Apple Macintosh Classic
Owner: Desie Hay
The Apple Macintosh Classic was introduced in October
1990 and was aimed to be a truly low cost computer. I can
remember that they eventually sold for around $1000. Mine
has been outfitted with 4MB of RAM and a 40MB SCSI hard
drive. The manufacture date on the computer is October
1990 so it must be one of the first produced.
The earliest models only came with 1MB of RAM and no
hard drive. The Mac Classic is the only Mac to have
system software in ROM. All you have to do to get the Mac
loaded up with the ROM is hold down apple key, option and
startup. The ROM contains system 6.0.3 and is what I use
for networking the Classic to my Power Mac 7200. XO was
the development name for the Macintosh Classic when it
was in development.
The classic contains 512KB of ROM and nearly 400KB of
that is used for the system software. The Macintosh
classic doesn't seem to run much faster than the
Macintosh Plus which was introduced around 4 years
earlier! But the Classic does contain a 1.4MB floppy disk
drive. I have even been able to boot this thing using
good old system 1!
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