Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Restoring a Macintosh Color Classic

The Macintosh Color Classic is a very collectable Classic Macintosh. It is relatively rare as it was only manufactured for a little over 2 years and is the only classic Macintosh that comes with a Sony 
Color 10" CRT monitor as opposed to the standard 9" B&W CRT display present in all other Compact Macs.

Macintosh Color Classic running System 7.5.5

I was lucky enough to find unit locally which was in very good condition, with the original keyboard, mouse and even the original packaging (which is very rare) also in very good condition. 

However, despite the very good physical shape, the unit was not working. Using the same technique I mentioned on my previous post, I attempted to repair the unit by inspecting, deeply cleaning and replacing the capacitors (recap) on the logic board.

After some research on the common problems that affect this unit, I also decided to go ahead and recap the analog board as well (which in the case of the Color Classic also contains the power supply).

I documented the whole 3 hours recap saga in a short(ish) and sorta of educational YouTube video.

Check it out the process here:

I hope you enjoyed the video!

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