15″ PowerBook G4, 400 & 500 MHz
code names: Mercury, TiBook
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The titanium PowerBook was announced on January 9, 2001, at the Macworld Expo. It's the smaller and lighter than any of the G3 PowerBooks that preceded it, measuring just 1" thick and weighing in at 5.3 pounds. Construction is titanium and carbon fiber, making for a very tough, very light computer.
In the field, its battery yields up to 5 hours of use. The DVD drive is built into the G4, not a drive bay module like recent PowerBooks had.
The "mega-wide" display shows 1152 x 768 pixels, which is enough to display two full pages, and measures about 12.6" wide and 8.4" high. This is the only G4 PowerBook that does not support Quartz Extreme, due to its ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics processor.
Closed Lid Mode: TiBooks support "lid closed" (or clamshell) mode, which leaves the built-in display off and dedicates all video RAM to an external display. To used closed lid mode, your 'Book must be plugged into the AC adapter and connected to an external display and a USB mouse and keyboard (you might also want to consider external speakers). Power up your 'Book until the desktop appears on the external display and then close the lid. Your 'Book will go to sleep, but you can wake it by moving the mouse or using the keyboard. The built-in display will remain off, and the external monitor will become your only display. Since all video RAM is now dedicated to the external monitor, you may have more colors available at higher resolutions. The TiBook is designed to run safely in closed lid mode, but if yours runs hot (perhaps due to overclocking or high ambient temperatures), you may want to open the lid when in closed lid mode: The screen will remain off and the computer will more readily vent heat from the CPU.
To resume use of the internal display, you need to disconnect the external display, put the computer to sleep, and then open the lid. This will wake up your 'Book and restore use of the built-in display.
- introduced 2001.01.09 at US$2,599 and $3,499; prices dropped to $2,199 and $2,999 2001.08.25; replaced by PB G4 (550 MHz) and PB G4 (667 MHz) 2001.10.16
- product code: M7952 (400 MHz), M7710 (500 MHz)
- requires Mac OS 9.1 or later; Mac OS X 10.5 not officially supported
- CPU: 400 or 500 MHz G4 (7410)
- bus: 100 MHz
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 245 (400 MHz), 332 (500 MHz)
- also see our Benchmarks: PowerBook G4/400
supports 896 x 600 and 720 x 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio
allows mirroring to external display or extended desktop mode
- 8x SuperDrive DL upgrade, MCE Technologies, $199.
- Combo drive upgrade, MCE Technologies, $199.
- 550 MHz MACh Speed G4 Titanium, $249.
- Low End Mac's Compleat Guide to Titanium PowerBooks, Charles Moore, 'Book Value, 2008.04.29. Between January 2001 and November 2002, Apple went through four revisions and eight models ranging from 400 MHz to 1 GHz.
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- Leopard is the way to go, even on most old G4 Macs, Carl Nygren, My Turn, 2008.05.14. The useful and just cool features in Mac OS X 10.5 make this the biggest step forward in the history of the Mac OS.
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- Wireless FAQ for Older Apple PowerBook Computers. Resources to help you to install and maintain 802.11b/g wireless PC Cards on older PowerBook computers.
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- Better YouTube viewing on older Macs, too many dead pixels, Safari problems in Panther, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.02.05. Also picking the right used G4 iBook, Quartz Extreme support for PCI video, problems with Mac OS 9.x on G4 Power Macs, open firmware problems with 667 MHz PowerBook, and more.
- Lawsuits getting out of hand, G3 iMac upgrade resources, Leopard on a 400 MHz TiBook, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.01.08. Also wondering why Mac OS X 10.5 won't run on the 'Yikes!' Power Mac G4 and AltiVec just works.
- Menu bar opacity and translucency in Leopard, better Rage video in Leopard, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.01.02. Also why GeForce 5200 may be a good choice, USB webcams work with iChat in 10.4.9 and later, and moving some files to a new Mac.
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- iBook G3 quality, 802.11g for older PowerBooks, installing Tiger on a CD-ROM eMac, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.10.29. Also FireWire webcam options for the classic Mac OS and installing Leopard on an upgraded Power Mac G4.
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- The future of titanium PowerBooks in the Age of Leopard, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.10.17. Most of the 'titanium' PowerBooks aren't officially supported under Mac OS X 10.5, but with maximum RAM and a fast hard drive, they should be able to handle it.
- FastMac 8x SuperDrive and BurnAgain DVD: Fast and easy multisession disc burning, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.10.08. FastMac's 8x SuperDrive upgrade is remarkably fast compared with older PowerBook burners, and BurnAgain DVD makes it easy to append files to a previously burned CD or DVD.
- PC war losers, Mac 'just works', $68 802.11n for older Macs, a free font manager, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.08.31. Also DVD region locking, the iMac's glossy screen, Mac mini powerful enough, Chromac iMac housings, SanDisk's 8 GB flash drive, and more.
- Connecting a LaserWriter to ethernet and the TiBook that wouldn't boot, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.08.23. The importance of an AAUI ethernet adapter, the cost of PowerBook PRAM batteries, and booting old Macs from SCSI drives.
- Titanium PowerBook to the rescue, laptop component shortage, 2007 'Book performance comparo, and more, The 'Book Review, 2007.08.10. Also cooling the MacBook Pro, hi-res MacBook Pro suitable for color work, new batteries for G3 and G4 'Books, bargain 'Books from $130 to $2,599, and more.
- 250 GB 5400 rpm notebook drive benchmarked, Apple shrinks pro MagSafe adapter, $150 Linux laptop, and more, The 'Book Review, 2007.07.27. Also touchup paint for TiBooks, Dell and Lenovo offer wireless USB, Logitech's nano mouse and receiver, and bargain 'Books from $130 to $2,199.
- The TiBook marches on: 400 MHz productivity in the 2 GHz era, Neil Hokanson, My Turn, 2007.07.26. "Even though my PowerBook isn't the fastest or latest and greatest, it works, and the low-end marches on."
- Unmatched Classic Mac OS apps, TiBook reliability, Matias Tactile Pro 2.0 disappoints, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.06.18. Also Netscape 7 and 9, MacBook causing problems with iMac's display, and graphics cards for a Power Mac G4 and an ADC display.
- Compact Flash faster than a hard drive, CF in a clamshell iBook, eSATA for PowerBooks, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.06.12. Faster boot times with a flash drive, replacing the hard drive in an iBook with Compact Flash, eBay feedback tips, eSATA CardBus options for PowerBooks, and the importance of G3 support in Mac OS X 10.5.
- Operation FlashBook: Running Tiger from flash on a PowerBook G4, John Muir, Mac Daniel, 2007.05.29. With the hard drive failing and Compact Flash prices falling, it was time to consider running the PowerBook G4 from flash. Looking back at 6 months, was it worth it?
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- Power strategies for using your 'Book in the field: Batteries and AC adapters, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.06.05. One or two extra batteries and at least one spare AC adapter can be essential when you're traveling and need to get hours and hours of use from your 'Book.
- End of G4 models points to unprecedented value for used G4 Macs, Leaman Crews, Plays Well with Others, 2006.06.02. The PowerPC G4 may no longer have a place in Apple's product line, but that's a far cry from saying G4-based Macs are obsolete. If anything, their value is going to increase.
- Replacing Lombard with a TiBook: which one is enough?, Joe Rivera, Mac Fallout Shelter, 2006.04.19. Nice as the Lombard was, it has a new owner. The new 'Book should have FireWire, G4 power, and run Tiger nicely. How much TiBook is enough?
- Dvorak adoption notice, tips for Apple's Yo-yo power supply, old iMac a good value?, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.02.27. Also a 'Pismo up in smoke' update, Lombard up in smoke, iBook G3 logic board problems, Wangwriter appreciation, and more.
- FastMac's $190 8x dual-layer SuperDrive for PowerBooks and dual USB iBooks, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.01.30. For US$190-250 you can replace the CD-ROM, CD-RW, Combo, or slow old SuperDrive in most PowerBooks, white iBooks, slot-loading iMacs, and Cubes with a faster, dual-layer drive.
- Web browser tips for the classic Mac OS, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2006.01.03. Tips on getting the most out of WaMCom, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, iCab, Opera, and WannaBe using the classic Mac OS.
- The best browsers for PowerPC Macs and the classic Mac OS, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence, 2005.12.16. Two browsers stand out from the pack: iCab 3 is modern and remains under development, and WaMCom brings Mozilla to older Macs.
- FixIt Guide: PowerBook G4 Mercury, PB FixIt. All you need to know to take apart, upgrade, repair, and put your PowerBook back together again. Online and print versions available.
- NewerTech TiBook battery provides four hours of use, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2004.05.24. "In the real world, I can get at least 4 hours of active use, and with the Energy Saver settings activated, a freshly charged battery usually shows over 5 hours of power."
- OWC offers $299 combo drive for TiBooks, Other World Computing, 2003.03.27. Same mechanism Apple uses, includes buffer underrun protection.
- Flash memory improves PowerBook, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel, 2002.11.14. Using Compact Flash to boot, save files, run silently, extend battery life, and as virtual memory on a PowerBook.
- Tote and Tilt Adds Handle to New iBook or TiBook, The 'Book Review, 2001.10.19. $40 and $45 handles make it easy to transport iceBook, TiBook.
- How to repair broken hinges on your Powerbook G4 Titanium for only $10, Kjartan P. Sigurdsson, 2001.10.08. It beats paying Apple $1,600 for a repair.
- BookEndz Docking Station for TiBook, Charles Moore, The 'Book Review, 2001.05.18. "With the new BookEndz docking station for TiBook, you can connect or disconnect a video monitor, ethernet network, USB devices, FireWire device, modem, and AC power adapter simultaneously."
- Guide to TiBooks, compares each PowerBook G4.
- Titanium run over by 1.7 ton car, Go2Mac.com, 2001.04.30. Screen destroyed, but TiBook still works using an external monitor.
- Shot in the foot again: Firmware update disables RAM, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2001.03.25. "...we should not be at risk of losing some or all of the memory in our Macs because of a firmware update."
- Why I invested in Titanium, Marc Zeedar, Mac Opinion, 2001.03.22. "When the Titanium PowerBook was unveiled at MacWorld I tried to be cautious, but I knew I wanted one."
- ColorSync profile for PowerBook G4, Berg Design. Try it - your PowerBook G4's screen will look better.
- PowerBook G4, Ben Long, MacInTouch, 2001.02.19. Best comprehensive overview of the TiBook we've seen.
- TiBook Report #7: Zap!, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 2/16/01. Great laptop, but there's this pesky problem with static electricity....
- TiBook Report #6, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 2/8/01. Is the PowerBook G4 really a desktop replacement? Also, more comments on DVD playback.
- TiBook Report #5, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 2/6/01. Heat reduction with CoolPad, burning CDs, DVD tips, and more.
- TiBook Report #4, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 2/5/01. Battery life, SETI performance, and more on heat.
- TiBook: Day 2, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 2/2/01. Internet connection update, more on heat, brief benchmark discussion.
- TiBook: Day 1, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 2//01. More impressions from my first day with a PowerBook G4.
- First Impressions: TiBook, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 1/31/01. Stop the presses - I got my PowerBook G4 this afternoon.
- Simply the coolest piece of hardware Apple has ever built, part 2, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, Mac Opinion, 1/23/01
- How to run the PowerBook G4 with the lid down, Apple TIL, 1/18/01
- Benchmarks: Titanium G4/500 vs. Pismo G3/500, Bare Feats, 1/19/01
- The PowerBook G4, John Siracusa, arstechnica. "...the PowerBook G4 is all that you could ask for in a portable Macintosh."
- Buying a PowerBook G4, Dan Knight, The 'Book Page, 1/18/01. Here's why I'm ordering one, and how I'm configuring it.
- Titanium G4 email list, The Macintosh Guy. New list for PowerBook G4 users - count me in!
- Titanium PowerBook: Simply the coolest piece of hardware Apple has ever built, Charles Moore, Road Warrior, Mac Opinion, 1/16/01
- My problem with the titanium PowerBook, David Schultz, Applelust, 1/15/01
- The PowerBook titanium's Achilles heel, Joud Kous, Right On Mac, 1/15/01
- Memory pricing at ramseeker.
- Apple Spec: PowerBook G4
- OS X: Macworld UK noted on 2001.03.28 that the OS 9.1 CD included with OS X will not install on the PowerBook G4, Power Mac G4 (133 MHz bus), or 2001 iMacs. The solution is to use the Mac OS 9.1 CD that came with the computer.
- Do not under any circumstances use the Password Security control panel with any PowerBook running Mac OS 9 - see PowerBook (FireWire): Late Breaking News - it will render your PowerBook inoperable. The only fix is to put the drive in an older PowerBook, open Password Security, go to Setup, and click the Reset button, and then put the drive back in your 'Book.
- There is an incompatibility between the Kensington Startup ADB extension and the Trackpad control on the iBook with Mac OS 9.0.4. Symptom: trackpad responds during boot, but not later. Solution: disable Kensington Startup ADB extension. This may also apply to other USB portables and versions of the Mac OS.
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