What fun from a Macintosh SE

From: Scott Stevens <sastevens_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Wed Aug 25 19:56:07 2004

On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 01:11:21 +0100 (BST)
ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk (Tony Duell) wrote:

> > All the old Compaq machines used Torx screws. I know, because one
> > of the first 'upgrades' I used to do on Compaq boxes I intended to
> > use for anything was to upgrade (downgrade?) all the screws to
> > phillips.
> I'vr never had a Torx screw that I can't undo with the right tool, but
> I've had far too many Phillips/Pozidriv that I can't shift other than
> drilling them out (the most recent one held the Logic 1 PCB in an
> HP87, and I didn't want to damage either the case or the PCB...).
> Therefroe I fail to see how replacing Torx with Phillips could ever be
> an upgrade...
Back when I was an obsessive PC Clone fiddler, all my 'normal' machines
had phillips screws, and the torx driver was a special tool that
normally wasn't on hand. I had phillips drivers all over the place. It
was a significant convenience to get rid of the torx screws.

It's (obviously) open for discussion wether this is good or bad. Those
were 'use' machines, definitely not collectable/preserved machines. I
consider any machine with historical/collectable interest to be of
lesser value if it doesn't have all the original hardware. This goes
back to my days when in tech school when I was always scrounging at
thrift stores for used TV sets to pick up, troubleshoot, and give to
friends. It's a bad sign if any single original screw is missing from
the case. It means someone has been meddling in it before me.

> -tony
Received on Wed Aug 25 2004 - 19:56:07 BST

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