PowerMac 7200/8200 Upgrades

PowerMac 7200

This page covers all the upgrades we sell for this range of Macs. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below.

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Powermac 8200

History

This group of machines are the second least upgradeable of the PowerPC PowerMacs. They were an improvement from the old NuBus based machines, and carried industry standard PCI sockets allowing for greater internal upgrades. These machines use SCSI, not the more useful IDE for their internal connectivity.

The 7200 and 8200's CPUs are soldered to the logic board, meaning CPU upgrades must be installed in a PCI socket. Ethernet connectivity is provided via a standard RJ45 connector as an AAUI port. The RAM was changed from 72 pin SIMMs to the cheaper (at the time) 168PIN DIMM memory.

How to Identify these Machines

These PowerMac machines are easily identifiable. The 7200 has a CD ROM bay and a second space next to it for a Zip drive.

The PowerMac 8100 and 8200 came in the same type of Tower case and this needs to be removed to identify between the two. The case is removed with screws on the back, and the case pulls forward. Turning the machine onto its side will reveal cream coloured slots. If your machine has 3 long slots divided into 2 parts then you have a PowerMac 8200. If the sockets are equally interspersed with holes then you have an 8100.

If you are still unsure you can contact us on 01223 833 412 or by email for confirmation. If you want to upgrade but aren't happy to install your upgrades yourself, then we can help. Simply ask our engineers for further details.

Memory Upgrades

The 72/8200 machines use 168 Pin EDO memory. They have between 4 and 8 banks of chips and can support up to 512MB of memory. These memory chips are now very difficult to source and at present we are unable to supply them. We suggest maybe eBay as a source. It is best to get memory which has come from a machine of the same type due to issues with varying memory speeds.

We do not have RAM available for these Macs.

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

These Pre G3 Machines use SCSI as their system bus. Most modern CD Writers and hard drives use IDE. To upgrade your optical drive you will need to have an IDE card installed in a PCI slot.

There are no optical drive upgrades available for these Macs

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Easy. These instructions assume you have an installed PCI ATA controller card and apply to the internal units only.

For the 7200: Turn off computer, remove the top case by pressing the two tabs on the underside of the CD ROM and PowerMac label, and pulling gently forward. The CD ROM drive is mounted on a sled which pulls forward, replace the drive with the new one and push gently back into case.

For the 8200: Turn off the computer, remove the 6 screws on the back of the case and pull it gently forward. The CD ROM drive is mounted on a sled in the top bay - gently pull forward and replace.

For both machines then connect the new CD unit to IDE card and power supply, and replace the case. If you are unsure call or email our team.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

These Pre G3 Machines use SCSI for their internal hard drives. Most modern hard drives use SATA.

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

There are none available.

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Easy. These instructions assume you have an installed PCI SATA controller card.

For the 7200: Turn off the machine, remove the top case by pressing the two tabs on the underside of the CD-rom drive and the PowerMac label, and pulling gently forward. This reveals the hard drive spaces. Add the new drive to your sled and push gently into the slot until it clicks.

For the 8200: Turn off the machine, remove the 6 screws on the back of the case and pull it gently forward. The drive spaces are below the CD rom drive on the font of the machine. Mount the new drive onto your sled and push into the case until it clicks into place.

For both machines then connect the new hard drive to the SATA card and the power supply and replace case. If you are unsure please call or email our team.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The machines have between 4 and 8MB of Video RAM by default. The cards below can be installed into a free PCI slot to provide an upgraded alternative.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Easy.

Install any software then turn off machine.

For the 7200, remove the top case by pressing the two tabs on the underside of the CD-ROM and PowerMac label and pulling gently forward. Open the beige grill by pivoting to the left, this reveals the 3 PCI slots. Install the card and put the case back on.

For the 8200 remove the 6 screws on the back of the case and pull it gently forward. Turn machine onto its side to reveal the PCI slots (long cream sockets). Install the card and replace the case. If you are unsure call or email our team.

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your PowerMac Tower has up to 3 available PCI sockets for connectivity expansion. Since the Machine was made USB, FireWire and gigabit ethernet have been released. Keep your machine up to scratch with our range of upgrade cards.

NOTE: Some connectivity cards are Operating system dependant - see below.

INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Card in a Desktop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Easy

Install any included software and then turn off machine.

For the PowerMac 7200 remove the top case buy pressing the two tabs on the underside of the CD ROM and PowerMac label and pulling gently forward. Open the beige grill by pivoting to the left. This reveals the 3 PCI slots, install the card in a free slot and put the case back on.

For the PowerMac 8200 remove the 6 screws on the back of the case and pull it gently forward. Turn machine onto its side to reveal the PCI slots (long cream sockets). Install card in a free socket and replace the case.

If you are unsure please call or email our team.

Keyboards & Mice

The following keyboards and mice are compatible with this Mac.

There are no keyboards or mice available for these Macs

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Screwdriver Set - 20mm Phillips #00, #0, #1 - Flat 1.4mm, 1.8mm, 2.4mmStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Hard Drive Screws - Pack of 4Stock: Available£1.25 + vat (£1.50)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£7.50 + vat (£9.00)

External Drives & Enclosures

It is possible to upgrade this Mac with an external hard drive, however you will need to add a modern connectivity type to your Mac. For this machine we strongly recommend looking at FireWire if you want any external data storage devices. FireWire can be added with an expansion card (see below). You will need to be running at least OS9 to use FireWire.

There are no external hard drive upgrades available for these Macs.

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.

Evaluation Services

Mac Repair - Evaluation ServiceStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)

Installation Services (parts not included)

Collection ServiceStock: Available£24.68 + vat (£29.62)
INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Card in a Desktop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)