: Sold Mac Classic II (bad screen)

Jun 5th, 2014, 06:55 PM
**** SOLD ****

My wife has had her old Mac Classic II in the closet for years and she has no use for it. It used to work years ago, but now it only chimes and then sounds like its loading, but the screen only shows a funny pattern - so either the logic board has leaky caps or the crt is had its day (see photo).

Either way, I'm selling this item here as I'm sure there may be some avid enthusiasts who would like to collect or even attempt to fix/use for spare parts. I can't tell you what the overall specs of the machine are as I can't see the screen and is selling as is, along with its accessories (manual, mic, adb cable).

All offers will be considered - please PM me if interested.



*This is what the screen displays at start up


Jun 6th, 2014, 03:42 PM
On slightly later Macs what you describe was the classic symptom for a bad PRAM battery. Not even sure these older guys had one but if it does, would be worth replacing before pronouncing it dead.

Jun 7th, 2014, 02:02 PM
I would have suggested a dead PRAM battery as well, but then I came across this site with a similar problem, and a new battery didn't fix the problem, so I'd suggest it's probably due to leaky capacitor(s):


Jun 7th, 2014, 04:00 PM
According to Mactracker the Classic II does have the 3.6v lithium backup (or PRAM) battery. Certainly worth checking if it is any good.

Jun 11th, 2014, 11:57 PM
Thanks all for the replies - my main issue is Iack of proper tools to even open the case right now (torx screw drivers are too short). But would you think this Mac could be worth more if it was back to working order? My wife doesn't really want it but I'm more nostalgic for these old Macs then she is :)

Jun 12th, 2014, 12:30 PM
I still have a long shaft Torx T15 screwdriver you need in order to undo the top 2 screws underneath the handle but sometimes a series of extensions will work if they're skinny enough. Not forgetting that the deep hole is tapered if I recall correctly.

I got my long Torx screwdriver at an automotive jobber store and I think Sears also carries them.

Then for a case cracker I used to use a big modified Bulldog spring clip if that helps.

But you'll need to judge if the whole exercise is worth it. :D

Or maybe just head off to some sites like:

How Much is Your Old Mac Worth? Your Vintage Apple Computer Market Guide. (http://jasonponic.hubpages.com/hub/vintagemacintosh)

Or if you need it:
Macintosh Classic II disassembly | Syrinx Systems Blog (http://blog.syrinxsystems.co.uk/macintosh-classic-ii-disassembly/)