWare MIDI Player. The MIDI files play just fine under Arnold's MIDI Player, but that requires System 7 and QuickTime. It's one of those things that I want to do just to be able to do it, there's no reason behind it and it doesn't need to sound great. (In fact, I know it's not going to sound great.) I'm assuming you'd mix the audio file to the specs (22kHz, 8-bit depth, mono) and export as an AIFF in a modern DAW such as Audacity or Adobe Audition. Ho
  4. I actually use BBEdit on my modern Mac and have thought about possibly putting BBEdit on the compact Macs, but I'm not sure. I don't think I'll be writing HTML code on them very often, leaving that up to my modern MacBook Pro. However, I'm currently working on writing content for a section of my website I'm revamping shortly using Word 4.0 and converting it to RTF files when completed. I may even write my blog post discussing the FloppyEmu using the Classic and Word 4.0 or the SE and TeachText. (I may use TeachText on the SE because I feel the SE hasn't got much use. Unfortunately, with just 1
  5. The latest addition to my vintage computer collection isn't a computer itself, but rather an accessory that will make using these machines easier and more enjoyable. I finally purchased a FloppyEmu for use with both the Classic and SE. Currently I've been loading floppy disk images, but I'd like to eventually get the HD-20 emulation running so I can have a virtual "hard drive" for the SE. The FloppyEmu works well on both machines, though (as expected) the SE doesn't like it when you try to load a high-density 1.4MB disk image - which is why I'm hoping to get the HD-20
  6. Definitely looks like it was too close to a heat source, especially with the slight discoloration. When I was a kid, my mom turned on a burner that had a portable electric range sitting adjacent to it. Ended up melting the little pilot lamp/LED on it. Was nowhere as bad as the time I plugged in the FryDaddy to fry something and accidentally left the rubber cap on. That was a huge f***ing mess...
  7. I think I'll just leave it on unless I go somewhere or go to bed, as Dog Cow pointed out. I just didn't know if there was any risks associated with leaving it on for long periods of time. It probably is better for it than switching it off/on multiple times throughout the day. When I switch it off, I usually unplug it for the reason Torbar pointed out.
  8. Ever since I got my 1991 Macintosh Classic recapped and back up and running, I've noticed I've developed the bad habit of turning it off and back on a couple times a day. As in I'll do something with it, turn it off, and turn it on a couple hours later when I want to do something else. I've read this can be harmful to the computer, I'm guessing especially to the (original Quantum ProDrive LPS) hard drive. Is it okay to turn the computer on and leave it on for several hours, even if I'm not using it? It has an AfterDark screensaver installed to protect the screen from burn-in, and I
  9. I think it's pretty clear that I won't be able to network these two computers together without additional software or upgrading one of them to System 7. And, since I don't have a floppy drive, FloppyEmu/SCSI-2-SD or anything of the sort, that's not going to happen. (Not to mention the FloppyEmu would essentially make AppleTalk and networking essentially useless, at least for what I want to do.) I thought AppleTalk and file sharing was standard on pretty much all Macintosh models going back to the early models. I guess not...
  10. I'll try again, but as previously mentioned both machines are running versions of System 6. (System 6.0.7 and 6.0.8 on the Classic and SE, respectively. The Classic is the "host.") Enabling AppleTalk on the Classic doesn't do anything, because when I turn on the SE it doesn't show up in the Chooser? Perhaps I'm still missing something or I'm forgetting something. I usually plug the cable into both machines, power the Classic on, THEN power the SE on, then enable AppleTalk on the Classic. With that said, do I need to enable AppleTalk on the SE and restart it or something? There are
  11. Does it come off easy if needed? I just want something that will protect those traces so it doesn't cause any issues later down the road. Is it worth paying extra $$$ and buying the proper conformal coating?
  12. So the nail polish should be good? I don't have a soldering iron, and I don't have any of the other chemicals or conformal coating. I'll try to apply it tomorrow.
  13. A week ago I received the analog board for my 1991 Macintosh Classic back from having it re-capped. It works pretty well, but the guy who recapped it suggested that I add some fingernail polish over exposed copper traces (the nasty electrolyte ate away the silkscreen) to protect them from the elements/humidity. I just wanted to double-check: will fingernail polish work fine? I bought LA Colors "Rapid Dry Top Coat" clear nail polish at Walmart for less than $1. (It says it's flammable and to keep away from heat/flame.) I'm assuming I just spread it over the exposed copper? Hopefully
  14. It appears to be an Apple-branded serial cable. Below is a photo of one end of the cable. Both ends plugged right in to the printer ports on both computers. End also has "TWNPI3" and 590-0552-A molded in.
  15. Hmm... that's interesting. IIRC, Apple wanted each facility to make a specific model in the early 90s instead of making different machines for a specific region. I believe the high-end machines (II, Quadra series) were to be made in Fremont, the LC (and possibly SE/30?) was to be made in Ireland and the Classic/Classic II and other low-end machines (SE and Plus?) in Singapore. I don't think this ever panned out. I have a Singapore-made machine (1991 Classic) and a Fremont-made machine ('88 SE.) Now all I need is an Irish machine to complete my bingo card.
  16. Back in the day, Apple offered an upgrade kit where you could upgrade your 128k/512k to a Plus. I believe that usually changed the bucket, but kept the original face of the machine. Also, I believe that many European models were built in Fremont (and later Singapore) and not just Ireland. Likewise, I believe there are many models sold here in America (seems to be especially true with the SE/30) that were made in Ireland.
  17. So I guess I am missing something... I knew it couldn't be as easy as plugging the serial cable into the two machines. I'm not going to lie, I'm getting slightly confused by all of the "xxxTalk" systems out there - AppleTalk, LocalTalk, etc. Either way, I'm guessing I would need to get an adapter. Since I plan on getting the FloppyEmu (which will eliminate most of the problems via SneakerNet) I'd rather just wait. The ethernet card for the SE sounds interesting, especially with the possibility of connecting the computer to the internet. (I'm guessing that could happen, if I upgrad
  18. Since my SE can only read/write to double-density disks and all my software is on high-density disks, I've been thinking of a temporary workaround to test out software on the SE until I get a FloppyEmu for my Classic and SE. I recently got my Classic up and running, and I had an idea to use AppleTalk as a way to move files (applications) to the SE for testing. The SE came with a serial cable that fits perfectly into the printer and modem slots. I tried setting them up last night but had no luck whatsoever. On the Classic I go into Chooser and make AppleTalk active. However, on the
  19. I'll try to tackle cleaning and lubricating the disk drives in December when I have a lot of down time. I'm just not the most mechanically inclined, and I have a habit of messing something up or skipping over a crucial step. But I'll give it a try and follow along with the video. After all, I'm really trying to learn the ropes of the hobby. As for the bag, should I be able to wash it in the "high efficiency" front-load machines in our building, with a little bit of detergent? I'm guessing just put it on the "normal" setting for 30 minutes with cold water? Thankfully it appears I ha
  20. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not sure how far I'll want to go in terms of "restoring" the SE. If I ever have the machine completely disassembled (such as to retrobrite in the future) I'll probably go ahead and try your method. Until then, I think I can live with the odor. It's noticeable, but not horrible or breath-taking. Unfortunately, the bag is what smells the worst. I'd like to keep the carrying bag since (from what I've seen) they're not exactly cheap, and it works pretty well. It just needs a good cleaning. But I'm afraid there's probably no good way to get the odor out of it.
  21. Status update on the SE: it's alive, sorta. Friday I got the 6.0.8 boot floppy. The SE booted right into it, with no issues. Everything seems to be working fine, and then some. After 32 years, the original Varta battery has appeared to have held a charge. The system date was spot-on, and the time was only off by about an hour. Incredible. It has even seemed to "saved" the previous owner's favorite system sound - the monkey. I'm guessing my next step in this project is to go ahead and remove the floppy drives to clean and lubricate them. (I
  22. Is there a good place to purchase blank 800k/Double Density disks? I went ahead and ordered the 6.0.8 system boot floppy, but just realized all my software is on High Density disks that will only work in my Classic. All of the ones on eBay I could find had the system software already installed. Obviously, it's not a huge problem because I plan to get the FloppyEmu. But I think it would be nice to have at least some software on floppies, and have some blank floppies as backups.
  23. I thought macOS dropped support from writing to floppies way back before APFS. I guess to write it I would need to transfer the file to my Macintosh Classic, then copy it over to a 800k disk. But it sounds like 800k disks can be quite rare. I went ahead and purchased a 6.0.8 boot floppy for the SE on eBay. Which is actually one version newer than what's on my Classic - which is 6.0.7. I've thought about this but these are the only two vintage Macs I have at this point, and I plan on getting a FloppyEmu at some point in the (hopefully near) future. With that said, I think th
  24. I have not lubricated or cleaned the floppy drives on both machines, though I'd like to do it. Both drives in the SE seem to work really well (I believe the seller said the machine sat in storage for 10+ years) and the drive on the Classic also seems to work well. How do you clean/lubricate the drives? If it's okay, could I PM my address to you? I don't really mind if the boot material is original or not, but I'd really like to get the SE booted into an operating system like System 6. I can cover the cost of postage, although I don't think it'd be that much considering it'd likely
  25. I'll clip out the battery next time I have it apart. That speaker connector really threw me. I think I'm going to leave the battery out of the SE, since it's probably not going to be used as much, and it doesn't have the brightness settings in software. (Which is nice.) Does anyone have a system software boot disk that I can use for this machine? I don't have a floppy drive (or 800k floppies, either) and it didn't come with any floppies. (Strangely, it did come with the two yellow floppy drive protector inserts and the original mouse pad.) I plan on picking up a FloppyEmu in the fu
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