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Oldmacs
13th October 2010, 04:31 PM
Hi,
Anyone know of a shop in Sydney that would replace my lc 475s Hd and service my Mac plus?

LCGuy
13th October 2010, 05:33 PM
Your best bet would probably be Microseconds - they'd be the only place in Sydney with the parts and know-how required to repair the vintage systems.

However, an even better bet would be to learn how to do it and do it yourself. You'll save money (you'd be looking at $100+ in labour to get a shop to do it), you'll learn about computers, and how they work, and you'll have fun. Personally, I fix and upgrade all my computers myself - the only time I don't is when a machine requires a repair under warranty which is obviously irrelevant considering we're discussing 68k Macs here.

If you're new to vintage Mac repair, or computer repair in general your best bet is probably to go to a site that specialises in older Macs - a couple of good ones are Jag's House (http://www.jagshouse.com/#Jag's%20Classic%20Mac%20Site), Gamba (http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/) (RIP :'() and the 68k Macintosh Liberation Army (http://www.68kmla.org).

Oldmacs
13th October 2010, 05:44 PM
Hi,
I did think about microseconds but it is not opened on weekends and due to work commitment I can't do week days. I would love to do it my self and I k ow how but I don't have parts and can't transfer data of old macs,
Thanks for the suggestion:)By the way, does anyone know where to get a hardrive for an lc 475 and whether I could install a solid state HD

leon
13th October 2010, 06:21 PM
What about Adrian from macmedic? PM user macmedic on this site with what you want done.

LCGuy
13th October 2010, 07:17 PM
Your choices for a replacement hard drive are eBay, the MacTalk trading forums, or another old SCSI based Mac. As for installing an SSD - your best bet would be to get a SCSI -> IDE adapter, and a IDE -> CompactFlash adapter, this will allow you to replace the hard drive with a CompactFlash card. It will be hideously expensive, but certainly a lot faster and more reliable than a 50 pin SCSI hard drive.

stewiesno1
14th October 2010, 06:14 AM
I recently tossed a lot of my old beige era Macs , some working some not, as no-one ( understandably ) wanted any of them - one an LC 575.
If you need a newer or at least a replacement hard drive , I have a box with saved hard drives and CD drives in.
They are very easy to replace too.

As for transferring data , you should look at picking up an old external SCSI hard drive so you can drag file to and from one Mac to the other.

Stewie

Oldmacs
14th October 2010, 06:36 AM
Hi,
Do you still have any of those beige macs I just saw your post in the selling forum and was intereted in some of them.

stewiesno1
14th October 2010, 07:21 AM
Well they have been sitting outside in the rain for the last week so... your mileage may vary.
I just went out and had a look at the LC475 and I have had a big old VCR sitting on top of it so it has been pretty much protected. I can leave it in the sun and see if it fires up if you like.
Should still be good for parts even if it doesn't boot up.
What size hard drive were you after for yours?
From memory those LCs only had something like a 200-500mb HD didn't they ?
I know I have 2-5Gb SCSI HDs in my box upstairs that would make a good upgrade for yours.

Stewie

Oldmacs
14th October 2010, 02:42 PM
Hi,
I might be interested in the lc 475 if it works and also do you still have Any of the other machines from your post on beige macs?

stewiesno1
14th October 2010, 08:10 PM
Yeah, but like I said they have all pretty much had a good drenching for a few days with all the rain we have had here over the last few days so I'd say most by now would be right-offs.
Which ones in particular ?

Stewie

Oldmacs
14th October 2010, 08:12 PM
The Quadra 650 and the powermac 7100.by the way does the lc 475 work?

stewiesno1
16th October 2010, 08:23 AM
Trouble is , the shipping for you would be pretty expensive to get them up to Queensland.
That's up to you of course.
None of them are collectibles like some of the more highly sought after models like G4 Cubes, TAMs , Pismos etc.
I'm happy to strip them for parts for you though and any of the other CD drives and HDs that I have got.
I'll see if I can get the LC475 to boot - that would be relatively cheap to send as it is a Pizza box style Mac and reasonably light.
I think both the other 7100 and Quadra booted before I put them outside.
I can't do it today but sometime over the weekend I'll have a look at them.
I don't want anything for any of them - I'm just happy to see either the whole machines or parts get recycled.
As LC Guy says learn to do all your repairs yourself and you will save a bundle. There are lots of take apart guides available online. I bought one of the Mac service guide CDs off ebay a few years ago that covers all models of Macs up until G5s. Very worthwhile.

Stewie

Oldmacs
16th October 2010, 10:53 AM
Hi,
I'm in Sydney not queensland!

Oldmacs
16th October 2010, 04:03 PM
Do any of your Hardrives has system 7 on them already?

stewiesno1
16th October 2010, 07:17 PM
Sorry, I thought you were a bananabender not a Sydneysider ;-)


Do any of your Hardrives has system 7 on them already?

I'd have to check but if not I could load it onto one for you. Not quite according to the Apple EULA but hey I don't think Apples lawyers will come chasing me seeing as it is a 14 year old OS now and according to them way past "unsupported".

Stewie

LCGuy
17th October 2010, 04:57 AM
Even so, System 7.5.5 is freely available from Apple and will run on any 68k from the Mac Plus onwards anyhoo :)

MacMedic
3rd December 2010, 06:55 PM
FYI Guys, I [MacMedic] will service anything.

I can service Lisa's, Apple II's, Apple III's and pretty much any other Mac. I have a back catalogue of parts and service procedures and tools dating back 32 years. (I can even Low Level format 5MB Profiles for the Apple II/ III and Lisa.)

Vintage services are not always fast, and just because it's old it does not make it cheap.

But if you have an item you want to be working like new or restore it to a museum piece, I can make it happen in most circumstances.

Cheers
Adrian