So... I got some vintage Macintosh computers today.... what can I do with them?

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  1. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    Today my dad found some computers sitting outside of a business with FREE signs on them. He got them for me and they're both very old Macs.

    One is a a "Macintosh Plus 1MB" wow... 1MB lol... anyway... I have the mouse and keyboard for it, and when I turn it on it shows this disk icon so I guess I need some kind of floppy to use it :frown:

    The other is a "Macintosh IIfx" I looked this badboy up on Wikipedia and these things used to cost $9,000 to $12,000!!!!! WOAH... well, this one turns on and boots to the desktop no problem... only problem is that I don't have a mouse for it and it needs some weird mouse that has a cable like an S-Video cable.

    So anybody have any ideas what I can do with them? Any good games worth trying to play on these things? What will I need to make the one that shows a disk icon to work. I really want to use that little guy!

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that the IIfx is very rare and that the 1MB is worth about $60... not sure if I should hold on to them for a long time to see if the value goes up further.
  2. Alazor

    Alazor Active Member

    "Any good games worth trying to play on these things?"

    I think I played a game called Crystal Crazy (I don't know if that's how you spell it), Spin Doctor, Dino Park Tycoon, and Math Munchers on a Mac a long time ago. :)
  3. bullados

    bullados <a href="

    Maybe a PS/2 mouse? Or is it one of the older mouse types?
  4. Jran Sakarra

    Jran Sakarra Active Member

    I know what you mean I was given 6 old Macs and only one keyboard and mouse for them.

    POKEMAN New Member

    Mod them. Do the vented cases with neon lighting and such. That is the most awesome use of old PC's ever. Maybe even paint the cases with some pokemon/other scene that would be totally awesome!


    *goes to raid dad's old pc stash*
  6. Jran Sakarra

    Jran Sakarra Active Member

    I just did a Neon sorta mod to my PC...
    Got the light rods for 2 bcks each!
    Discount stores rule!
  7. B_B_C

    B_B_C New Member

    Another mans trash is another mans treasure? LOL lucky!
  8. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    Not sure I want to try Math Munchers or Dino Park Tycoon lol, but I'll look up the other ones. Thanks.

    It is a mouse type I've never even before. PS/2 won't fit, although it looks like it would. I actually used an S-Video cable (didn't come with one) to connect the keyboard to the computer and that worked. Found that pretty strange :lol: I think it needs a mouse with that same jack. I actually had to use a male to male cable since the keyboard had its own female jack on it... at first I thought the keyboard was wireless or that the wire had been ripped off, but apparently it just needed an S-Video cable.

    I've had other similar things happen like I have a Commodore Vic 20 and a C64 but no working power cords for them.s

    I don't want to decrease their value though. I mean the IIfx is apparently very rare because look on eBay and people try to sell only the case of the computer for $100... then a guy selling the working system for $400. I doubt anyone would buy the stuff any time soon but it is obviously something special and I don't want to wreck it.

    Yeah, happens a lot. Last week I got an old digital camera that works perfectly and a Netgear ProSave FPN 8-Port LAN switch firewall (haven't tested this yet) out of the top of a dumpster from a business that was closing. Both of those things are sellable... I didn't want the 2.1 digital camera but wow people pay for the 8 year old thing on eBay! I like "trash". :lol: People will make fun of you when you're trash picking... but when you pull something good out they'll turn all jealous I like that :wink:

    Ok, so if I buy one of those games and put it in the 1MB mac that displays the floppy icon with a flashing question mark, will it boot the software?
  9. drrty byl

    drrty byl New Member

    Unless you have ample trash storage space, sell the IIfx. You can probably get anywhere from $2-300 for it, which is far more than it's worth functionally, heh.

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