Lombard PowerBook G3

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The 1999 version of the PowerBook G3 (a.k.a. Bronze Keyboard and Lombard) was announced on 1999.05.10 and reached stores by the end of the month. At nearly two pounds lighter and 20% thinner than the PowerBook G3 Series, toting Lombard was easier than any PowerBook since the 4.4 lb. 2400.

PowerBook G3

In the field, a fresh 50 Watt-Hour Apple battery with a full charge yields up to 5 hours of use. Using two batteries can increase that to as much as 10 hours. Replacement batteries can boost that by up to 60%, for a potential 8 hours with one battery and 16 hours with two!

Lombard PowerBook G3Other changes: only one drive bay (incompatible with the previous one), only one PC Card slot, and no ADB port. The keyboard also looks different, made of a translucent brown (Apple calls it bronze) plastic. This was the last PowerBook with built-in SCSI support and the first with New World ROMs.

Although the 333 MHz Lombard has a faster clock speed than the 300 MHz PowerBook G3 Series II model it replaced, the older model sometimes outperforms it due to a larger (1 MB vs. 512 MB) and faster (2:1 vs. 2.5:1) Level 2 cache.

If only Apple could have come up with a name to distinguish this PowerBook G3 from the original, the G3 Series, and the updated G3 Series. And, of course, it was replaced by the PowerBook (no G3 in the name; also known as Pismo) on 2000.02.16.

Note that the DVD drive is not supported under Mac OS X. If you want to watch DVDs, you will have to boot in the classic Mac OS (8.6-9.2.2) to do so.

Warning

According to the Road Warrior, the drive controller in G3 PowerBooks is incompatible with some ATA-6/Ultra ATA-100 hard drives. When replacing the internal hard drive, you should be sure to obtain an ATA-5/Ultra ATA-66 compliant drive or an ATA-6 or ATA-7/Ultra ATA-133 drive known to work with Lombard.

Details

  • introduced 1999.05.10 starting at US$2,499; discontinued 2000.02.16
  • requires System 8.6 or later, 10.3.x officially supported, 10.4.x can generally be installed using XpostFacto 4
  • CPU: 333 or 400 MHz PPC 750 (a.k.a. G3)
  • bus: 66 MHz
  • performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 213 (400 MHz)
    • MacBench 5: 958 (333 MHz), 1237 (400 MHz)
    • BYTEmark: 11.1 (333 MHz), 13.3 (400 MHz)
  • ROM: 4 MB, NewWorld ROM in RAM architecture
  • RAM: 64 MB of 3.3V unbuffered low-power 144-pin 100 MHz 10ns SO-DIMM, expandable to 512 MB* using low profile, low density DIMMs (16 memory chips on the card) in both slots; high density DIMMs (8 RAM chips) will only be recognized at half their capacity.
    * Lombard officially supports only 384 MB of RAM, and some Mac OS installers will not work if you have 512 MB of RAM. The solution is to remove one 256 MB module.
  • Level 2 cache: 512 KB on 333, 1 MB on 400
  • Video: ATI Rage LT Pro
  • VRAM: 8 MB
  • display: 14.1″ 24-bit 1024 x 768 91 ppi color active matrix, resolution scaling to 640 x 480 and 800 x 600, also has S-video output via VGA connector
  • hard drive: 4, 6, or 10 GB UltraATA-33
  • expansion bay: same as Pismo
  • CD-ROM: 24x (2x DVD-ROM available for 333, standard on 400; only the 400 comes with hardware to display DVD movies)
  • floppy drive: external USB only
  • expansions bays: one
  • USB: 2 USB 1.1 ports
  • SCSI: HDI30 connector on back of computer
  • ethernet: 10/100Base-T
  • modem: v.90 56k
  • 4 Mbps IrDA
  • PC Card slots: 1
  • infrared: 4 Mbps IrDA 1.1
  • size: 10.4 x 12.7 x 1.7″ (26.4 x 32.3 x 4.3 cm)
  • weight: 5.7-6.1 pounds (2.6-2.8 kg) with battery
  • machine ID: PowerBook1,1
  • family number: M5343

Accelerators & Upgrades

Online Resources

Cautions

  • Be sure to specify low-density DIMMs, which have 16 RAM chips on them. High-density DIMMs have only 8 RAM chips, and the computer will only use half of their capacity.
  • From Apple Knoweldge Base Archive Article 58386: When the PowerBook G3 Series [Lombard/Bronze Keyboard] wakes from sleep, the Password Security control panel is activating before the PowerBook has a chance to enable the USB bus. This results in any external USB keyboard not working.
  • There is an incompatibility between the Kensington Startup ADB extension (part of Kensington MouseWorks) and the Trackpad control with Mac OS 9.0.4. The trackpad will respond during boot, but not after the extension loads. The solution is to disable the extension. This may apply to other versions of Mac OS 9 on ‘Books with USB ports.

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