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Apple PowerBook G4 1.67 15" (DLSD/HR - Al) Specs

Identifiers: 15-Inch DL SD - M9969LL/A - PowerBook5,8 - A1138 - N/A

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Apple PowerBook G4 15-InchThe PowerBook G4/1.67 15" (Double Layer SuperDrive/High-Resolution) features a 1.67 GHz PowerPC 7447a* (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 512k on chip level 2 cache, 512 MB of PC2-4200 DDR SDRAM, an 80 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM), a slot-loading 2.4X dual-layer "SuperDrive", a Firewire "400" and "800" port, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme (802.11g), and ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4X AGP) graphics with 128 MB of DDR SDRAM in an attractive aluminum alloy case with a 15" widescreen TFT display (1440x960 native resolution). Custom configurations also were available.

The PowerBook G4/1.67 15" (DLSD/HR) is quite similar to the PowerBook G4/1.67 15" that it replaced, but is equipped with a revised logicboard that uses faster RAM, and also has a higher-resolution display (approximately 26% more viewable area) and a dual-layer SuperDrive. The DLSD/High-Res model additionally provides an extra hour of battery life.

Also see: What are the differences between the 12-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch "Double Layer SuperDrive/High-Resolution" PowerBook G4 models?

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

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October 19, 2005 January 10, 2006*
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 January 10, 2006, Apple introduced the MacBook Pro, designed to replace the PowerBook G4. However, Apple continued to sell this model until February 22, 2006, when supplies were exhausted.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2005.
1 843
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 Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerBook5,8 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1.67 GHz PowerPC 7447a* (G4)
Details: *Apple's original developer technical specs and its original internal engineering documentation stated that this model has a PowerPC 7447a processor. However, as first spotted by an eagle-eyed reader, subsequent internal engineering documentation stated that it has a PowerPC 7448 processor. Another reader believes that this system actually has a PowerPC 7447b processor based on what appears to be a teardown of a personal system. Many readers have strong opinions about the processor in this model one way or another, bordering on the irrational. Perhaps there are different processors in different systems.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
167 MHz 1.67 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.
PC2-4200 DDR SDRAM 333 MHz
Details: Supports two 200-pin PC2-4200 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.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this PowerBook G4.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: N/A
Mobility Radeon 9700 DDR SDRAM
Details: ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (4X AGP) with 128 MB of DDR SDRAM and dual-link DVI capabilities.

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?
128 MB 128 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
15.0" Widescreen 1440x960
Details: 15.0" TFT widescreen active-matrix display with a 1440 by 960 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 by 480 and 640 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; [and] 1024 by 768, 800 by 600 and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio.
Dual/Mirroring 2560x1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600 at millions of colors.
80 GB HDD 5400 RPM
Details: Hard drive includes "Sudden Motion Sensor" technlogy that stops the hard drive heads from moving if the notebook is dropped.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the PowerBook G4 models?

Site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this PowerBook G4.
2.5" (12.5 mm) Ultra ATA/100
Details: This model supports a single Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) 2.5" hard drive or SSD that is up to 12.5 mm thick.
2.4X DL "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that the slot-loading dual layer DVD±RW/CD-RW "SuperDrive" is capable of writing dual layer DVD+R at 2.4X, writing DVD+R/-R at 8X, writing DVD-RW/+RW at 4X, reading DVD DL at 6X, reading DVD at 8X, writing CD-R at 24X, writing CD-RW at 16X, 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) 2.0+EDR
Details: Internal AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 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, drag, and scroll capabilities.
Notebook PowerBook G4 15"
M9969LL/A 15-Inch DL SD
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1138 (EMC N/A) PowerBook5,8
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1138 Model Number, the N/A EMC Number, and the PowerBook5,8 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
50 W h LiIon 5.5 Hours
Details: 5.5 hours under "normal usage conditions" as estimated by Apple.

Also see: What is the battery life of the PowerBook G4 models?
X 10.4.2 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.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
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$1999 US$325-US$425
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.

*Dual-link DVI on DLSD/HR model.

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. AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Blueooth 2.0+EDR 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
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 65 W power adapter.

Ten of the most popular Q&As about the PowerBook G4 models follow.

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