Apple Macintosh 128k


Donor: Jim Hough (and 2 others whose names I regrettably cannot recall)
Location: Williamsburg, VA


Following the less than spectacular Apple /// and the Lisa, the Mac 128k rewrote the rules of the game. Featuring loads of graphically oriented features shamelessly swiped from Xerox, the Mac 128k worked like no other personal computer. It has taken the IBM-compatible world years to catch up. And many argue that Windows 95 still doesn't come close. (On the other hand, most techies I know find the Mac's operating system to be very confining. It often seems as if you are only allowed to do what Steve Jobs decided you should be able to do.)

The first Macs had only 128k RAM and used single-sided, 400k floppy drives. The signatures of the original Mac designers are molded into the inside back of the case. One entertaining aspect of this is the placement of the names of Jobs and Woz. Jobs signed his name nice and big smack dab in the center of the case. Off in the lower right hand corner is a little scribbled "Woz." However, in the actual stamped case, there is a thickened strip running down the center, presumably to provide stiffness. This strip partially obscures Steve's name, while the little Woz in the corner remains unscathed. I find this delightfully ironic.

This little Mac 128k is not running right now. One of the RAM chips has failed. My plan is to desolder it, then put a socket in its place. Then I can try different RAM chips I have laying around. I'm not sure, but I believe that you can convert a Mac 128k into a Mac 512k by simply replacing the RAM chips with higher capacity chips.




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