PowerBook G3 Series: Design Elements FAQ, Part 1

This article contains PowerBook G3 Series frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding its design elements, with answers to those questions.

For Part 2 of this article, see article 88020: "PowerBook G3 Series: Design Elements FAQ, Part 1"
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Questions answered in this article:
  1. Why doesn't the PowerBook G3 have a reset button?
  2. Why doesn't the system have a locking mechanism near the expansion or battery bay?
  3. Why aren't both expansion bays the same size?
  4. Is the hard disk drive removable?
  5. Can you run the system with the lid closed?

These questions and answers pertain to the PowerBook G3 Series models released in September, 1998.

Question 1: Why doesn't the PowerBook G3 have a reset button?

Answer: The computer has the equivalent of a reset button using a key sequence. To do a hardware reset, press the Shift-Function-Control-Power keys simultaneously.

Question 2: Why doesn't the computer have a locking mechanism near the expansion or battery bay?

Answer: The Kensington cable lock slot on the PowerBook G3 Series is located at the back of the computer. Because there are two expansion bays, the lock slot was placed on the back, since the highest priority was to keep the base computer secure.

Question 3: Why aren't both expansion bays the same size?

Answer: The 5.25-inch expansion bay on the right side of the computer can accommodate either 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch devices. There is a small door that folds back when you insert a 5.25-inch module, such as a CD-ROM drive. The left bay can accommodate only 3.5-inch modules, such as a battery or a floppy disk drive.

Question 4: Is the hard disk drive removable?

Answer: The hard disk drive can be removed for security or servicing. You simply loosen the one screw that holds down the casing around the hard disk drive. The screw stays with the hard disk drive casing to prevent loss.

Question 5: Can the computer run with the lid closed?

Answer: You should not run the computer with the top casing or lid down, and this feature is no longer available. One of the main ways the computer cools is by allowing hot air to escape through the keyboard, and closing the lid impedes the cooling process.

Note: Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series computers should not be confused with Macintosh PowerBook G3 computers. Though the names are similar, there are significant differences. For more information differentiating between the computers, read article 24604: "PowerBook G3, G3 Series: Identifying Different Versions"

For additional information read the following Frequently Asked Questions articles pertaining to the September 1998 models of the PowerBook G3 Series computer:

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24608 PowerBook G3 Series: General FAQ
24610 PowerBook G3 Series: Battery FAQ
24611 PowerBook G3 Series: Features, Configurations, Performance FAQ
24612 PowerBook G3 Series: Memory FAQ
24614 PowerBook G3 Series: Video, Graphics, and Sound FAQ
24615 PowerBook G3 Series: DVD, CD-ROM, and Hard Drive FAQ
24616 PowerBook G3 Series: Communications FAQ

Published Date: Feb 20, 2012