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#1 2016-12-10 09:21:38

juan9999
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newbie who just bought two Macintosh SE's - help getting them setup!

I just purchased two macintosh SE's. Both are model M5011. One looks much older and has the specs written on the back (1Meg (upgraded to 2.5), 800k drive, and 20SC HDD). The other one looks newer but does not have specs but is a 4Meg RAM version with a HDD as well. Not sure if the driver is 800k or 1.4 it doesn't say superdrive on the front. The older one runs system 6.0.8, the newer runs system 7.1 and seems to have some TCP/IP software (fetch, gopher, NCSA Telnet).  Both seem to work fine (haven't left them on overnight or anything) other than software crashes on some of the software that's already installed.  I don't have any floppies to test if the floppy drives work.

I have some iMac G3, G4 as well as modern macs (but nothing with a floppy and a network).

My first question is what's the easiest/cost effective way of transferring data?

- I read that there are some ethernet adapters- which ones work and where can I get them? Is there software required? Can I network one of the PCs then use a cable to "copy" stuff to the other mac?

- I also read that there are cards that can replace the HDD with a CF or SD card. Are there cheap ones anywhere that work?

- Also, I read that you can use a gateway computer. Is this simply a networked computer that has a floppy? Will the floppy work with the 800k drive? Can these be cable connected to the old macs to avoid floppies?  Perhaps even as a gateway?  If so which computers work?

My second question is where can I get a torq screwdriver to remove the back?  Is this long enough?  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Long-Arm-T15-Ta … OSwHMJYMqM-

My last question is, other than disconnecting the battery, I've read mixed reports about recapping the SE's.
HELP!

Last edited by juan9999 (2016-12-10 11:01:17)

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#2 2016-12-10 17:51:41

jt
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From: Bermuda Triangle, NC USA
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Re: newbie who just bought two Macintosh SE's - help getting them setup!

I can help out with what I think is the most simple solution to cross generational and cross platform data transfer. I use SneakerNet, all my computers have a Zip drive built in or can have my SCSI Zip100 or USB Zip250 plugged in as occasion requires. 250MB Zip disks (100MB for the older systems) make for less sneaker wear making the trip from one machine to the other. 800K floppies were a PITA for SneakerNet before the SuperDrive and 1.44MB floppies were even more so at the introduction of the Zip Drive.

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#3 2016-12-10 23:18:26

juan9999
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Re: newbie who just bought two Macintosh SE's - help getting them setup!

Thanks.  These seem to run at least $30 each on eBay - so $60 investment...  I like the idea of having a SD card as the HDD... I saw a $100 option for that.  Same concept but multiple boot, easy copying...

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#4 2016-12-11 00:23:05

juan9999
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Re: newbie who just bought two Macintosh SE's - help getting them setup!

Actually, this looks promising http://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/  but it costs more than the two macs I bought ARGH hmm

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#5 2016-12-11 04:09:36

jt
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Re: newbie who just bought two Macintosh SE's - help getting them setup!

Well, the initial investment in a pair of Zip drives and a few disks is a lot less expensive than finding multiple NICs (especially uber-rare SE NICs and uber-expensive SE/30 NICs) for Classic Macs. SCSI is good to go from Plus to Wallstreet and anything on the PC side with a USB port, a USB expansion card or even going as far back as an 8-bit ISA slot for a SCSI interface card.

Gotta love BMOW's work, that opens the door to everything pre-Plus and your SE's with the vestigal DB-19 FDD Port.

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#6 2016-12-13 20:06:18

Hotdog Zanzibar
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Re: newbie who just bought two Macintosh SE's - help getting them setup!

As for the Ethernet adapters, I pretty much exclusively use Asanté cards & adapters for my 68k collection. They're still fairly easy to find and often priced well. Manuals & drivers are also easily available via Google search.

Good luck! Great little machines.


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