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PowerBook G3 Q&A (PowerBook G3 FAQ) @ EveryMac.com

With the PowerBook G3 Q&A you can get answers to all of your PowerBook G3 questions from "How do you upgrade the RAM in the PowerBook G3 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?" to "What are the major differences between each PowerBook G3 line compared to one another?" and everything in between.

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Most Frequently Asked PowerBook G3 Q&As:

How do you upgrade the RAM in the PowerBook G3 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?

How many different lines of PowerBook G3 models are there? What are the major differences between each PowerBook G3 line compared to one another?

What type of expansion bays are provided by the PowerBook G3? Are all PowerBook G3 expansion bays compatible with one another? What types of capabilities do the PowerBook G3 expansion bays support?

Is the CPU on the PowerBook G3 upgradable? How is it mounted? Are third-party processor upgrade cards available?

How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G3 models? Do these models support "big drives"?

What versions of the MacOS do the PowerBook G3 models support? Can they all boot MacOS 9? What is the maximum supported version of MacOS X?

What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the PowerBook G3 models? Is it possible to upgrade a PowerBook G3 to a SuperDrive or Blu-ray?

Which PowerBook G3 models support ADB and SCSI? Which PowerBook G3 models support USB and Firewire?

What is AirPort? Which PowerBook G3 models support AirPort? Can AirPort be added to PowerBook G3 models without internal support?

What is the battery life of the PowerBook G3 models using single and dual batteries?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of the MacOS is pre-installed on the PowerBook G3 models?

What versions of the MacOS do the PowerBook G3 models support? Can they all boot MacOS 9? What is the maximum supported version of MacOS X?

Can the PowerBook G3 run Windows?

Can the PowerBook G3 run Linux?

Comparison Q&As:

What are the differences between the "Wallstreet" PowerBook G3 models?

What are the differences between the "PDQ" PowerBook G3 models? What does "PDQ" mean?

What are the differences between the "Bronze Keyboard/Lombard" PowerBook G3 models?

What are the differences between the "Firewire/Pismo" PowerBook G3 models?

How many different lines of PowerBook G3 models are there? What are the major differences between each PowerBook G3 line compared to one another?

Expansion Q&As:

Is the CPU on the PowerBook G3 upgradable? How is it mounted? Are third-party processor upgrade cards available?

How do you upgrade the RAM in the PowerBook G3 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?

How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G3 models? Do these models support "big drives"?

What type of expansion slots are provided by the PowerBook G3 models?

What type of expansion bays are provided by the PowerBook G3? Are all PowerBook G3 expansion bays compatible with one another? What types of capabilities do the PowerBook G3 expansion bays support?

What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the PowerBook G3 models? Is it possible to upgrade a PowerBook G3 to a SuperDrive or Blu-ray?

Video, Ports & Battery Q&As:

What kind of video processor is provided by the PowerBook G3 models? Can the PowerBook G3 models support an external display?

What type of video out port do the PowerBook G3 models have? Can the PowerBook G3 operate properly with the lid closed?

Which PowerBook G3 models support ADB and SCSI? Which PowerBook G3 models support USB and Firewire?

What is the battery life of the PowerBook G3 models using single and dual batteries?

Networking & Communication Q&As:

How do I network the PowerBook G3 to another Mac?

What is AirPort? Which PowerBook G3 models support AirPort? Can AirPort be added to PowerBook G3 models without internal support?

What is Bluetooth? Do PowerBook G3 models support internal Bluetooth? Can it be added?

What type of modem is standard with the PowerBook G3 models?

Design, Configuration, & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the PowerBook G3?

Does the Apple logo "glow" on the PowerBook G3 models?

Where can I buy a PowerBook G3?

What are the "pros and cons" of the PowerBook G3 models? Is one right for my needs?




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