com (Dan Geer) writes:
I run 7.5.5 on my SE. It works OK as long as you have the full 4M of
As for getting the installer to work, it depends on what kinds of
drives you have.
Later model SEs have 1.44M floppy drives, and there was at one time
an upgrade package (involving new drives and new ROMs). But I'm sure
Apple doesn't sell them anymore.
If your hard drive is big enough, you can download the 1.44M image
files, then mount them (using Disk Copy - which you can download from
Apple), and run the installer from the mounted images. This actually
If you have a SCSI CD-ROM drive on the SE, and access to another Mac
with a CD burner, you can make a bootable CD with a folder that
contains the contents of all the disk images. Boot the CD on your SE
and run the installer from there.
If you have a SCSI zip drive, you can make a bootable Zip disk
containing the install files and install from there.
As for this being an insane thing to try - it probably is, but it
didn't stop me. System 7 is definitely slower than 6 on an SE, but
certain features (like TCP/IP networking) are much easier to get up
(Yes, you can run TCP/IP on an SE, if you have an Ethernet interface.
I have an Asante MacCon SE card in mine. I've also seen SCSI-based
Ethernet interfaces that work with an SE.)