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Apple PowerBook G4 1.25 15" (FW800 - Al) Specs

Identifiers: 15-Inch FW800 - M8981LL/A - PowerBook5,2 - A1046 - 1960

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Apple PowerBook G4 15-InchThe PowerBook G4/1.25 15" (FW800) features a 1.25 GHz PowerPC 7447 (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k on chip level 2 cache, 512 MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM, an 80 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (4200 RPM), a slot-loading 2X DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive", a Firewire "400" and "800" port, built-in Bluetooth 1.1 and AirPort Extreme (802.11g), and ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (4X AGP) graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM in an attractive aluminum alloy case with a 15" widescreen TFT display (1280x854 native resolution). Custom configurations also were available.

The PowerBook G4 "Firewire 800" series adds AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 1.1, USB 2.0, and Firewire "800", as well as a faster logicboard and memory, to the 15" models.

Please note that unlike the otherwise similar PowerBook G4/1.0 15" (FW800), the PowerBook G4/1.25 15" (FW800) has the fiber optic based "ambient light sensor" that automatically "measures ambient light and works with integrated software to adjust keyboard illumination and screen brightness based on user preferences". The PowerBook G4/1.25 15" also has a faster processor, twice the default RAM, a larger hard drive, a more capable optical drive, and pre-installed AirPort Extreme (802.11g).

Also see: What are the differences between the 12-Inch, "Firewire 800" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models introduced on September 16, 2003?

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September 16, 2003 April 19, 2004
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.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2003.
1.25 GHz PowerPC 7447 (G4)
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
1 658 & N/A
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerBook5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
167 MHz 1.25 GHz (Built-in)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 512k (on chip)
Details: Includes a 512k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
PC2700 DDR SDRAM 333 MHz
Details: Supports two 200-pin PC2700 DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM memory modules.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the PowerBook G4 models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
512 MB 2 GB
Details: In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this PowerBook G4.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: N/A
Mobility Radeon 9600 DDR SDRAM
Details: ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (4X AGP) with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM.

Also see: What kind of video processor is provided by the PowerBook G4 models? What is the maximum resolution each can support on an external display?
64 MB 64 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
15.0" Widescreen 1280x854
Details: 15.0" TFT widescreen active-matrix display with a 1280 by 854 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 1152 by 640, 896 by 600, 720 by 480, 640 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; and 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio.
Dual/Mirroring 2048x1536
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2048x1536 at millions of colors.
80 GB (4200 RPM) Ultra ATA/100
Details: Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G4 models?

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2X "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that the slot-loading DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive" is capable of writing DVD-R at 2X, reading DVD at 8X, writing CD-R at 16X, writing CD-RW at 4X, and reading CD-ROM at 24X.

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the PowerBook G4 models? Can one upgrade the optical drive?
56k v.92 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11b/g (Standard) 1.1
Details: Internal AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 1.1 pre-installed.

Also see: Which PowerBook G4 models support AirPort? Which support AirPort Extreme? Which have internal support for Bluetooth or Bluetooth 2.0+EDR?
2 (2.0) 1 (400), 1 (800)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port and one Firewire "800" port.
Type I/II PC Card None
Details: Single PC Card slot supporting a Type I or Type II PC Card (CardBus compliant).

Also see: Is it possible to add external SATA to the PowerBook G4?
Full-size Trackpad
Details: Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement), and [an] embedded numeric keypad." The trackpad supports tap, double tap, and drag capabilities.
Notebook PowerBook G4 15"
M8981LL/A 15-Inch FW800
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1046 (EMC 1960) PowerBook5,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1046 Model Number, the 1960 EMC Number, and the PowerBook5,2 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
46 W h LiIon 4.5 Hours
Details: 4.5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.

Also see: What is the battery life of the PowerBook G4 models?
X 10.2.7 X 10.5.8
Details: This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.5.8.

Also see: Which PowerBook G4 models can boot MacOS 9? Which PowerBook G4 models can only run MacOS 9 applications in the "Classic" environment?
Classic Mode Only* Emulation Only
Details: *This model is capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment provided with Mac OS X 10.4.11 "Tiger" and lower ("Classic" is not supported starting with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"). It cannot boot into Mac OS 9.

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1.1 x 13.7 x 9.5 5.6 lbs (2.5 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.8 cm, 34.8 cm, 24.1 cm).
US$2599 US$300-US$450
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).

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1 (DVI) None
Details: VGA capable with provided DVI-to-VGA adapter.

Also see: What is a "DVI" port? Which PowerBook G4 models have DVI ports? Which do not?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (2.0) 1 (400), 1 (800)
Details: Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port and one Firewire "800" port.
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
Details: Internal card provides 56k v.92 modem and 10/100/1000Base-T (Gigabit) Ethernet. Blueooth 1.1 standard.
None 1*
Details: *Also supports composite with included adapter.
1 (Internal) 1
Details: Internal omnidirectional microphone. Single 16-bit stereo sound input minijack.
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, 65 W power adapter.

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