Macintosh Classic does not save preferences

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Macintosh X, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Macintosh X macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    Hi everyone, I'm new here.

    So I recently picked up a Macintosh Classic with all the original accessories (but no original install disk) for just $40. It is running system 6.0.8.

    Right now I am still figuring out how to use it. One thing I noticed is that all preferences are reset to default after I shut it down and power it back on. Even the time resets. The strange thing is that any windows that I left open will remain open once the Mac is powered on. The only preference that DOES save is the clock size in the corner of the screen.

    On another note, the rectangular button on the keyboard (which I believe is the reset button) does not do anything.
  2. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    If the time resets you should look at the backup battery somewhere inside.
  3. Macintosh X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
  4. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    yes but actually the CMOS battery is called pram on macs
  5. Macintosh X, Aug 3, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2012

    Macintosh X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    Thanks, I thought those were two different things on the motherboard. And what about the reset button?
  6. MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    That button is for powering on Macs that have a "standby power-on" mode.

    The Mac Classics don't have such a mode so that button is inoperative.
  7. JohnGrey macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2012
    Cincinnati Metro
    Most Macs of the period used a 3.6V Lithium battery, sometimes referred to as a half-AA. You can usually find them for very cheap; I bought a 4-pack when I was refurbishing an LC III and it was about $15.
  8. Macintosh X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    Sorry to bring up this old thread again, but after a very VERY long vacation, I had returned only to discover that the Mac had a leaking capacitor, so I took care of that problem and then replaced the battery.

    Everything seems to be working perfectly and I would like to thank you guys for the help. :)

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