Power Computing Power 80, 100, and 120

The Power series was Power Computing’s first generation Mac compatible. As faster PowerPC 601 CPUs became available, Power bumped this model from 80 MHz to 100 MHz, and then to 120 MHz.

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The Power Computing Power 80The Power 80, 100, and 120 were among the few authorized Mac clones with NuBus slots.

Variants

  • Power 80. 80 MHz 601 processor
  • Power 100. 100 MHz 601 processor
  • Power 120. 120 MHz 601 processor

Details

  • introduced: 1995.04.17; Power 100 sold for $1,699 with 8 MB RAM and a 365 GB hard drive; discontinued 1996.01.01
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Mac OS

  • requires System 7.5, 7.5.3 through 9.1 (System 7.5.1 not supported for Power 120; Mac OS 8.0 not compatible with Power 120 without maintenance release, Mac OS 8.1 recommended instead)

Core System

  • CPU: 80/100/120 MHz PPC 601
  • L2 cache: 256 KB, upgradable to 512 KB
  • bus: 33-40 MHz
  • RAM: 16 MB, expandable to 200 MB using 80ns or faster 72-pin SIMMs in 8 slots

Video

  • Graphics: RAM-based built-in video, uses up to 2 MB of system memory, supports 512 x 384 to 832 x 624

Drives

  • hard drive: 540 MB or larger SCSI
  • CD-ROM: 4x SCSI drive

Expansion

  • ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
  • two miniDIN-8 GeoPorts on back of computer
  • DB-25 SCSI-1 connector on back of computer
  • internal Fast SCSI bus
  • ethernet: AAUI connector on back of computer, requires AAUI adapter
  • NuBus slots: 3
  • PDS: 1

Physical

  • power: 200W
  • size (HxWxD), desktop: 6.0″x16.0″x16.0″
  • size (HxWxD), tower: 15.0″x7.0″x16.0″
  • weight: 22.0 lb
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA

Online Resources

Troubleshooting

  • You cannot upgrade from Mac OS 9.0 to 9.1 using updaters on NuBus models. You must use a full installation CD for OS 9.1.

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