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Their prices have also gone way up, I remember buying a Quicksilver G4 from them for like $45 and shipping and now they have a beat up Sawtooth listed for $100.

 

I miss the old Maven, the one that helped me get into Macs by selling working machines for $30-50. I actually got my first Mac from them, my Performa 630CD. Was like $50 shipped.

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I keep thinking I'm done, I'll never score anything again, it's all over... and then I run across something cool.

 

First score was actually like a few months ago, I picked up a IIcx, a couple small Apple monitors and some peripherals, all unknown condition for 10 bucks.  IIcx was DOA, battery dead, caps leaked everywhere.  Recapped, cleaned it up, converted to CR2032 battery and it works great!  Even came with 32MB RAM and an ethernet card.

 

Second score was yesterday/today.  Found a Facebook ad for "free old TVs" and spotted a 12" pizza box monitor so I went and grabbed that and a cool little CGA 9" CRT.  I asked the lady if they have anything else and was told that they do, they're cleaning out an estate house that was lived in by someone who operated a computer repair place and that I could stop by today to look around.

 

Well, the house was absolutely awful.  Filthy, junk everywhere as expected.  The guy had huge piles of newspapers, boxes, paperwork, just a disaster in general.  But weird things stashed here and there - brand new K-Mart box fans from the 70's I'm guessing, boxes upon boxes of brand new but very old cabinet hardware, lots of brand new tools that had never been opened.... and occasionally some brand new computer parts.  I bought several NIB IDE hard drives for $25.  I also got some pizza box LCs for free - looks like two LCs and two LCIIs, one with a broken lid and another with a broken LCIII lid.  No battery explosions but some rust.  All complete, three network cards, one Apple IIe card, all full of hard drives, RAM and VRAM.  There was a Classic II there that I tried to get as well but they wanted to keep it... no loss... it had been dropped and the case was broken.  I was hoping to find more Apple stuff but didn't run across anything else.

 

I think the coolest thing that I saw was a Data General Eclipse machine.  I have no idea if it was complete/working/etc.  I thought about trying to buy it but it is gigantic, very heavy, and I just have no room for it.

 

 

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Well... good news!  I was quite surprised that all four of these fired right up.  Three power supplies were dead, two hard drives spin up and then spin down, one won't spin at all, one works fine.  All of the logic boards have some rust on/around the output ports and all are filthy and need to be recapped.  I have one good LC lid, one good LC bottom, one good LCII bottom... the rest of the cases are broken in some way unfortunately.

 

I recapped the best looking LCII board last night and while it works, I have no sound for some reason.  Maybe will try washing it and see if that helps.  I have sound on the other three boards at this point.

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I washed the other three boards with dish soap and water, rinsed with distilled water and flushed with denatured alcohol last night.  Took them into my lair and recapped one of the LC boards - works great now!  Maybe this weekend I'll have time to recap the other two and wash the first one.

 

Hopefully I can get the three dead hard drives to at least spin up and work temporarily... it's always kind of interesting to see what's on them.  The working one appears to have been used in a computer lab.

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I washed the other three boards with dish soap and water, rinsed with distilled water and flushed with denatured alcohol last night.  Took them into my lair and recapped one of the LC boards - works great now!  Maybe this weekend I'll have time to recap the other two and wash the first one.

They say you're not supposed to use dish soap when you wash a board. But if you do a thorough rinse job, you're probably OK.....

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These are in somewhat rough condition so I figured I'd risk it... They were very dirty and had leaves, dead bugs, etc all over them. I don't think water alone would have cut it. I really rinsed them and blew the excess liquid off with compressed air.

 

In any case, I recapped LC board #2 this evening. It appears to be working great!  Looking forward to the LCII next.

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