I've had the week off and planned a few weeks ago to "Retr0Bright" a few of my beloved Mac Plus'. Several questions came out of the project and I'd just love for someone to converse with me on several issues I've had. I know Steve liked the convection cooled Mac and, to be honest, I do too. I have two kids and when they are asleep my Plus keeps the house a sweet kind of quiet. But I was swayed to buy a Kensington System Saver for my Plus when I read a thread about it on the 68kMLA boards. It came in the mail today and I noticed several things.
1) It was yellowed badly and I think they all are. It also wasn't originally the color of my beige Plus. It isn't even the color of a platinum Plus. But, oh well. This wasn't bought for cosmetics. It was bought to keep my Plus up and happily cooled.
2) It uses the power from the Plus power supply? Mine (and I assume all) plugs into the PS of the Plus and the Kensington unit itself plugs into the wall. It has a few handy plug-ins for peripherals but only one cord. That's nice.
3) The fan is a tank compared to today's standards. This one spins freely and quietly but I didn't notice any real hot air coming out. My Plus gets hot.
4) It seemed to tank my Plus. Here's where I would REALLY like some feedback. When I put the Kensington fan on I noticed my Plus had a wavy screen at times and while playing Pipe Dream it locked up at about level 4. The Plus hadn't been on long at all. I thought it could be a coincidence but the chance was slim. I took the "System Saver" off and came back this evening and began to play Pipe Dream again. No wavy screen but it did lock up on me again. It's disappointing because I've used this Plus weekly for two years. Can anyone report or confirm my negative thoughts towards the Kensington System Saver? How about a fix for system that keeps locking up? I'll test with other programs just to make sure it isn't software related.
Just as a note - I bought another Plus (I have too many now) and began to Retr0Bright it. I couldn't find regular glycerin so I had to go with vegetable glycerin. After 12 hours my beige Plus is still several shades from being the original color. The SE family fares better however. After 12 hours a mouse and keyboard frame looked great. My Plus isn't as white as I want but it looks great and looks clean too. If I can just figure out how to open my HD20's I'll retro them as well.