What fun from a Macintosh SE

From: Scott Stevens <sastevens_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Sat Aug 21 10:12:51 2004

On Sat, 21 Aug 2004 03:20:58 +1100
"Dr. Ido" <dr.ido_at_bigpond.net.au> wrote:

> At 07:52 AM 8/20/04 -0700, you wrote:
> >> Thanks, but I don't have the required long torx screwdriver and
> >case> cracker
> >
> >That reminds me - where can I find such a tool? I've got a pair of
> >dead Macs I'd like to open up and try to repair.
> >
> >tnx.
> The long torx screwdriver should be available from any good tool shop,
> though for the longest time I used one made from the tip of a too
> short torx screwdriver welded to shaft of another screwdriver. I've
> never seen a case cracker, but I'm not sure why you'd need one. Every
> compact mac I've opened has came apart easily once the screws were
> removed.

I carried one of my SE/30's directly into the (independent, locally
owned) hardware store last summer in pursuit of a long Torx screwdriver
to back out those deep screws in the handle hole.

I ended up settling for the longest handle small flat-blade screwdriver,
which had a blade width perfect for wedging into the 'torx' screwhead
hole. I carefully maintained forward pressure while turning the
screwdriver and was able to back the screws out with no problem. I
always bag and save those screws on an SE/30 and put in phillips screws
of the same size.

The real kick was, I didn't even have to buy the screwdriver. There was
no visible damage to the screwdriver tip from my careful work, so it
went back on the shelf.

It's nice living less than a mile away from that hardware store, with
it's friendly clerks.

The SE/30 has it's full rightful complement of 32 megs of RAM now. The
SE is a cool machine, but the SE/30 is downright wonderful. I have the
current NetBSD running on one, so it's even supported by a current OS.

Received on Sat Aug 21 2004 - 10:12:51 BST

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