Classics long overdue a Boot.

Adrian Graham witchy at
Fri May 20 02:39:28 CDT 2016

On 19/05/2016 23:10, "Sean Caron" <scaron at> wrote:

> On Thu, 19 May 2016, Chris Hanson wrote:
>> I haven't booted my Lisa 2/10 in a very long time, not since before a
>> cross-country move.
>> I'm a little worried about it. Last time I looked (a couple years ago) it
>> didn't look like any caps had gone though. And at least it doesn't have an
>> internal battery to worry about.
>> It definitely needs a floppy drive recalibration though, if not repair. Now
>> that MacFloppyEmu exists (and I have one) I may just not worry about it, and
>> run a cable out to use with that instead, so I can install the latest Office
>> System as well as install Workshop.
>> I also need to pull out and boot my NeXT mono slab.
>>  -- Chris
> Be sure to check the battery! I saw a Lisa on EEVblog that met a horrible
> end. Rotted out more thoroughly than any Amiga I've ever seen with battery
> issues.
> It reminds me, I should probably pull my Dad's Lisa 2 out of storage next
> time I visit and give it a good looking over.
> I have found NeXT machines to age pretty well. If they don't fire right up
> just give the battery a change.

I had a panic about my Lisa 2/5 after unearthing one of my Amiga 2000s and
discovering the battery damage. Fortunately because I'd had it stored on its
side (it fits in a Mac Plus box) the damage was limited to the immediate
area around the battery and it was very fixable.

That in turn made me attempt to power up my 2/10 but it's never been powered
up even though I've had it for over 10 years so I wasn't surprised when I
hit the button and got nothing. Fortunately I know someone who's well versed
on the PSUs of these things.

My NeXT slab also hadn't been powered up for 10 years so I checked that one
and all was ok, only it wasn't my slab! I picked up a load of NeXT gear from
an ex-employee many years ago including a colour turbo, cube, slab and
Elonex SCSI PC running the x86 version of NeXTSTEP (NeXTSTART by then?). At
some point I must've accidentally swapped the slabs...

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