I live in Paris and have recently found an old Mac SE. It has the 20mb HD, 800k floppy and 1mb ram. It has no keyboard or mouse. I can get the keyboard and mouse easily but the operating system I just cannot find. I know you can download it from Apple but i have no way to then write the file to a 800k disk as I only have a PC. Is there any way anyone can get me a the System 6 OS on 800k floppy disks please if so please IM me and i will give you my adress or email firstname.lastname@example.org and i will try and get back to you i am willing to pay around €10.
Does it boot?
http://home.earthlink.net/~gamba2/pc2mac.html PC to MAC transfer
It starts up with a little flashing disk with a question mark inside it. I am a complete novice at Macs so any help is greatly appreciated
That means it works but doesn't have a system installed or available on a boot disk.
If you can't find another Mac to create the floppies, just search your preferred online auction for a 1,4 meg floppy drive. They cost next to nothing. Just make sure you get a working one.
Or you can contact the owner of the Mac Plus webserver at http://aurejac.dyndns.org/ (it's down as I'm writing this, but is usually up and running, so try later). The guy lives in France, as far as I remember.
You can't replace an 800k floppy on an SE with a 1.4 MB floppy without upgrading the SWIM ROM. It won't work. That's Super Woz Intergrated Memory (I think). So keep that in mind.
I found this Mac on the street so I don't really want to buy another one just to get this one working. If it is too difficult then I will just keep it as a display piece. All I really want is for someone to send me a 800k floppy of system 6 so that I can play around with it. As I said I am a complete novice at Macs but I really am starting to love the way that the classic Macs work. If anyone can help me then please do!
Right. A ROM chip from an SE FDHD model would be required for the original SE to recognize the drive as a 1,44 MB type, and not 800 kB.
Andymol, if you're desperate, I can send you the disks for the cost of shipping from Poland (that would be probably around €10). Email me at maciej /at/ tarmas /dot/ com if you're interested.
Super Woz Integrated Machine
You might be able to get in touch with Mac-Users in Paris via the forums of
They are less into retrocomputing, but it's a very popular website with a big forum.
They also have an english translation.
It would probably make a lot more sense to find someone local, even if it is impressive that Mac solidarity would come all the way from Poland if needed...
i could almost definitely make those disks on my PowerBook 145b. Will System 6.0.8 fit?
Yes system 6.0.8 is perfect! Email me at email@example.com with the subject Disks or something similar and I will send you my address, bare in mind I live in Paris and you will have to send them by "snail mail" but I am willing to cover any costs you think are necessary!
Cheers in advance,
I have a powerbook 145B, trying to boot it up and don't have the original OS disks. Anyway to get the disks, too, in Montana? I have mine somehwere - just moved, so not sure.
Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
No variant of 6 will boot on a PB145. You need SSW 7.0.1. You can download it here: