The Power Mac 4400 (7220 in some markets) was Apple’s attempt to build an inexpensive Mac using more industry standard components, such as a chunky PC-like case. It was also available in a PC Compatible system with a 166 MHz DOS card (brand and model of CPU not mentioned on Apple’s site) containing 16 MB RAM.
At first glance, you might think we flopped the photo of the 4400, but that’s not the case. This is the only Power Mac with its floppy drive on the left side.
The 4400 was Apple’s only computer designed around a modified Tanzania motherboard. The 4400 and other Tanzania-based clones will not boot with a dead PRAM battery. Try replacing the battery before attempting to replace the power supply on a “dead” 4400.
Overall, we have to label this one a compromised Mac.
Note that there are some significant differences between the 160 MHz and 200 MHz models in terms of memory capacity and expansion slots.
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- 160 MHz model introduced 1996.11.07, discontinued
- 200 MHz model introduced 1997.02.17, discontinued
- DOS compatible model introduced 1997.04.04, discontinued
- requires System 7.5.3 (with System Enabler 827) through 9.1, excluding 7.5.5
- CPU: 160 MHz or 200 MHz PPC 603e
- L2 cache: 256 KB (optional on 4400/160)
- bus: 40 MHz
- performance: 81,744 (200 MHz) Whetstones
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 32 MB, expandable to 96 MB (160 MHz version) or 160 MB (200 MHz model) using 3.3V unbuffered EDO RAM (three DIMM sockets, each supports an 8, 16, or 32 MB SIMM in 160 MHz model; support 64 MB DIMMs in 200 MHz machines; slot 1 supports only single-bank DIMMs)
- Video, 4 MB max: 24-bit to 1024 x 768, 16-bit to 1280 x 1024
- VRAM: 1 MB in 4400/160, 2 MB in 4400/200
- Video, std, 4400/160: 16-bit to 832 x 624, 8-bit to 1152-870
- Video, std, 4400/200: 24-bit to 800 x 600, 16-bit to 1152 x 870, 8-bit to 1280 x 1024
- hard drive: 1.2 GB IDE in 4400/160, 2 GB IDE in 4400/200
- CD-ROM: 8x (12x in DOS Compatible model)
- ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
- serial: 2 DIN-8 RS-422 ports on back of computer
- SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
- ethernet: standard on 4400/200 and 7220/200, but not on the 4400/160.
- three PCI slots in 4400/160, two plus a Comm II slot in 4400/200
Accelerators & Upgrades
- Guide to G3 Accelerators for Level 2 Cache Slot
- Vimage at one time announced a G3 upgrade for the 4400
- Farallon 10/100 Comm Slot II ethernet card
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- Know your Mac’s upgrade options, Phil Herlihy, The Usefulness Equation, 2008.08.26. Any Mac can be upgraded, but it’s a question of what can be upgraded – RAM, hard drive, video, CPU – and how far it can be upgraded.
- Why you should partition your Mac’s hard drive, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.11. “At the very least, it makes sense to have a second partition with a bootable version of the Mac OS, so if you have problems with your work partition, you can boot from the ‘emergency’ partition to run Disk Utility and other diagnostics.”
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- Creating Classic Mac boot floppies in OS X, Paul Brierley, The ‘Book Beat, 2008.08.07. Yes, it is possible to create a boot floppy for the Classic Mac OS using an OS X Mac that doesn’t have Classic. Here’s how.
- The compressed air keyboard repair, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.07.24. If your keyboard isn’t working as well as it once did, blasting under the keys with compressed air may be the cure.
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- Interchangeabilty and Compatibility of Apple 1.4 MB Floppy SuperDrives, Sonic Purity, Mac Daniel, 2007.09.26. Apple used two kinds of high-density floppy drives on Macs, auto-inject and manual inject. Can they be swapped?
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- Format any drive for older Macs with patched Apple tools, Tyler Sable, Classic Restorations, 2007.04.25. Apple HD SC Setup and Drive Setup only work with Apple branded hard drives – until you apply the patches linked to this article.
- System 7 Today, advocates of Apple’s ‘orphan’ Mac OS 7.6.1, Tommy Thomas, Welcome to Macintosh, 2006.10.26. Why Mac OS 7.6.1 is far better for 68040 and PowerPC Macs than System 7.5.x.
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- Installing Linux on a PCI Power Mac, Part 1, Larry Stotler, Linux on the Low End, 2006.09.05. Preparing your PCI Power Mac (or clone) for Linux and getting openSUSE Linux installed.
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- Customizing Mac OS 9, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.08.01. Fiddling with themes, picking a browser, and making the Classic Mac OS work just the way you want it to.
- The ins and outs of booting Linux on the Mac, Larry Stotler, Linux on the Low End, 2006.07.31. “Old World” Macs can’t boot directly into Linux. They need to boot the Classic Mac OS first, then pass control over to Linux.
- Preparing your PCI Power Mac for Linux, Larry Stotler, Linux on the Low End, 2006.07.26. How powerful a CPU do you need? How much memory? Do you need a faster drive controller? Are some video cards better than others?
- Floppy drive observations: A compleat guide to Mac floppy drives and disk formats, Scott Baret, Online Tech Journal, 2006.06.29. A history of the Mac floppy from the 400K drive in the Mac 128K through the manual-inject 1.4M SuperDrives used in the late 1990s.
- ATI Radeon 7000 Driver for Mac OS 7.6.1, System 7 Today, 2006.05.29. ATI’s installers don’t support System 7.6.1, but System 7 Today’s does, making this the fastest video card to work with Mac OS 7.6.1
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- System 7.5 and Mac OS 7.6: The beginning and end of an era, Tyler Sable, Classic Restorations, 2006.02.15. System 7.5 and Mac OS 7.6 introduced many new features and greater modernity while staying within reach of most early Macintosh models.
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- The 4400, Eric Schwarz, SchwarzTech, 2005.06.21. “Fortunately, this machine that was more of an experiment into the business market didn’t last long enough for many to remember.”
- Sonata SD, Sonnet Tech, 2004.06.01. First new PCI video card for the Mac in ages sells for just US$99, supports OS 7.5.3 and later plus OS X 10.1.5 and later, works with VGA or old Mac monitors, 16 MB VRAM.
- The 10 worst Macs ever built, Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac, 2001.08.06
- Review: Sonnet Tempo Ultra ATA66 Macintosh PCI Host Adapter, Dan Knight, 2000.07.28. The most economical way to put IDE support in a PCI Power Mac.
- Apple TIL 30720: Power Mac 4400 update 1.0
- AppleSpec: 4400/160, 4400/200, 4400/200 PC Compatible.
- Apple at one time released a patch for OS 8.1 specifically for the Power Mac 4400, 7220, Motorola StarMax, and Umax Aegis (an Asia-only model). It fixes problems with the HFS+ driver (which loads even when HFS+ volumes are not present) and the ATA Manager, which may result in your mouse click not registering or problems switching from a PC card. Read me and download.
- Will not work with System 7.5.5
- DIMM slot 1 supports only single-bank DIMMs.
- Macs with IDE hard drive do not provide SCSI termination power, depending on external SCSI devices to provide it. For more details, see SCSI Termination Power.
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