Re: [NTLK] [OT]: dead SE FDHD (was:my old Mac SE20~help!)

From: G Y <>
Date: Fri Aug 14 2009 - 07:55:07 EDT

The early models were definitely soldered in, the later models were
not. I will update that portion of The Mac 512. I would look on the
back of the SE and find a door with a tab you can remove. Behind that
door should be the battery.

I would say no because the SE boots up and tries that disk, then spits
out the disk. I think your battery is fine.

Usually if a Mac SE cannot boot off of a floppy disk either the disk
went bad or the SE does not think you have a valid System Folder and
the disk is fine. What System are you booting with? Do you have
another Mac (with a floppy drive) to create a new boot disk?

On Aug 14, 2009, at 6:25 AM, Andy Taylor wrote:

> Thanks to all of you who have taken the time top make helpful
> suggestions.
> Thanks also to those who questioned my Mac SE20 labelling; it's
> actually a SE FDHD (1989)!
> if I can crave your further indulgence with a progress report and a
> few more questions:
> The three main suggestions have been:
> a. give it a twist to help unstick the HD (Thanks Nils-Erik) ~ tried
> this but no joy; though I think it is making a slightly different
> whirring sound now!
> b. reset the RAM SIMMs (Thanks John) . Do you mean remove them and
> replace? ( suggests something similar ~ thanks for the
> links, GY [~ who I've just realised is of same site!]).
> c. John ( and Warren) also mentioned that the problem may be due to
> the PRAM battery being dead. John, you said you remove the battery
> which suggests it's straightforward. indicates it's
> soldered in (not one of my greatest skills!)
> So the questions,
> When switched on, Mac is giving whirring fan sound then a difft
> rising whirring which I guess is the HD starting to spin. Then it
> sits and after abt 20sec the screen gives a difft 'grain' , the
> rising whirring starts again and the ?-disk icon appears. On
> insertion of system floppy the floppy drive gives an engaging clunk,
> thinks for a bit bit then spits out.
> Would all that behaviour be down to a dead PRAM battery and if so,
> am I looking at a special bit of early proprietary Mac spares?
> Anyone (John/GY?) got any tips /pics on how to locate/test/replace?
> Thanks again for all the help.

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