System Enablers Collection 1.0: Q & A (9/93)

Article Created: 22 September 1993


This article addresses questions on system enablers and the Enabler
Collection.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
Q: WHAT IS A SYSTEM ENABLER?
A: System enablers are system files that allow System 7.1 to operate
on Macintosh computers released since October 1992 (see list in
"Extra" section). Macintosh computers introduced before October,
1992 do not need a system enabler to operate. System enablers are
located in the computer's System Folder.

Q: HOW DOES THIS SOFTWARE GET INSTALLED?
A: The System Enablers Collection contains an installation program
that automatically installs all of the software on the disk in the
user's System Folder.

Q: DOES THE DISK CONTAIN ANY FILES BESIDES SYSTEM ENABLERS?
A: Yes. Some of the computers supported by the Collection also have
Control Panels and other files that are specific to those
computers. These files are also contained in the System Enabler
Collection, and are automatically installed along with the system
enablers. Examples of these extra files: the Battery Desk
Accessory, the PowerBook Control Panel, and the AutoRemounter
Control Panel. The Collection also contains the 32-Bit System
Enabler, which allows owners of the Macintosh SE/30, II, IIx, and
IIcx to address more than 8MB of physical RAM.

Q: WHY DO SOME MACINTOSHES HAVE SYSTEM ENABLERS, BUT OTHER MACS DO
NOT?
A: System enablers were introduced in October, 1992 along with System
7.1. System enablers allow Apple to introduce new Macintoshes
without revising the base system software (System 7.1). This has
resulted in the most rapid introduction of new Macintoshes in
Apple's history. System 7.1 supports Macintoshes released before
October, 1992 without the use of a system enabler file. Only one
computer released since October, 1992 does not require a system
enabler -- the PowerBook 145B.

Q: WILL THIS DISK BE UPDATED IN THE FUTURE?
A: Apple will release updated versions of the System Enablers
Collection as needed. The next major release of system software
will consolidate all previously released system enablers, which
will temporarily eliminate the need for the System Enablers
Collection.

Q: IF NEW COMPUTERS COME WITH SYSTEM ENABLERS PREINSTALLED, WHY DO I
NEED the System Enablers Collection?
A: Many users, particularly system administrators and service
providers, need to create a single System Folder that will boot
any Macintosh. Since newer Macs need system enablers to work with
System 7.1, these users will need all of the system enabler files
in one place if they intend to create a System Folder that will
boot any Macintosh. The System Enablers Collection provides all
of these enablers in one place, so that users can easily create a
System Folder that will boot any Macintosh.

DETAILS
List of Macintosh CPUs that have system enablers on the System
Enablers Collection, the name of their system enabler, and the
version included in the Collection:

PowerBook Duo 210 System Enabler 201, version 1.0.1
PowerBook Duo 230 System Enabler 201, version 1.0.1
PowerBook 160 System Enabler 111, version 1.0.2
PowerBook 165C System Enabler 121, version 1.0
PowerBook 180 System Enabler 111, version 1.0.2
Macintosh IIvx System Enabler 001, version 1.0.1
Macintosh IIvi System Enabler 001, version 1.0.1
Macintosh Color Classic System Enabler 401, version 1.0.5
Macintosh LC III System Enabler 003, version 1.0
Macintosh Quadra 800 System Enabler 040, version 1.0
Macintosh Centris 610 System Enabler 040, version 1.0
Macintosh Centris 650 System Enabler 040, version 1.0

Other files that are contained in the System Enablers Collection:
Battery Desk Accessory, version 7.1.1
PowerBook Control Panel, version 7.1.1
PowerBook Display Control Panel, version 1.0.4
Sound Control Panel, version 7.1.1
Screen Control Panel, version 1.0
AutoRemounter Control Panel, version 1.0
Memory Control Panel, version 7.1.1
Caps Lock Extension, version 7.1.2
32-Bit System Enabler, version 1.0.3

This product does NOT contain the enablers for the PowerBook 180C and
the Macintosh LC 520. These computers were released after the
Collection was completed.

Published Date: Feb 19, 2012