Apple Macintosh Classic II
The Apple Macintosh Classic II, also known as the Performa 200, was
introduced in October 1991 as a replacement for both the original
Classic and the SE/30. Like the SE/30, the Classic II had a 68030 cpu
running at 16mhz though unfortunately it was saddled with a 16bit
external data path, making it quite a bit slower than the SE/30 it
replaced. It was originally priced at $1,900 and would be discontinued
on 13 September 1993. It shipped with 2meg RAM, expandable to 10meg
and had an internal 1.44meg floppy drive, ADB ports for keyboard and
mouse, two 8pin mini-din serial ports, external floppy port and a
DB-25 SCSI port. There was also room internally for a hard disk drive
and it was the last Macintosh to use the 9" B/W screen, which had
a resolution of 512 x 342. There would also be a color version of the
Classic II which used a 10" color CRT.
This machine makes a good bridge between my newer systems and my Mac
128k and Mac Plus since it can read both MS-DOS format high-density
diskettes as well as the original Macintosh 400k and 800k diskettes.
It also has 4meg of RAM and a 40meg internal hard disk, which was quite
a common combination. As an aside, I've even managed to network this machine
with my Amiga using AppleTalk/LocalTalk and both running System 7.1, the Classic
II acting as the file server.
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