PowerMac 7300/7500/7600 Upgrades

PowerMac 7300

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 7500

History

This group of desktop machines began production in May 1995, and they are reasonably upgradeable. They have a daughter card processor which allows for very simple CPU upgrades, and they all use PCI for internal expansion, which gives them access to a large range of add-on cards.

The systems all shipped with SCSI for their internal hard drives and optical drives. SCSI drives to work in these machines are no longer manufactured, and are very thin on the ground nowadays. Luckily there are alternatives, which are IDE and SATA - these can be added with PCI cards, and allow you to use modern, cheap, hard drives and other internal storage devices.

The lack of modern external connectivity, such as USB or FireWire, can also be overcome with PCI expansion cards, meaning that new printers and other accessories can be used.

How to Identify these Machines

These pre-G3 Desktops all use the same form factor case, however they are all marked clearly with their model number - if this is missing, identification should be done with the Apple System Profiler software installed on the machine, as they differ only very slightly internally.

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 the upgrades yourself then we can help. Simply ask our engineers for further details.

Memory Upgrades

These pre-G3 PowerMac computers use 168 pin DIMM EDO memory. They have 8 RAM slots, and can support up to 1GB of memory.

These memory chips are now very difficult to source, and at present we are unable to supply them. We suggest looking on eBay as a method of finding these compatible modules. It is best to get memory which has come from a previous machine of the same type, due to varying RAM speed issues.

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 (internal). These instructions assume you have an installed PCI ATA controller card.

Turn off the machine.

There are two tabs on the underside of the front part of the case, under the CD-ROM and PowerPC label. Pushing these tabs allows the removal of the case by pulling forward on the case.

This reveals the CD-ROM unit. Move it forwards on the sled and replace the unit, connect this to your ATA controller and power supply, and turn machine on.

External units are very easy to use. If you are unsure call or email our team.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

These pre-G3 Machines use SCSI for their internal hard drive. Most modern internal hard drives use SATA. To upgrade your hard drive you will first need to purchase a SATA controller card, which can be installed in a PCI slot.

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.

Turn off the PowerMac. There are two tabs on the underside of the front part of the case under the CD-ROM and PowerPC label. Pushing these tabs allows the removal of the case by pulling forward on the case.

This reveals the empty drive bays. Mount the drive onto a sled, connect this to your SATA controller and power supply, then turn the machine on.

If you are unsure call or email our team.

Graphics Cards and Displays

These PowerMacs have 3x33MHz PCI sockets for upgrading your video capabilities. The machines have between 4 and 8MB of Video RAM by default. These cards will fit in a free PCI slot, and provide an alternative, upgraded, graphics system.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Difficulty 1 / 5 - Very Easy.

Install any included software, then turn off the computer.

There are two tabs on the underside of the front part of the case, under the CD-ROM and PowerPC label. Pushing these tabs allows the removal of the case by pulling forward on the case.

There is a beige grill which pivots about the side of the case, this reveals the cream PCI Sockets. Install the PCI graphics card in a free slot.

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your PowerMac has up to 3 available PCI sockets for connectivity expansion. Since the machine was manufactured new connection types such as USB and FireWire have been developed, keep your machine up to scratch with our range of upgrade cards.

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 1 / 5 - Very Easy.

Install any included software, then turn off your PowerMac.

There are two tabs on the underside of the front part of the case, under the CD-ROM and PowerPC label. Pushing these tabs allows the removal of the case by pulling forward on the case.

There is a beige grill which pivots about the side of the case, this reveals the cream PCI sockets. Install PCI card in a free slot.

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)