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Computer Repair Tools, Tips, and Manuals

An informational resource for technicians who want to repair classic Macintosh computers and other classic Apple products.

These manuals are Adobe PDFs (mostly) of Apple's "Service Source" documents, which were historically distributed only to Apple-authorized repair shops. They offer step-by-step Mac repair information for do-it-yourself technicians who want to repair old Apple Macintosh computers. These documents also include Apple technical specifications, memory configuration information, and more. With a few common tools, these repair manuals are what you need to become your own Macintosh Repair Technician for classic Macs (pre-Intel.)

HOW TO USE THIS PAGE: The links on the left jump down on this page to specific sections. Sometimes the filename of the manual you want starts with, say, "Power Macintosh" -- other times, "PMac" -- other times, "PowerMac" -- sometimes with dots or underscores or dashes between words, etc. You get the idea. If you don't see what you're looking for, try a "find" (cmd-f or ctrl-f, usually) and search the text of the page for your machine's model number, or part of the name. The categories are the best I could come up with. Some things may appear in only one category but really belong in two -- for example, the combo manuals that cover some model of Mac and also a Performa based on the same internal hardware. So if you have a Performa, you'll have to pick through these a bit.

SEARCH FEATURE -- for example, to find a PDF that mentions "Pismo" (the nickname for the Powerbook G3 Firewire), just type it into the Google box on the left. :) In several cases, you can then use the "View as HTML" link and quickly search the page for what you need, then decide whether to download the whole PDF. A nice option for low-bandwidth users. Thanks, Google!

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Service Manuals for Floppy diskette drives, CD-ROM drives, and Hard Disk drives


Apple_3.5_Drive.pdf -- the Apple 3.5" floppy drive
Apple_400K_Drive.pdf -- the Apple 400K floppy drive
Apple_800K_Drive.pdf -- the Apple 800K floppy drive
Apple_PC_5.25_Drive.pdf -- the Apple PC 5.25" floppy drive
Apple_SuperDrive_HDI_20.pdf -- the Apple SuperDrive HDI 20
Apple_Tape_Backup_40SC.pdf -- the Apple tape backup 40SC drive
AppleCD_150_300.pdf -- the Apple CD 150/300 player
AppleCD_300e_Plus_600e.pdf -- the Apple CD 300e/Plus/600e cd player
AppleCD_SC_SC_Plus.pdf -- the Apple CD SC/SC Plus
External_Hard_Drive_SC.pdf -- the Apple External Hard Drive SC (SCSI)
HDI-20_1.4_Drive.pdf -- the Apple HDI-20 1.4MB drive
Hard_Disk_20.pdf -- the Apple Hard Disk 20
Hard_Drives.pdf -- Apple hard drives
Hard_Drives_Matrix_NEW.pdf
PowerCD.pdf -- the Apple PowerCD drive
Optical Drives Matrix

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