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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 Upgrade cards, ports, pinouts, miscellaneous


ADB_Devices.pdf -- Apple ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) devices
Apple_TV_FM_Radio_System.pdf -- the Apple TV/FM Radio system
AppleDesign_Powered_Speakers.pdf -- the AppleDesign Powered Speakers
Communications_Cards.pdf -- Apple communications cards
Macintosh_Processor_Upgrade.pdf -- Information about the Apple Macintosh Processor Upgrade
PC_Compatibility_Card.pdf -- the Apple PC Compatibility Card
Power_Macintosh_Upgra#C5891.pdf -- Information about the Power Macintosh Upgrade Card for 68040 Macs with a Processor Direct Slot
Sound_Cards.pdf -- Apple sound cards
Video_Cards.pdf -- Information about Apple Video Cards
Video_Conferencing.pdf -- Information about Video Conferencing
MacOS Updates info (directory)
Compatability Charts (directory)
Quick References (directory)
Apple Memory Guide (PDF)
Ports and Pinouts (PDF)
Theories of Operation (directory)
HW-SW Procedures (directory)
SecretROMStuff.pdf (PDF)
Developer_Notes regarding the PowerBook G4, Power Macintosh G4, iBook, and eMac. (directory)
Apple System Error Codes (PDF)
Developer Tools 10.2 information about the OS X Apple Developer Tools version 10.2 (Jaguar). (PDF)
Safety Apple's safety sheet. (PDF)
Common Part Names
Table of video card output/compatibility (applies to pre-G3 Macs)
USB Architecture Diagram

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