17″ iMac G4 (Mid 2002)

17-inch iMac G4Announced at the Macworld Expo on July 17, 2002, the 17″ G4 iMac has a wide aspect ratio “cinema” type screen and displays 1440 by 900 pixels – just perfect for DVDs. The new screen is about 1.6″ wider than the one on the 15″ iMac and just a bit taller, and the 17″ iMac is about 1-1/2 pounds heavier than the 15″ model.

The 17″ iMac is the top of the iMac line with a SuperDrive, 800 MHz G4, and Nvidia GeForce 4 video.

Some Leopard users have reported problems with G4 iMacs that have GeForce 2 or GeForce 4 graphics. When the system wakes from sleep, the screen will be completely white, making the computer unusable. This is fixed by Leopard Graphics Update 1.0, which requires OS X 10.5.2 or later.

Details

  • introduced 2002.07.17 at US$1,999; replaced by 1 GHz model 2003.02.04
  • Requires Mac OS 9.2.2 or later, OS X 10.1.2 through 10.5.x, 10.5 not officially supported
  • CPU: 800 MHz G4
  • Bus: 100 MHz
  • Performance:
    • Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 394
  • RAM: 128/256 MB, expandable to 1 GB using one user accessible 144-pin PC133 SODIMM (up to 512 MB) and one 168-pin PC133 DIMM (also up to 512 MB)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 4 MX with AGP 2x support
  • VRAM: 32 MB
  • Display: 17″ 1440 x 900 flat panel display
  • L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip cache running at full CPU speed
  • Hard drive: 80 GB Ultra ATA drive
  • SuperDrive (8/4/24x)
  • USB: 3 USB 1.1 ports
  • FireWire 400: 2 ports
  • Modem: built-in v.90 56k modem
  • Ethernet: 10/100Base-T
  • WiFi: 802.11b AirPort optional
  • Microphone: internal
  • Power supply: 130W
  • PRAM battery: 3.6V half-AA
  • Height: 13.03-20.0 in/33.1-50.9 cm
  • Width: 16.7 in/42.3 cm
  • Depth: 10.6-16.7 in/27.0-42.3 cm
  • Weight: 22.8 lb/10.4 kg
  • Part no.: M8812
  • Model identifier: PowerMac4,5

Upgrades

  • 8x SuperDrive DVD±RW upgrade, MCE Technologies, $149. 8x4x12x DVD, 24x24x40x CD. 2 MB buffer. Must be installed by MCE or an MCE authorized upgrade center.

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