Macintosh IIsi

Apple Macintosh IIsi

Apple Macintosh IIsi

Originally posted to my Macintosh website at headgap.com.

I bought my first Apple Macintosh IIsi in the summer of 1992. It cost a whopping $3,000+ dollars and came with only the CPU and a mouse. The keyboard and 15 inch NEC color monitor had to be purchased separately, which contributed to its high cost.

The Macintosh IIsi was introduced in 1990 and remained in production until early 1993. The Macintosh IIsi can run Systems 6.08 to 7.6.1. The 2 Mac IIsi’s in my collection run System 7.1.

With the right software, the Mac IIsi still makes a great print server, terminal client, word processor and game machine. Just don’t overload it with the latest bloatware.

Macintosh IIsi’s can be found on the used market for practically nothing these days.

Through the course of its productive life, my Macintosh IIsi was used to create hundreds of publications, ads, and other printed materials including all items related to Sam Slom‘s 1996 run for the State Senate. We’re talking brochures, bumper stickers, campaign buttons and more. The Mac IIsi was also put into service creating web pages for the original incarnations of Mel’s Internet Universe and the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide.

In 1997 I upgraded to a PowerCenter 150 Mac clone.

UPDATE JANUARY 2002

My original Mac IIsi is now sitting in the closet (that is the one pictured above). It seems to be having some serious start-up problem that is probably attributable to a motherboard gone bad. It seems like it is having the same “booty” problems I also had with my Quadra 610. Unlike the Quadra, I may go ahead and decide to fix this computer. It is on my project list for 2002.

UPDATE MARCH 2003

My original Mac IIsi was revived late last year. It got an upgraded hard drive… 240MB taken from my dead Quadra 610 and a new monitor. The problem with the motherboard seems to have gone away with the addition of the new hard drive and a clean wipe of previous software on the drive. It now runs lean and mean using System 7.1.

UPDATE JUNE 2004:

Computer currently up for sale.

UPDATE APRIL 2007:

The computer was never sold and was instead given away.

The 2nd Macintosh IIsi

I bought another Mac IIsi from a friend in late 1997 which came loaded with external hard discs, an extra monitor and a scanner.

The computer is currently at my parents’ place on the Big Island of Hawaii. It needs a monitor so that it can be put into service again.

Macintosh IIsi #1 (original machine)

    Apple Macintosh IIsi
    Motorola 68030 @ 20mhz
    6882 PMMU Math co-processor (added 8/99)
    17 MB of RAM memory on 4 4MB 30 pin SIMM chips
    1 MB of RAM built into the motherboard>
    Apple 240MB Hard Drive (donated from Quadra 610, 9-2002)
    1 internal 1.4MB floppy disc drive
    Apple Keyboard II and ADB Mouse
    Built in appletalk networking
    Ports: SCSI, RS 232 parallel port (for external floppy drive)

Macintosh IIsi #2

    Apple Macintosh IIsi
    Motorola 68030 @ 20mhz
    Daystar 68030 accelerator
    17 MB of RAM memory on 4 4MB 30 pin SIMM chips
    1 MB of RAM built into the motherboard
    Internal Quantum 80MB Hard Drive
    1 internal 1.4MB floppy disc drive
    Apple Keyboard II and ADB Mouse
    Built in appletalk networking
    Ports: SCSI, RS 232 parallel port (for external floppy drive),

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