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There were a number of 3rd party upgrades offered for the 128k and 512k Macs, particularly as the Plus was released.  This page tries to document some of them.

MacMemory, Inc. Max2

The Max2 from MacMemory, Inc.  replaces several chips on the motherboard with sockets, and then there is a daughter board that fits in place over the system memory.  The daughterboard contains sockets for additional memory chips, 2MB populated, and supporting up to 4MB.  It does not use 30pin SIMMs like the Plus and some other 3rd party upgrade boards.  Originally this upgrade was typically offered as a replacement logic board with the upgrade already installed, since installation involved desoldering original chips, but it could be purchased as a self-installed kit.


The important thing to check when installing this or servicing a mac with this installed, is to check the 5V voltage, adjusted on the analog board.  The additional load can drop the 5V line too low.

MacMemory, Inc. MaxPort

The MaxPort was a SCSI upgrade product by MacMemory, Inc.  There were two boards in this upgrade, connected by a ribbon cable.  The first board sat in the ROM sockets, and the ROMs were placed in sockets on this board.  Then a ribbon cable went to a board that was typically mounted on top of the floppy drive, which contained the SCSI controller and additional logic.  From there, a ribbon cable went to a DB25 connector that replaces the battery door on the back case.

MacMemory, Inc MaxChill

This was a piezoelectric fan with 2 clips to provide power.  It was quiet and helped the convection cooling of the Mac.  It was generally recommended when a Max2 or MaxPort were installed.

Dove MacSnap

The MacSnap came in 2 varieties: 1MB and 2MB.  It was a large board that fit over the top half of the Mac's logic board, and used DIP memory, like the Max2, not 30pin SIMMs.


Again, it is important to check the 5V voltage of the Mac after installing or servicing.

Dove MacSnap SCSI

The MacSnap SCSI was a daughterboard that sat in the Mac's ROM sockets, with the 2 ROM chips plugging into that.  The daughterboard also contained the NCR SCSI controller, and a ribbon cable that wound through the chassis, and connected a DB25 connector that replaced the Mac's battery door on the back of the case.

Computer Care MacRescue

The MacRescue board was a full 68000, SCSI controller, and 30pin SIMM RAM upgrade card that used a KillyKlip to sit on top of the system's 68000 processor.


If anyone has documentation on the DIP switch and the RAM disk software, please update this page.

MacGusto I & II

Additional information at this ThinkClassic thread and Photos