128k Mac: upgradable? collector's item?

128k Mac: upgradable? collector's item?

Post by Peter_Pawlysc.. » Thu, 22 Jul 1993 10:26:29



<<What are the options for upgrading a 128K Mac?>>

They are not upgradeable to anything _but_ the 512K Mac ... providing you
can find a logic board around. The Fat Mac (1MB) required a different case.

A collector's item? Perhaps, but only as a curiosity at present. If you're
hoping for it to turn valuable, better bury it in the ground for one
hundred years. ;-)

Peter

 
 
 

128k Mac: upgradable? collector's item?

Post by Philip Machani » Thu, 22 Jul 1993 21:04:18




>They are not upgradeable to anything _but_ the 512K Mac ... providing you
>can find a logic board around. The Fat Mac (1MB) required a different

case.

The "Fat Mac" was the name given to the 512K machine. Everything
up to the Plus used the same case except for different holes for ports
on the Plus (to accommodate the SCSI port). You can theoretically take
a 128K machine up to a Plus either with Apple parts or 3rd party but in
practice it's not worth the expense considering the price of a new
low-end Mac.
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128k Mac: upgradable? collector's item?

Post by Jeff Benedi » Thu, 22 Jul 1993 18:30:51



> <<What are the options for upgrading a 128K Mac?>>

> They are not upgradeable to anything _but_ the 512K Mac ... providing you
> can find a logic board around. The Fat Mac (1MB) required a different case.

> A collector's item? Perhaps, but only as a curiosity at present. If you're
> hoping for it to turn valuable, better bury it in the ground for one
> hundred years. ;-)

If you still have the original software- MacWrite, MacPaint, etc.- use
the damn thing!  It still will do those tasks!  Also, you could use a
terminal program and use it as a "dumb terminal" to access a BBS or
whatever (getting your e-mail from home, whatever).

If it works, it will still do the tasks you thought it was so wonderful
for back in 1984.  I wouldn't spend another dime on it.

Jeff

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1. 128k Mac: upgradable? collector's item?

What are the options for upgrading a 128K Mac?  Would it be possible to
replace its motherboard with that of an SE/30?  (Obviously, one would
have to make do with the floppy that's already there, a 400k drive?
Also, the case would have to be modified so that the ports are
accessible.  And, one would have to get an ADB keyboard and mouse.)  Is
the cabling/connections to the rest of the Mac the same?  Has someone
tried this?

Also, are 128k Macs worth anything as collector's items?  I've heard that
they might have been signed on the inside case.  (I've seen the molded-in
signatures on some SE cases.)

I thought I'd ask before opening the case and looking inside.

Replies by email would be best.  I'll summarize if there's enough
interest.  Thanks for any help.

Albert

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