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 The Famous Mac Plus


The Plus was in production longer than any other Mac - almost 5 years.

Announced in January 1986, the Mac Plus was the answer to complaints that the original Mac was not expandable. It doubled the ROM of the 512k from 64k to 128k, and increased the RAM to 1 MB (expandable to 4 MB). It was the first Mac to include a SCSI port, allowing for a variety of external peripherals, and was the first mac to use the now familiar platinum case color (although it initially shipped in beige). The Mac Plus originally sold for $2600, and was sold to educational markets as the Mac ED.
Byte Magazine's
review of the Plus in 1986.
Got a Mac Plus? Join the
System 6 email digest.
HyperCard Stacks

Mac Plus Specs



Check out my Mac store for parts!
Memory - d/l HyperCard stacks on how to install memory.
Color Black and white
You'll need HyperCard or
HC Player to view the stacks
Download my
Get Your Compact Mac On the Web Tutorial for info on memory and system upgrades.
Ram Guide for Macs
EN/SC - converts SCSI port to ethernet.
Power R Video converter - lets you attach an external monitor to the 128, 512, Plus, SE and SE/30
How to install an external hard drive to a Mac Plus


Plus, SE Schematics
Mac Plus Schematic
Fixing a vertical line on a Plus monitor.
Fixing A Mac Plus Keyboard
How To Repair A Mac Plus With Vertical Lines on the Screen
In the UK and looking for a Plus battery?
How to remove magic marker ink from classic Macs.


How about a Mac Plus web server running off floppies?
Controlling Mac OS X With A Mac Plus (or other Classic Mac)
RedRyder boot disc - surf the web on a 512k Mac or other 68000 Mac
9600 modem throughput (faster with loss of data).
Start here for internet info on a Mac Plus
Get Your Compact Mac On the Web - everything you need.
Worldshare has free internet for 68k Macs - Mac Plus or up. No banners, no proprietary software to download. (Requires minimum $10 donation to the charity of your choice, also requires filling out 1 survey a month. Not available in all cities).
A Mac Plus web server
Tips For Browsing On Older Macs
Info About Browsers On Older Macs
modem throughput on a Mac Plus
Surf the web through another Mac - Mac Plus or up
I set up two Macs: (
Plus and Color Classic) as web servers at the same time.
NOTE: these servers are only up when I am online, typically 8 pm to 2 am CST.
Surf the web through another Mac - Mac Plus or up
ZTerm HOW-TO. Connect to Unix hosts or Macs and PC's with this terminal emulation program.
Tips on using Eudora on older Macs
Sue Korlan's Internet FAQ - tips and tricks on getting online and staying online
Disc image of system 6.0.8 with Eudora 1.3.1 - use email while booted off a floppy


Put an entire Mac Plus on a memory stick - Mac on A Stick 
A simulated iPlus - OK, it's not a Plus, but I thought the iClassic should go here too.
Speed Up Your Mac Plus
An actual letter referring to the above web page.
Making A StyleWriter II Work On A Mac Plus (It's not supposed to!)
Make A Mac Plus A Fax Modem - Requires some soldering and good vision. 
Hack Plus has some interesting info...
Using a Global Village Bronze Modem On A Mac Plus - the ADB port powers the GV modem, but you have to do some fancy work to get it to work on the Mac Plus. Here's how.
c Plus with internal hard drive - not recommended!
A Mac Plus Clock

Dali Clock


Tons of cool System 6 add ons
Games for system 6
Start here for info on
software for the Mac Plus
Classic Mac icons
Software that will work on 68000 Macs
Desktop Manager. Ever switch between System 6.0x and 7.x on a Mac Plus and hate it whe it rebuilds the desktop? Takes 5 min on my 520 meg drive. This will eliminate rebuilding the desktop.
Sim 020 let's your 68000 Mac (Plus, SE, Classic, PB 100, Portable) run 68020 applications.
Formatting third party (non Apple) drives on a Plus.
Mac Plus site
Init/CDEV is an extensions manager for System 6 Macs.
WindowShade - Gives you the popular window shade effect that came with 7.5 but it works under 6.x and up.
Screen shot of Ram Charger at work - 17 apps on a Plus at once.
SCSI Accelerator will supposedly make your Plus faster, although I have never noticed a difference.


Win 95/DOS

Executor : Demonstration version of a commercial software (MS DOS & Win95)
Gemulator : A commercial Software which emulates the Atari ST/TT and the Mac 128/Plus/2 (Win95 / Win NT)
vMAC (Virtual MAC) : A Mac 128 Emulator for MS DOS / Win97 (available for OS/2 too)

MAC OS (!!)

vMAC (Virtual MAC) : A Mac 128 Emulator for Macintosh !!!

UNIX / X Windows

Executor : Demo version of a commercial software (Linux / NextStep)
Macintosh Application Environment (MAE) : for HP-UX and Solaris


The Official ShapeShifter Home Page



a matrix on using your Plus for a clock
Word Processing
Web server
HyperCard programming for kids
Learn How To Type
Play old games
Learn Unix
Play network games
Paint programs for kids
Animation creation with HyperCard, Director, VideoWorks (last two are out of print)
Datase, mailing list, recipes with Filemaker 1-3, HyperCard



The very first announcement of my getting my Mac Plus on the web back in 1996 (the posting that eventually lead to Jag's House.com ).
Download Mac Minix (it's now free!) and run it on your Plus or up, System 6 or up. No need to reformat your hard drive.
Networking a Mac Plus to a Linux Box - includes details on how to instlal Linux on an SE/30.
Networking A Plus to an iMac While Booted Off A Floppy
Home Automation Links (Mac Plus or up)
Mac Plus ROM bug info.
Networking a Mac Plus and USB Macs.
Run Unix on a Mac Plus while booted off a floppy.
Scanning With A Classic Mac - tips and suggestions.
Using A Zip Drive On A Mac Plus
Turning your dead Plus into a

There were actually 4 different versions of the Plus released:
Plus (bronze color just an Apple on the front and some with the name "MacintoshPlus")
Plus (platinum color with Macintosh plus on the front)
Plus (with the 1mb distinctive label)
Plus just labeled ED. (educational market)




comp.sources.mac : Software for the Mac
comp.sys.mac.advocacy : Macintosh family compared to the others
comp.sys.mac.announce : Important notices for Mac users
comp.sys.mac.apps : Discussion of Macintosh applications
comp.sys.mac.comm : Discussion of Macintosh communications
comp.sys.mac.digest : Mac info & uses
comp.sys.mac.hardware.misc : General Mac hardware topics
comp.sys.mac.misc : General discussion about Mac
comp.sys.mac.programmer.help : Help with Mac programming
comp.sys.mac.programmer.info : FAQ
comp.sys.mac.programmer.misc : Other issues of Macintosh programming
comp.sys.mac.system : Discussion of Macintosh software system



CMQ - Groupes d'usagers Apple (french)
Everything for the Mac


FTP Servers

University of British Columbia
Osaka University
ftp.luth.se (Sweden)
Arizona Macintosh Users Group
National Center for Supercomputer Applications
Washington University
Stanford University
ezinfo.ethz.ch (Switzerland)
University of Texas Mac archive
Technion (Israel)





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