Newbie with Mac Classic issues

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Moonblossom, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. Moonblossom macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2004
    Canadia, eh?
    Hi there! I'm new here. Don't hurt me!

    I've been a Mac fan since I was little, but generally use PCs home because I also really like puttering around with hardware, and find that a lot more comfortable with PCs. They're also a lot more common in most of my work/school environments. I hope nobody here will hold that against me.

    Anyway, here's my problem - I'm not even sure anyone can help me out.

    By some strange series of coincidences, I am now the proud(?) owner of an ancient Macintosh Classic, which is running System 6.0.7. However, nearly everything seems to be missing. Whenever I try to open anything in the System Folder, I get an error with a big hand and "The file (whatever) could not be opened/printed (the application is busy or missing". I have a feeling the previous owner just tried to delete everything on the HD...

    I know people will probably tell me just to throw the poor thing out, but I'd really like to be able to see if I can get it working, if only for the challenge. But I have no clue where to start. I can't get it on the internet, it's got a low-capacity floppy drive, and a SCSI port in the back, which I've yet to test out (but will soon)

    I got a fresh new copy of System 6.0.7 from Apple, and after dinner I'm going to see if I can get the scsi to work and detect my Zip drive, but who knows.

    I also don't know what to do if/when I manage to get the 4 .bin files onto the Mac - would I reformat first, and if so, how do I go about doing that?

    I hope I don't come across like a total dimwit, but this is my first time dealing with such old hardware. >.<'' This machine's nearly as old as I am!

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out :)
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Re: Newbie with Mac Classic issues

    You described nothing out to the ordinary in your installation of System 6.0.7. There is nothing to open in System 6.0.7's System Folder. There are no System 6.0.7 drivers for Zip Drives. If you can find the RAM, you should max out the RAM in your Classic to 8 MB. If you have the hard disk space, upgrade the OS to System 7.5.5.
  3. Moonblossom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2004
    Canadia, eh?
    Oh, thank you :D

    I just found it odd that there were things in the System folder, but I got that message when I tried to open them.

    Geez, I feel like a twit now. But it's good to know there's nothing wrong!
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of my basement I have an old disk box full of older Apple system software and programs like MacWrite, Shufflepuck, MacDraw, Claris Resolve, and others I can't remember. Wonder if my IIsi still boots?
  5. vollspacken macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2002
    Boogie-Down Berlintown
    - max out the ram to 8MB
    - get a cheapo and big scsi-HD (like 4GB or something, you'll have to make 4GB partitions anyway...)
    - get system 7.5 and slim it down
    - get TONS OF SOFTWARE at Jagshouse - important: Lido (to manage SCSI drives and devices), Techtool (to manage your system)

    you should be all set then...



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