Re: Got a LIsa! Now I need to get it running.

From: Highcountryrider <highcountryrider_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 22:15:52 -0700

Wow! You scored big time. Looks like you have a working Lisa for cheap.

You can probably fix the display by moving the adjustment pots on the CRT card back and forth through their range a few times. Do this with the power off and take note of where they were set when you started - put them back there.

And be real careful of the CRT tube - it holds a large charge after the power is turned off.

You can't enter the current date. There's nothing wrong, Lisa just doesn't know about 2007.

My document at: may help with the keyboard.

I think you got a great deal!

On Aug 18, 2007, at 6:28 PM, NateSpin wrote:

Hey, I just picked up a Apple Lisa 2 off a local craigslisting for $100. I am not sure if that is a good deal or not, but I have never used or seen a Lisa before and thought it would be neat. I do have a few vintage macs (Macintosh Classic, LCIII, Powerbook 1400cs). It was listed as turning on but not booting. I have done an inventory and here is what I have.
-- Apple Lisa 2

---- model: A6S0200
---- options: A6S0204
---- 3.5" Floppy Drive
---- Lisa Widget internal Hard Drive

-- Apple Lisa Keyboard

Software / Manuals:
-- Lisa Workshop User's Guide - manual

Now, the problems.

  1. The screen is really shaky, like an analog TV tuned into the wrong channel. It occasionally stabilizes, but is on the verge of shaking again. Is there any way to adjust it?
  2. The keyboard appears to be a bit flaky. Not sure if the connector is just dirty?
  3. After it boots, it ends up on a screen saying that the Current date/ time is: Invalid and wants a new date. How do you put in 2007, it only takes a 2 digit year and won't take a 0 as the first number.

Well, this is just my five minute update. I really just had time to go though the box of stuff ;)

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