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"It's quite possible that the SE's floppy drive needs to be cleaned and re-greased. It may be that the mechanism isn't letting the floppy disk seat properly and that's why it's ejecting. If you've heard us talk about Big…"
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RetroBright - SE/30 plastics AFTER

"Thank you, James. I was going to do the "wait a day" discharge, but this way sounds even better! Does anyone know why 68kmla.org won't validate my registration?"
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When did you get your first Mac?
1990
How many Macs do you own?
2
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
Macintosh SE/30
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
Probably from lowendmac.com,

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. 

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At 5:46pm on August 30, 2017, John said…

It's quite possible that the SE's floppy drive needs to be cleaned and re-greased. It may be that the mechanism isn't letting the floppy disk seat properly and that's why it's ejecting. If you've heard us talk about Big Mess o' Wires floppy emu. That's a great way to boot these old system reliably and once you've got the floppy working an easy way to copy new floppies. Have you pulled the back off the system to make sure there is a hard drive in there?

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