Hi all! I just stumbled across this forum and thought I'd drop in. I've been an apple nut since about five years ago when I stumbled upon a mint IIgs Woz edition. Never could afford one back in the day. Now I love 'em.
Anyway, I scored this trashed IIc awhile back. Real dirty with a bad drive and a big burn mark on the underside. I had to fix it, you know? Poor little thing.
So, after pulling another drive out of a 5.25 unidisk spare I had, I managed to swap drives and fire the thing up. It worked great for about five minutes. Then (after popping Magic Candle in) it suddenly went HAYWIRE. I mean, we're talking friggin' possessed here! Bleeping, screaching, lights flashing eratically, and the disk drive going nuts, all of which terminates in 'ZNNAAAKK-POP!!!' and a plaintive howl from the speaker. 'Yaaaah!' I cried (almost dropping it), and switched the thing off. I pop open the case, don't see anything, reseat all the connections and fire it up again.
No noise. Whew. Oh wait, I think it's on FIRE!!!! No kiddin'! Smoke comes billowing out of the drive area. DANG it! I killed my poor IIC! What the heck is going on here?
I tear it apart again. This time, I find the problem.
You see, some numbnut twenty years ago dropped a little keychain inside the unit. It was wedged over by the power supply, and almost invisible. It was shorting everything out.
'Aww crap' I thought. 'This thing's gotta be toast by now'.
I fire it up again, with my finger hovering over the power switch, waiting for the end.
The IIc was having none of that retirement crap, though. It worked just fine. I played Magic Candle for an hour. Crazy.
Show me a PC that'll survive that kind of abuse, and I'll eat my hat (if I had one). Apple II's are built like tanks.
Nice to meet ya'll!