The Macintosh II
Introduced in March 1987, The Mac II was the ultimate expandable Mac. Based on the new 68020 processor, the Mac II was the first 32-bit Mac (although it was not "32-bit clean). The Mac II included 6 Nubus slots, which allowed for a number of different Apple and Third Part expansion cards. The Mac II was the first Mac with color capabilities--a graphics card could be installed capable of handling up to 16.7 million colors! It originally sold for $3,898 for the basic system, and at $5,498 for 1 MB of RAM, one 800K floppy disk drive and one 40 MB internal SCSI hard disk drive.
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Mac II Specs
out my Mac store for parts!
IIfx motherboard - if you come across a IIfx with a bad power supply, pop the mb into a II, otherwise, toss the II and buy an fx for about $10 on eBay.
Daystar Turbo 040
Daystar PPC 601 Card
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
You'll need Apple's MODE32 if you want to put more than 8 megs of ram into the Mac II
Orange Micro Mac286 card puts a 286 inside your SE and Mac II. I saw a ton of these when I was at goodwill.
9600 modem throughput (faster with loss of data).
Start here for internet info on a Mac II
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).
Tips For Browsing On Older Macs
Info About Browsers On Older Macs
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
Start here for info on software
for the Mac II
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 II.
HyperCard programming for kids
Learn How To Type
Play old games
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
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.
Home Automation Links (Mac Plus or up)
Scanning With A Classic Mac - tips and suggestions.
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