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Apple PowerBook G3 400 (Firewire/Pismo) Specs

Identifiers: Firewire/Pismo - M7630LL/A* - PowerBook3,1 - M7572 - 1840-1

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Apple PowerBook G3 The PowerBook G3/400 (Firewire/Pismo) -- formally a member of the "PowerBook Firewire" series (note the lack of official "G3" designation) as dubbed by Apple, but often referred to by its codename of "Pismo" -- features a 400 MHz PowerPC 750 (G3) processor with 1 MB of "backside" level 2 cache, 64 MB of RAM, a 6.0 GB or 10.0 GB hard drive, a tray-loading 6X DVD-ROM drive, and ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of SDRAM in a sleek black portable case with a 14.1" TFT active-matrix color display.

Although each shares a case that is quite similar to the "Bronze Keyboard/Lombard" PowerBook G3 models that came before them, the "Firewire/Pismo" systems use a faster logic board design with a faster bus (100 MHz), faster hard drive standard (Ultra ATA/66), faster graphics (Rage Mobility 128), support for optional AirPort (802.11b), and dual Firewire ports (dropping SCSI).

There are two slightly different configurations of this model. It originallly shipped with a 6.0 GB hard drive (M7630LL/A), and on September 13, 2000, this was increased to a 10.0 GB hard drive (M7711LL/A). The price for each configuration was US$2499.

To purchase or upgrade a G3 Mac -- as well as newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.



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February 16, 2000* January 9, 2001
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

On September 13, 2000, Apple increased the size of the hard drive from 6.0 GB to 10.0 GB (M7711LL/A).

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2000.
400 MHz PowerPC 750 (G3)
Details: N/A
1 215
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerBook3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
PB G3 Daughtercard Integrated
Details: A variety of third-party processor upgrades were available.
100 MHz 160 MHz (5:2)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 1 MB (backside)
Details: Includes a 1 MB level 2 cache on a 160 MHz backside bus.
PC100 SDRAM 10 ns
Details: Supports 144-pin PC100 SDRAM SO-DIMM memory modules.
64 MB 1 GB*
Details: *Apple officially supports 512 MB of RAM in this model. However, third-parties have been able to upgrade it to 1.0 GB using two 512 MB memory modules.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this PowerBook G3.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this PowerBook G3.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: N/A
Rage Mobility 128 SDRAM
Details: ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of SDRAM.
8 MB 8 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
14.1" TFT 1024x768
Details: A 14.1" color TFT active-matrix display with a 1024x768 native resolution. Supports 640x480 and 800x600 when scaled.
Dual/Mirroring 1024x768
Details: Simultaneously supports native resolution on the internal display and a maximum of 1024x768 on an external display.
6.0 GB, 10.0 GB Ultra ATA/66
Details: The original model was equipped with a 6.0 GB hard drive (M7630LL/A). 10.0 GB hard drive standard starting September 13, 2000 (M7711LL/A).

This model does not support hard drives larger than 128 GB.

Site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this PowerBook G3.
6X DVD-ROM* None
Details: *This model has a single "hot-swappable" 5.25" bay (on the right side) that holds a tray-loading 6X DVD-ROM by default. The right bay can hold a battery as well, but the battery bay (on the left side) only supports a battery.
56.6k 10/100Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11b (Optional) None
Details: Internal support for "AirPort" (802.11b), but not pre-installed by default. No internal support for Bluetooth.
2 (1.1) 2 (400)
Details: Dual onboard USB 1.1 ports and Firewire "400" ports.
1 Type I/II PC Card* 1 5.25"
Details: *1 Type I/II PC card slot (CardBus compatible). This system has one "hot-swappable" 5.25" bay that shipped with a 6X DVD-ROM by default. Please note that these bays are not backwards compatible with the Wallstreet/PDQ models. Additionally, Apple notes that expansion modules designed for the "Bronze Keyboard/Lombard" models will work with this system, but not necessarily vice versa.
Full-size Trackpad
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has 77 (US) or 78 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys, and an embedded numeric keypad. The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
Notebook PB G3 Firewire/Pismo
Details: N/A
M7630LL/A* Firewire/Pismo
Details: *M7630LL/A was assigned to the original configuration with a 6 GB hard drive. M7711LL/A was assigned to the second configuration equipped with a 10 GB hard drive.
M7572 (EMC 1840-1) PowerBook3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the M7572 Model Number, the 1840-1 EMC Number, and the PowerBook3,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
50 W h LiIon 5 Hours, 9-10 Hours*
Details: *Apple estimated 5 hours with a single battery and 9-10 hours with dual batteries under "normal usage conditions".
9.0.2 X 10.4.11
Details: This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.4.11.
Boot/Classic Mode Emulation Only
Details: This model is capable of booting in Mac OS 9 and using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
1.7 x 10.4 x 12.7 5.7-6.1 lbs (2.6-2.8 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (4.1 cm, 32.3 cm, 26.4 cm). Apple reported that the weight varied by configuration.
US$2499 US$100-US$150
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

Photo Credit: Apple Computer.



Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


1 (VGA) None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: No ADB or SCSI.
None None
Details: N/A
2 (1.1) 2 (400)
Details: Dual onboard USB 1.1 ports and Firewire "400" ports.
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
Details: Internal 56.6k modem and 10/100Base-T Ethernet standard. IrDA port also provided.
None 1
Details: N/A
1 (Internal) 1
Details: Internal microphone and 16-bit stereo sound audio in jack.
1 None
Details: Single 16-bit stereo sound output minijack also can be used with headphones.
1 None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC power adapter, 45 Max watts.



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