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Wednesday
Aug142013

Resurrecting a Macintosh Classic - here's to the crazy ideas

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted a Mac Classic II in the background of my Beginners Guide to Car Cameras Video.

Intended for an aborted project, it's a non-functioning model bought from eBay a couple of years ago.

Recently I decided that I wanted to own a fully functional Mac Classic - but after losing out on countless eBay auctions for working machines, I chose to instead take my faulty old machine down off the shelf and see if it could somehow be brought back to life.

The potential fix I found sounded much more like an old wives' tale than science and to attempt it I needed to throw out my preconceptions about electronics and do something completely counterintuitive....But did it work? Watch the video to see how I got on.

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Genius! There'll be an unholy rush on eBay now for knackered Macs!

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSplodger

Nice way to repair old computer :D
In 1992 I was a student and we did use this kind of MacIntosh for designing ads with desk top publishing software and even radio adverts. It was first time I digitized music and speech using computer, it was pretty cool machine at the time and I remember it was surprisingly easy to use even the mouse have only one button. Windows was in it's 3.0 or 3.11 version back then, we used that too for word processing, spreadsheet, etc., pretty much what Office software has.
On a side note, I'm now in completely different line of work and even when I was younger and worked with computers, never had the chance working with Mac, only PC with Windows. For price reasons my own computers have been PC/Windows since C-64 and Amiga times.

I still have my Amiga 500 in working condition and if it ever will fail, I might have a try to repair it with soapy water :D Years ago I already had to remove the battery from the additional 512kb memory as it started showing signs of leaking.

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

I couldn't afford an Amiga so bought the Atari 520ST. I always looked enviously at the Amiga's superior games. After the ST, I started with a 386 PC and stuck with PCs until I picked up a Core 2 Duo Mac Mini just to use iMovie to do HD editing with.

August 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Some model electric plane fliers "run-in" their motors (brushed motors only) briefly under water to remove contaminants etc. It seems to work, as they do apparently run smoother and last longer. Apart from spilling tea over my keybaord, i haven't tried it with a computer though!

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

To the people familiar with this technique they'll probably wonder what all the fuss is about...but after a lifetime of being told to keep electronics away from water, the whole idea came as a bit of a shock to me.

August 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I once got a tour of the IBM factory back in the early 1990s. All planers (motherboard in IBM speak) were washed in water, post production, to remove “stuff” although it was distilled water!
I also remember taking a Thompson video for repair at a local electronics shop with a hired video jammed in the mechanism as the video player was totally dead. The guy behind the counter produced a hair dryer from under the counter, put his lab coat over the video unit and proceeded to blow hot air into the vents whilst telling various inappropriate jokes as the unit heated up. After a couple of minutes the video sprung into life and he was able to eject the cassette for me to return to the hire shop.
He then went onto explain how capacitors dried out over time and the act of heating them up revitalised the electrolyte enough to get them operational for a short period of time. He then charged me £20 to fix the video, a small price at the time when video cost circa £300!
Other tip from a guy who worked in the Olivetti Red lab way back, use paper to clean the contacts of electronic components which have become discoloured. Showing my age now!

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterellmo

Ellmo, Fascinating stuff...I'm happy to read about things like this all day. My first ever go on a computer was playing a version of Mastermind some time in the mid 1970s on a mainframe that took up a large room. When I started working in 1987 the company I joined still used punched cards for their client records.

August 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I once got in to trouble for copying the bootstrap loader, which was paper tape, onto a roll of bus tickets which I had “acquired” from a local bus company. It happed to be the exactly the same size as computer paper tape but not quite as durable.
The lecturer was trying to keep a straight face whilst reprimanding me as he had been forced to by a higher authority ! We also used to submit our projects for punching onto punched cards to the admin ladies to submit for batch processing.
I also remember the college getting the DEC mainframe upgraded by 512K DRAM. We watched the upgrade, which was the size of an American Fridge Freezer, being pushed down the corridor towards the computer room. Hand wound core RAM, those were the days.

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterellmo

ive been told that you can fix dry solder joints on a PCB by puting it in a oven. i think a freind told me it was a fix for a common problem on Xbox, (he used the warrenty in the end so he didnt get to test it) (i wouldent try it, i all ways burn dinner so i would end up with a melted PCB all over my oven. looking some think like a Salvador Dalí painting)
also been told about putting a harddriving in the freezer to get it to work for short period (something about contracting the needles back on to the disk)
theres a idea for a few videos "Mythbusters, Techmoan edition"

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Techmoans "believe it or not" book !

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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