- Type: Personal computer
- Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc.
- Computer family: Macintosh Performa
- Released: July, 1994
- Price: 1500-2250 USD
- OS: System 7.1.2P
- CPU: Motorola 68LC040 @ 33 MHz
- Memory: 4 MB (expandable to 36 MB or 52 MB in some versions)
- ROM: 1 MB
- Video: 1 MB VRAM, single display
- Graphics: 512 x 384, 640 x 480: 16-bit, 800 x 600, 832 x 624: 8-bit
- Storage: 250 MB (IDE), (2x CDROM SCSI – Performa 630CD)
- Dimensions: 4.3″ x 12.6″ x 16.5″
- Weight: 8.6 Kg
- Predecessor: Performa 600
- Successor: Performa 6360
Released 1994: The Macintosh Performa 630 was a consumer version of the Macintosh Quadra 630. It was part of Apple Computer’s Performa series of Macintosh computers. It was introduced on July 1, 1994, succeeding the Performa 600, and was discontinued on July 1, 1995. Other variants were discontinued in February 1996.
The Macintosh Performa is a family of personal computers designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from 1992 to 1997. The Performa brand re-used models from Apple’s Quadra, Centris, LC, and Power Macintosh families with model numbers that denoted included software packages or hard drive sizes. Whereas non-Performa Macintosh computers were sold by Apple Authorized Resellers, the Performa was sold through big-box stores and mass-market retailers such as Good Guys, Circuit City, and Sears.
The initial series of models consisted of the Macintosh Classic II-based Performa 200, the LC II-based Performa 400, and the IIvi-based Performa 600.
After releasing a total of sixty-four different models, Apple retired the Performa brand in early 1997, shortly after release of the Power Macintosh 5500, 6500, 8600 and 9600. The end of the Performa brand at Apple coincided with both a period of significant financial turmoil due in part to low sales of Performa machines, and the return of Steve Jobs to the company
My Macintosh Performa 630 and repairs
A friend and collector, Per Stian Kjendal had this one for spare and gave it to me for free. I connected it to my modern LCD monitor using my home made Mac – VGA adaptor. The machine needed to be connected to the wall outlet for a while before it would fire up. After some minutes it would turn on and I got a display. At first, the hard disk would not boot. I removed the hard disk and gave it a knock with a screw driver head to loosen a stuck read head. After this, the machine booted up fine in MacOS 8.1 (last version of MacOS to not require a Power Mac).
CF-card hard disk: Replaced the hard disk with a CF-adapter and a 4 GB CF-card. I used an external SCSI hard disk to backup the hard disk content and then copy to the CF card.
Recap: Replaced the electrolytic capacitors and the AC filter capacitor inside the power supply and the capacitors on the mainboard. After this, the machine booted right up without any issues or need to be connected for a while before it would boot. Great!
Overclock CPU: I did a mod by moving the position of two SMD resistors on the mainboard to overclock the CPU to run at 40 MHz instead of 33 MHz. I also attached a heat sink onto the CPU and onto the video chip. It worked out great, the machine is about 20% faster now.