The PowerBook Duo 2300c was Apple’s only PowerBook Duo based on a PowerPC CPU. To make the 2300c compatible with Duo Docks for earlier models, the 100 MHz 64-bit PowerPC 603e CPU was used on a 33 MHz 32-bit bus, which seriously compromised performance.
The 9.5″ 640 x 480 display normally runs in 8-bit/256-color mode, but by switching to 640 x 400 resolution it support 16-bit color.
The 2300c marked the end of the PowerBook Duo line.
According to the Road Warrior and Other World Computing, the drive controller in pre-G4 PowerBooks is incompatible with ATA-6/Ultra ATA-100 hard drives.
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- Code name: AJ
- introduced 1995.08.28; discontinued 1997.02.01
- requires System 7.5.2 through Mac OS 9.1
- CPU: 100 MHz PPC 603e
- Performance: unknown
- RAM: 8 or 20 MB, expandable to 56 MB
- ROM: 2 MB
- Hard drive: 750 MB or 1.1 GB
- display: 640 x 480 9.5″ 85 ppi active matrix with 8-bit color (16-bit color at 640 x 400)
- ADB port: only with dock
- SCSI port: HDI30 connector on dock
- serial: 1 DIN-8 RS-422 port on back of computer
- proprietary modem slot
- Gestalt ID: 118
- Size (HxWxD): 1.5″ x 10.9″ x 8.5″
- Weight: 4.8 pounds
- power supply: M4174
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