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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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Hi - some questions.

I just rescued a color classic from going to the dump.

1) It won't power on. At all. I'm not using OEM cables - was this one an external power supply? The case looks fine aside from a layer of dust, and the mobo looks perfect. Nothing rattling.
2) If the power supply is busted, what's a good price to sell it at?
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Internal power supply, definitely - I still have my lovely little Color Classic. My first Mac, in mint condition, stored safely away in its original packaging.

When you say it won't power on - you have to turn the power supply on (switch located on the back of the machine) then press the start key on the keyboard. Is that what you did?

Can't answer your question re: selling price but I'm sure someone else can help out.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 02:58 PM   #3
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No thats not what I did.

It doesn't come with a keyboard, so I just flipped the back switch, as that works with Plusses and LCII/IIIs.

In that case it may or may not be functional.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:09 PM   #4
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No thats not what I did.

It doesn't come with a keyboard, so I just flipped the back switch, as that works with Plusses and LCII/IIIs.

In that case it may or may not be functional.
Many of those generation Macs wouldn't boot if the PRAM battery was dead.

Under $10.00 for a 1/2 AA battery from a 'battery Direct' type store.

$20.00+ for the special screwdriver to open the case and make a case cracker if needed, and watch out for any high voltage electrical parts when the case is opened - it can kill!!!!

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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:31 PM   #5
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Haha I don't think I'm going anywhere near a bare CRT in the future.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:37 PM   #6
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you need the keyboard with the power button. The switch will send power to the logic board and other electronics but the power button is what says kiddy up macintosh! Find an old keyboard. I have one but need it for my color classic!
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #7
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Under $10.00 for a 1/2 AA battery from a 'battery Direct' type store.

$20.00+ for the special screwdriver to open the case
Err... doesn't all this add up to roughly triple the resale value of the machine in working order?

I'd either sell it to a hobbyist for a token sum and just let them take it if they haggled, or put it into a suitable electronics recycling scheme (one that doesn't involve poisoning the developing world).
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #8
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I used to have a CC, and it would not power up at all until I plugged in an ADB keyboard.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:54 PM   #9
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Lucky for me, I have an old ADB keyboard from my family's ancient LCII, so I'm going to test it out today.
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Err... doesn't all this add up to roughly triple the resale value of the machine in working order?

I'd either sell it to a hobbyist for a token sum and just let them take it if they haggled, or put it into a suitable electronics recycling scheme (one that doesn't involve poisoning the developing world).
Surprisingly, a working Color Classic plus mouse and disks goes for over 120 on ebay.
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