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Macintosh SE questions

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Gothboy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Mar 21, 2011 6:58 AM
I've been given a free Macintosh SE to see if I can integrate with a Kurzweil K250 sampler from back in the day. I've read about the SE and this one that I have seems to be in finer working order and boots up fine. It's running 7.1 OS. Still there are some questions:

1) The Kurzweil manual says the Macintosh must have been upgraded from 128K to 512K. How can I find this out? There is only memory info in the "About this Mac" drop down.

2)How can I tell how many RAM cards are in it without opening it up? Total memory says 4,096K

3) I guess it only takes 400K and 800K floppies. Is there even any way to get these nowadays?
Mac Pro Dual Core 2.66 Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 9GB RAM with dual monitors, Digi 002R/Pro Tools 8
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 9:22 AM (in response to Gothboy)
    The Mac SE is a more advanced Mac that the one Kurzweil expects. If "About this Mac" says it has 4096K, then it contains eight times the required 512K. No need to open it or do anything more.

    400K format and 800K format can only be read/written by Macs with a built-in Diskette drive. These Macs used a variable-speed motor that was never adopted by other manufacturers. But the diskettes themselves are the same 2D or 2DD diskettes used by comparable IBM systems as 720K diskettes. If you can get IBM-compatible 720K diskettes, the Mac can read, write, and reformat them for its own use.

    The oxide on HD diskettes is different. They are NOT interchangeable. If written as 2DD diskettes, the data can begin to decay within minutes, and may be completely unreadable in as little as an hour. (This is more of a problem using 2DD as if they were HD.)
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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 9:08 PM (in response to Gothboy)
    The round ports about the size of the keyboard/mouse ports with about 8 pins are MiniDIN-8 serial ports, one marked printer (has a slightly higher priority) and the other marked modem. The older Macs used the much larger DB-9 for the same purpose.

    The 19-pin port is for an additional external diskette drive that uses all 19 pins. I don't recall ANY other peripherals that plug in there.

    The DB-25 is not a printer port, it is a SCSI port, and if you plug a Printer (or any non-SCSI device) in there your Mac will not boot.
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  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 9:56 PM (in response to Gothboy)

    You used a key word in your description. The word is 'Geoport.'

    We need to break down your instructions. "A QLS cable for connecting the Apple/Macintosh DB-9 or Mini-DIN 8 (typical) or Geoport port to the Kurzweil DB-37 computer jack (DB-9 Male or Mini-DIN 8 Male or Geoport Male to DB-37 Male) -or- the PC DB-9 to the Kurzweil DB-37 computer jack (DB-9 male to DB-37 male)."

    The DB-9 was on the computers prior to the SE. With the SE, Apple moved to a new style of connector. The keyboard on a Mac Plus was a phone connector. The keyboard on the SE was an ADB, or Apple Desktop Bus. That port could connect to things like a weather station or other input devices. The comm ports, namely printer/network port and modem port, were also new style round plugs. They were similar to the keyboard plug in size but eight pins instead of four. IBM compatibles copied that style of plug but made a slight change to the keyboard plug to distinguish it from a Mac keyboard plug. The cord also looks like S-video ports on newer digital cameras.

    The Geoport was an attempt to skip having a modem. The idea did not catch on. Any device that was designed for the geoport was intended for the modem port. If you have a cable that fits into your Kurzwell K225 RMX and fits into the modem port on the SE, that will match the instructions you have quoted.

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  • petter p Calculating status...
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    May 11, 2011 6:30 AM (in response to Gothboy)



    I have a K250 too, and would love to get the mac software. Where did you get it?

  • K250forever Calculating status...
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    Nov 27, 2012 2:37 PM (in response to petter p)

    Hi folks, please try the Kurzweil K250 yahoo group. A lot of knowledge there and even a lot of software in the files section. Best place for every K250 owner.

    You cold also contact me directly, glad to help. I have two K250 and one RMX, connected to old trusty Macs IIci, which are indeed great machines in combination with a K250. Recapped them, they run since 23 years now. :-)


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