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The PowerBook 5300 was Apple's first PowerBook based on a PowerPC CPU.Due to problems with the original (flaming) LithIon battery (whichwas recalled before it reached the consumer market),plastic chipping from the case, and poor performance (among otherthings), we label it a Compromised Mac. (It was also the butt ofa lot of jokes.)
Still, despite limitations, the 5300 is a nice portable.Upgrading to Mac OS 8.1 or later makes it rock solid - and it's alot smaller than the PowerBook G3Series with its huge 14.1" screen.
The top-end $6,500 5300ce was the first PowerBook with an 800x 600 display. Earlier PowerBooks had been limited by 640 x 400and 640 x 480 displays.
By modern standards, its biggest drawback is probably the 64 MBmemory ceiling, which can be overcome using RAM Doubler or VirtualMemory.
PowerBook HardDrives: The Essential Upgrade notes that there may becompatibility issues with EIDE drives larger than 8.2 GB, althoughthis may be resolved by partitioning or using Mac OS 8.6 orlater.
- introduced 1995.08.25 at $6,500 (5300ce); discontinued1996.08.03
- requires System 7.5.2 (with PowerBook 5300 Enabler) through9.1
- CPU: 100 or 117 MHz PPC 603e
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 8-32 MB standard, expandable to 64 MB
- Level 2 cache: none
- 640 x 480 9.5" 85 ppi grayscale active matrix with 16 shades
- 640 x 480 10.4" 77 ppi color dual scan with 16-bit color
- 800 x 600 10.4" 96 ppi color active matrix with 16-bit color
- video out: VID-14, requires cable (Apple P/N M3927LL/A), 512 KBVRAM (1 MB on some models, which provides 16-bit video), supports8-bit video at 640 x 480 and832 x 624, 4-bit video at 640 x 870 and 1024 x 768
- hard drive: 500 MB, 750 MB, or 1.1GB EIDE
- expansion bay: same as PowerBook 190
- ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
- serial: 1 DIN-8 RS-422 port on back of computer
- PC Card slots: 2
- SCSI: HDI30 connector on back of computer
- PC Card slots: 2 Type II (accepts one Type III card)
- infrared: only supports Apple's IRtalk
- size: 2.0-2.2 x 11.5 x 8.5"
- weight: 5.9-6.2 pounds
- Gestalt ID: 128
- family number: M3135
- power supply: M3747 or M3037
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- Low End Mac'sCompleat Guide to Mac OS 9, 2008 edition, Charles Moore,Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.05.12. Declared dead by Steve Jobs 6years ago, Mac OS 9 remains fast and stable, but Classic softwarehasn't kept up with Web changes. What Macs support OS 9, where to buyit, and how to update to version 9.2.2.
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- My PowerBook pilgrimage, 1996 topresent, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.09.24.Starting with a grayscale PowerBook 5300 bought end-of-life in late1996, the author has used six different 'Book models over the past 11years
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- Classic install with Tiger, OS 9browsers or plugins?, other 'fastest' Macs, and more, CharlesMoore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.01.03. Also a failed Tigerinstall via FireWire, simulating a flash drive on a 5300, Word 5.1documents in the modern world, PowerBook power supplies, Xubuntofor older Macs, and "Other Red".
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- 30 days of old school computing:Increasing battery life with a RAM disk, Ted Hodges, VintageMac Living, 2006.09.14. When using the hard drive, the old batteryran out of juice within 30 minutes, but running from a RAM disk itstill has a 50% charge after half an hour.
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- The PowerBook 190: Still a greatlittle laptop, Caleb Cupples, My Turn, 2005.12.01. ThePowerBook 190 is relatively small, relatively light, fast enough,and cheap enough to carry everywhere.
- Flash memory improvesPowerBook, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2002.11.14. Using CompactFlash to boot, save files, run silently, extend battery life, andas virtual memory on a PowerBook.
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- SCSI and FireWire Disk Modes,Paulo Rodrigues, Tangerine Fusion, 2000.11.29. How to use SCSI DiskMode and FireWire Target Disk Mode for ultrafast filetransfers.
- DV's PowerBook 5300 Info Page. Includes tips on repairing thepower connector on the PB 5300 and PB 190.
- PowerBook 5300 exposed, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, MacOpinion, 2000.09.05. The PowerBook 5300 gets fixed under Apple'srepair extension.
- PowerBook history, AdamRobert Guha, Apple Archive, 2000.05.12. A history of portable Macsfrom 1989 through 1996.
- PowerBook 5300cInternet performance analysis, Steve Martin.
- Replacement screen for a5300, Julie Fugett, Mac Daniel, 2000.03.27
- Recovering a stolenPowerBook, The 'Book Page. One user'sexperience.
- PowerBook 5300memory pricing, ramseeker
- FlamingPowerBooks, The PowerBook Zone
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- PowerBook5300 Revisited, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, Mac Opinion,1998.12.04
- Technical specifications for 5300/100,5300c/100,5300cs/100,and 5300ce/117,Apple Knowledge Base Archive
- From AppleKnoweldge Base Archive Article 19358: There is a known issuewith the password security feature on the PowerBook 5300 and 190series computers. This issue is resolved by installing the System7.5 Update 2.0 which includes the Password Security 1.0.3 controlpanel.
- PowerBooks with EDI hard drives do not provide SCSI terminationpower, depending on external SCSI devices to provide it. For moredetails, see SCSI TerminationPower.
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