How to pick up a Macintosh

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by bob5820, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. bob5820 macrumors 6502a

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    Recent switcher wondering what I missed all those years ago. I switched over form Windows last year and have really fallen for OSX, may mac pro, and my Macbook in a big way. But I'm interested in seeing where it all began, and was thinking of picking up an original Macintosh to play around on. I've spotted a few on E-bay, but before I go placing any bids, I'd like to know more about getting a vintage Mac up and running. Can any one recommend a good web site or two on classic Macs?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    There's an app that has a bunch of information on Macs from the original Lisa to present, it's called Mactracker.
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i have a mac os 7 virtual operating system u can have a look at. its a tiny thing and it rocks!!!


    u missed out on that much stuff, the old macs are so amazingly awsome! i have a computer downstrairs running os8.1. it runs all of my old classic games from when i was a kid :)
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I wandered in here, based on the title, and was prepared to say "I've always found a gentle smile, a good opening line, and a spare drink in hand to be effective."

    Now, though, I'm out of advice.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i actually thought how it would be to physically pick up a mac...
    i.e. with both hands under the rump making sure that all cables are unplugged as not to rip out any ports.

    i was kinda wrong too :p
     
  6. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    Wear a black turtle-neck. Don't say anything about the "I don't have any viruses" thing. It is already well known and sort of tacky to bring up.
     
  7. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually I'm trying to make the move on a nice little SE/30 I met on E-Bay
     
  8. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    If you're into SCSI, whatever floats your boat!
     
  9. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    Eh? SCSI? :confused:
     
  10. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    You aren't old enough! The SE/30 had a SCSI port, which is pronounced "scuzzy" which, oh never mind, it was supposed to be funny.
     
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    I would get something with a hard drive you can have the OS on disk. other then that, I reccomend somethign with a 9" bw screen, for the real experience, and expect it to be slow....
     
  14. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking at an SE/30 which has a HD and a 9"BW, but if that falls through I might try and find a Classic II, or maybe even a Color Classic. I am drawn towards the idea of a B&W screen.
     
  15. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    The original macs had a handle so you can pick it up with one hand.:D

    Really though Ebay is a good place to look, also there are a lot of smaller computer stores in most desent sized cities that might have some. The original '84 mac is a big collectors item and will cost you come cash. You can get something like the "Mac Classic" for really cheap though.
     
  16. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My understanding is that Ebay is not the deal it once was when looking for a vintage Mac, guess they have just become too popular.
     
  17. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So the SE/30 got away from me, and for $138.00 plus shipping, who cares. But I did manage to snag a Classic II for $29.00 plus shipping. I do need to get a mouse though and was wondering if any one could suggest a good source for picking up an ADB mouse. I'm not necessarily looking for the original Apple mouse that came with the Classic II, just a mouse that will work with it. WeLoveMacs.com looks to have some cheap mice, but I'd like to hear some recommendations from those who know.
     
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    Not really, most compact Macs will run OS 6.xx pretty fast.
     
  19. bob5820 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll be getting a Classic II soon that I believe has some version of 7 on the hd. Is it possible to boot 6x off a floppy, as a sort of dual boot? I'd like to get a feel for the difference in both OS's.
     

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