Kanga PowerBook G3
code names: Kanga, 3500
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This PowerBook G3 was the first Macdesigned around the PowerPC 750 (a.k.a. G3) processor, beating thefirst G3 Power Macs by less than one week. It was the world's mostpowerful notebook computer when it was released.
Don't confuse the original PowerBook G3 (based on the PowerBook 3400) with the PowerBook G3 Series (a.k.a.WallStreet); although it bears almost exactly the same name, theWallStreet is a whole new computer.
Kanga can only handle up to 160 MB of RAM and is the only G3PowerBook not officially supported under Mac OS X. It was only onthe market for 6 months.
Kanga shipped with Mac OS 8.0, the first version of the Mac OS withbuilt-in support for the G3 processor. There are rumors that Mac OS 7.6can run on Kanga, however the standard installer will not install it,and we have not heard from anyone who is actually running it on a KangaPowerBooks.
According to the Road Warrior, the drive controller in G3 PowerBooks isincompatible with some ATA-6/Ultra ATA-100 hard drives. When replacingthe internal hard drive, you should be sure to obtain an ATA-5/UltraATA-66 compliant drive or an ATA-6 or ATA-7/Ultra ATA-133 drive knownto work with Kanga.
- introduced 1997.11.10 at US$5,699; discontinued 1998.05.04
- requires System 8.0 through 9.1; unsubstatiated rerports that MacOS 7.6 may work (would probably require software to support the G3processor); not certified for Mac OS X
- CPU: 250 MHz PPC 750 (aka G3)
- bus: 50 MHz
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 32 MB, expandable to 160 MB using a single EDO RAM DIMM
- Level 2 cache: 512 KB backside cache running at 100 MHz
- VRAM: 2 MB
- video: Chips and Technology 65554
- display: 12.1" 16-bit 800 x 600 83 ppi color active matrix
also supports millions of colors on external displays
- video out: VGA port
- hard drive: 5 GB EIDE drive
- expansion bay: same as PowerBook 190, 5300, and 3400
- CD-ROM: 20x, removable
- ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
- serial: 1 DIN-8 RS-422 port on back of computer
- SCSI: HDI30 connector on back of computer
- ethernet and modem standard
- infrared: supports IrDA and Apple's IRtalk protocol
- PC Card slots: 2, CardBus compliant with USB Card Support patch (seeCardBusfor Your PowerBook 3400c or Kanga G3! for details and links
- weight: 7.1-7.7 pounds with battery
- size: 2.4" H x 11.5" W x 9.5" D
- battery: rated at two to four hours of use
- family number: M3553
- power supply: M4896 or M4895
- Low End Mac'sCompleat Guide to the Kanga PowerBook, Charles Moore, 'Book Value,2008.05.29. The first G3 PowerBook was the world's fastest laptopcomputer when it was released - and 2.5x as fast as the PowerBook 3400that it replaced.
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