Help, looking for a Macintosh Classic ...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by OSMac, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Anyone with experience with a older Macintosh Classic.

    Been thinking of buying one, if I can find a nice one,
    but would be interested to hear from others
    on common issues that they have after all this time...

    If the HD goes, is it possible to replace or boot just from floppy?

    Many of the older Macintosh's for sale have no KB, or mouse,
    just lost, or is that a sign of other issues?

    Have the displays held up over time, burn-in, or squealing ?

    Other comments?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The screen is probably the one component you want to be sure about, as these age, that is one component that shows the effects of age the worst.

    You can replace the HD provided you find the right interface, though you can boot off a floppy.
  3. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    If you are just looking for a way to run old programs, there are emulators out there. I set one up last year, but I don't remember the name of the software or sites that I found. You need a code from a physical machine to set up the emulator, but this might get you around worries about hardware failures.

    When I set this up, I was using a 6 year old Celeron Laptop running Debian.
  4. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2011
    Lucky Country
    Classic m/c

    I agree with Panch0, Sheepshaver is the way to go.

    Visit E-Maculation for a start - to get latest 64 bit App, then Google Sheepshaver. Ten minutes will have you up and running full-screen, if desired.
  5. DoghouseMike macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2011
    Ya might want to check out the folks over at if you're set on getting an actual machine. Or, but the 68kmla are probably ya best bet.
    I still want an SE/30
  6. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    Yep, that's what I used. Thanks fro refreshing my memory!
  7. OSMac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010

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