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About a month ago, I had the bright idea to find a vintage computer to put a Raspberry Pi into. I love the old 1980s all-in-one PCs from that era - so I went to eBay to see what I could find. While perusing the Vintage Computing category, I found a Macintosh SE that was shipping from a location nearby - and I decided to place a minimum bid and pick it up. Well, I won it, picked it up, and brought it home.
My new SE came with an Apple Introduction disk, which worked when I put it in. Pretty fun to get an overview on how to use a "mouse". But the hard drive in the SE had failed - all I got was the ? Mac.
After reading a bit, I found that trying to get a Pi into a Mac is easy if you don't want to retain the curved CRT in the Mac. But I really want to keep that look, and I think the flat displays people use to retro-fit the CRT doesn't look right. I also discovered that getting the SE back to running 6.0.8 is possible, but requires some doing.
A few weeks later, I now have the SE, a PowerPC 7100, a G4 iBook, a Macintosh SE/30, Iomega Zip drives and disks, and various peripherals. The disk drive in the SE won't accept the Apple Intro disk anymore - it just ejects it the moment it is seated - I'm not sure why that's happening. And now I really want to get the SE/30 running - the display flickers a bit before settling in, and I suspect the caps are leaking - and the floppy drive ate one of my disks - I will be disassembling it and seeing if I can get the floppy drive back to working order.
This site has the best vintage mac design I've seen. I really appreciate the MacCasts.
I've created accounts at a few other forums dedicated to retro-computing. For some reason, I can't get a validated account at 68kmla.org, which is really frustrating, because I could really use some advice from those guys.