14″ 800 MHz iBook G3
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The November 2002 14" iBook runs at 800 MHz, 100 MHz faster thanits predecessor. The new Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics offersimproved video performance and has twice as much video memory.
MacInTouch has called the dual USB G3 iBooks Apple's mostunreliable notebooks ever. According to their survey of iBook and PowerBookReliability:
...by affected percentage of models, the G3 iBookswere the worst by far, with more than half requiring logic boardreplacements. Apple created a warranty extension program for someversions, but not all. (MacInTouch readers are still reportingnewly failed iBook G3s, and the warranty extension program hasended.)
The white 12" iBook G3 series became much lessreliable through its first five revisions, reaching a 73% failurepercentage! The last revision dropped to a 49% failure percentage- much improved over the previous model, but still unconscionablyhigh. The problems appear to have been solved, for the most part,in the newer iBook G4 series.
Keep in mind that Apple had an extended replacement program onmany iceBook models, so most problematic motherboards have alreadybeen replaced.
It can boot Mac OS 9.
- introduced 2002.11.06 at $1,599; replaced by 14" iBook 900 2003.04.22
- requires Mac OS 9.2 or later, Mac OS X 10.1 through 10.4.x
- CPU: 800 MHz G3 (PowerPC 750fx?)
- bus: 100 MHz
- CPU performance: unknown
- FPU performance: unknown
- ROM: 4 MB, NewWorld ROM in RAM architecture
- RAM: 256 MB of SDRAM (128 MB soldered in place), expandable to640 MB using one 1.25" 3.3V PC100 compliant SO-DIMM
- Level 2 cache: 512 KB on-chip cache
- Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 with 2x AGP
- VRAM: 32 MB
- display: 14.1" 24-bit 1024 x 768 SVGA 91 ppi color active matrix,resolution scaling for 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 modes
- video out: VGA and composite video
- hard drive: 30 GB IDE
- optical drive: 16x8x24x CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive
- floppy drive: external USB only
- expansions bays: none
- USB: 2 USB 1.1 ports
- FireWire: 1 FW400 port
- ethernet: 10/100Base-T
- modem: v.92 56k
- WiFi: 802.11b AirPort optional
- modem: 56k
- microphone: built in
- PC Card slots: none
- Battery: rated at 6 hours
- size: 12.7 x 10.2 x 1.35" (32.3 x 25.9 x 3.4 cm)
- weight: 5.9 pounds (2.7 kg) with battery
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- Updated iBookLogic Board Repair Extension Program Frequently AskedQuestions, Apple.
The Updated iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Programcovers iBooks that have a particular component failure on the logicboard, resulting in the computer starting up but the built-in andattached external displays exhibiting one or more of the followingsymptoms:
- Scrambled or distorted video
- Appearance of unexpected lines on the screen
- Intermittent video image
- Video freeze
- Computer starts up to blank screen
- iCook,swieskoswski.net, 2004.06.01. Utility allows user to control clockspeed of PowerPC 750fx processor used in some iBooks, althoughstability may suffer at higher speeds.
- SCSI and FireWire Disk Modes,Paulo Rodrigues, Tangerine Fusion, 2000.11.29. How to use SCSI DiskMode and FireWire Target Disk Mode for ultrafast filetransfers.
- iBook memory pricing,ramseeker
- Apple Specs Online for iBook(Opaque 16 VRAM), iBook (32 VRAM), iBook (14.1 LCD 32VRAM)
- G3 Macs may not be supported in Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard", whichis scheduled to ship in October. Apple has not spoken on therecord, but the beta cannot be installed on any G3 Mac.
- There is an incompatibility between the Kensington StartupADB extension and the Trackpad control on the iBook with Mac OS9.0.4. Symptom: trackpad responds during boot, but not later.Solution: disable Kensington Startup ADB extension. This may alsoapply to other USB portables and versions of the Mac OS.
- PortableComputers: Models Which Do Not Have a BackupBattery notes the iBook has no backup battery to retain time andother settings when the main battery is removed. A small capacitorholds enough energy to maintain PRAM contents for 20 seconds, soswitch batteries quickly.
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