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I was walking with the fam a few weeks ago and found a dirty LC III on the side of the road.  

 

The bad:

 

-DIRTY!!

 

-Broken auto-inject floppy (despite a break down, lube, etc, repair attempt)

 

The Good:

 

-160MB Hard Drive

 

-Came with VGA adapter screwed into the back monitor port

 

-32MB Ram Simm inserted

 

-Dirt was just that, machine wasn't banged or scuffed up so it cleaned up really nicely.  Minimal yellowing

 

-Came with Kid Pix installed ;)

 

I am having a blast and a trip down nostalgia row with this machine, because my first mac was a Perfoma 450.

 

So far I have:

 

-Replaced the floppy drive with a working unit from ebay

 

-Added 256k VRAM simm to max out system VRAM

 

-Replaced PRAM battery

 

Future Plans Include:  

 

-Order external SCSI CD Rom drive

 

-Upgrade OS to 7.5.5

 

-Load up with great games and programs of the era from the Macintosh Garden

 

-Overclock to 33mHz

 

-Try to find a "period correct" monitor (using a small Samsung TV with a PC input right now, which works great but looks a little off)

 

 

Any tips or ideas for this great little pizza box mac? 

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Definitely a nice find, especially for the low price of free though I'm guessing someone had put it out for trash/recycling.  Was just up that way last week (other side of the lake from you) and the weather was less than pleasant so it sounds like a stroke of luck that it's fully working apart from the floppy drive you already replaced.  Doubly so because it has an IBM hard drive as opposed to a Quantum or Conner.  I've only had 1 IBM drive go out on me while I've had loads of Quantums and Conners bite the dust.

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Can't tell by the photo whether you've already done it, but get the battery out of there.  They're a ticking time bomb.

 

Put a brand spanking new PRAM battery in there just a few days ago.

 

Nice!  I love curbside finds.  They don't come along very often anymore but they're just that much more satisfying.

 

I know right?  One mans trash truly is another mans treasure :)

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