Re: [NTLK] Fwd: newtontalk Digest V9 #354

From: Ed Kummel <>
Date: Fri Aug 14 2009 - 13:35:35 EDT
This was a prevalent issue on the early macs...I can't tell you the number of times I had to lift up an LC and twist it violently to get it working again!
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--- On Fri, 8/14/09, Bill Molloy <> wrote:

From: Bill Molloy <>
Subject: [NTLK] Fwd: newtontalk Digest V9 #354
Date: Friday, August 14, 2009, 11:10 AM

I had a similar problem with my SE recently. After I got the question mark
on floppy icon, when I put my startup floppy in it spit it back out. Later
realized I had to put the startup floppy in just after I started it, without
waiting for the floppy/question mark. Then it would start off the floppy no
Believe my problem may be hard disk stiction (roughly the heads getting
stuck to the surface of the hard disk.) Looking for my LONG allen head
Good luck, HTH (this was my first mac, too)
(long time lurker)

  On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 7:48 AM, <> wrote:

> On Aug 13, 2009, at 7:37 AM, Andy Taylor wrote:
> >
> >> Hi folks, Asking here as I reckon I'll get a helpful answer:
> >>
> >> I switched on my old Mac SE20 for the first time in 6 months- Horror
> >> of horrors, it didn't start up! No chuntering away as usual , no
> >> happy
> >> mac icon (no unhappy mac one either) then after a delay the ?-floppy
> >> icon. Dug out my "Don't panic" disk (min-system 6.0.3+Norton
> >> utilities) but it just spat it out again. Ditto all the other system
> >> floppies I could find.
> >> Any suggestions or do I have to reconcile myself to the idea that my
> >> first mac has died just months before our 20th anniversary?!
> >> Thanks in anticipation,
> >>
> >> Andy

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