PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)

Introduced: October 2001
Terminated: July 2002


A speed bump on the original PowerBook G4, there were two configurations available of the PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet).  The low-end configuration had a 550Mhz processor, a 20Gb hard drive and 128Mb of RAM.  The high-end model had a 667Mhz processor, a 30Gb hard drive and 256Mb of RAM.  Both models featured an improved graphics card and a Level 2 cache on the processor.  As the name indicated, it had Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. 


With several upgrades over the original PowerBook G4, the most noteworthy was the Gigabit Ethernet capability that allowed for easy high-speed internet use.  The high-end model also had an Airport card pre-installed for wireless networking.  The original prices were $2,199 for the low-end and $2,999 for the high-end. 


PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)


Processor: PowerPC 7450 v2.1 (G4)
Processor Speed: 550 or 667 MHz
Benchmarks: 550 MHz: 284, 667 MHz: 351
Cache: 64 KB L1, 256 KB on-chip (1:1) L2
System Bus: 100 MHz (550 MHz)/133 MHz (667 MHz)
Hard Drive: 20, 30, or 48 GB
Media: Slot-loading 6x DVD, 8x8x24x CD-RW, or Combo drive
Weight and Dimensions (US): 5.3 lbs., 1” H x 13.4” W x 9.5” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 2.4 kg, 2.6 cm H x 34.1 cm W x 24.1 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS 9.2.1 and Mac OS X 10.1 (5G64)
Later Mac OS: Mac OS 9.2.1 and Mac OS X 10.1.2 (5P63)
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (PowerBook) 1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9
Firmware Update URL: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=120092
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 1.0 GB
Type of RAM Slots: 2 - PC133 3.3V 144-pin SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 10 ns
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon
ATI Card Model: ATY,RageM6
Graphics Connection: 4x AGP
Graphics Memory: 16 MB
Built-in Display: 15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT
Resolutions: 1152 x 768 (native), 896 x 600, 720 x 480, and 640 x 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
Display Modes: Dual display extended and video mirroring
Display Connection: 1 - VGA, 1 - S-video
Expansion Slots: Single Type I or II (CardBus compliant)
Expansion Bays: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5)
Motion Sensor: None
Backup Battery: 922-4631
Power Adapter: 45 W Apple Power Adapter (M8576**/A)
System Battery: 50 Wh Lithium Ion (M8244G/B)
Battery Life:—
Max Watts: 45 W
Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
AirPort: Optional (550 MHz) or Built-in (667 MHz) AirPort card (802.11b)
Bluetooth: None
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: 56k
ADB: 1 - Internal for Trackpad
Serial: None
SCSI: None
USB: 2 - 12 MBit/s
FireWire: 1 - 400 MBit/s (6W total power)
Security Slot: 1 - Kensington cable lock
Audio In: 1 - Built-in microphone
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, Built-in 20mm speakers (16-bit 48 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in October 2001, the first generation of the PowerBook G4 was discontinued in July 2002.



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