17″ iMac G4/800 MHz (Mid 2002)
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Announced at the Macworld Expo on July 17, 2002, the 17" G4 iMac has a wide aspect ratio "cinema" type screen and displays 1440 by 900 pixels - just perfect for DVDs. The new screen is about 1.6" wider than the old one and just a bit taller, and the new iMac is about 1-1/2 pounds heavier than the old one.
The 17" iMac is the top of the line with a SuperDrive, 800 MHz G4, and Nvidia GeForce 4 video.
Some Leopard users have reported problems with G4 iMacs that have GeForce2 or GeForce4 graphics. When the system wakes from sleep, the screen will be completely white, making the computer unusable. This is fixed by Leopard Graphics Update 1.0, which requires OS X 10.5.2 or later.
- introduced 2002.07.17 at US$1,999; replaced by 1 GHz model 2003.02.04
- requires Mac OS 9.2.2 or later, OS X 10.1.2 through 10.5.x, 10.5 not officially supported
- CPU: 800 MHz G4
- bus: 100 MHz
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 394
- RAM: 128/256 MB, expandable to 1 GB using one user accessible 144-pin PC133 SODIMM (up to 512 MB) and one 168-pin PC133 DIMM (also up to 512 MB)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce4 MX with AGP 2x support
- VRAM: 32 MB
- screen: 17" 1440 x 900 flat panel display
- L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip cache running at full CPU speed
- hard drive: 80 GB Ultra ATA drive
- SuperDrive (8/4/24x)
- USB: 3 USB 1.1 ports
- FireWire 400: 2 ports
- modem: built-in v.90 56k modem
- ethernet: 10/100Base-T
- WiFi: 802.11b AirPort optional
- Microphone: internal
- power: 130W
- PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
- height: 13.03-20.0 in/33.1-50.9 cm
- width: 16.7 in/42.3 cm
- depth: 10.6-16.7 in/27.0-42.3 cm
- weight: 22.8 lb/10.4 kg
- Part no.: M8812
- machine ID: PowerMac4,5
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