This will be a simple guide with tips on how to work with vintage Macintosh computers.
* Early compact Macs which don't have an internal fan for cooling (128K/512K/Plus) may overheat if used for long periods of time. A third party "system saver" fan device is a recommended accessory.
a Vintage Macintosh==
===Things You Need To Know===
* The original hard disks in older Macintosh computers may still work but will generally have horrible bearing noise. SCSI hard disks in good running condition are hard to find now, and with age they will only get worse. Don't spend too much time trying to find a working hard disk unless you really want the vintage sound of spinning disk. Options such as the [[SCSI2SD]] are far easier to deal with.
to find Macs===
* '''eBay''' - While online auction sites such as eBay will give you the best selection, eBay sellers are known for inflated prices far beyond actual market value. Impulse buying on eBay may cost you more than a system is worth, and you should instead spend some time researching previous sold prices to get an idea of the going rate. You may still find used Macs for cheaper elsewhere depending on your geographical region.
* '''Flea markets''' - You might be able to get some great deals at a flea market, or you might find nothing at all.
* '''Vintage Mac communities''' - A great place to buy and sell vintage Macintosh systems is the forum at 68kmla.org. Other sites to check include Applefritter and VCFED. As of 2019 there are also numerous Discord servers dedicated to vintage computing and you may find other people to conduct deals with.
a vintage Mac... Now what?===
Here's a quick checklist of things you may want to do to help get you set up with a vintage Macintosh.
# Clean and re-cap the logic board. If you don't care about keeping the exact factory look, tantalum capacitors make good replacements for the original SMDs.
# Retr0bright the case if the original color has since been replaced with a brown color from UV damage. If you like to display your vintage Mac collection, having them back at the original color is probably appealing.
a Vintage Macintosh=
Once you have your hardware up and running, you'll probably want to get your operating system set up and some applications or games loaded.
The [[Hotline Client (
Software)]] will run on any Macintosh with minimum OS of 7.1 and [[Open Transport]]. The client software can be found at https://preterhuman.net/gethotlinekdx.php
* hl.preterhuman.net - This is the Hotline/KDX server run by preterhuman.net and features a large collection of vintage Macintosh software.
* If the disk image file extension is ".dmg" this is for Mac OS X based computers, not classic Mac OS.
* If you have a disk image which DiskCopy will not read, the file's owner and type codes may not be correct. This may happen to files copied from other platforms without being compressed inside a .bin/.sit/.hqx container. ResEdit can be used to set these attributes (match them with a working disk image file).