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Hello all!

New Mac dad here. I'm in the South Bay Area, where there's a lot of Apple activity in Cupertino's backyard. Previously, I collected Newtons but this Marchintosh, I got bit by the Compact Mac bug. Was able to pick up a gorgeous SE in local Los Gatos for a song from its late owner's sibling. Was unable to boot, but I suspected the SCSI drive had gone bad...I was right! Thanks to Rescue My Classic Mac, I had replica boot media in under a week and now it's up and running.

 

This SE was born in '87 in nearby Fremont, has the original terrible squirrel cage fan (anyone have tips on replacing with a Noctua?? I'm intimidated by the analog board and CRT!). Former owner had the top 800k drive removed and a RODIME hard disk installed at some poin t during its life, and upgraded to 2.5 MB RAM. The board was in pristine condition, and I immediately swapped the dead Varta cell for a button cell holder and it keeps PRAM just fine now. Came with the original spiral-bound handbook!

 

I'm looking at ordering the BMOW floppy emulator to try all the awesome software out there, and make extracting files easier. Open to any and all sage 68k wisdom... I'm looking forward to reliving my school days by replaying Bolo!   

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On 3/29/2021 at 6:39 AM, LaPorta said:

Yes! Another Bolo player for us!

 

Are you looking to get a floppy drive in there?

Since the HDD is dead, I might revert to the 2-floppy setup...the only bad part is that the top bracket was swapped for a third-party carrier for the hard drive so I would also need one of those. I think ultimately, using the external BMOW emulator will be my best bet (and it'll save me from having to get at those two tricky top screws again!).

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All up to what you want. For me, using compacts includes the charm of the floppy drive, so mine has to have them. Good luck with the restoration! Another possibility is getting a SCSI2SD V5 to pop in there.

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Is the V5 compatible with the SE? Seemed like there was some debate over which SCSI gizmos were compatible with the SE. Internal is definitely the way to go for the extra speed, so that could be great!

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19 hours ago, bnys said:

Is the V5 compatible with the SE? Seemed like there was some debate over which SCSI gizmos were compatible with the SE.

 

It's mostly the SE/30 that seems to be picky, and mostly with the v6.  You should be fine here.

 

19 hours ago, bnys said:

Internal is definitely the way to go for the extra speed, so that could be great!

 

There's really no difference at all between the internal and external SCSI on the SE, you don't need to take speed into account when choosing whether to mount your scsi2sd externally or internally.

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