PowerBook G4 (17”)

Introduced: January 2003
Terminated: September 2003


Built around the largest screen ever seen in a laptop, the aluminum case of the PowerBook G4 (17”) was still only an inch thick.  It ran at 1.0Ghz and had a 60Gb hard drive.  There was 512Mb of RAM.  It was the first Mac to use the new FireWire 800 port.  It had internal BlueTooth and AirPort Extreme.  It had a front slot-loading SuperDrive.


The PowerBook G4 (17”) had the largest screen ever seen in a laptop.  In addition to it’s huge 1440 x 900 resolution screen, it was had a number of features that made it one of the highest end laptop Apple ever produced.  Geared towards design professionals and other buyers who needed top-of-the-line features.


PowerBook G4 (17”)


Processor: PowerPC 7455 v3.3 (G4)
Processor Speed: 1.0 GHz
Benchmarks: 1.0 GHz: 575
Cache: 64 KB L1, 256 KB on-chip (1:1) L2, 1 MB DDR L3
System Bus: 167 MHz
Hard Drive: 60 GB 4200-rpm
Media: Slot-loading 1x/8x/8x/4x/24x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Weight and Dimensions (US): 6.8 lbs., 1” H x 15.4” W x 10.2” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 3.1 kg, 2.6 cm H x 39.2 cm W x 25.9 cm D
Original Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.2.4 (6I34)
Later Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.2.7 or 10.3
Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X
Hardware Test: AHT (PowerBook) 2.0.3, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.5, 2.5.2
Firmware: Open Firmware
Firmware Update: None
Logicboard RAM: None
Maximum RAM: 2.0 GB (Actual) 1.0 GB (Apple)
Type of RAM Slots: 2 - PC2700 DDR333 200-pin SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed:—
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go
ATI Card Model:—
Graphics Connection: 4x AGP
Graphics Memory: 64 MB DDR
Built-in Display: 17-inch (diagonal) TFT
Resolutions: 1440 x 900 (native), 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640 and 800 x 600 pixels at 16:10 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: DVI (Max 24-bit 2048 by 1536 non-mirror), S-video
Expansion Slots: Single Type I or II (CardBus compliant)
Expansion Bays: None
Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Motion Sensor: None
Backup Battery: 922-5767
Power Adapter: 65 W Apple Portable Power Adapter
System Battery: 55 Wh Lithium Ion Prismatic
Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours
Max Watts:—
Line Voltage: 100-240V AC
AirPort: Built-in AirPort Extreme card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth 1.1
Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Modem: 56k v92
ADB: 1 - Internal for Trackpad
Serial: None
SCSI: None
USB: 2 - 12 MBit/s
FireWire: 1 - 400 MBit/s, 1 - 800 MBit/s (14W total power)
Security Slot: 1 - Kensington cable lock
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, Built-in microphone (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 2 - Built-in speakers (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)


Introduced in January 2003, the PowerBook G4 (17”) was discontinued in September 2003 to make way for new models.



  • The PowerBook G4 line was the last generation of the PowerBook series, and was succeeded by the Intel-powered MacBook Pro line in the first half of 2006. Of course, same with the latter developments PowerBook G4 also has few issues. Some owners have experienced failure of the lower memory slot, with the typical repair being the replacement of the logic board. Apple had started a Repair Extension Program concerning the issue,but it has been noted that some models displaying the issue have not been included. ReputationAdvocate

    chesterfoster had this to say on Aug 25, 2011 Posts: 27
  • Nice model. Rybki

    Alpina had this to say on Oct 24, 2011 Posts: 154
  • I agree, this model is totally worth it!
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    Tudor123 had this to say on Nov 09, 2011 Posts: 1
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