Fixing an old Mac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by brandon6684, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. brandon6684 Guest

    Dec 30, 2002
    I've been trying to fix my very first computer, a Macintosh Performa 410. The problem I'm having with it is that the floppy drive seems to be shot. I put a new(well used but working) one in and it didn't work. Afterwards the new drive had the burnt electrical smell to it and wouldn't even work in the machine that donated the drive. Stupidly I tried another drive that suffered the same fate. Does any one know what could be wrong with the old Mac to make it burn up floppy drives. It is a perfectly good computer, it just doesn't have a floppy drive. Also, is is there any way to get a Performa 410 on a regular LAN(ethernet, DCHP)? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    The floppy cable is not connected properly to the motherboard. Most likely it is connected backwards, but it could be off by a pin. Check it meticulously.

    I had a Centris 610, and to connect it to Ethernet I used a little card which replaced the modem, called a "LC III Ethernet Card". According to the Mac Bible, the 410 has a slot called an "LC PDS" so you need an "LC Ethernet Card". Look for it on ebay or ask at a local club.

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