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Apple Power Macintosh 6100/66

Apple Power Macintosh 6100/66

Speed66 MHz
Memory8 MB
Hard Drive350  MB

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Release Date: 3/1/1994
Manufacturer: Apple
 
Donated By: Danny & Peter Epstein
 
The Power Macintosh 6100 was Apple Computer's first computer to use the new PowerPC RISC type processor created by IBM and Motorola. It came in the Centris 610's "pizza box" low-profile case, and superseded the Quadra series that used Motorola's 68040 processor, Apple's previous high end workstation line.

Power Macintosh 6100 was first introduced in 1994, and featured a 60 MHz (later 66 MHz) PowerPC 601 processor. It was later complemented by an AV version, which featured additional audio and visual enhancements such as composite and S-video input/output and full 48-bit DAT-resolution sound processing, invaluable to multimedia professionals. Apple also released a PC-compatible model of the 6100 called the Power Macintosh 6100 DOS Compatible. This version came with a card that featured an Intel 80486DX2 processor and a single SIMM RAM slot that used a different type of RAM to that in the Power Mac itself, and also sported standard PC VGA and joystick ports. One could easily run the Macintosh interface and DOS/Windows 3.1 side by side, even on different monitors if one so desired.

Notable was the new startup and "sad mac" chimes: instead of the electronic "bong" that was the previous norm, it played a guitar chord strummed by jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, and instead of the "Chimes of Doom" arpeggio that played when there was a hardware error at startup, there was the sound of a car crashing.

This model and the other early NuBus-based Power Macs (7100, 8100 and Workgroup Server 9150) were replaced by the Power Macintosh PCI series released in 1995, although the 6100 DOS compatible continued in production until 1996, even though Apple had already released the anticipated "PC Personality Card" in 1995 that plugged into one of the PCI slots of the newer Power Macs. This card featured a 66 MHz Pentium processor, which was considered very fast at that time.

Generally considered to be the slowest of all the Power Macintoshes in terms of processor sp


User Comments
Katie Cadet on Friday, August 18, 2017
I have a working Power Macintosh 6100/66 that I bought in Early 2017, and it came preinstalled with Mac OS 8.1. The first thing I tried when I turned on this good old Power Mac was playing Troggle Trouble Math (which was later reused on the Power Macintosh 7500/100) and boy does it show how well Mac OS 8 can really handle old games! I tried Jazz Jackrabbit 2 on the Power Macintosh 6100 with the memory upgrade, and I think the processing is sluggish. That was the time that we are doing a memory upgrade to the unofficial 136 MB as an experiment, but when I saw a Bomb Error titled "bus error", POOF!!! The operating system doesn't wanna boot anymore! I keep this as an experimental computer, trying to load different operating systems such as Mac OS 7.6.1 on CD-ROM. Another thing is, after hundreds of CD-ROM inserting and disk swapping, the drive died down, but luckily I have an external drive just in case something goes wrong with the internal on the 6100. I tried Slam Dunk Typing on this Power Mac 6100 and the speed of the animation depends on the speed of the graphics processor (with a CPU speed of around or under 100 MHz, same as the Troggle Trouble Math I mentioned to you earlier), and normally it is similar to a turbo switch on an old 486 PC, where you had to flip the switch back and forth to get the speed you want, for example, an old 80s game that you have. I probably mentioned that Mac OS 7.6.1 is still the best choice around for the very first Power Macs ever made and who wanted a lightweight operating system to go with that. And having said that, there was actually a variant of the 6100 with the DOS card included so that you can run Windows 3.1 applications with in the real deal, not in emulation! This has got to be one of the first Power Macintosh computers ever made! Although it is quite obvious that it was made 10 years after the Macintosh 128k was released! It also made a leap forward in the processor, transiting from the 68040 to the PowerPC! It was a really great move for Apple, even though Steve Jobs wasn't around! Oh and one final thought: Pizza-box style Macs are really cool! It looks like a Quadra 610, but with a 66 MHz PowerPC processor, weird but true! I would've known that Apple was going to make more 68k Macs for professionals, BUT NOT ANYMORE!!! At least the Performa 580CD was the last 68k consumer Mac ever produced, but this is a great history of the first Power Macs ever produced until 2006 where Macs are transitioning to Intel, which is what they are doing today!
Eric Bertrand on Thursday, November 17, 2011
I have a clean 6100/66av in my collection running OS8.6 with 72MB of ram. On this computer, I mainly playing to Lode Runner 1 and 2 and i'm tring to do some web surfing with Clasillia. Recently, just to learn something new on this machine, I got the DOS card. I i'm curiouse to see how well run Win95b on It along with os8.6... It's a great little box to have
Eric Bertrand on Thursday, November 17, 2011
I have a clean 6100/66av in my collection running OS8.6 with 72MB of ram. On this computer, I mainly playing to Lode Runner 1 and 2 and i'm tring to do some web surfing with Clasillia. Recently, just to learn something new on this machine, I got the DOS card. I i'm curiouse to see how well run Win95b on It along with os8.6... It's a great little box to have
wcs on Monday, September 07, 2009
I used to have the 6100/66 with a PC Card as a work machine. It was reliable albeit a bit slow. I would use the PC side to administer a Novell server. The real pain with this computer was the placement of the power button right by the floppy drive. If you were a PC person, you would turn off the power whilst trying to eject the disk. Even if you worked with both you would occasionally press it. I remember trying to keep the power button pressed in after touching it with my right hand, whilst trying to use my left hand to save work and exit the applications! :">
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