PowerBook G4 - Technical Specifications

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PowerBook G4 - Technical Specifications
Order no. M7952LL/A M7710LL/A
Processor 400-MHz PowerPC G4 500-MHz PowerPC G4
Backside level 2 cache 1MB 1MB
Memory (PC100 SDRAM) 128MB 256MB
Display 15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT 15.2-inch (diagonal) TFT
Video memory (SDRAM) 8MB 8MB
Video controller ATI RAGE Mobility 128 ATI RAGE Mobility 128
Hard disk drive 4 10GB Ultra ATA/66 20GB Ultra ATA/66
Optical drive Slot-loading DVD-ROM with
DVD-Video playback
Slot-loading DVD-ROM with
DVD-Video playback
Ethernet Built-in 10/100BASE-T Built-in 10/100BASE-T
Modem7 56K V.90 56K V.90
Wireless networking 6 AirPort ready AirPort ready
Product Order no.
PowerBook G4 Rechargeable Battery M8244G/A
Apple Portable Power Adapter M8457LL/A
AirPort Card M7600LL/B
AirPort Base Station M7601LL/B
Technical Specifications

Processor and memory

  • 400- or 500-MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
  • 1MB backside level 2 cache on processor module; 200- or 250-MHz dedicated 64-bit backside bus
  • 100-MHz system bus
  • Integrated floating-point unit and 64K on-chip level 1 cache (32K data and 32K instruction)
  • 128MB or 256MB of PC100 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 1GB


  • Internal 10GB, 20GB, or 30GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive (30GB drive available in build-to-order computers)4
  • Slot-loading DVD-ROM drive reads DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-RAM, and CD-ROM discs


  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in 56K V.90 modem (RJ-11 connector)7
  • Optional 11-Mbps AirPort Card (IEEE 802.11 DSSS compliant)6
  • Infrared technology port (4-Mbps IrDA)


  • One 400-Mbps FireWire (IEEE 1394) port8
  • Two 12-Mbps USB ports
  • One PC Card and CardBus slot
    —Support for one Type I or Type II PC Card or CardBus card
    —Support for a Zoom Video PC Card

Video and graphics support

  • 8MB of SDRAM video memory supports millions of colors on external monitors up to 21 inches
  • Built-in 2D/3D graphics acceleration through an integrated ATI RAGE Mobility 128 video controller with AGP 2X
  • 24-bit video output port (VGA-style connector)
  • S-video output port
  • S-video to composite adapter


  • 15.2-inch (diagonal) built-in TFT widescreen activematrix display
    —Supports millions of colors at 1152-by-768-pixel resolution
    —Supports resolutions of 1152 by 768, 896 by 600, and 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio
    —Supports resolutions of 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio


  • 16-bit CD-quality stereo output (minijack)
  • Two built-in stereo speakers
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone

Battery and power

  • 50-watt-hour lithium-ion battery with integrated charge indicator LEDs provides up to 5 hours of battery life 3
  • Power adapter with cable management system
  • Power adapter port


  • Kensington cable lock slot
  • Keyboard lock


  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 77 (U.S.) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted ÒTÓ arrangement), and embedded keypad

Apple trackpad

  • Solid-state trackpad provides precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities

Electrical requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –40° to 116° F (–47° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Size and weight

  • Height: 1.0 inches (2.6 cm)
  • Width: 13.4 inches (34.1 cm)
  • Depth: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg) with battery installed1
  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. Based on Adobe Photoshop tests comparing a 500-MHz PowerBook G4 to 850-MHz Pentium III–based portable computers.
  3. Battery life depends on configuration and use.
  4. For hard drive capacity measurements, 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  5. iTunes is licensed for reproduction of noncopyrighted materials or materials the user is legally permitted to reproduce.
  6. Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Card, AirPort Base Station, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort, including America Online. Range may vary with site conditions.
  7. Actual modem speeds lower; speed depends on connection rate and other factors.
  8. Actual rates will vary.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016