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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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Reader Comments (31)

HEY,

I tried this with my tea dishes and it worked. dog was a pit pissed he didnt get to clean them...;-)

Keep up the good work matt.

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

You need to be very careful around that HIGH VOLTAGE LEAD. enough power there to kill you.

Apart from that great video.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYon

A neat trick i learn from a swedish friend, is remove all the removable components (eg rom, ram, IC etc). Then soak in a bath of industrial solvent overnight , i cannot recall the type of solvent used. He do this before every repair.

Using water seem a bit risky.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWeaver

Yon, I was being careful...that's why I was able to post the video (from my hospital bed). ;-)

August 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Way to go! :~) I've done this many times with old PCB's (circuit boards), even put them in a DISHWASHER - and they worked...!
Most common problem are IC sockets needing re-seating, but dirt and dust do play havoc!
Enjoy your vintage Mac. :-) I certainly enjoy your videos! :^)

August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

iFixit just sent out a tweet with a link to this video. Well done Matt!

August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

@Eric - Thanks for the heads-up, it'll be interesting to see what effect it has on visitor numbers to the site.

August 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Took your advice and tried the washing technique on the motherboard out of a Dell laptop that had ceased to work. Owners had been a bit less than careful with their coffee and had let it soak through keyboard and into the computer. After a night drying in a warm cupboard and reassembly the laptop burst into life again. Another victory !

September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan S

Ian, good news....but I hope that people don't start washing everything that stops working.

September 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Very true Matt. I don't think it's guaranteed to be the new universal cure for every broken piece of technology !!

September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan S

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