Over the weekend, I had a closer look at the SE/30. As it did not come with any mouse or keyboard, I had to use a set from my PowerMac 8500 AV. Both computers use an ADB port keyboard and mouse.
As I happily plugged in everything, I was disappointed to find that the rear of the macintosh read ‘Macintosh SE’. The specs on the rear sticker was 1 mb ram with two 800k floppy drives. My dream of owning an SE/30 was going to be a dream for a while longer.
This was a little puzzling. Could the macintosh have started life as an SE and later upgraded to a SE/30? After all, Apple did offer an upgrade for the original macintosh 128k and 512k. The upgrade kit consisted of an upgraded logicboard, floppy drive and a macintosh Plus rear case.
The good news was that the Macintosh SE powered up to a blinking flopping icon. So at least it still kind of works. The screen is still bright and sharp but there are some vertical lines. Upon closer inspection, there was a little flashing green light through the front ventilation gaps. If this macintosh was upgraded with an internal hard drive than perhaps the hard drive is already faulty.
The next step will be to take it apart and have a look at what’s under the hood.