Macintosh Classic

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Galenus, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Galenus macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2013
    i recently acquired 2 Macintosh Classics:

    1. the first one boots perfectly, and it finally shows a screen with several folders and files, but i wasn't able to do any further testing because they came without any peripherals.

    2. the second one doesn't boot. when turning it on the screen becomes white and something inside continuously starts spinning inside and stops again (at least it sounds like that). according to its rear side it was produced in September 1990...

    are they worth anything? and if so, how much...
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    If they are the model that is specifically called "Macintosh Classic" (with those words screen printed on the front of the chassis,) then they are worth very little. $10, most likely - maybe $50 for a truly pristine one in perfect condition.

    Without even a keyboard or house, you can't find out more about them very easily (size of hard drive, amount of memory, etc.)

    If you get a keyboard, you can try holding "Command-Option-X-O" immediately upon turning them on - that will boot the version of System 6 that is in ROM, bypassing any bad drives. The one with the "spinning on and off" probably has a bad hard drive.
  3. MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    Agree with all that Anonymous Freak said.

    Additionally, the second one probably has a head park lock that is stuck. Data is probably still intact but when the drive spins up, the head lock won't dis-engage to allow the heads to move over the platters. It's a VERY VERY common fault on the series of Quantum drives circa that model of Classic.

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