Macintosh System Enablers for OS 7.1 to 7.5.5: Current Versions and Change History

The information in this post was taken from an the Apple knowledge base (TA28948) with the assumption that the source article may be removed in the future (like many other articles that dealt with the vintage systems).  I have updated the table to link to copies of the System Enablers that are currently being hosted by the Internet Archive.   For additional information on how to use these enablers see: Selecting your System Software

System Enablers are required for the Macintosh models indicated below with System 7.1 or later. Macintosh computers which require System Enablers will not operate properly with System 7.0.1 or earlier.

In the past, when Apple released new computers, the system software was revised. To get around this problem, system enablers were written which contained information necessary for newer computers to start up. All Apple computers released since system software 7.1 (September 1992) require a system enabler to start up.

A universal enabler was developed that supports all computers released before System 7.5. This enabler shipped with System 7.5.

Note: The Plus, SE, SE/30, Classic, Classic II, LC, LC II, LC 580, Mac II, IIx, IIcx, IIsi, IIci, IIfx, PB 100/140/145/170, Quadra 700, 900, and 950 do NOT need a System Enabler. Also, the Performa 200, 400, 405, 430, and 410 do NOT require a system enabler.

CPU
Enabler
Current
Version
Note
Centris 610 System Enabler 040 1.1 D
Centris 650 System Enabler 040 1.1 D
Centris 660AV System Enabler 088 1.2 D
Color Classic System Enabler 401 1.0.5 D
IIvi System Enabler 001 1.0.1 D
IIvx System Enabler 001 1.0.1 D
LC III System Enabler 003 1.1 D
LC 475 System Enabler 065 1.2 D
LC 520 System Enabler 403 1.0.2 D
LC 550 System Enabler 403 1.0.2 D
LC 575 System Enabler 065 1.2 D
LC 630 System Enabler 405 1.0 D
PowerBook 150 PowerBook 150 Enabler 1.1 D
PowerBook 160 System Enabler 131 1.0.3 A
PowerBook 165 System Enabler 131 1.0.3 A
PowerBook 165c System Enabler 131 1.0.3 A
PowerBook 180 System Enabler 131 1.0.3 A
PowerBook 180c System Enabler 131 1.0.3 A
PowerBook 190 PowerBook 5300/2300/190 Enabler 1.2.4 F
PowerBook 520 PowerBook 500 Series Enabler 1.0.2 D
PowerBook 520c PowerBook 500 Series Enabler 1.0.2 D
PowerBook 540 PowerBook 500 Series Enabler 1.0.2 D
PowerBook 540c PowerBook 500 Series Enabler 1.0.2 D
PowerBook 5300 PowerBook 5300/2300/190 Enabler 1.2.4 F
PowerBook Duo 210 PowerBook Duo Enabler 1.0 B
PowerBook Duo 230 PowerBook Duo Enabler 1.0 B
PowerBook Duo 250 PowerBook Duo Enabler 1.0 B
PowerBook Duo 270c PowerBook Duo Enabler 1.0 D
PowerBook Duo 280 PowerBook Duo Enabler 2.0 C
PowerBook Duo 280c PowerBook Duo Enabler 2.0 C
PowerBook Duo 2300 PowerBook 5300/2300/190 Enabler 1.2.4 F
Quadra 605 System Enabler 065 1.2 D
Quadra 610 System Enabler 040 1.1 D
Quadra 630 System Enabler 405 1.0 D
Quadra 650 System Enabler 040 1.1 D
Quadra 660AV System Enabler 088 1.2 D
Quadra 800 System Enabler 040 1.1 D
Quadra 840AV System Enabler 088 1.2 D
Macintosh TV System Enabler 404 1.0 D
Performa 600 System Enabler 304 1.0.1 D,L
Performa 450, 460, 466/7 System Enabler 308 1.0 D
Performa 475, 476, 575, 577/8 System Enabler 364 1.1 D
Performa 550, 560 System Enabler 332 1.1 D
Performa 630, 635CD System Enabler 405 1.0 D
Performa 611x Requires System 7.5 D
Performa 5200 Series System Enabler 406 1.0 G
Performa 5300 Series System Enabler 406 1.0 G
Performa 6200 Series System Enabler 406 1.0 G
Performa 6300 Series System Enabler 406 1.0 G
Performa 6400 System Enabler 410 1.1 H
Power Macintosh 4400/200 System Enabler 827 J
Power Macintosh 5200/75 LC System Enabler 406 1.0 G
Power Macintosh 5300/100 LC System Enabler 406 1.0 G
Power Macintosh 5400 Series System Enabler 410 1.1 H
Power Macintosh 5500/225 System Enabler 411 I
Power Macintosh 6500/225 System Enabler 411 I
Power Macintosh 6500/250 System Enabler 411 I
Power Macintosh 6100/60 PowerPC Enabler 1.0.2 D
Power Macintosh 7100/66 PowerPC Enabler 1.0.2 D
Power Macintosh 8100/80 PowerPC Enabler 1.0.2 D
Power Macintosh 8100/110 PowerPC Enabler 1.1.1 E, G
Power Macintosh 6100/66 PowerPC Enabler 1.1.1 E, G
Power Macintosh 7100/80 PowerPC Enabler 1.1.1 E, G
Power Macintosh 8100/100 PowerPC Enabler 1.1.1 E, G
Power Macintosh Upgrade PowerPC Upgrade Card Enabler 1.0.1 D
Power Macintosh 9500/120 System Enabler 701 1.1 F, G
Power Macintosh 9500/132 System Enabler 701 1.1 F, G
Power Macintosh 7200/75 System Enabler 701 1.1 F, G
Power Macintosh 7200/90 System Enabler 701 1.1 F, G
Power Macintosh 7500/100 System Enabler 701 1.2 F, G
Power Macintosh 8500/120 System Enabler 701 1.2 F, G
Power Macintosh 7300/180 System Enabler 702 I
Power Macintosh 7300/200 System Enabler 702 I
Power Macintosh 8600/200 System Enabler 702 I
Power Macintosh 8600/250 No Enabler Needed K
Power Macintosh 8600/300 No Enabler Needed K
Power Macintosh 9600/200 System Enabler 702 I
Power Macintosh 9600/200MP System Enabler 702 I
Power Macintosh 9600/233 System Enabler 702 I

Notes:

  • A – System Enabler 131 replaces System Enabler 111 and System Enabler 121.
  • B – Express Modem users should also install the Duo Battery Patch (extension).
  • C – Requires System Software 7.1.1 or later. System Software 7.1.1 and PowerBook Duo Enabler 2.0 ship with the PowerBook Duo 280 and 280c.
  • D – No system enabler is required for this Macintosh under System 7.5 or later.
  • E – Power Macintosh 6100/66, 7100/80, 8100/100, and 8100/110 require System 7.5 and Finder 7.5.1 or later.
  • F – Requires System Software 7.5.2 or later.
  • G – No system enabler is required for this Macintosh under System 7.5.3 or later.
  • H – No system enabler is required for this Macintosh under System 7.5.5 or later.
  • I – These computers shipped with 7.5.5 and require the enabler with it. These do not support Mac OS 7.6. They do support Mac OS 7.6.1.
  • J – The Power Macintosh 4400/200 shipped with 7.5.3 and requires the enabler with it. It does not support Mac OS 7.6. They do support Mac OS 7.6.1.
  • K – These Power Macintosh shipped with 7.6.1 and do not require an enabler. They do not support Sys 7.6 or earlier but will support Mac OS 8.
  • L- The Performa 600 requires System Enabler 304 to run Performa System Software (7.1Px) and Macintosh System Enabler 001 to run Macintosh System Software (7.1).

Enabler Change History

PowerBook 150 Enabler

  • 1.1 – First release.

PowerBook 500 Series Enabler

  • 1.0.2 – First release.

PowerBook 5300/2300/190 Enabler

  • 1.0.2 – First release.
  • 1.0.8 – Added support for NiMH batteries.
  • 1.1 – Reference release for 5300 and 190 builds.
  • 1.2 – Reference release for 2300 builds.
  • 1.2.1 – Fixed several issues on PowerBook 5300/2300/190 computers.
  • 1.2.4 – System software enhancements improving reliability and performance

PowerBook Duo Enabler

  • 1.0 – First release. Replaced System Enabler 201.
  • 2.0 – Includes support for type III batteries, better support for dual monitors, and multiple resolution support for color displays. Added support for PowerBook Duo 280 and 280c.

Note: No longer available from Apple Software Updates.

PowerPC Enabler

  • 1.0 – First release.
  • 1.0.1 – Fixes some video and serial communications problems.
  • 1.0.2 – Improved Energy Star compatibility for certain monitors connected to the built-in video port.
  • 1.1 – Manufacturing release only.
  • 1.1.1 – Added support for speed bumped Power Macintosh. Requires Finder 7.1.5.

PowerPC Upgrade Card Enabler

  • 1.0 – First release.
  • 1.0.1 – Includes Communications Toolbox 1.1

System Enabler 001

  • 1.0 – First release.
  • 1.0.1 – Improved support for high speed serial communications and improved accuracy of the system clock. Also addressed a rare problem where floppies may not be ejected properly at shutdown.

System Enabler 003

  • 1.0 – First release.
  • 1.1 – Updated in System Update 3.0. Minor bug fix for compatibility.

System Enabler 040

  • 1.0 – First release.
  • 1.1 – Added support for Quadra 610 and Quadra 650.

System Enabler 065

  • 1.0 – First release for Macintosh LC 475 and Macintosh Quadra 605.
  • 1.1 – Added support for Macintosh LC 575.
  • 1.2 – Minor bug fix for compatibility.

System Enabler 088

  • 1.0 – First release.
  • 1.0.1 – Required for System 7 Pro 7.1.1 support.
  • 1.1 – Added support for Quadra 660AV.
  • 1.2 – Corrects problems with serial port, involving printing to LaserWriter 310 Select and crashing in certain instances when receiving a fax while network traffic is high.

System Enabler 131

  • 1.0 – First release to support the PowerBook 180c. Replaced System Enabler 121 (supporting 165c) as well as System Enabler 111 (supporting 160 & 180).
  • 1.0.2 – Corrected a problem involving the serial driver. If a user has the serial driver open, but is not transmitting, and then puts the PowerBook to sleep, any attempt to transmit on waking would cause the system to hang.
  • 1.0.3 – Added support for the PowerBook 165.

System Enabler 401

  • 1.0.4 – First release.
  • 1.0.5 – Fixed a problem involving erratic mouse movement with Apple II mouse-based applications running on the Apple IIe card installed in the PDS.

System Enabler 403

  • 1.0 – First release for Macintosh LC 520.
  • 1.0.1 – Manufacturing release only.
  • 1.0.2 – Added support for Macintosh LC 550.

System Enabler 404

  • 1.0 – First release.

System Enabler 405

  • 1.0 – First release.

System Enabler 406

  • 1.0 – First release.

System Enabler 701

  • 1.0 – First release for Power Macintosh 9500; requires System Software 7.5.2.
  • 1.1 – New enabler for Power Macintosh 9500 and Power Macintosh 7200 only; requires System Software 7.5.2.
  • 1.2 – New enabler for Power Macintosh 7500 and Power Macintosh 8500 only; requires System Software 7.5.2.

 

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