Power Macintosh 6200
a.k.a. Performa 6200-6230
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The Power Macintosh 6200/75 (a.k.a. Performa 6200, 6205, 6210, 6214,6216, 6218, 6220, and 6230!) was one of the first Macs to use thePowerPC 603 processor. Although the CPU was superior to the older601, the overall computer design kept performance of the 6200 andit's built-in monitor twin, the 5200,comparable to a 6100/66. To save money,Apple based the motherboard on the Quadra 605 with its 25 MHz bus and32-bit memory. (Remember, the 603 is a 64-bit chip.) Apple alsoused an 8-bit IDE controller for the hard drive. This is the kindof thinking that crippled the LC witha 16-bit bus in 1990.
Because of unusual architecture, installing a 25-pin SCSIterminator to the SCSI port (if you have no SCSI devices attached)will improve network stability.
If you are using a serial printer and no modem, connect theprinter to the modem port to avoid network problems.
FWB HD Toolkit is a much better driver for the IDE hard drivethan Apple's.
OpenTransport 1.2, which ships with Mac OS 8, solves manynetwork problems.
A word of warning: the serial ports don't support hardwarehandshaking, which is required for all modems 9600 bps and faster.You must use a comm slot modem for good throughput.
Be sure to read Performa and PowerMac 5200, 5300, 6200, 6300 Issues. Then you'll understand whyit's called a RoadApple.
- Power Mac 6200/75 introduced 1995.05.01; discontinued
- Performa 6200 introduced 1995.05.01; 6216, 6218, 6220, and 6230, 17, 1995.07.17; 6205 and 6214, 1995.08.28; 6210, 1995.10.12; discontinued
- requires System 7.5.1 through 9.1
- CPU: 75 MHz PPC 603
- bus: network and SCSI run at 10 MHz, RAM and IDE at 22.5 MHz,CPU at 37.5 MHz, graphics at 30 MHz
- performance: XXX (relative to SE)
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 8 MB, expandable to 64 MB using 70ns 72-pin SIMMs (twoslots, each supports a 4, 8, 16, or 32 MB SIMM), 32-bit memory bus,installing RAM in pairs of identical speed gives slightly moreefficient performance
- VRAM: 1 MB, not expandable
- Video: thousands of colors at 640 x 480, 256 at 832 x 624
- L2 cache: 256 KB
- Hard drive: 1 GB IDE
- CD-ROM: 4x
- Sound: may have 8-bit or 16-bit (if capacitor C255 is present,motherboard has 8-bit sound)
- microphone: standard 3.5mm minijack, compatible with line-levelinput including Apple's PlainTalk microphone
- ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
- DIN-8 serial ports on back of computer (modem port disabledwhen comm slot modem present; printer port disabled when comm slotethernet card present)
- SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
- one LC PDS slot, one comm slot, one TV slot, one video I/Oslot
- Gestalt ID: 42
- Size (HxWxD): 4.3" x 12.6" x 16.5"
- weight: 19 pounds
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- Macs with IDE hard drive do not provide SCSI termination power,depending on external SCSI devices to provide it. For more details,see SCSI TerminationPower.
- On most models, the serial ports do not support hardwarehandshaking necessary for high speed (9600 bps or higher) modems.However, Global Village Teleport Platinum modems implementhandshaking on the modem, providing 28.8 kbps and fastertelecommunications. (The final revision of the motherboard doessupport hardware handshaking.)
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