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Macintosh LC II

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The LC II is powered by the Motorola 68030 at 16MHz which is an upgrade from the original Macintosh LC using the Motorola 68020. Some if not all LC II boards have an empty spot where a math co-processor socket could exist but was not installed at the factory. Network card vendors would typically include a spot for a math co-processor (Motorola 68882 most likely) on their LC PDS cards.

The LC II is replaced by the Macintosh LC III which was released in 25MHz and 33MHz variations.

General Information[edit]

Released in March 1992, the LC II was essentially an upgrade of the original Macintosh LC. Unfortunately, while Apple "speed-bumped" the processor to a 16 Mhz 68030, they kept the 16-bit data path, making the speed improvement minimal (the 68030 was a 32-bit processor). The LC II sold for $1240, making it one of the more affordable Macs ever. It was discontinued in March 1993, when it was replaced by the Macintosh LC III. In September 1993, it was bundled with several different hard drives and software, and re-released as the Performa 400, 405, 410, and 430.

Codename: Foster Farms. Originally shipped with system software 7.0.1.


Based on the Motorola 68030 processor clocked at 16MHz.


2MB or 4MB of RAM, expandable to 10MB.

ROM Changes[edit]

The ROM used in the Macintosh LC II computer includes the following differences from the Macintosh LC ROM:

  • An improved SANE package.
  • Additional code to support the 68030 memory management unit (MMU).
  • Changes to allow operation under virtual memory.
  • Changes to correct a sound allocation problem.
  • Changes to RAM sizing code to support 4 MB of permanent RAM on the main logic board and up to 6 MB of expansion RAM.
  • Changes to the startup code to display the desktop immediately after startup, during the memory test phase. This provides visual confirmation that the computer is on.
  • Changes to the SwapMMUMode code to support the 68030. SwapMMUMode does not toggle the FC3 function code signal on the expansion connector because the Macintosh LC II always uses 32-bit mode for expansion card addresses.


Although the Macintosh LC II computer does not include a built-in mathematics coprocessor, the V8 gate array provides the necessary decoding for an optional Motorola 68882 floating point unit (FPU). Expansion card designers can include an FPU in their card design because the FPU select signal is supplied to the PDS expansion connector.


  • Like almost all Macs of this era, you must recap the board due to old leaking capacitors.
  • The LC power supplies are known to require capacitor or other repairs due to age.


Capacitor replacement (logic board)[edit]

The SMD capacitors on the logic board will most likely have already started leaking electrolyte out the bottom, and failing to replace them in a timely manner will result in further leakage with possible damage to nearby components. See below list of capacitors to replace:

  • 5 x 47uf 16V
  • 1 x 100uf 6.3V
  • 10 x 10uf 16V
  • 1 x 1uf 50V

Capacitor replacement (power supply unit)[edit]

A dead LC PSU can typically be revived by replacing all of the aluminum capacitors and cleaning up any leakage. Any working LC power supply should also be recapped as the capacitors will likely already be leaking due to component age, and the unit will eventually fail. See below for the parts list based on PSU vendor.

NOTE: these values may differ if there happens to be multiple revisions of a certain model.


  • 1 x 180uf 385v
  • 2 x 270uf 25v
  • 3 x 1000uf 10v
  • 1 x 8.2uf 50v
  • 1 x 56uf 25v
  • 1 x 47uf 25v
  • 1 x 270uf 10v

Dyna Comp[edit]

  • 1 x 180uf 400v
  • 1 x 2200uf 10v
  • 2 x 1000uf 10v
  • 1 x 330uf 35v
  • 1 x 33uf 35v
  • 1 x 10uf 35v
  • 3 x 82uf 35v


  • 1 x 180uf 400v
  • 1 x 47uf 35v
  • 3 x 1200uf 10v
  • 1 x 470uf 16v
  • 2 x 120uf 25v
  • 1 x 1200uf 16v




External Resources[edit]

See Also[edit]

The Macintosh LC Series from Apple Computer
Macintosh LC -- Macintosh LC II -- Macintosh LC III -- Macintosh LC 475 -- Macintosh LC 520 -- Macintosh LC 550 -- Macintosh LC 575 -- Macintosh LC 580 -- Macintosh LC 630