Mel's Macintosh Universe: The Power Center 150
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The Power Center 150 Page
One of the Great Macs Apple Never Made

Powercenter 150
My old Powercenter 150 Mac clone, keyboard, mouse & monitor.

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This page contains information relating to the PowerCenter 150 Macintosh clone, built by the Power Computing Corporation. The PowerCenter series of Mac clones were 604 based computers running from 120 to 180mhz. PowerCenters were available in three styles... a standard desktop model, low profile desktop and mini-tower. Customers could custom order their PowerCenters during Power Computing's heydey of 1996 to mid 1997.

Power Computing introduced these Mac clones along with the Power Base and Power Tower series in 1996. The early model Power Centers came with a Motorola 604 chip, while later models shipped with the Motorola 604e chip. The computers were usually bundled with an internal Toshiba CD Rom drive, 2 GB hard drive, 16 megs of standard RAM memory (upgradeable to a maximum of 512 MB), Apple Macintosh OS 7.6, and a generous software bundle that included Claris Works, Nisus Writer, and Now Contact manager among others.

One of the hallmarks of the PowerCenter is its ability to run both the Macintosh OS as well as the Be OS from BE Inc. PowerCenter can also run the Power PC version of Linux.

The PowerCenter was discontinued after Power Computing was forced to sell its Mac OS license back to Apple Computer after a lengthy dispute. As a result, Power Computing sold its remaining inventory and went out of business on December 31, 1997. Apple eventually pulled the licenses on all of the Mac clone vendors, ending a once promising era of low-cost Macintosh computer cloning.

PowerCenters can be upgraded to a G3 Mac using a daughter card that is available from several vendors. Once a PowerCenter is upgraded to a G3, the operation of the Be OS is not possible.

The PowerCenter supports Mac OS 7.5.5, 7.6, 7.6.1, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5 and 8.6. Those with the G3 upgrades perform well with OS 8.6 and even 9.x. It is rather unlikely that the new MacOSX will work with stock Power Computing systems.

Those who own PowerCenter and other Power Computing clones have very capable machines that should last several more years. These computers continue today as desktop publishing, and internet content creating platforms. All of the webpages on this site were created and updated on my stock PowerCenter 150.

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