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Macintosh hardware FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Macintosh hardware.

This FAQ about Macintosh hardware was compiled and written by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

-01 Maintenance (Macintosh hardware)
First a word about tools: many basic household items will serve ...
-02 How do I clean a keyboard? (Macintosh hardware)
For basic cleaning a little isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol on a ...
-03 How do I clean a screen? (Macintosh hardware)
First turn off the monitor. Spray a small amount of Windex or any ...
-04 How do I clean a mouse? (Macintosh hardware)
Poor mouse tracking is normally a sign of dirty contacts. To ...
-05 How do I clean a floppy drive? (Macintosh hardware)
Normally you don't need to. Several companies sell floppy ...
-06 How do I clean the inside of my mac? (Macintosh hardware)
I don't advise taking a Mac apart just to clean it; but if you'...
-07 How do I open a Compact Mac? (Macintosh hardware)
You need a Torx T-15 screwdriver, at least eight inches long,...
-08 Now that I've opened my Mac how might I electrocute myself? (Macintosh hardware)
Like most computers a Macintosh contains lots of exciting high ...
-09 Where can I get my Mac fixed? (Macintosh hardware)
If it's been less than a year since you bought the Mac, then by ...
-10 Can you recommend any good books about Mac repair? (Macintosh hardware)
Larry Pina has written several excellent guides to repairing Macs. ...
-11 The screen on my Compact Mac is jittering. (Macintosh hardware)
Nine times out of ten this is a symptom of a failing ...
-12 What Macs are upgradeable to the Powerpc? (Macintosh hardware)
Apple will provide logic board replacements for all Centris, ...
-13 Can I increase the speed of my Mac by accelerating the clock? (Macintosh hardware)
Apple engineers designed the Mac IIsi to run at 25 megahertz. ...
-14 Can I add an FPU to my Mac? Can I replace the 68LC040 with a 68040?(Macintosh hardware)
All 68020 and 68030 desktop Macs that did not ship with an FPU ...
-15 What kind of memory should I use in my Mac? (Macintosh hardware)
The easiest way to get this question answered is to ask your friendly,...
-16 Can I use PC SIMM's in my Mac? (Macintosh hardware)
Yes. Nine chip PC and SUN workstation SIMM's work perfectly well ...
-17 What vendors have good prices on memory? (Macintosh hardware)
You should certainly shop around, but I've found that the ...
-18 Do SIMMdoublers work? (Macintosh hardware)
Sometimes. Problems have been reported so make sure you get ...
-19 What's VRAM? (Macintosh hardware)
Video RAM is where the computer stores the images displayed on ...
-20 All monitors are not created equal. (Macintosh hardware)
Choosing a Mac monitor used to be simple. Like the Model-T Ford ...
-21 There's a horizontal line across my monitor. (Macintosh hardware)
All Sony Trinitron monitors have a stabilizing wire in position ...
-22 Can I use a VGA monitor on my Mac? (Macintosh hardware)
A IIsi, LC or LC II can drive a multisync/multiscanning VGA ...
-23 How can I switch monitor resolutions on the fly? (Macintosh hardware)
Assuming you have a monitor and video card capable of ...
-24 What kind of floppy disks do I need for my Mac? (Macintosh hardware)
There have been three kinds of floppy disks in the history of ...
-25 Why can't my Quadra (SE/30, IICI, etc.) read the disks from my Plus? (Macintosh hardware)
The Macintosh Plus and earlier machines along with original Mac II's ...
-26 Does punching a hole in a double-density disk make a high-density disk? (Macintosh hardware)
Yes, but I certainly wouldn't trust any data I intended to keep ...
-27 How do I put my old internal hard disk in an external case? (Macintosh hardware)
Alliance Peripheral Systems, 800-443-4199/816-483-6100 sells cases ...
-28 What's the cheapest/fastest/most reliable/most common removable drive?(Macintosh hardware)
The oldest and most established format for removable media is ...
-29 What's the best cd-rom drive? (Macintosh hardware)
There are three features you should look for in a CD-ROM drive. ...
-30 What's a good printer? (Macintosh hardware)
If price is your primary concern buy either a StyleWriter or ...
-31 What power adaptor do I need to use my Mac in another country? (Macintosh hardware)
All Mac CPU's since the SE EXCEPT for the Classic and Classic II ...
-32 How can I fix the sound on my IISI? (Macintosh hardware)
When the metal fingers that connect the IIsi speakers and ...
-33 Macintosh Hardware Models: intro
This appendix is a nearly comprehensive list of the different ...
-34 Macintosh Hardware Models: p1
Mac 128 (Thin Mac)...
-35 Macintosh Hardware Models: p1
Mac
-36 Macintosh Hardware Models: p3
Mac
-37 Macintosh Hardware Models: p4
Mac LC 5200/75 (Performa 5200CD)...
-38 Macintosh Hardware Models: p5
Quadra 610 DOS ...
-39 Macintosh Hardware Models: p6
Quadra
-40 Macintosh Hardware Models: p7
PowerMac 9500/120, 9500/...
-41 Macintosh Hardware Models: p8
Powerbook
-42 Macintosh Hardware Models: p9
Powerbook
-43 Macintosh Hardware Models: p10
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