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Macintosh SE (and SE/30 Group

Everything about the Macintosh SE and SE/30

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Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2016

How you got your SE and what is on it as well as your age.

How you got your SE and what is on it as well as your age.

Discussion Forum

Spare Parts & Circuit Diagram

Started by Brian Kelly Aug 6, 2013.

Vintage Macintosh Locator web-app : 68K Finder

Started by Oliver at Feb 10, 2012.

Providing my services to the Retro Mac community... 3 Replies

Started by Phreakout. Last reply by Phreakout Jan 30, 2011.

Comment Wall

Comment by miniWOZ on June 29, 2008 at 5:33pm
I'm also 13, and I got my Mac SE with System 6 on it about a year ago when my Great Grandmother died. It was her niece's, or my Aunt's, but she had left it at my great grandparent's house. It was stored very well, and had no yellowing of the case, as it had been covered by dust covers for many years. Anyway, I ask for it, and I added it to my collection. it is the only retro Mac I have that runs. It is actually a rare form of the FDHD, labeled Macintosh SE Superdrive. I do have on problem with it. It says SuperDrive, but it only reads 800K or less floppies. Any Suggestions? It is awesome, and it should last for a while longer.

P.S. Why is it that the young people own all of the SE's?
Comment by Alan on July 13, 2008 at 6:51pm

Nice comments... I have a SE/30 that I actually purchased new when it came out (I was an Apple tech in the 1980's-90's). I'll have to pull it out and take some photos of it for everyone. It worked the last time I turned it on.

I also have a large collection of system disks, drivers, diags, service manuals, etc, in case anyone is looking for something in particular to help them get their SE running. I'll make an inventory of what I have and post it here.
Comment by connectionfailure on July 14, 2008 at 9:18am
Mine was my second Mac ever after the 512Ke.
It left me for a long time, and was eventually returned in good condition, except the 100MB Quantum hard drive.
Comment by Patrick Perkins on July 27, 2008 at 2:18am
I got my SE/30 at a recycle store. it had been used as a server of some sort. the screen had been turned all the way down. right now i have OS 7.5.3, 32 mb ram, 500 mb HD, NIC, clarisworks 1.0. My age is 49.
Comment by Oliver at on August 4, 2008 at 8:23am
See my Se/30 with 32-bit clean ROM, driving System 8.1
Comment by connectionfailure on August 30, 2008 at 4:46am
If we have absorbed software that was left installed on old Macs, and it is now abandonware, does that still officially make us pirates?
Comment by VannBaker on December 26, 2008 at 2:11pm
My original SE was purchased new in 1987 which I upgraded with a video card in order to work with Quark XPress on a 19 inch b/w monitor.

This Mac's screen died a few years back so I gave it to a friend of mine to tinker with.

I have another Mac SE I rescued from a local Goodwill Store a few years ago, as well as a Mac Classic.

I've saved most all of my old programs from System 6 onward so I can load a game or two on the Macs, but mostly I have them in the office as a pleasant reminder of how far we've come and the good old days of modem dialup to Prodigy, Compuserve and AOL when a 1200 baud modem was screaming fast.
Comment by Paulo Vargas on February 13, 2009 at 6:22pm
Hello, i am from Brasil and dont have one SE but i will, i find one if 2 drives and no HD.
The mac SE is great!

Sorry for my english is not good!
Comment by Eric on February 14, 2009 at 11:04pm
I bought my Mac SE FDHD in 1990 for $1500 at the Sight and Sound at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. Seemed like a real deal then. I still have it, although I haven't fired it up for years. I remember using CompuServe on a 14,400 modem, and thinking how fast it was then! I maxed the RAM (4Mb) and installed a processor upgrade card. My favorite timewasters were Klondike, Gunshy and SimAnt.

FYI, toaster Macs, mainly Mac Pluses, were used on SIMNET (the granddaddy of all networked simulation) as command and control consoles, artillery placement tools and more.

"Once you go Mac, you never go back!"
Comment by Phreakout on May 15, 2009 at 9:09am
I bought my SE in 1999 at a spring rummage sale that my local college was having. (Hey! I've owned it for 10 years now! Cool!) It was sitting there all alone, a dual 800k floppy with 1mb RAM and keyboard. I liberated for $20 USD. I brought it home and turned it on. It fired up, though it blinked a question mark inside a floppy icon.

Turns out it didn't have a hard drive and I didn't have the install disks for System 6 or 7 at the time. It didn't have a mouse, so I had to purchase a Kensington ADB/USB mouse. I later acquired a set of System 6 boot disks from a former employer and later installed an internal 1GB HDD.

The logic board's ADB ports suddenly stopped working, so instead of trying to fix it, I bought an SE/30 logic board from a member of the 68kmla (Thank you again, MacG4! It still works great!). I upgraded to 8mb RAM and installed a 1.44mb SuperDrive floppy from a dead Centris. It now runs System 7.0.1 with loads of apps I found online.

I plan on installing some form of UNIX for this little beast and see what I can really do with that kind of power.

73s de Phreakout.


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