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#1 2017-05-14 14:37:14

scale
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Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

Hi All!

I just picked up a FDHD. It works.....but it is extremely dirty. I have pulled apart the entire keyboard and mouse and cleaned them which helped. I was also able to retrobright them using some Salon  20 peroxide solution. This worked well. Id say it is a bit too strong for the job and i will dilute it back or try something different for the case when i get around to do that.

A word of warning. REMOVE the apple logos on the case and keyboard before trying this whitening process. The logs use metallic decals and will react with the H202. my keyboard has a very very small piece that lifted from this that i am pretty bummbed about but it still looks good. Also..........do no use the h202 at full strength. The keys and mouse was fine but the keyboard frame had some blotchy-ness to it. You cant really see it but if you look closely you can. Not a huge deal but just a word of warning. All items were out in the direct sunlight for 1 - 2 hours.....so it doesnt take long.

WHen i do the case, i will be much much more careful and probably use a different solution/mixture (with the logo removed).

I am looking for a recap service next? Someone in the states if possbile. Anyone have any recommendations? I am pretty handy with a soldering iron but would rather not screw it up.

I was going cross post this over at 68mla.org but i cant register on that site not matter what i try....

Last edited by scale (2017-05-14 14:38:07)

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#2 2017-05-14 16:32:37

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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

Welcome aboard! I hear you about being hesitant to do your first recap, I'm in the same boat. hmm

http://maccaps.com/MacCaps/Repair_Service.html

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#3 2017-05-14 17:05:57

scale
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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

i already emailed him for pricing. I am not sure if he is in the USA or where he is but i emailed him for pricing if i pull the boards and ship them his way.

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#4 2017-05-14 17:52:06

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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

Yep, Chicago area, have you emailed admin over yonder?

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#5 2017-05-14 18:05:05

scale
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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

jt wrote:

Yep, Chicago area, have you emailed admin over yonder?

i only emailed him at the link provided on his site. Awaiting response. He is in the midwest like me so that is a good sign.

IM approaching this cautiously for sure. I figure it survived 30+ years.........the least i could so is honor that with a  bit of TLC. Neat little machine. One of the first i used in grade school for sure. I actually started out on the Apple II. I have a Apple II plus and now this one.

My dream is to play some Number Munchers on it just like i loved to do back in the day during open lab time in the 80s.

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#6 2017-05-14 19:49:35

scale
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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

My case is apart finally. I got a LONG T15.

Main board is out. I show it having all 4 stick populated (4mb).

Now....trying to get the analog board out. Time for a break and then back at it.

Very clean inside.......no signatures sad but very clean.

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#7 2017-05-15 00:28:01

scale
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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

quoted about $170 + shipping there and back......for the mainboard, analog board and the PSU.

I have some thinking to do.

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#8 2017-05-15 14:37:51

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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

Yeah, you need to have some disposable income (I don't) or the willingness to get with the "sweat equity" upkeep model to collect this stuff. Gotta order some connectors (for fun) and capacitors (for sweat) from DigiKey sometime soon. hmm

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#9 2017-05-15 23:10:07

scale
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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

id be willing to try and tackle it myself. It seems just a bit too delicate. I am used to restoring old radios and recaping them. I even put new caps in my samsung lcd tv when they blew up...but this  seems alot more involved.

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#10 2017-05-16 16:12:50

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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

You could just do the logic board recap now, and defer the others until later, if the cost is more than you can comfortably afford.

I was in a similar position, with plenty of electronics skills but hesitant to do my own recapping work, until a failed PSU finally forced my hand. I did the work myself and it turned out fine. There's a post about the process here: https://www.bigmessowires.com/2016/04/2 … er-supply/

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#11 2017-05-17 01:03:06

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Re: Macintosh SE/30 FDHD

i got it all apart tonight. Boards are out. They all look fine but i know that is no indicator......plus they are 30 years old...

The unit appeared to work fine prior to taking it apart.

Im still working on cleaning it. This thing was DIRTY.  So far so good.

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