Reply 26140 of 50464, by cj_reha
I found a Macintosh SE FDHD on Craigslist recently, and was able to haggle the seller down to $50 for everything. It even came with the original peripherals! Upon plugging it in, I found out it worked flawlessly. It booted into an install of Macintosh System 7.0.2, which worked, but was...very slow.... I could actually see it "drawing" the program windows whenever I moved them anywhere on the screen. The hard drive had been upgraded to a 345 MB Maxtor and it appears to have also been upgraded to 2.5 MB of RAM, with a mod allowing the use of jumpers to select the amount of RAM installed (or at least that is what I believe it to be.
It still had some dust inside and was a bit dirty from age, so I decided to tear it down and give it a deep clean. The system itself wasn't bad at all, just a few spider webs here and there and the usual dust around the fan. However, when I took the keyboard apart...it was horrible. Clumps of dust and hair which when removed exposed rust spots. 😵 I really do not want to think what caused those...anyway, after a lot of work, I was able to get it cleaned up as well. I lubricated and cleaned the floppy drive, wiped the hard drive and downgraded it to System 6.0.8, which absolutely flies (it boots up in less than ten seconds now!) and I am currently having fun loading it up with games. I really like how this system has turned out, and I hope in the future I can upgrade it with more RAM and maybe a PDS upgrade card (although those are going to be difficult to find).
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