PowerBook G4 (17-inch) - Technical Specifications

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PowerBook G4 (17-inch) - Technical Specifications
Configurations 17-inch PowerBook G4
Order Number M8793LL/A
Processor 1 GHz PowerPC G4
- L3 Cache 1MB DDR SRAM
Memory (PC100 SDRAM) 512MB PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM
- Maximum 1 GB
- Slots 2 SO-DIMM
Hard Drive 60GB Ultra ATA 100(2)
Optical Drive Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
- DVD-R 1x write, 8x read
- CD-R 8x write
- CD-RW 4x write
- CD-ROM 24x read
USB 1.1 2 ports (12Mbps each)
FireWire 400 1 port, 400MBps
FireWire 800 1 port, 800MBps
Expansion Slot PC Card/CardBus slot for Type I or Type II card
EtherNet (built-in) 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45 connector)
Modem (built-in) 56K V.92(3) (RJ-11 connector)
Wireless Networking (built-in) 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme networking(1) (based on IEEE 802.11g draft specification: 802.11b Wi-Fi certified); Bluetooth 1.1
Display 17-inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen
Graphics Support NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go with 64MB of DDR SDRAM
- Max Resolution 1440 x 900
Video External Connectors DVI Output port (VGA using included DVI-VGA adapter), S-Video port (Composite video output using included S-video to composite adapter)
Audio Line In minijack
Headphone Out minijack
Stereo speakers (built-in) yes
Microphone (built-in) Omnidirectional (located under left speaker grille)
Accessories Included S-video to composite adapter, DVI to VGA adapter, modem cable, power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord
Software Included Mac OS X, QuickTime, iCal, iChat, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD), DVD Player, Mac OS X Mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer, EarthLink (includes 30 days of free service), Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Office v. X Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, Developer Tools, Apple Hardware Test
Size (Height/Width/Depth) 1.0" x 15.4" x 10.2" (2.6cm x 39.2cm x 25.9cm)
Weight 6.8 lbs. (3.1 kg) with battery and optical drive installed (7)
Service and Support 90 days of free telephone support and one-year limited warranty
Build-to-Order Options Order a custom-configured eMac from the online Apple Store or an authorized Apple reseller.
Memory 512MB - 1GB
Accessories (2) Additional lithium batteries, and power adapters, external keyboard or mouse
Apple Displays
  • Apple Studio Display (17-inch flat panel), order number M7649ZM/A
  • Apple Cinema Display (22-inch flat panel), order number M8058ZM/A
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (23-inch flat panel), order number M8537ZM/A
  • Apple DVI to ADC Adapter, order number M8661LL/A
Other Products
  • Apple Portable Power Adapter, order number M8943LL/A
  • 17-inch PowerBook G4 Rechargeable Battery, order number M8983G/A
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station, order numbers M8930LL/A and M8799LL/A
  • .Mac, order number M8778LL/A
  • AppleCare Protection Plan, order number M8853LL/A
Extended Service and Support Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to up to three full years. The plan provides support for your Mac, the Mac OS, and many Apple consumer applications, so just one phone call can help resolve most issues. You can also enroll one Apple display for coverage, provided that the PowerBook G4 and display are purchased together. For more information, visit www.apple.com/support/products.

Technical Specifications

Processor and memory

  • 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine
  • 1MB DDR SRAM level 3 cache
  • 167MHz system bus
  • 512MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 1GB


  • 60GB 4200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive(2)
  • Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
    • Writes DVD-R discs at 1x speed; reads DVDs at 8x speed
    • Writes CD-R discs at 8x speed; writes CD-RW discs at 4x speed
    • Reads CDs at 24x speed


  • Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking1 (based on IEEE 802.11g draft specification; 802.11b Wi-Fi certified)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 1.1
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in 56K V.92 modem3 (RJ-11 connector)


  • One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps; one FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps(4)
  • Two 12-Mbps USB 1.1 ports
  • PC Card/CardBus slot for Type I or Type II card


  • 17-inch (diagonal) TFT display
    • Support for millions of colors at 1440-by-900-pixel resolution
    • Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio

Video and graphics support

  • NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 64MB of DDR SDRAM video memory for 2D/3D graphics acceleration
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1440 by 900 pixels on the built-in display and up to 2048 by 1536 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors(5)
  • DVI output port
  • VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter
  • S-video output port
  • Composite video output using included S-video to composite adapter


  • Audio line in (minijack)
  • Headphone out (minijack)
  • Two built-in stereo speakers
  • Internal omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)

Battery and power

  • 55-watt-hour lithium-ion prismatic battery (with integrated charge indicator LEDs) providing up to 4.5 hours of battery life(6)
  • 65W power adapter with cable management system
  • Power adapter port


  • Kensington cable lock slot

Keyboard and trackpad

  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted T arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
    • Illuminated fiber-optic, backlit keys
  • Solid-state trackpad for precise cursor control; supports tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities

Ambient light sensor

  • Measures ambient light and works with integrated software to adjust keyboard illumination and screen brightness based on user preferences

Electrical and environmental requirements

  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: 40° to 116° F (40° 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 inch (2.6 cm)
  • Width: 15.4 inches (39.2 cm)
  • Depth: 10.2 inches (25.9 cm)
  • Weight: 6.8 pounds (3.1 kg) with battery and optical drive installed(7)

Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product contains electronic documentation. Backup copy of software is included.

  1. Wireless Internet access requires AirPort Extreme Card, AirPort Base Station or AirPort Extreme Base Station, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort and AirPort Extreme. Range may vary with site conditions.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Compatible ISP and telephone services required. Your ISP may not support all V.92 features. Modem will function according to V.90 standards if V.92 services are not available. Actual modem speeds lower; speed depends on connection rate and other factors.
  4. Actual rates will vary.
  5. Some third-party DVI displays may not support all resolutions.
  6. Battery life depends on configuration and use.
  7. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  8. Connection to Apple flat-panel displays requires Apple DVI to ADC Adapter (sold separately).

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016