Mac Classic Needs New Home

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Mac Classic Needs New Home

Macintosh Classic in search of good home before mid-September. Model number M1420, 20mb, with keyboard and cables. Sorry, no mouse, manuals or software. Case in good shape, FDHD slot in front, not too yellowed, remains of sticker on one side. Powers up nicely, has Norton Utilities already installed. I'm a newbie at this, so if you're interested, let me know what other information you need. Cheers...

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That Classic . . .

Hey,

I can't give the little guy a home but the first question that comes up with a Classic is how much RAM it has. The reason for this is that the Classic needs a card or cage for the RAM upgrade. The card has one meg soldered on it and slots for two 30-pin SIMMs. So . . . if the Classic shows that it has 1MB it means that it doesn't have the card and if it shows two or more then it does. You can find out in "About this Mac . . ." under the Apple logo in the task or menu bar on the top of the screen.

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Thanks for this advice -- how do I get that information without a mouse? It's been years since I used one of these and I have forgotten all of those old reliable things you do with the apple key and a couple of friendly keystrokes.

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Mouseless in Seattle . . .

Hey,

Do you remember what system software was on the Classic? I can check sys 6 or 7 to see if there's a way to do it. Let me get back to you. Unless someone else knows a way off the top of their heads. Not sure if the memory control panel in those old systems provide a way to deduce the amount of RAM in the machine. And of course "About this Mac . . ." can't be accessed without a mouse . . .

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That RAM thing . . .

Hey,

You can't in system 6, you can in sys 7.5x. you can in sys 7.1, can't confirm 7.0 but I would bet that you can.

Here's how you do it. Turn on the Mac with the keyboard attached. When it gets to desktop the hard drive will be highlighted by default. If it isn't, push the keyboard key that matches the first letter of the hard drive. (For example, "Macintosh HD" you push "M.") When the hard drive is highlighted, use Apple-O to open the hard drive. Then push "S" to highlight the System Folder. Use Apple-O to open it. Press C to highlight Control Panels. Open it the same way. Press M and if Map or something else is highlighted, use the arrow keys to get to the Memory Control Panel. Apple-O it and you'll see how much RAM is in the machine.

Have fun . . .

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Thanks

We also have a winner in Pekin IL. A nice young man named Vlad has promised to give the shrimp a home. Cheers!

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