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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:52 pm    Post subject: How to open a Macintosh SE - MacKracker / MacOpener... Reply with quote

I was asked by Ruth:

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Subject: MacKracker / MacOpener...
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Name: Ruth H.

Nachricht: I want to open the case of my original 128K Mac bought in 1984. Any ideas on how to find one?
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Dear Ruth,

you donīt need a MacKracker, but you will need a long (at least 6"/15cm) T-15 torx screwdriver (such as the Craftsman Professional series T-15 Torx screwdriver, #47431) to remove the screws from the back of the case. Two are near the bottom, two more way down inside the handle. A case opener is recommended for separating the front and rear of the case, but you can do it without one. Just be careful.

Apple does not recommend opening the case of your Mac. If you want, you're supposed to take it to a dealer (if you find one that services the MacSE) and pay the fat fee. Yeah, sure. The manual says:

"Only qualified service personnel should open the computer's main unit. The Macintosh SE contains extremely high-voltage components that retain an electrical charge, even after the unit is switched off".

Twisted Evil Voltages at the back of the monitor tube really can give you a nasty shock. Also, it is easy to break the monitor yoke in this and other compact Macs. Cracking the fragile nipple-end of the CRT can cause the vacuum tube to implode, sending glass shards everywhere. And getting a new monitor for compact Macs can be a pain.

If you want to risk it, here goes....

please have a look here:

http://www.micromac.com/products/macopener.html

http://home24.inet.tele.dk/ccadams/se/torx.html

http://home24.inet.tele.dk/ccadams/se/ram.html

http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~shamada/fullmac/repairEng.html





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