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#1 2015-02-05 06:02:44

drink_n_drive
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From: Argentina
Registered: 2014-08-07
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"Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

This afternoon I got this working 1988 Mac. It boots OK, and provides a disk explorer, Excel and not much more. Thing is... I've never ever made contact with any Apple product, and I'm curious about this machine, specially because it's exactly as old as I am.
It seems to use 1,44 mb floppy disks, and that's all I know. Apple is almost unaffordable for 99% of people in my country, thus not many people I know can lend a hand.
I wonder If any of you guys could shed some light on this.
Sorry for my nasty English!

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#2 2015-02-05 08:13:25

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

A Macintosh SE/30 was my first real computer.  I bought mine second-hand along with an ImageWriter II (loud dot matrix printer, making electroclash over 20 years before people started mistaking that genre for dubstep); I seem to remember the two costing me $2000 in 1990 USD, and that was a bargain. yikes

It's been so long since I've used one, but from memory, it ran best with System 6.0.7.  It ran OK, but slow, with System 7.0, and System 7.1 was just too heavy for the wee beastie.  I was able to access what AOL was laughably calling "the internet" at the time over a 64Kbaud modem...seem to remember it was passable with NetZero too.

EDIT:  As for anybody you know lending a hand, Macintosh computers built within the past decade have very little in common with the SE/30 other than a few trifling similarities in the user interface (e.g. the unified menu bar).  Also, OS-X is a completely different operating system from anything that will run on the original Macintosh computers.

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#3 2015-02-05 08:28:35

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

Your English is very good for a non-native speaker.  In fact, you could pass for someone who actually lives in the U.S. or the U.K.  wink


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#4 2015-02-05 15:12:21

drink_n_drive
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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

KrunchTime wrote:

Your English is very good for a non-native speaker.  In fact, you could pass for someone who actually lives in the U.S. or the U.K.  wink

I'm about to finish my Eng <> Esp Translation Programme... the "punchline" came out at 4.30 a.m., when my mental swap is full. "Por si las moscas", we'd say here  tongue


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#5 2015-02-05 15:39:54

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

Hey, I also found this vendor who ships floppy disks with software. I'd like to try n install System 7.5.3.

@pvsage Any place where I could start diggin'? I'd really like to get this thing working.


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#6 2015-02-05 16:09:33

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

Good luck with installing OS 7.5.3 on your Mac SE 30. If that doesn't work, you might try installing Linux on it.  smile

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#7 2015-02-05 16:15:29

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

I see Linux everyday and everywhere! That's why I'd like to meet prehistoric Mac for a change.
Nevertheles, the site you posted looks pretty juicy.


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#8 2015-02-05 18:37:46

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

^ lol  I can understand why you want to run the old Mac with an original OS version.

FWIW, until a year or so ago, I still had my first PC: an Apple IIC. An acquaintance told me to hang on to it as long as possible because it was becoming a collector's item. I stored it in the original packaging with the original documentation, floppies, and even some games on original floppies. I found a collector who wanted an Apple IIC to play just the sort of games I had. When he saw that everything was still like new, I thought he'd faint with joy. He got a good deal and I did too.  O:)


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#9 2015-02-05 20:17:43

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Re: "Brand new" Macintosh SE/30

APPLE II's rocked. I could do some absolutely insane stuff on them back in the day. My first file based database system was written on an Apple IIe. I also regularly rewrote Apple Basic to suit my own purposes. I cut my teeth on Apple II's and Commodore 64's. To be fair, I haven't touched Assembly in many years and absolutely don't miss it but I could do some stuff with it back in the day.

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