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Macintosh Classic II (Performa 200)

Macintosh Classic II (Performa 200)

The successor to the Mac SE/30!
• Hmmm...
Close up of Classic II
The Macintosh Classic II. It had the same design as the Macintosh Classic. A bit more powerful.

Back of Classic II Keyboard
The back of the Macintosh Classic II, plus the keyboard. It looks cooler than the original keyboard on the Mac Plus or Mac SE


The Mac Classic II (aka Performa 200) was not a bad computer. It was faster than any other Classic Mac except for the Mac SE/30. The Mac SE/30 was discontinued in 1990 leaving a bit gap as people still wanted the Classic design. The Classic II was a tad slower than the Mac SE/30, 20% - 30% slower, why? The data path was only a 16-bit path while the SE/30 had a 32-bit data path.

This Macintosh included a Omni-directional microphone This let you record sound into the Mac! Cool! There were third party Mac sound recorders before, but now everyone can do it free. More software came out which utilized this, FullWrite Professional was one application which used the recorded sound seriously.

Mac Classic II Here is a good picture of the Mac Classic II with the microphone.

For AppleShare use: Use System 7.x or higher as an AppleShare workstation. This machine can be used as an AppleShare file server.

For telecommunications use: Can use 9600 baud modem or lower, anything higher may cause problems. Stock Macintosh Classic II can be placed on the Internet, with at least 4MB of RAM.

Hard Drive use: Cannot use the Apple's HD20!! Stock Macintosh Classic II can use any SCSI hard drive (25 pin port on back). SCSI only - Use a 1:1 interleave.

Color use:
• Aura Systems created an external box which outputted color from a Macintosh Color Classic II. I looked into this at one point, very expensive, about $2500.
• Radius has a device which will only work on the Classic II, PowerBook 140 & 170. It it similar to the Aura systems. Picture here
• The Classic II supports Color QuickDraw internally on it's B/W Screen. It can get ugly though.

Quick answers to your questions here!

Apple official specs


  • Introduced: 10/21/91
  • Discontinued: 9/13/93
  • Floppy Size: 1.44MB
  • Internal HD: 40 - 80MB
  • Upgrade From: Classic
  • Upgrade To: none
  • Form Factor: Classic
  • Weight: 16 lbs.
  • Dimensions (in): 13.2 H x 9.7 W x 11.2 D

Logic Board

  • Main Processor: 16 MHz 68030
  • PMMU: integrated
  • FPU: none
  • Data Path: 16 MHz 16-bit
  • L1 Cache: 0.5K
  • Secondary Processor: none
  • Slots: none


  • Memory on Logic Board: 2MB
  • RAM Range: 2MB to 10MB
  • RAM Slots: 4 30-pin SIMM
  • RAM Type: 100 ns, 1, 2, 4MB SIMMs in groups of 2


  • Built-in Display: 9" monochrome CRT
  • VRAM Configuration: built-in CRT
  • VRAM Speed: n/a
  • VRAM Expansion: built in
  • Color Bit Depth by Screen Resolution:
  • 512x384: 1-bit
    (1-bit = Black & White, 2-bit = 4 colors, 4-bit = 16 colors, 8-bit = 256 colors, 16-bit = thousands, 24-bit = millions)
  • The maximum color depth listed for 640x870 is 8-bit, reflecting the capabilities of the Apple 15 inch Portrait Display
  • Notes: Screen size is 512x342.


  • Sound In: none
  • Sound Out: mono, 8-bit
  • Microphone Port: Omni


  • ADB: 1
  • Video: none
  • Floppy: DB-19
  • SCSI: DB-25
  • GeoPorts: none
  • Ethernet: none
  • Microphone Port Type: Omni
  • Ports: Printer Modem Speaker


  • Max Watts: 76
  • Amps: 0.63
  • BTU per Hr: 259.92
  • Voltage: 120
  • Freq Range: 47-63 Hz
  • Battery Type: 3.6V lithium


  • Addressing Modes: 24-, 32-bit
  • Original System Software: 7.0.1
  • Original Enabler: none
  • ROM ID: $067C
  • ROM Version: n/a
  • ROM Size: 512K
  • AppleTalk Version: 56.0.2
  • System Software Supported: 6.0.8L, 7.0.1 7.1 7.5 7.5.1 7.5.3 7.5.5 7.6 7.6.1

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