Apple PowerBook G4 1.5 17" (Al) Specs
Identifiers: 17-Inch 1.5 GHz - M9462LL/A - PowerBook5,5 - A1085 - N/A
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The PowerBook G4/1.5 17" (Al) features a 1.5 GHz PowerPC 7447a (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, 5400 RPM available as build-to-order), a slot-loading 4X DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive", a Firewire "800" port, built-in Bluetooth 1.1 and AirPort Extreme (802.11g), ambient light sensor keyboard, and ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4X AGP) graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM (128 MB available build-to-order) in an attractive aluminum alloy case with a 17" widescreen TFT display (1440x900 native resolution). Custom configurations also were available.
Compared to the PowerBook G4/1.33 17" that it replaced, the PowerBook G4/1.5 17" is quite similar, but has a faster processor, improved graphics, and a faster optical drive.
Also see: What are the differences between the 12-Inch, "1.5/1.33" 15-Inch, and 17-Inch PowerBook G4 models introduced on April 19, 2004?
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||April 19, 2004
||January 31, 2005
||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 2004.
||PowerPC 7447a (G4)
||The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
||745 & N/A
||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 PowerBook5,5 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.
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||1.5 GHz (Built-in)
||The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
||512k (on chip)
||Includes a 512k "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
||PC2700 DDR SDRAM
||Min. RAM Speed:
||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?
||Mobility Radeon 9700
||ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (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?
||*A 128 MB upgrade option was available at the time of purchase. The video cannot be upgraded after purchase.
||17.0" TFT widescreen active-matrix display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports "1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600 at 16:10 aspect ratio; [and] 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio.
|2nd Display Support:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2048x1536 at millions of colors.
|Standard Hard Drive:
||80 GB (4200 RPM)
||Int. HD Interface:
||An 80 GB 5400 RPM hard drive was available as a build-to-order configuration.
Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G4 models?
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||Apple reports that the slot-loading DVD-R/CD-RW "SuperDrive" is capable of writing DVD-R at 4X, reading DVD at 8X, writing CD-R at 16X, writing CD-RW at 8X, 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?
||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?
|| Firewire Ports:
||1 (400), 1 (800)
||Two USB 2.0 ports. One Firewire "400" port and one Firewire "800" port.
||Type I/II PC Card
||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?
||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.
||PowerBook G4 17"
|Apple Order No:
||17-Inch 1.5 GHz
||The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
|Apple Model No:
||A1085 (EMC N/A)
||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1085 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the PowerBook5,5 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
||58 W h LiIon
||4.5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.
Also see: What is the battery life of the PowerBook G4 models?
||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?
|MacOS 9 Support:
||Classic Mode Only*
||*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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||1.0 x 15.4 x 10.2
||6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
||In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.6 cm, 39.2 cm, 25.9 cm).
||Est. Current Retail:
||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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