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It's supposed to be in perfect working order, and that's got to be worth something.

 

Part of the spirit of the MLA is to rescue these old Macs and then return/restore them to former glory. That's what I always thought, anyway. Even if it's in "perfect working order" (I bet that floppy drive still needs cleaning/lubricating), it is not worth $110. More like $30-40, extreme maximum price range.

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It's supposed to be in perfect working order, and that's got to be worth something.

 

Everyone likes to think that they can get a working compact Mac at any time for $40 on eBay, but I have found it just isn't like that anymore. You see bidding activity like this more frequently these days. We all know how hard it is to find a Classic II board with good capacitors, and he may have found one here, so give him a break.

 

Uniform yellowing makes a compact Mac look distinguished.

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It's supposed to be in perfect working order, and that's got to be worth something.

 

Part of the spirit of the MLA is to rescue these old Macs and then return/restore them to former glory. That's what I always thought, anyway.

 

The Classic II seems a bit more challenging than most, because there's one or two surface mount capacitors in pretty tight spots, and I wasn't able to get in there with conventional tools. So far, this is what I've spent on Classic-related items:

 

Classic II, free + $20 shipping

850B SMD rework station $100

New capacitors $10

Solder paste $39 (still need to buy)

 

So, almost $170 to get things up and running, not counting labor or any further complications. Granted, subsequent overhauls will be a heck of a lot cheaper.

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I redid mine using just a normal soldering iron, and yea a few are in a tight spot but it is doable.

 

Maybe I should ebay mine with "new capacitors" in the header ;)

 

Actually it is probably going to get traded for something if the other guy gets around to it soon.

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Classic II, free + $20 shipping

850B SMD rework station $100

New capacitors $10

Solder paste $39 (still need to buy)

 

You didn't need the rework station, and you shouldn't need solder paste. Some irons, tweezers, good tin lead solder, and a desoldering braid are good enough for replacing surface mount capacitors. BUT...It's up to you how you spend your money, wise or not. ;) EDIT: Woops, I forgot you damaged some traces on your board. Maybe a more financially viable option would have been to just find a replacement unit/board?

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You didn't need the rework station, and you shouldn't need solder paste. Some irons, tweezers, good tin lead solder, and a desoldering braid are good enough for replacing surface mount capacitors. BUT...It's up to you how you spend your money, wise or not. ;) EDIT: Woops, I forgot you damaged some traces on your board. Maybe a more financially viable option would have been to just find a replacement unit/board?

 

Relax, I didn't actually buy an SMD rework station only to work on this Classic, I got other projects (involving SMD) going on too, and felt it was time for me to update my tools. I got two Classic IIs, and both have leaky capacitors, so what does that tell me about the stock parts :-/

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