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Broken Mac SE 30?

2558 Views 22 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 9:50 AM by Peter Temp RSS
  • paulpen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to Peter Temp)

    Yeah, USB is nice. SCSI used to be the standard because all Macs had it, so there is a lot of older stuff around. However i don't know of any external SCSI *floppy* drive, but there were external SCSI ZIP drives. Again, the trick is getting the OS (installers) onto that, which requires a second, working SCSI Mac


    Since you got the Finder face, i really think it could be a dirty drive, or heads. It's not that hard to take the SE apart, just be careful. In fact, before doing that you could try blowing it out really hard--maybe with compressed air or that stuff that comes in a spray can, if you haven't already.

    PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4; G5; Dual-Core iMac.
  • paulpen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to Peter Temp)

    I meant clean the floppy drive, which you can do to some degree thru the front opening. As for the hard drive, there's no way to clean one. You could take it out and put it in another SCSI Mac to test it though. You can download all the older Mac OS's. And those star tools aren't expensive, e.g. <$5, and they're good for other things sometimes too. Like cleaning junk off the sink, he he. But i think a working Mac SE is worth a lot more than $5....

    PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), G4; G5; Dual-Core iMac.
  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 7:10 PM (in response to Peter Temp)

    I would be careful blasting anything - if you you can not see it directly - with air.  You could blast a head right off its seat.  The happy face means that the heads found something so leave well enough alone until you can see what you are cleaning. 


    Try to find a user group and get the right tools for the job, namely, an external hard drive.  Even the external SCSI zip might need to have "Guest' installed by floppy before the external zip will work on the SCSI chain. 


    Did you post back with the name of a large city near you.  Was it in Florida?  What you are looking for is so easy to find in Washington State.



  • Appaloosa mac man Level 5 Level 5 (4,300 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 9:46 AM (in response to Peter Temp)

    The floppy drive read head is retracted to fit over the case edge.  Once the floppy case - or carrier, if you will - is inserted into the drive, the heads drop down into place.


    It is not uncommon for older hard drives to resist spinning up.  If the HD is present and reluctant, that could account for the happy face and then ???


    It would be very odd if you truely did have an 800k drive.  I believe that every SE ever made had a 1.44 drive.  The original drives were not super drives to read IBM fomatted disks, but they read Mac 1.44 disks just fine.  Our third computer was the first dual floppy drive SE with an accelerator card.  Those floppies were definately 1.44 in 1987.

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