Mac SE and CD-Rom

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    Punkyclown New Member

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    Hi all, I am trying to get my Macintosh SE going. I don't have any 800k floppys and the
    hard drive doesn't seem to be engaged. So I hooked up a SCSI CD-Rom drive and downloaded
    and burned the Legacy 68k CD file. But when I start it up the Mac doesn't recognize the CD-Rom
    and all I get is the blinking Icon with the question mark. Right now the CD-Rom is set to ID 3, it
    is terminated. Is there a Key combination to open up the system and check if it sees the drive?

    Thanks in advance.

    Brad Hansen
     
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    Cory Cooper Moderator

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    The SE wasn't really designed for use with SCSI CD drives. I do remember there was a third-party driver that made it work, but it had to be a very slow CD drive - 1X/2X/4X.

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    Punkyclown New Member

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    Cory, Hey, first the SE has an external SCSI connector on the back, so why wouldn't it take a CD-Rom
    drive? Do you know of a link that could get me to a bootable CD-Rom image? The drive I have is 2X.
    Thanks in advance,
    Brad Hansen
     
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    The Mac SE has a SCISI port but I think the drives that worked best were Apple branded & the drives needed to be slow as Cory pointed out.

    About your hard drive, is it spinning at startup? Is the hard drive SCSI by any chance?
     
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    Cory Cooper Moderator

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    Yes, the SCSI port on the SE was designed more for hard drives, but some folks have had luck with SCSI CD drives - especially the old Apple drive - AppleCD 150 and 300.

    Don't know of a site for an image like that...will see if I can find one.

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    S-D, Yes the drive spins and flickers but doesn't seem to make connection with the system board.
    Still just gives a blinking ?. Could be the drive was wiped, can't see why.
    Thanks
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