MacUpgrades.co.uk offers a wide range of fixed price upgrades and repairs for your Apple computers. You can drop in to our offices in Sawston, Cambridge or if you are not local you can either have us collect or send in your computer yourself. Sameday fitting is available for most items, contact us for details. We also offer on site installation services and training on your premises.
Enter your serial number into the box below for specific upgrades for your machine. Each upgrade has been tested in the machine we list it for. Compatability is 100% guaranteed or your money back.
How to find your serial number in software
You can find your Mac's serial number in Apple System Profiler: Select the Apple Menu > About This Mac, then (depending on the version of OSX you are running) click the System Report button or the More Info button. This brings up System Profiler, and on the Hardware Overview that is displayed by default you should see your serial number, and be able to copy/paste it. The procedure does vary slightly between different versions of OSX.
If you can't boot your Mac
If your Mac is not working, the serial number is printed on the computer casing but the location varies. Here are the main locations of serial numbers on Apple computers.
Unibody MacBook Pro - Laser etched onto the base.
MacBook, Early MacBook Pro, PowerBook G4 - Inside the main battery bay. Remove battery to locate.
iBook (White) - Under the keyboard. To lift keyboard, pull back on the release tabs between the F-keys.
Intel iMac, iMac G5 - Underside of the foot/stand.
iMac G4, iMac G3 - Underside of the iMac.
Mac mini - On the underside of the Mac mini.
Mac Pro 2006-2012 - On rear of machine near graphics card ports.
PowerMac G5 - On lower chassis under side panel. To remove side panel, lift lever on rear of Mac.
PowerMac G3, PowerMac G4 - Label on the back of the Mac.
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.
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.
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.
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.